REVIEW: Hostess Sno Balls B.O.B. Cakes

Written by | November 2, 2009

Topics: 6 Rating, Food, Hostess, Snacks

I love when brands team up with whatever children’s movie that was recently released on the big screen or on DVD to create a product like the Hostess’ 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 mother’s apron strings mom jeans and beg for them.

Hostess B.O.B. Cakes follow that formula exactly. Basically, it’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 wasn’t because I loved Seth Rogen’s character in Monsters vs. Aliens. I didn’t even see it. It’s simply because this was a blue Sno Ball; a blue ball, if you will, and I couldn’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 Drake’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 they’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 didn’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 it’s tasty, and the coconut isn’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
Price: $2.50
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 isn’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.






12 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Tunnelman says:

    It’s worth noting that these cakes contain beef fat, and aren’t vegetarian friendly. It was a surprising ingredient for my veggie friends to find as they were inspecting the box.

  2. Marvo says:

    I’m more of a Twinkie kind of guy. Interpret that however you want.

  3. JJ says:

    Kayla,
    My work has decided to put me on dayshift after being on nights forever and a day. Thank you so much for giving me a hint of happiness from your dirty dirty mind. It certainly brightened up my day.
    Tunnelman,
    Why the hell would they taint a sweet treat with BEEF fat…..I’m sure there’s more suitable varieties of fat they could have used.
    Marvo,
    I’m not even going to touch that one.

  4. amanda says:

    B.O.B. = battery operated boyfriend blue balls ha haha

  5. I love Sno Balls. I dont care what color they are. I am sort of intrigued by this simply for the co-branding brilliance. I can hear it now: MARKETING GUY: “What image can we slap on this decades old product to give it more appeal? How about that slimy character from that second rate animated kids movie?”

  6. Daria says:

    I can definitely see the appeal, but give me a Suzy Q, Twinkie, Funny Bones, Cherry Fruit Pie, or Cupcakes (Hostess Chocolate, Drake Yankee Doodles or Sunny Doodles) any time first, please. I got Sno-Balls once, when I was in 1st grade or so. They were pink, and looked so delicious, but I was just disappointed, even as a sugar-addicted youth. Ah well, lessons learned.

  7. Jim says:

    I just can’t stop looking at the picture on the packaging… they just look so unnervingly awesome. Food colourings galore.

  8. Review Spew says:

    Those look so stinking good…hook me up to the sugar IV stat!!

  9. Ms. Spanks says:

    Yuck!, and why hostess why? isn’t it enough that you make sugary trans fat laden goodness without saling out! YUCK!

  10. Maddy says:

    Spoiler alert: Muppet loves you!

  11. SeanY says:

    Kayla – It was nice knowing you. R.I.P.

  12. Neil THE HAMMER says:

    right now i need 113 sno balls and a gallon of ice cold milk

    THAT IS ALL



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