Friday, October 22, 2010

Funky Food Friday: Hostess Fruit Pies

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."


debzwez said...

Loved, loved, loved the apple pie. It was a good day when one of those made an appearance in my lunch box, and with five kids packing back in the day, those instances were few and far between. Never liked Twinkies or the chocolate cupcakes (but pass me a HoHo anytime).

Laurie said...

Though I'm a Chocolate Girl to my bones, I LOVED Hostess Apple Pies and still do. The only apple pies better were the McDonalds pies when they were still fried. Mmmmm - now I really want one!!

Dawn said...

I hate pie, hate cooked fruit. Loved the BLUEBERRY fruit pies. Loved. I am not kidding. I see them in convenience stores from time to time but only the Apple and the Lemon.