For me, Hostess Fruit Pies were the sad stepchild of the Hostess family, forever overshadowed by cupcakes, Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Ding-Dongs. Why make it if it didn't have cake, was my motto?
But some people -- generally those same folks who would pick dinner over dessert every time -- LOVED them. And I must admit, they had their charms. The weird shape, more like a glazed donut taco than a pie. The glaze itself -- unnecessary but glorious. The bizarre filings--remember chocolate and lemon? And of course, Fruit Pie the Magician and those wonderful comic-book ads.
If you haven't read Seanbaby's wonderful pages devoted to the Fruit Pie comic-book ads, you need to quit your job right now to allot yourself the correct amount of time to pore over his work. (Other Hostess products get ads too, but Fruit Pies seem to pop up more than the rest.) Seanbaby's commentary takes what are already ridiculous ads and pushes them over the top, as with this Green Lantern ad.
Fruit Pie the Magician was kind of a total dolt though, as in this ad below, where he has to be saved by Twinkie the Kid. Oh, and Fruit Pies are not to be confused with the short-lived, and to my mind, utterly superior, Ninja Turtle Pudding Pies.
Did you eat these, or did you prefer the cakey side of the family? Which Fruit Pies were the best, and which were absolutely horrible? I'm suspecting the answer to the last part of that question is "blueberry."