Turn Twinkies, Ho Hos, Cheez Doodles into ‘gourmet’ treats

Can a Twinkie, a Ho Ho and a bag of Cheez Doodles be transformed into “gourmet” treats? They most certainly can, according to Emilie Baltz, author of “Junk Foodie: 51 Delicious Recipes for the Lowbrow Gourmand.” Here, Baltz shares her secrets for creating intriguing and oddly irresistible treats.

Black Russian Twist

Ingredients

    • 1 small bottle Yoo-hoo
    • 1 small bottle Coca-Cola
    • 1 Twizzler

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Mix Yoo-hoo with Coke. Stir in ice.Serve with Twizzler straw.

Twinkie Napoleon

Ingredients

    • 1 pack potato chips
    • 1 Twinkie

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Cut open Twinkie and remove inside cream filling. Reserve. Knead each Twinkie cake slice until it forms a doughy ball. Divide into 2. Roll out one dough ball into a thin layer. Crush all but a few potato chips into fine powder. Cover first Twinkie dough layer with a fine layer of crushed potato chips. Repeat and layer on top of each other to form a layer cake until Twinkie dough runs out. Cut layers into 2 even rectangular pieces. Take reserved Twinkie cream and cover one side with a thin layer of cream. Top with other cut side so a layered cake is formed. Cover with remaining cream. Top with whole potato chip. Serve immediately.

Ho Ho Buche de Noël

Ingredients

    • 1 Ho Ho
    • 2 Sour Puckerooms Gummies
    • 1 Nescafe packet

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Remove hard chocolate shell from Ho Ho, taking care to preserve the bottom half. Break the remainder of the shell into bark-shaped shards.Place Puckerooms on top of the now deshelled Ho Ho. Decorate with bark-shaped shards. Place entire dessert into the reserved half of chocolate shell. Dust with Nescafe powder. Best served at room temperature.

Cheddar-dusted popcorn

Ingredients

    • 1 bag Cheez Doodles
    • 1 bag Wise Popcorn (butter flavor)
    • 2 teaspoons water

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Open bag of Cheez Doodles slightly along top to let air escape. Crumple bag with Cheez Doodles inside, until contents are reduced to a fine powder. Open popcorn bag. Add Cheez Doodles powder and two small spoonfuls of water. Close popcorn bag and shake vigorously to coat. Open. Enjoy.

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