May 23, 2019

All I want is a Frigging Hostess Raspberry filled powdered donut!

by Darrin Vindiola

Hostess Raspberry filled Donuts
I know Hostess went through a big buyout in recent years, and unfortunately, the wonder that was Hostess Raspberry filled Donuts was a casualty of this corporate reorganization.  They obviously didn't make the cut for the updated product line and it's a shame, because they were one of my favorite items Hostess used to make.

I didn't know it at the time, but this was the very last box
of Hostess Raspberry Donuts I would ever buy 5 years ago.

I got hooked on these delightful powdered delicacies when I was 13 years old.  My best friend and I had a very successful spring with our lawn mowing and landscaping business, and concluded that we had rightly earned a Saturday off.  Friday night we stocked up on fishing gear, and farmed my friends yard for night crawlers. We turned in early and set our digital wrist watch alarms for 5:00 a.m.

Early the next morning we stopped at the local 7-11 on the way to our top secret fishing spot to stock up on some food and refreshments for the day.  I spotted the Hostess raspberry filled donuts on the shelf and excitedly bought a box for our breakfast.  I had seen them before, but my Mom would never buy them for me because she said I probably wouldn't like them.  ( a sly parental trick I myself have used on my own kids )

We rode our bikes about five miles to our favorite fishing spot on the river.   After we cast our lines into the water, and waited for the fish to start biting, we cracked open the box of donuts and poured ourselves some coffee from our thermoses. I don't know if it was the serene atmosphere coupled with the feeling of independence we had that morning, but those raspberry donuts were about the best thing I had ever tasted.

As for the all day fishing trip.. we fished for all of 20 minutes when the clouds rolled over, the temperature dropped twenty degrees, and snow started flying.  Oh yeah, this story takes place in Northern Colorado, where freak snow storms in June have been known to happen from time to time.  We hurriedly packed up all of our gear and quickly hightailed it back to my friends house riding into the wind, dressed for 90 degree weather.

Sometime before 8:00 a.m. we walked through my friends front door soaking wet, and skin feeling blistered from the wind chill and snow. Walking through the dining room on the way to the kitchen, we came across his parents sitting at the table sipping their morning cup of coffee.  My friends mom poured us each a cup, and we all polished off the remaining donuts while he and I cursed the crazy Colorado weather.  And cursed it we did.. as it was 73 degrees by 1:00 that afternoon.  Like the locals say in Colorado.. "If you don't like the weather here, just wait ten minutes".

For years after.. I would think of this story every time I ate a Hostess raspberry filled doughnut.  Boy, how many times as a kid did I have such grand and glorious expectations which in the end, didn't quite turn out like I had planned.  As disgusted as I was during that particular instance however, I now look back fondly on this childhood memory and can't help but smile every time I do so.

I so wish I could track down a reasonable simile to the Hostess Raspberry Filled Donut.  I could've sworn I saw some made by another brand on the shelves recently, but alas, they were nowhere to be found the next time I went to look for them. Does anyone else miss these powdery delights? Have you found a suitable replacement since their extinction?  Holler at me if you have!


  1. Franz brand is sold in Utah and are really close, and really good. My mother-in-law sends them to us in L.A.

  2. Franz brand is sold in Utah and are really close, and really good. My mother-in-law sends them to us in L.A.

  3. Walmart's raspberry filled donuts are better! I looked for years trying to find the hostess donuts. The day I tried the Great Value brand, changed my life.....and I'm not a fan of food in the walmart brand. If you can't find em at store, get em shipped. You won't be sorry!

  4. I lovet and miss them. Still look for a while I was in Colorado and Wyoming on my way to Yellowstone this month.

  5. They should publish the recipe if they aren't going to sell them anymore.

  6. How true about the Great Value raspberry filled donuts at walmart. for many years i use to buy the hostess raspberry donut, then it was over. just today i was at a neighborhood walmart store and my eye caught the package of the donuts, man like a flash i took them. when i got home i almost ate all of them lol. just like Unknown said above, you wont be sorry.

  7. Walmart ones were ok but Hostess still the best

  8. What a shame Hostess quit making these. Me and my late father would always buy them at 7 eleven with a cup of coffee while we drove down PCH checking the surf. The Walmart ones are pretty good, but not as good as Hostess. And, I cant even find the Walmart ones anymore! They're flying off the shelves! HELLO HOSTESS!?!?!


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