REVIEW: Hostess Suzy Q’s

Hostess Suzy Q's

To quote the great John Fogerty, “Oh Suzy Q, I love you.”

I’m not here to talk about a Creedence Clearwater Revival. I’m here to talk about a famous snack cake revival. Suzy Q’s are back.

Remember when Hostess went under and individually wrapped Twinkies held more value than gold for a few weeks?

That feels like decades ago. When they initially released their product line again, Suzy Q’s were benched, and I guess some people were upset about this. Why they were bummed, I’ll never know.

Invented in 1961 and named after the daughter of a higher-up at the Continental Baking Company, Suzy Q’s preceded far superior cakes like Ding Dongs and Ho Hos by six years.

I’ve always been a fan of various snack cakes with no real bias towards any brand. I feel like I’ve had most if not all of what Hostess has offered over the years, but can’t remember ever eating Suzy Q’s. They always seemed like an early attempt at the Devil’s food cake with crème concept that no one bought anymore because Hostess was able to improve on the recipe.

Let’s be real, Hostess doesn’t exactly have a diverse product line. Half of their current product lineup are chocolate cakes with crème. And while one might be a cupcake, another in roll-up form, and another shaped like a hockey puck, it’s not enough of a change to warrant favoritism. Each are delicious in their own right. So why aren’t Suzy Q’s?

Hostess Suzy Q's 2

These things are super boring. The texture of the cake is horrendous. This is not a good sponge cake. This is a sponge labeled as a cake. The chocolate flavor is underwhelming and I’m not sure they’d work even if slathered in the plastic layer of chocolate Ding Dongs have.

Hostess Suzy Q's 3

The crème filling is basically what you’d expect, but that coupled with the bland sponge somehow made it taste worse than normal. I imagine the crème recipe doesn’t change much between the various products it fills, but it didn’t even taste as sugary and delicious as I’m used to.

I honestly can’t imagine a person alive who would prefer this over their other cakes. Taste is subjective, but come on.

Suzy Q’s have to be the worst snack cake Hostess makes. Have to be. There’s just no reason to ever get them when there are so many similar yet better options made by the same company and its competitors. Drake’s Devil Dogs are king, in my not so humble opinion.

I couldn’t find a box of Suzy Q’s in my local supermarket, and I gotta say I’m happy I didn’t because it would be sitting in the back of my cabinet for months.

To be fair to Hostess, they are under a new corporate umbrella now and the recipe for Suzy Q’s may have very well changed. BUT if this is the form they’ve come in since their inception, I can’t imagine them ever being good. Sorry Suzy, but you are the black sheep of the family. I don’t love you.

To misquote the film Dumb and Dumber, “That John Fogerty’s full of crap, man.”

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cakes – 310 calories, 120 calories from fat, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 440 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 30 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein..)

Item: Hostess Suzy Q’s
Purchased Price: $1.79
Size: 3.03 oz.
Purchased at: 7-Eleven
Rating: 2 out of 10
Pros: The crème is still solid. Good to have Hostess back in our lives. CCR.
Cons: Bland cake. Weak chocolate flavor. Referring to this as a “Snack Classic.” Worst revival ever.

202 thoughts on “REVIEW: Hostess Suzy Q’s

  1. It seems everyone has the same opinion as I do. Got a box at my local Hy-Vee (Midwest chain). The cake used to be the darkest, richest almost an Oreo dark chocolate taste. The cream was to die for. This cake has none of that. They’re so far down the scale, they are Suzy Z——‘s. Having said all that. if they would remove the cream and add a caramel coconut frosting to the cake inside and out, it would make a good German chocolate snack cake. In the mean time, if you are going to name something “Suzy Q” PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make it look and taste like a Suzy Q!

    1. when I was a kid at school a boy would watch me eat a suzy q just to lick the wrapper, they were moist & creamy; the one I just ate was dry & pasty, a real let down like watching the ny rangers

      1. Oh my dear man, the New York Rangers are a perenial disappointment year in and year out. I think Hostess has a better record!

      2. I am SO glad it’s not just me. I bought some at Walmart and they looked good on the box. Then I took a bite and was like “These are terrible” They are SO dry. The filling is very scant as well. None of hostess products are good. I tried their “brownies” and they took were dry. Hostess should have just gone under if this is what they were going to do.

        1. Suzy Qs are not the same. That used to be dark chocolate not like they are disgusting. Hostess should be ashamed of themselves they should just give up go under or have the Chinese make the Suzy Q’s they will probably taste better.

        2. I totally agree whomever bought hostess changed the original recipes of all them ,the powdered and old fashion doughnuts are so greasy ,and the susy qs suck very dry and not well packaged ,just not tasty at all

    2. Don’t know if your are some food expert or who has placed you of some importance , I am just a guy that gets up 6 days a week works 10-12 hours a day and I like the new Suzy Qs with a good cup of coffee it gets my day going . some times at lunch with a drink of soda it just taste dam good. hey I am just one guy 62 years old and very much enjoy the new suzyQs.

      1. Majority rules-in most cases. They are not the same as years ago. The chocolate coating is worn off before even before you open them- making them dry as a twig! The company came back after bankruptcy, but their products by-and-large-are not the same. PS-They are horrible with coffee. I would stick to a nice Boston Creme or Coconut Donut with a good cup of Java.

      2. Did you ever have a Suzy Q pre Hostess going out of business? I remember buying them just because there was so much creme in them that it was squished out of the sides and sticking to the wrapper. The cake was so moist that it stuck to the cardboard on the bottom and to your fingers on the top. I would lick the cake off of the cardboard and the creme off of the wrapper. The creme had the taste and texture of Cool Whip mixed with Buttercream. If you could pull the two layers of cake apart, you had a double treat. The size and shape of the cake are of no concern to me but the taste is another matter. I purchased a box from Walmart and was so excited to see them again. That was a month ago and I still have some in the box. They hold no satisfaction in the calorie splurge.

        1. My son, husband, and I hated them. We each tried one from the box and threw the rest away because they were so disgusting. Instead of the old devil’s food cake texture, these had a spongy texture. They also had a chemical taste. I don’t think I’ve ever thrown away anything chocolate before. Oh, and the cream in the old Suzy Qs was great. There would be a bunch of it oozing out around the edges as well as some on the wrapper. I think when Hostess closed for a while, they sold some of their recipes and possibly lost the rights to those recipes. The cupcakes are also gross with a chemical taste. I’m buying Little Debbies Cupcakes now. The Twinkies seem okay.

    3. Omg you are so right. I said almost the same thing you said. They were a bigger and the cakes were closer together. You could barely see the cream….which was amazing. I had the package which contained 2 almost everyday for lunch. How could they have gotten this so wrong!!!!!!???? I’m with you I will wait till they make the same ones like back in the 60a.

      1. Yea there bad suzyQ their not.Idont know what that is iam 50 years old been eating suzyQ sence i was a kid what ever that is your selling just stop please before you go bankrupt again

      2. I like the new Suzi Qs because I miss the old ones so much but you are so right. They were way different and amazing. I am happy to have them back but they are NOT the same!

    4. I so agree. I hadn’t had Suzy Q for a loooong time so I decided to treat myself tonight. What a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!!!What did they do with the original recipe??? PLEASE, PLEASE, bring it back!

      1. I could not agree more with all of the reviews I have read about the new Suzy Q’s… my first thought was” Oh What a big mistake on their part” I cannot believe they gave this take this Susie Q name. It is absolutely terrible tasting and no comparison at all to the original SuzyQ. So really my question is why did Hostess not give it a different name with it being a completely different cake?? Not very professional in my eyes. Sorry Hostess you messed up on this one!!

    5. Yea there bad suzyQ their not.Idont know what that is iam 50 years old been eating suzyQ sence i was a kid what ever that is your selling just stop please before you go bankrupt again

    6. So so sad. I was incredibly excited when I saw these were back, but am so so disappointed in this new version. The cake is dry and bland, like the reviewer says and they just don’t compare to the product of my childhood (60’s/70’s)

    7. I feel the same way as you THIS NOT A SUZY Q at all. I was greatly disappointed by the look and taste. I grow up with Suzy Q. I feel if it wasn’t broke why fix it

    8. I agree! The Suzie Q was the best of Hostess products. The rich devils food chocolate cake was so moist and dark. This Remake is merely a square Yankee Doodle. Dry as a bone. Why does everything I love have to change?

    9. TOTALLY IN AGREEMENT! This “new” version of such a great old favorite are a PATHETIC reproduction/replacement of the original! Why bother to even try if your not gonna even attempt to do it right???

    10. Just bought a box from Walmart. I knew something was wrong, when looking at the side of the cake before I opened the package that the cake was a brown color. Brown is Devils food cake, Suzy Q’s were made with dark chocolate cake. Just one bite and I had to spit it out, the cake was dry and had such a stale taste to it. Do yourself a favor if you want something close to a Suzy Q, do this. Go get a box of Duncan Hines Dark chocolate fudge cake mix and any of the fluffy white frosting in a can, it’s just as good and way better the this crap that the new Hostess is trying to pawn off on the consumer.

    11. They are nasty dried I choke on them. Use to eat one a day now I eat maybe one a week and throw the rest away. The chocolate use to be dark and moist not dried and a more creamy filling. I agree they need to come back with the old Suzy Q not these dried out things they are horrible these cakes and I use to love them there always on sale walmart can’t sale them

    12. I thought i was the only one that tasted a chemical in the Suzie q. I sure was disappointed you could crave those old ones, that’s why they need to go back to that. Please bring the good stuff back.

    13. I totally agree with you. They are Terrible. I threw the one that I had away because the taste was awful and the color was not the same. IT WAS EXTREMEMLY DRY AND TASTELESS.

    14. Who are they trying to kid, trying to market the worst tasting cake I’ve ever tasted as a Suzy Q is like marketing orange soda as Coke, absolutely nothing close to the real thing. Hopefully they will take this fraudulent snack off the market and bring back the Suzy Q we all miss.

    15. You said it…. reading your comment was like reading something I wanted to say my self… these are terrible… I’m so disappointed. I’m just make my own cake from now….

  2. I will not buy another Suzy Q until they go back to the original. I was so excited when I 1st seen the back on the self. Was I ever disappointed.

    Please bring the old ones back!

    1. Rather try eating Little Debbie cakes…some class. I can make my own cakes in a rectangular cake pan set. Ready wip in the center. Whole milk to drink. I want the original Suzy Q. The other cakes rate about 3 at best. Get cracking and clean up your crappy cakes. Suzy Craps. A good name. ):

  3. I saw them in the store and almost turned a flip, got the Suzy Q’s home and was greatly disappointed, the size, chocolate flavor, and that lovely cream was nowhere to be found. Will not buy another box until they are what I remember from the good old days!

    1. I hear you! I just got some & they suck big time! WTF were they thinking to introduce this shit disguised as a Suzy Q???

      1. Yeah the new suzy q is definitely new need to go retro on the recipe this new bisquit they’re trying to bamboozle us with is ridiculous

  4. For those who never got to try the orignal Suzy q, then I’m very sorry. What’s on the shelves now is ok, but not near as good as the previous Suzy q. BTW anyone remember when hostess made chocobliss?

  5. My present box is a disaster, as the chocolate coating on top has practically disappeared when I open an individual cake. Without the coating on top the cakes are dry and tasteless!

  6. I finally found my beloved Suzy Qs! I bought two boxes and tried one right away. Talk about disappointing! The cake is just a generic sponge type and the cream is not the same. I let several other people taste them and many of their comments are unprintable.

    Hostess came back but forgot the quality. I will miss Suzy Q, but life goes on…

  7. I was so excited the other day when I saw that Suzy Q was back. I got home and was very disappointed! They were much smaller and there was hardly any cream in the middle. I won’t buy any more and I will tell others not to waste their money. I don’t understand why they changed it. I would suggest bringing back the original because I know these will disappoint everyone.

    1. At first I was so happy just to eat them again,that I didn’t realize how much of a disappointment they really were.The size and shape were the first things to hit me. Do we really have to make everything smaller now(and still pay the same,if not higher price)?These things look like they were cookie cut out of a much larger cake (possibly the original).This cake had a much lighter and spongy texture to it. The cream was about the same,but again, a much smaller portion(it used to ooze out of the sides before).It should never have been boxed and labeled giving us the impression that the original suzie Qs were back.This is a poor copy of the original. It should have had it’s own,different name labeled on it (or at least warned us that they were new and under improved).

  8. Was excited to see it back in the shelf but as soon as I looked at it through the package I knew I would be disappointed. Bought a box anyway. Not happy. I will not buy any more unless they go back to the original recipe. HORRIBLE

  9. Of all the snack cakes I’ve ever had, Suzy Q’s were always my favorite. I thought they had gone the way of so many things and was surprised to see them ! But the familiar name is abou ALL that links the current Hostess product to the treat I once was hooked on. The current product is half the size, with less than half the taste. It’s no where near as rich, moist or chocolate-y as the original and the wonderful creme filling is not well represented in this version. You may as well not have bothered with resurrecting this once awesome treat.

  10. Agree wholeheartedly with the folks who remember how insanely good the original Suzy-Q’s were. I don’t know what the hell those things are that they’re selling NOW, but they’re absolutely NOT Suzy-Q’s.

    Picture something shorter than a Twinkie but marginally wider. (Like someone trimmed about 1/2 inch off the length and width of one of the originals.) The cake is no longer the deep dark rich dense chocolate sponge cake that it used to be … it’s now a light, almost cocoa-flavored, dry sponge cake. The creme is flavored somewhat similarly, but likewise is nowhere near as thick and rich. The overall effect is that it tastes like some kind of mutant low-fat version of what used to be a killer Hostess treat.


    1. Tried to have one last night out of the large box they now come in and once again was disapppointed. The coating on the top came off with the wrapping leaving me with a dry piece of cake;horrible!

  11. 127 comments?!?!!
    After that review, I’d rather talk about CCR. From what I’ve read, John really didn’t like his brother or his bandmates very much, and the last album was horrible. But a great band! Most underrated track: “Effigy”.
    Oh! I was never a fan of marshmallow cake packaged snacks in general, because they’re so airy & there’s basically no substance to them. I was one of those weird kids that would rather have a cake donut or a slice of coffeecake. Mmmm, Entenmann’s.

    1. Entemann’s? You New Yorker you! Actually, I couldn’t agree more with you, but I have a better one for you. How about Ebinger’s? They had the best Mocha Cake with that great filling in the middle.

    1. I got an email from Amazon, and someone was offering a box of Suzie Q’s for an unheard of price of 9.00. They are sold at Von’s in Fresno for 2.50, and this yukkle is trying to sell this junk for 9 bucks! Yikes….

  12. these are not Suzy Q’s.. you can’t produce Chinese knockoffs for everything and expect people to not know the difference. And why are food producers messing around with food anyway.. come screwed up Suzy Q’s? Dang!!!

  13. These Suzy Qs Suck!!! Very disappointed! Is this a diet version? Keep her retired if you are not bringing the original back!!! Want my $ back!!

  14. I was so excited yesterday when I saw these at Walmart. I loved them as a kid and wanted my kids to try them.
    Needless to say, these are nowhere near the same as the original. They hardly have any chocolate flavor and taste “cheaped down” from the original. Very dry and hardly any cream in the center. I’m upset at this half ass attempt to bring these back. Shameful.

    So disappointing. I will probably throw away the rest of the box. Gross.

    1. Call their 800 number and complain. Maybe they can re-do them. The box is nice, but that is where it ends!

  15. Was so excited to buy a box of Suzy q’s
    How horrible.
    Nothing like the ones i remember
    I will never buy them again

    Waste of money
    The twinkles and chocolate cupcakes are also
    not good
    They used to be devious
    Actually Walmart s Great value brand chocolate cupcakes are kinda like the old hostess cupcakes
    Not quite as good but still close
    Very disappointed

  16. I did not gag but these DEFINITELY are inferior to the original. First, they are SMALLER than the original. The corners on the original are rounded…not squared.

    On it’s own, it’s an OK cake. Not a Suzy Q, but a somewhat tasty snack cake. Almost anything else is better than these.

  17. Like everyone else here, I too was excited when my husband brought these home and what a big disappointment. I used to love the dark richness of the cakes and how moist they were with that wonderful filling. If you ever care to sell these to the public again, please bring back the original recipe

  18. When I saw that Suzy Q’s had made a return I felt like the “SNACK CAKE GODS” heard my prayers! I actually did a happy dance in the aisles! But when I got home and opened the package my shallow fantasy flickered by just looking at it! But I recovered quickly just remembering how they taste! Well can you say EPIC FAIL??!!!!! Even after years of not having one of those moist, spongy, chocolatey delicious cakes I knew that what I bit into was not the Suzy Q that I grew up on! Why oh why did they dash my dreams with this bland imposter?! If the KFC Colonel can pass down his recipe then why not Suzy Q? Is all hope lost with this poser?

  19. I was at the store today and saw “They’re back!” on a box of Suzy-Qs… well, I *had* to get some. I used to love them. They had a dense, moist chocolate cake, over stuffed with delicious cream. They were a *total* guilty pleasure. So I was completely stoked to see they were back.

    Until I opened the box and ate one.

    They are *nothing* like the original Suzy-Qs. They, to put it politely, suck donkey balls. They resemble their former glory only in the sense that they are ostensibly two layers of cake with cream in the middle. There, all similarity ends and I wouldn’t serve these to my worst enemy. They’re awful. I don’t know how they possibly got the formulation so wrong. My daughter can make a better re-creation in her Easy-Bake Oven.

  20. Just had my second one had to make sure it wasn’t a night mare. Cake reminds me of the devil dogs, dry less chocolate. My wife loves devil dogs and hates Suzy Q’s. She likes these. These are extremely disappointing, less chocolate and the shape and texture of the cake is all wrong. Which makes me wonder if the filling is genuine to.
    I had a very foundness for Suzy Q’s and Funny Bones and was heart broken when they folded. And now I am still missing a icon of past pleasure of deserts. Maybe the excitement of seeing them or a misconception of how they used to taste….. No these are different and Hostest should be ashamed for taking our money on a product that is not in this box.

  21. My favorite Hostess cake used to be Suzy Q’s. I will never buy them again. My husband bought me a box of the new ones and I am so very disappointed. Boring! Cake has no flavor. The cake used to be the best, now it’s awful. I don’t know how they could have put this product on the shelf! Disappointed in Chicago!
    D Pud

  22. Agree with most of the previous comments but before you give up on the current version, put the Suzy Qs in the freezer for a few hours.

    The cold version is much closer in taste and texture to the old version after a few hours in the freezer.

  23. Was sooo happy to see them come back, they were mine and my mom’s favs. Bought a box sad sad sad. The cake part is NOTHING like it use to be, The cream is NOTHING like it use to be. Shame I will NOT be buying anymore unless they are made the way they use to be. If you are not going to use the same recipes then you should NOT try and re-launch something. Call it something else and say it’s you version of what it use to be.

  24. Nasty, Nasty, Nasty these things are no where near the original recipes when I use to crave these things everyday another sign of corporate greed cutting back on quality to increase profit these new Suzy Q’s are a joke.

  25. These are Suzi-Q’s are in name only. Think they got the recipe screwed up with devil dogs, as you need a tall glass of milk to go with them ( so dry ). I worked at CBC many years ago, and this is not what I made.

  26. As a child I loved Suzy Q’s. Probably my favorite hostess snack cake. I think the new Hostess has ruined everything, and especially so the Suzy Q. Why they couldn’t stick with the formulas and recipes that were successful for years is beyond me. HOSTESS SUCKS NOW.

    1. Hey everyone right they suck super bad it horrible for those of us who remember the original what a let iam just wondering who in they right mind gave the ok to put that out for people buy who ever it needs to fired their that bad seriously you completely drop the ball

  27. These things are awful. I use to love the old ones and these don’t come close at all. I would not recommend these to anyone.

  28. The new Suzy Q’s flat our suck!!!! I used to love them and one of my favorite parts was the cake left on the little wax card board. The old ones were bigger, more moist and loaded with delicious cream…the new ones are small, dry and just a dab of cream…Hostess used to be good, since the new owners…not so much anymlre

  29. Just curious, did Hostess loose the original recipe to the Suzie Q? Suzie Q IS NOT BACK! There is NO similarity to the original snack cake and this imposter. Hostess, if this is the best that you can do then dont waste your time. I can only assume initial sales were great but I doubt many consumers came back for seconds.

    1. Couldn’t agree more! Growing up suzy Q’s was my favorite because the sponge cake was so rich and spongy. New ones are horrible and was like eating cardboard. What a dissapointment, will NEVER buy these again. They should change their name from Hostess because since new owner brought all hostess products back, none taste like they used too!!

  30. wow i was so excited to see them back in the stores and when i brought it.. gross omg not what i expected, when i was younger i use to buy them all the time. Now i will leave them on the shelf..The chocolate is bit the same the icing is different the look is not the same.. what happen bring the old ones back more chocolaty and good shame on you hostess…bring back the the old ones…

  31. I was geeked to see suzy Q back ,bought two boxes that I now regret,they are so dry every bite needs to be washed down with a cold drink,the icing if that’s what they want to call it is disappointing not worth savoring,after today I will not buy another box until the original is returned #chokebread

  32. I was so excited when I saw them at the supermarket! Got them home and opened one and it didn’t even look the same. Took a bite and was quite disappointed. Not only is the cake dry and pretty tasteless, the cream in the middle doesn’t even taste the same! The cake that I remember from my childhood was very moist and more darker. Seems like the made a big cake and cut rectangular pieces from it and slapped cream on it and pressed them together. Definitely will not buy again. Hostess, you are so off your game, bring back the old recipe!

  33. About a month ago I bought a box of 8, one was smashed in its perfect wrapper and only 7 were in the new box. Last week I took a chance and bought another box and two of them were contaminated with some weird motor oil and burnt wax taste, no more Suzy Q’s for me.

    1. I have also ran into a couple of Suzy Q’s with a weird strong chemical taste. Some in the box are ok. This has happened twice to me now and I’m about ready to say goodbye to Suzy.

  34. What happened to the original ones from 30 years ago that were bigger/better/tastier and required a glass of milk ??????????????????????
    Will not be buying anymore of these new ones

    Michelle’s quote above says it all

    ” I was so excited when I saw them at the supermarket! Got them home and opened one and it didn’t even look the same. Took a bite and was quite disappointed. Not only is the cake dry and pretty tasteless, the cream in the middle doesn’t even taste the same! The cake that I remember from my childhood was very moist and more darker. Seems like the made a big cake and cut rectangular pieces from it and slapped cream on it and pressed them together. Definitely will not buy again. Hostess, you are so off your game, bring back the old recipe! “

  35. These aren’t even close to how they were 30 years ago
    Won’t be buying anymore of these new ones
    Michelle’s comment above says it all

  36. So I have been craving a Suzy q for a while now, they were always messy but they were worth it. I found one at convenient store on road trip, thought awe man this is going to be good, I always like to have with Pepsi or coke so I got one of those to. Well get back on the road ask my wife what are for in anticipation of a sweet gooey mess, open it up for me please, I was driving so I thought it would be easier and safer that way, the time has come and she handed me the one half, and I was like what what is this thing? This isn’t messy it doesn’t look right, it’s not dark and moist. I should have known not to even try, but unfortunately I did, no flavor, dry, and just plain discusting. I will never buy another Hostess product again, not unless they go back to the old recipes.

  37. I agree! They were horrid! I adored real Suzy-Q’s….so imagine my shock to discover, after the first bite, how truly NASTY those really were. NEVER AGAIN will I buy that horrible crap!

    HOSTESS — That was a big mistake. We want the REAL Suzy-Q’s back!!!!!!

  38. On a scale of 1 to 10 (-0) not even like the orignals. Was so excited to see them on shelves wish I hadn’t. Original was moist devils food cake and the cream so good. Thsee stink!!!!!!!!!

  39. On a scale of 1 to 10 (-0) not even like the orignals. Was so excited to see them on shelves wish I hadn’t. Original was moist devils food cake and the cream so good. These stink!!!!!!!!!

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