I love when brands team up with whatever childrenâ€™s movie that was recently released on the big screen or on DVD to create a product like the Hostessâ€™ B.O.B Cakes. Usually when this happens, snack food companies create some minimal variation of a tried and true product to make kids pull at their motherâ€™s
apron strings mom jeans and beg for them.
Hostess B.O.B. Cakes follow that formula exactly. Basically, itâ€™s a Sno Ball with different packaging and in a different color; it even admits that on the box. However, I fell for it. No, it wasnâ€™t because I loved Seth Rogenâ€™s character in Monsters vs. Aliens. I didnâ€™t even see it. Itâ€™s simply because this was a blue Sno Ball; a blue ball, if you will, and I couldnâ€™t pass up buying a product clearly marketed towards children that would be tarnished by the dirty mind of a 22-year-old female with the sense of humor of a 12-year-old boy.
I have to give props to Hostess (and Drakeâ€™s who was captured by the corporate clutches of Hostess…that greedy yet tasty bitch) for the lovely names they gave their snacks back in the day. Apparently there was a time when asking for a HoHo got you a chocolate cream snack cake instead of a venereal disease-ridden woman who wears lime green booty shorts everyday because theyâ€™re the lucky shorts she wore when she tested 30 men to see if any of them were the father of her baby on Maury (Spoiler alert: none of them were). During that same time period, saying you were craving a Ding Dong didnâ€™t mean you were jonesing to go to that new Asian gay bar.
The B.O.B. is a cream injected chocolate cake that’s covered in fluffy marshmallow, then coated in coconut and then dyed in a food coloring that looks like it could turn your stool into the color of a Smurf. It’s been a long time since I had a Sno Ball, and I almost forgot what they taste like. But when I put that blue ball into my mouth, the memories came back. Maybe it was because of the instant sugar rush I got from the first bite. I guess 23 grams of sugar will do that to you.
Is it really necessary to jam cream inside of a cake that is covered in a heaping amount of marshmallow?
Yes, because the cream is what brings it all together and paired with the marshmallow and coconut, the taste is simply marvelous.
Oh, who am I kidding?
After the first couple of bites you feel like you could be foaming out of the mouth, but itâ€™s tasty, and the coconut isnâ€™t choky like most products with shredded coconut.
You can find Sno Balls at most locations where food that will eventually make you BFFs with Wilford Brimley is sold. Currently, Sno Balls can been found in white, pink, blue and, if you check the Halloween clearance shelves, orange (which are called Glo Balls). Personally, if I did have balls, I’d rather have blue balls than ones that glow.
(Nutrition Facts – 1 Cake – 180 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 23 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein and 4% iron.)
Item: Hostess Sno Balls B.O.B. Cakes
Size: 6 cakes
Purchased at: Wally World
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Tasty, like all other Sno Balls. The names Hostess gives its products. Coconut flavor isnâ€™t overwhelming. Not having to experience blue balls, Wilford Brimley
Cons: High in sugar. Mom jeans. Smurf-colored stool. Cream injected chocolate cake. Balls that glow. Diabetes.