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Jul 17, 2021

I really miss Hostess Raspberry Filled Powdered Donuts

update! 7-22-2022
Some of my readers have told me about a company named 'Katz' that makes a good Raspberry filled jelly donut that is kosher, free of preservatives & chemicals, and still tastes wonderful. While I haven't located them yet, I have found that their raspberry filled donut holes are available on Amazon. I've included the link below in case you want to give them a try.

  

Hostess went through a big buyout in recent years, and unfortunately, the wonder that was Hostess Raspberry filled Donuts became 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.


Hostess Raspberry Filled Powdered Donuts
This very last box of Hostess 
Raspberry Donuts I ever bought in 2012.



Raspberry filled Powdered Donuts Box HostessI 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. We made a little campfire, 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.

Hostess Raspberry Filled donuts
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. You see, 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 80 degree weather.

Sometime before 8:00 a.m. we walked through my friends front door soaking wet, and skin feeling blistered and burned 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. 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.

Raspberry filled Hostess Donuts Box

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?

Wal-Mart apparently carries a brand that folks have told me is pretty close, but I haven't found them since I started actively looking for them over the last year. Holler at me if you've personally found a replacement for the old Hostess Raspberry filled donuts. There are several other Hostess classic products that are no longer made, and am going to dedicate a new post on this very subject soon. feel free to comment below if there are any other extinct Hostess treats that you think deserve a mention.

15 comments:

  1. Walmart sells them under their generic brand, Great Value. I feel like they're not quite the same as the hostess kind, but are definately in the ballpark. I absolutely loathe walmart and will not go there for any reason other than the raspberry filled powdered sugar donuts.

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  2. dont know where you live but at Safeway i see Franz raspberry powered donuts

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  3. I've only been able to get the Walmart donuts a handful of times in the near 3 years I've lived in Florida, but to me they taste exactly the same. I had the people stocking the shelves tell me that they re-stock on Tuesday and Friday mornings but I go there often enough and alas, no luck 99 outta 100 times. But on the rare ocurrence that the store does have them, I buy every box lol.

    Also, "Franz" brand donuts follow the same recipe. If you're willing to pay more money (though if you buy more you pay less per serving), there's a few ebay sellers that I've bought from many times over the years. Even bought the donuts when I visited Seattle once, which is where Franz is based.

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  4. I check the dessert aisle EVERY time I get to wal-mart with no luck yet. However, thanks for the heads up on Franz friend! I will be hunting for those now!

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  5. OMG!
    I found these at a local Walmart twice and since then, nothing. Have looked for them on the web, nothing. Maybe we should find a way to re make them.

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  6. I wrote a letter to Franz about these donuts expressing my disappointment in the quality. These used to be my favorite along with the box that had the 3 powdered, 3 cinnamon powdered,and 3 plain(which never got eaten),they get hard very quickly, didn't have a much filling as I remembered and just seemed to be different from the way they used to be when I was a kid. Ok, now I know why. I thought Hostess made these but could never find them so then I just thought I was mistaken and it was Franz that I had always eaten. Sorry Franz for confusing your donut with another, but at any rate the quality is not great. Maybe Hostess will sell you their discontinued recipe? I'm sure the sales numbers are quite good since it's the only game out there, but I'd be willing to bet they would increase significantly if they were made the way Hostess made them.

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    1. I will continue to search for a substitute. Not too confident I'll find them.. but I hold out hope!!

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  7. I too am a fan of those donuts and wondered what happened to them, I could eat the whole box. There is another strange disappearances of an awesome treat, little debbie's dingdongs, half the price of hostess and in my opinion twice as good. Here one day gone the next. We should band together and fight to get our beloved treats back, and that's all I got to say about that!

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    1. It may be high time to start a petition to Hostess!

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  8. Why would they not make these available? I, alone, could keep them in profit! 😉

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    1. Same! I mean.. I eat a lot healthier these days, but I would buy a box a month at least.

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    2. I had these as a child oh some 32 years ago. My dad would by these for me and my sister and I always wanted to find them again. It’s unfortunate they no longer make these.

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  9. I too remember these fondly, recently discovered the Franz brand at Safeway and I won’t be critical of them because having a version of the donut is better than none at all. I like em.

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  10. Walmart does have some that are pretty darn close but they have been out of stock since Covid…hoping they come back soon

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  11. They where great loved so much come back. some powder jelly goodness

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