Junk Food Sunday: Mallomars

One of the most beloved confections from my youth was the Nabisco Mallomars with the bright yellow box.

For those who have had them, it’s not appropriate to call the Mallomar a "cookie." If you think of it as a cookie, then what of the puff of marshmallow, not to mention you would never dunk a Mallomar! Just as a chicken is not fish, the Malomar is not a cookie.

Mallomars in the U.S. are produced seasonally at Nabisco and are only available for about 5 months, begining about October and continuing until about April. If you speak to a true Mallomar fan they try and make the season last as long as possible by freezing a supply as squirrels will store nuts for the winter, or in this case summer.

The National Biscuit Co. debuted Mallomars in 1913 at a grocery store in New Jersey. The bakery was based in New York City. Today, about 70% of the treats are devoured in the New York area.

The construction of the Mallomar is deceptively simple. A circle of Graham cracker is covered with a puff of extruded marshmallow, then "enrobed" in dark chocolate, which forms a hard shell. I’m not sure what "enrobed" as Nabisco likes to refer to them really means, but it sounds delicious.

Similar chocolate-coated marshmallow treats are produced in different variations around the world, with several countries claiming to have invented it or hailing it as their "national confection."

Mallomars have also has their time in popular culture with references by Billy Crystal in "When Harry Met Sally" and Rosie O’Donnell raving about them on her daytime talk show — both instances by native New Yorkers. Other instances have included the movies "The First Wives Club" and "Regarding Henry."

Surprisingly a search for how to make a mallomar could not be found on the Internet, but there were numerous recipes for including them in various desserts.

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Junk Food Sunday: Twinkies

Twinkies have been part of the fat and furious diet since the 1930’s. If you’ve been a coinsure of twinkies throughout your life like I have you will obviously know that the rich creamy filling was not the first filling for twinkies.

Actually, Twinkies originally contained a banana cream filling, but this was replaced with a vanilla cream filling because of a banana shortage during World War II. Since then, 500 million of these tasty treats have been baked each year.

Twinkies in the factory are baked for 10 minutes, then the cream filling is injected through three holes in the top of the cake which becomes browned from baking. The cake is then flipped before packaging, so the rounded yellow bottom becomes the top and the 3 holes are nicely nestled under the cardboard bottom of the cellophane packaging.

Throughout history, people have surmised that Twinkies have an indefinite shelf life. If you’ve ever seen the first Die Hard movie or visited Snopes.com you’ll know that is not the case.

But did you know that your favorite snack cake will explode in a microwave? According to Hostess, it takes 45 seconds to explode a Twinkie. Try it for yourself at home.

A single Twinkie has between 150 and 160 calories. Packed in there is 4.5 grams of fat, which has 2.5 grams of saturated fat. Not bad for single serving snack, but lets be realistic. You’re not having one of the double packs, so that’s 300+ calories.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Twinkie the Kid, the loveable mascot introduced by twinkie in 1947. Twinkie the Kid was a Western cowboy cartoon to sell the snack.

Twinkie the kid was one of seven fun characters created by Don Duga, representing Hostess Cakes starting in the 1970s, along with Captain Cupcake (Cupcakes), Happy Ho Ho (Ho-Hos), Chief Big Wheels (Big Wheels), Chauncey Choco-dile (Chocodiles) Fruit Pie The Magician (Fruit Pies) and King Ding Dong (Ding Dongs). All have been retired except for Twinkie The Kid.

Twinkies have become a part of the American Experience in movies and tv as well as our stomachs. Archie Bunker, from the 1970s sitcom All in the Family, loved Twinkies. He even called it the white man’s soul food, offering it to Sammy Davis Jr. when he visited his humble home. In a pivotal episode of Family Guy, Peter leaves his loved Cohog after a nuclear event in search of the twinkie factory to survive. And in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xander teaches the Mummy Girl about this essential American food. twinkies have also made appearances in countless Hollywood movies, like Ghostbusters, Grease, and Die Hard.

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