I like Hostess Cupcakes. Actually, I like most cupcakes. Okay, I like cake. Wedding cake. Buttermilk cake with lemon curd filling and Italian buttercream frosting. Mmmmm.
Anyway, back to Hostess Cupcakes. We bring ‘em home now and then as a special treat. Usually I get SnoBalls, but we can rarely find them. I don’t normally read ingredients, because I know what’s good for me and what’s bad for me and if I want to eat it, I’m going to no matter what’s in it. Until now. Here’s what’s in yer Hostess Cupcake (if you don’t want to know, stop reading and scroll down to "chicken sweatshops"):
Sugar, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Flour, Ferrous Sulfate (Iron), B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)], Water, Corn Syrup, Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (Contains One or More of: Partially Hydrogenated Soybean, Cottonseed and/or Canola Oil, Beef Fat), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cocoa, Cocoa Processed with Alkali. Contains 2% or Less of: Whey, Modified Corn Starch, Cellulose Gum, Gelatin, Agar, Leavenings (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate), Chocolate Liquor, Dextrose, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Cornstarch, Soy Protein Isolate, Guar Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Sorbitan, Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin, Glycerine Wheat Gluten, Sodium and Calcium Caseinate,… Natural and Artificial Flavors, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Sorbate and Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness).
I can handle corn syrup and agar and guar gum and calcium caseinate and artificial flavors. But beef fat?! Eeeeew!:( NOT that I expect a mass produced cupcake to have ANY love in it at all, but beef fat? That is one hateful cupcake and it’s just wrong. In so many ways. I’m not a vegetarian, but I don’t buy fast food beef (rent the DVD, Fast Food Nation), opting for kosher meats or small farm/local producers. While we’re at it, read my "Notes…" entry about chicken sweatshops and what you can do to stop them.
Sorry, Hostess. I won’t be buying anymore Cupcakes. I’m guessing Hostess SnoBalls also have beef fat in them, but maybe I can pretend they don’t…(time lapse while checking SnoBall ingredients online). Now I’m really heartbroken. SnoBalls have beef fat in them, too. Dang!
From the Raining On Your Parade Department: If you want to get the lowdown on your favorite guilty pleasures, go here: www.zeer.com. And start baking at home!
The Dove Lady has never tasted a better carrot cake than that which comes out of her very own oven. She is hard at work perfecting her buttermilk cake with lemon curd filling and Italian buttercream, because she will go broke buying the couple slices a week she gets down the street.