What is International Delight Hostess Twinkies Creamer?
The bad boys and girls at International Delight are at it again! No longer content with simply making Reese’s into iced coffee, or infusing their creamer with Almond Joy or Cinnabon, now they’re taking everyone’s favorite indestructible snack cake and making it drinkable.
How is it?
While very little of the golden cake flavor shines through, the taste overwhelmingly captures the artificially delightful cream filling. It’s super sugary, sure, but you know what you signed up for: a Twinkies-flavored creamer. There is no nuance here, so maybe that’s a bit of a missed opportunity, but if you’ve ever wanted to drinky a Twinkie, this is your chance.
Anything else you need to know?
I was delighted/horrified to learn that Hostess released a bottled “Twinkies Iced Latte” in 2020. If you, too, missed your opportunity to consume one of these things, you’ll be happy to note that it is currently available on eBay— along with the Ding Dong and Honey Bun varieties— for just a tick under $40.
While liquid Twinkies feels a bit too novelty to become a full-time International Delight flavor, if you’re into prepackaged snack cakes, or trying new coffee creamers, or just feel like something a little less adult than “Hazelnut” or “French Vanilla,” you probably won’t regret giving this a whirl.
Purchased Price: $2.88 Size: 32 oz Purchased at: Walmart Rating: 9 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (1 Tbsp) 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 10 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, less than 0 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar including 5 grams added sugar, and 0 grams of protein.
I’ve always been astounded by the different types of vanilla ice cream with some brands. It doesn’t begin and end with vanilla. A quick look at Dreyer’s site tells me it has French Vanilla, Vanilla Bean, and a regular Vanilla. Breyers has Extra Creamy Vanilla, Natural Vanilla, Homemade Vanilla, and French Vanilla.
For many years, the two biggest coffee creamer brands haven’t expanded their vanilla portfolios beyond French Vanilla. But that has changed for Coffee mate with the rollout of its new Vanilla Bean variety. I’ll admit, it’s not as glamorous as the Rice Krispies Treats and Golden Grahams creamers that the brand introduced at the same time, but it’s nice to have another basic vanilla flavor.
If you’re wondering, unlike the ice cream, no vanilla bean specks are floating in this. I mean, I didn’t expect there would be because who wants something that looks like coffee grinds to be floating in their coffee.
The creamer smells like vanilla frosting and, straight out of the bottle and into my mouth, it tastes like a combination of frosting and ice cream. I’m not going to say it’s specifically vanilla bean ice cream, though.
I find it a bit more vanilla-y than Coffee mate’s French Vanilla. However, in coffee, its flavor doesn’t stand out as much as the older vanilla creamer does, which causes me to add more than I usually do to hide the coffee’s taste adequately, and in turn, I go through a bottle quicker.
That’s not a complete deal-breaker because this is still a perfectly okay tasting creamer. But when I’m half awake and don’t even know what day it is, I don’t think I’d like to be reminded every morning that I need to add more creamer than usual by taking my first sip of the day and then muttering “dammit” because I can still strongly taste the cheap McCafe ground coffee I use.
I had high hopes for this variety because last year’s Coffee mate Caramel was surprisingly great for a basic flavor. It had a potent, natural-ish taste when mixed in my coffee. Also, I was hoping for something I could occasionally switch with French Vanilla since I’ve had it way too many times, thanks to it being two bottles of a Coffee mate refrigerated creamer 3-pack that Costco sells. But it appears I’ll still be sticking with it and the Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream flavor that the other big creamer brand sells.
Maybe Coffee mate will add another vanilla variety someday. Might I recommend Extra Creamy Vanilla, Natural Vanilla, or Homemade Vanilla?
DISCLOSURE: I received a free product sample from Coffee mate. Doing so did not influence my review.
Purchased Price: FREE Size: 32 fl oz bottle Purchased at: Received from Coffee mate Rating: 6 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (1 tbsp) 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 10 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar (including 5 grams of added sugar), and 0 grams of protein.
It’s fascinating that cereals from competing companies are two of Coffee mate’s new creamer flavors — General Mills’ Golden Grahams and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats.
I don’t know if the behind the scenes there were awkward moments where the Coffee mate person who makes these deals had to explain to the cereal people that Coffee mate is also going to offer at the same time a creamer that’s flavored like a competitor’s cereal. I also don’t know if those moments were followed with an “Oops. Tee hee hee. No backsies.”
The cereal choices are also fascinating. One has marshmallow flavor and the other has graham flavor, and if you’re doing the snack math in your head, we’re some chocolate away from s’mores.
I’ll get back to that creamer mixology in a moment, but let’s talk about them individually.
It’s been a year or two since I’ve last had Golden Grahams cereal, but the moment I put my nose above the creamer’s spout, it immediately registered as the classic cereal. When I sampled it sans coffee, it hit my taste buds with a Golden Grahams flavor that’s stronger than the cereal itself. It would make the Golden Grahams mascot proud, whatever it is. Has there ever been one? Anyhoo, in my cold brew coffee, that flavor is still noticeable, but obviously milder because it’s competing with the coffee’s flavor.
As for the Rice Krispies Treats one, it smells exactly like the marshmallow and rice cereal treat, but I can’t say the same about its taste. In coffee, it gives my daily cold brew a marshmallow flavor that pops, but there’s no Snap, Crackle, or Pop. Though, it’s not surprising since I couldn’t taste any cereal when I drank it straight out of the bottle like a good product reviewer should. With just a marshmallow flavor, it reminds me of another coffee creamer I’ve had, but I’m not sure which one. I’ve had a lot. Maybe I’m thinking of the s’mores-flavored creamer or the Peeps one I had a few years ago.
Speaking of s’mores, let’s now find out how combining the two with a bit of chocolate will turn out. Fortunately, I had some Hershey’s syrup sitting in my fridge like a good product reviewer should. After some trial and error, mixing two tablespoons of each creamer with one tablespoon of Hershey’s syrup got me a balanced s’mores flavor in my coffee and a lot of sugar. It was definitely better tasting than the s’more-flavored creamer I mentioned earlier that lacked a graham flavor.
Now I don’t know if Coffee mate decided to release these two flavors at the same time to encourage shoppers to buy both so that they can make s’mores-flavored coffee, but I’ll just make the folks there look good by saying they did. After trying them separately and together (with chocolate) in several cups of coffee, I’ve enjoyed these creamers either way and I recommend giving them a try.
DISCLOSURE: I received free product samples from Coffee mate. Doing so did not influence my review. I know it totally reads like it did, but I assure you it did not.
Purchased Price: FREE Size: 32 fl oz bottles Purchased at: Received from Coffee mate Rating: 7 out of 10 (Golden Grahams), 7 out of 10 (Rice Krispies Treats) Nutrition Facts: (1 tbsp) 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 15 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar, 5 grams of added sugar, and 0 grams of protein.
If you don’t follow the coffee creamer universe, fall is one of the seasons when we see new varieties from Nestle Coffee mate. This year, the brand brings us two of them — Natural Bliss Cinnamon Swirl Latte and Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Oat Milk Creamer.
Oh, you were hoping for pecan pie a la mode or candied yams with marshmallows? That’s not happening this year.
Natural Bliss Cinnamon Swirl Latte
When I see “cinnamon” it a coffee creamer’s name, I automatically think of the bold Big Red gum-like flavor I’ve tasted with previous cinnamon-heavy creamers. But when I took a sip of cold brew coffee with several splashes of this, the cinnamon wasn’t like that at all. It’s milder than I was expecting. I don’t know if this will make sense, but the milk and cream do more of the magic of hiding the coffee than the cinnamon. Actually, on second thought, that makes sense since this has “latte” in its name.
Being part of the “Natural Bliss” line means no artificial colors or flavors, no rBST treated cows, and an ingredients list that I can quickly type right now, and it won’t have one-word ingredients with double-digit letters — nonfat milk, heavy cream, cane sugar, and natural flavor. Yup, that’s it. Oh, according to the bottle, that natural cinnamon flavor comes from real cinnamon sticks.
This isn’t a unique variety, but it’s an enjoyable refrigerated cinnamon coffee creamer that’s all-natural. It’s something that’s been lacking from the Natural Bliss line, although I’m disappointed it’s not permanent.
Purchased Price: FREE Size: 32 fl oz bottle Purchased at: Received from Nestle Rating: 7 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (1 tbsp) 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 5 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar, 4 grams of added sugar, and 0 grams of protein.
Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Oat Milk Creamer
If you’ve had Coffee mate’s Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice dairy creamer, which has been out for several years now, you’ll have an idea of what this tastes like.
It has the pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors that you’d expect. When I drink it straight, like any normal human being would when faced with a new creamer, it reminds me of pumpkin pie. Also, this may be my taste buds’ wishful tasting, but when consuming it on its own, they think the oat milk kind of adds a flavor that could be described as pie crust-like.
When added to my cold brew, the usual seasonal flavors come through (although not the pie crust), but does it in a way that’s vegan, cholesterol-free, lactose-free, carrageenan-free, and gluten-free with no artificial colors or flavors too. If you’re looking for a non-dairy pumpkin spice creamer, this is a darn tasty choice.
Purchased Price: FREE Size: 32 fl oz bottle Purchased at: Received from Nestle Rating: 7 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (1 tbsp) 30 calories, 1 gram of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 25 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of sugar, 4 grams of added sugar, and 0 grams of protein.
DISCLOSURE: I received free samples of the products. Thanks, Nestle! Doing so did not influence my review.
For those of you who don’t follow coffee creamers, winter is usually the time of year when a slew of them are introduced. This winter, Nestle Coffee mate is offering nine new products, but I’m going to be focusing on three of them here, which I received from the brand.
Milk Chocolate M&M’s Creamer
I very much know what Milk Chocolate M&M’s taste like due to my insistence that Fun Size packs should only be eaten by pouring their entire contents into my mouth instead of consuming them one by one like a bird, if birds ate M&M’s. Even though it’s primarily milk chocolate, the classic candy has a distinct flavor.
So after going through half a bottle of Coffee mate’s Milk Chocolate M&M’s Creamer, I have to say I don’t taste the popular candy, whether it’s in coffee or poured straight into my mouth as if the bottle is my mama bird and I’m a baby bird waiting for sustenance to land into my mouth.
I mean, it’s definitely milk chocolatey, and it turns any coffee I make with it into a tasty mocha-flavored beverage. However, it’s hard to distinguish the creamer as an M&M’s product, making it a little disappointing.
Size: 32 fl oz bottle Rating: 6 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (1 tbsp) 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 5 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar (includes 5 grams of added sugar), and 0 grams of protein.
Glazed Donut Creamer
The donut and coffee combo has been around as long as chocolate and peanut butter have been in each other’s business. So it’s not surprising to see Nestle attempt to recreate a donut’s flavor within a coffee creamer. However, I don’t think the brand accomplished that.
What I taste leans more towards birthday cake frosting than a glazed donut when I add it to my daily iced coffee and when I try it on its own. There aren’t any fried dough notes or anything that reminds me of a pastry.
This Coffee mate Glazed Donut Creamer is not what I was hoping for, but it’s serviceable. If you want to experience donuts and coffee, you’re going to have to do it the old fashioned way.
Size: 16 fl oz bottle Rating: 6 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (1 tbsp) 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 5 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar (includes 5 grams of added sugar), and 0 grams of protein.
Oatmeal Creme Pie Creamer
Full disclosure: I don’t think I’ve ever had a Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie. Oh, I think I just heard and felt everyone’s collective gasp. Or it could’ve been the wind. But I know what oatmeal cookies taste like and, after licking so many white, creamy, and sugary things in my life, my worn down taste buds might have an idea of what the creme tastes like. So I think I know what flavors to expect in this coffee creamer.
And one of those is, and this will sound super weird or wrong, whole grain oats. I’ve had enough oat milk in my life to know what oats taste like in liquid form, and I swear I taste something like it in this. Speaking of oats in liquid form, I wonder how this would taste if it was Coffee mate Natural Bliss Oatmeal Creme Pie Oat Milk Creamer. Just something for you to think about, Nestle.
As for other cookie ingredients, I also taste cinnamon and brown sugar. Oh, I should mention this smells precisely like oatmeal cookies, and it’s magnificent. As for the creme, my taste buds didn’t notice anything that could be considered creme-flavored. But, now that I think about it, it would be difficult to detect among the other bolder flavors.
Out of the three varieties here, I think this one is the best and most accurate tasting. But I wish it didn’t come only in a 16-ounce bottle.
Size: 16 fl oz bottle Rating: 7 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (1 tbsp) 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 5 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar (includes 5 grams of added sugar), and 0 grams of protein.
DISCLOSURE: I received free samples of the products. Thanks, Nestle! Doing so did not influence my review in any way.