Twinkie sushi? Try these little cake concoctions

Over half a billion Twinkies are baked every year — that's one thousand golden cakes a minute! And it all started back in 1930, when an enterprising Hostess baking manager in Chicago created a tasty golden rollup and filled it with creme. Now, three quarters of a century later, we're still enjoying the sweet 150 calorie treat.

In honor of the milestone, Hostess has created “The Twinkies Cookbook.” Theresa Cogswell, vice president of research and development for Interstate Bakeries Corporation, and Peter Sheridan, Twinkie enthusiast, visited TODAY share some of these inventive recipes.

Twinkie Sushi©
Servings:

Serves 6

Ingredients

    • 4 pieces green fruit leather, sliced into 1-inch strips
    • 6 Twinkies, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • Assorted dried fruits, cut into small pieces
    • Assorted chewy fruity candies
    • 4 to 6 pieces of dried mango, cut into strips

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Patriotic Twinkie Pie
Servings:

Serves 16

Ingredients

    • 1 (6-ounce) package blueberry Jell-O®
    • 3 cups boiling water
    • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen blueberries
    • 1 (6-ounce) package strawberry Jell-O®
    • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen sliced strawberries in syrup
    • 6 to 7 Twinkies, broken or torn into 1-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
    • 2 (5.1-ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
    • 6 cups milk
    • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed

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Pigs in a Twinkie
Servings:

Serves 6

Ingredients

    • 6 pork sausage links
    • 6 Twinkies
    • Maple syrup, for serving

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Twinkie Burrito
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 4 (10- to 12-inch) flour tortillas, warmed
    • 1/2 to 3/4 cup chocolate sauce
    • 4 Twinkies
    • 2 cups sliced strawberries, or 1/2 cup strawberry preserves

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Twinkie-Misu
Servings:

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

    • 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
    • 1 3/4 cups milk
    • 1/4 cup amaretto
    • 1 cup strong coffee, warmed
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/4 cup Kahlúa
    • 2 cups frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed
    • 10 Twinkies
    • Unsweetened cocoa, for dusting

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Ribbons and Bows Twinkie Wedding Cake
Servings:

Serves 27

Ingredients

    • 7 3/4 pounds prepared fondant in 2 colors
    • 27 Twinkies
    • 1 (4-inch-diameter, 4-inch-thick) piece Styrofoam
    • 1 (7-inch-diameter) card-board cake round, covered with decorative, food-safe aluminum foil
    • 1 1/2 (16-ounce) butter-cream frosting
    • 1 (8-inch-diameter, 4-inch-thick) piece Styrofoam
    • 1 (11-inch-diameter) card-board cake round, covered with decorative, food-safe aluminum foil

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