Hostess’ new Bakery Petites line looks classier than the company’s iconic gang of treats — Twinkies, Ho Hos, and Ding Dongs. While the old school treats continue to be the definition of convenience store chic and have names that probably have different meanings when looked up on Urban Dictionary, the new ones come in resealable bags with classy, curvy graphics and photos that put them on an actual pedestal to show that they’re better.
Hostess’ Bakery Petites are available in six varieties, which I’ve listed and reviewed below in no particular order.
Chocolate Chunk Brownie Delights
The Chocolate Chunk Brownie Delights look like mini unfrosted Hostess Cupcakes rejects. Each one is slightly wider than a quarter and has a sunken middle, which I thought is a no-no when it comes to baking. But it’s not a production error because that’s how they look on the packaging. If that bothers you, I imagine frosting would make a great toupee to hide it.
If you’re someone who loves corner brownies and thinks because they’re round they must be all-corner brownies, slow your roll. While a little chewy, it’s not edge-chewy and I wish they were a little less cakey, but that’s a personal preference. There are chocolate bits inside each one, providing a delightful creamy bite and punching up the cocoa.
They taste like chocolate cake Hostess products and there are moments when I taste a little greasiness, but it’s still a pleasant chocolatey treat. They’re tasty enough that I ate more than the three-piece serving size in one sitting.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts (3 mini brownies): 170 calories, 80 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Delights
The Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Delights look exactly alike its Chocolate Chunk sibling, even the dent on top of every piece. They’re so much alike that the photo below is actually not a photo of the raspberry mini brownies. Just kidding. They are.
But, while its sibling has chocolate chunks, this has real raspberries. Although, they come in a form I’ve never heard of before — raspberry flakes. They’re like Ben & Jerry’s Fudge Flakes in that they’re made from chocolate and aren’t flakes. They’re chunks, SO WHY AREN’T THEY CALL CHUNKS!!! Anyhoo, they give the brownie bites a familiar raspberry aroma that I’ve smelled with other confections and a tart candied raspberry flavor.
While almost all the raspberry flavor comes from the flakes, the brownie part has a little fruitiness. This causes the chocolate to take a back seat. While these mini brownies are fine and I don’t have a problem with the fruit flavor, the Chocolate Chunk ones were more pleasing.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts (3 mini brownies): 170 calories, 80 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 15 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
Double Chocolate Cake Bites
These are like Cake Pops except without the sticks, so if you want to impress folks with cake pop, BYOS. They feature a chocolate creme center surrounded by chocolate cake that’s dipped in chocolate icing and sprinkled with white nonpareils.
The white nonpareils do the following — give a color contrast, add a crunch that contrasts the soft, chocolatey parts, and make them look more than chocolate balls. They don’t add any flavor and that’s a little disappointing because, just like the the Chocolate Chunk Brownie Delights, they have that familiar Hostess chocolate cake flavor.
While those brownies look like mini unfrosted Cupcakes, the chocolatey icing layer helps these taste a lot like Hostess Cupcakes but without the vanilla creme filling. With so much chocolate, it’s hard to taste the different components, especially creme. Wait. Why am I complaining about too much chocolate? I’m being such a chocolate grinch. The cake is moist and the icing layer has a satisfying bite like a sugary glaze on a donut. The Double Chocolate Cake Bites are the ones I finished first and they’re my favorite.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts (3 mini cakes): 180 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of sodium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
White Fudge Vanilla Cake Bites
Out of all of these fancy treats, from the packaging, these look the fanciest — colorful sprinkles on white fudge that coats a yellow cake ball filled with creme. They look so neat that I just want to take a photo of them, post it to Instagram, and wait for the Likes to start rolling in.
But they look a little less impressive in real life. The colorful sprinkles’ brightness is muted because they’re in the fudge coating and not on top of it. With that said, even with the way they are, they still look fancier than the others.
But they also don’t taste impressive.
Despite not having anything regarding cherries in its ingredients list, they smell and taste like maraschino cherries. Also, the cake is dryer than the chocolate one. As for the creme filling, its flavor reminds me custard, but it gets overwhelmed with that fruity flavor. The sprinkles do add a crunchy element to the ping pong ball-sized treats, but they don’t help make them less odd tasting.
Since I don’t think white fudge vanilla cake when I eat these, and I find that to be a bit odd, they ended up being my least favorite of the six varieties.
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts (3 mini cake): 210 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 135 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 24 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
Fudge Blondie Crispi Thins
Hostess totally misspelled “Crispi.” It should be spelled C-O-O-K-I-E.
Their rectangle shape makes me think of blond brownies, but when I eat them, all I think about are chocolate chip cookies. They’re crispy, have a brown sugar vibe, and hard to stop eating. Well, the only times I stopped eats by them as to see if the piece I picked up had chocolate on it.
If you look at the photo on the packaging you’ll see that every piece has at least two chocolate dots on them, but in real life that’s not the case. A number of my pieces didn’t have any chocolate which is disappointing because the chocolate adds a creaminess that’s the opposite of the crispy texture. The chocolate looks like they’re a little melted but without the mess of being melted.
The brown sugary goodness, I guess, helps it taste more like a blondie brownie, but I still think chocolate chip cookie when I eat them.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts (1 ounce): 130 calories, 60 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
Chocolate Brownie Crispi Thins
While the Fudge Blondie Crispi Thins taste like a chocolate chip cookie, the Chocolate Brownie version tastes more like a brownie thanks to a little bit of dark fudginess. But I could also see these being mistaken flavor-wise as chocolate chocolate chip cookies.
Unlike the blondie version, almost every piece has a chocolate or two. There was even a piece that had five chocolate chips. BONUS!!! They have the same crispiness as the blondie version and the chocolate has the same soft texture. But without the chocolate chips, the thins are bland.
Brownie thins aren’t a new idea. Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle has been around for years, but I’ve never had it, so I can’t compare. But I can compare the two brownie Crispi Thins, and they’re equally tasty.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts (1 ounce): 120 calories, 45 calories from fat, 5 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 90 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
Sooo, that’s all the flavors.
Overall, I like the idea of Hostess’ Bakery Petites. Cake bites, mini brownies, and brownie thins aren’t new, but they also aren’t very common in the snack aisle. So it’s nice to see a big brand offer them. They use real vanilla and chocolate, and aren’t made using high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavor or colors, which I’m pretty sure is not the case with their popular treats. I guess they show that Hostess is capable of something more than convenience store chic.
Thanks to Impulsive Buy reader Carla for sending me all the varieties.
23 thoughts to “REVIEW: Hostess Bakery Petites”
These look great! Did your friendly donator share what store we could get these at? Will definitely be looking!
I would certainly look for them at Wal-mart in the bakery section.
Walmart has some. I picked up the brownies, would love it if they had pecans in them instead of chocolate chips. But still hood
I picked these up at Big Lots of all places, way cheaper than any other store, I loved the White Fudge Vanilla…
The raspberry ones could had a raspberry jam in there on the center
I ruined a complete meal because I put the chips included in the box. Those were stale and nasty. I hope you can find a way to solve this problem so others don’t have to experience what I did.
Coconut cake petites would be awesome!!
The Double Chocolate Cake Bites are my Favorite. I only got to purchase one bag have not found any since still looking. AMAZING ???
I’m sorry I thought these ( double chocolate) were disgusting. I had a glass of milk with mine and drank half of it to get the taste out of my mouth. I’m taking them back where I bought and asking for a refund.
The vanilla “cakepop” balls taste soooo gross! Yes the packaging is so deceiving, you think you end up with a yummy little treat but instead u get a super sweet (too sweet) treat that almost makes you regret having more than 1. The strange taste that you describe as the “maraschino cherry taste” that’s actually the end result of dumping in a load of vanilla extract without using a measuring spoon. So the strange taste the overpowering “fake tasting” vanilla extract. I wonder who came up with this recipe and thought that it tastes amazing.
I NEVER post or write reviews about anything…..but I find it funny that you rated the white fudge cakes a 5 and your least favorite. I am addicted to them so much that i googled them. And they are the only ones i like beside the brownie crisps. So your trippen with your review!!!
I completely agree! I LOVE them soo so so much!
I love them too, I picked up quite a few bags at Big Lots of all places…
The sunk in look in the brownie bites is exactly how all brownie bites look. No matter where they come from they always look like that.
I totally loved the White Fudge Vanilla
Petites. they were so very delicious
Too much raspberry I won’t buy again.
I bought the blonde brownie and thought they were amazing. But they are really hard to find. I also thought they were pretty expensive for the small size. But I will still buy again, if I can locate them.
I bought the fudge blondie crispi thins and was highly disappointed. 80% of the squares were broken into pieces smaller than my thumb. The main reason I bought them was because they showed chocolate chips on them. Almost all of the pieces were naked. While the crisp tasted good, I wasn’t buying a sugar cookie. I tried to contact Hostess with the website on the bag, but they have no contact information on that site.
For me, these get a 3 out of 10 because the packing promises a lot more than the product delivers.
The White Fudge Vanilla ones are amazing. I am obsessed.
So, I decided to give these another try.. I bought the brownie crispi thins… and like the last time. I was disappointed. Most were crumbs.. which, honestly, might not be Hostess’ fault as transport could smash them to bits.. however, the ones that were intact had 1 or no chocolate chips.. I’ll stick with Shiela G’s brownie brittle.
Bought Petites double chocolate cream filled at Walmart. There were very few still in round form. Most were mashed with creme holding together in one big clump. Disappointed and not worth what I paid.
I just bought a package today, but its “Chocolate & Creme” – they look exactly like the double chocolate ones, but they have white creme filling.
I’ve had the white vanilla fudge, I love them. At least I don’t get carried away by eating a large slice of cake.
I give these a 9, simply because they could be a little, just a little bigger, to get more cake. I Love them anyway ?
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