Sometimes you want a little something sweet and a bowl of grapes isn’t going to cut it. You want cake, but you know you can’t stop at just one slice. Hostess has joined the “100 Calorie Pack” club and now offer tiny little cupcakes, complete with frosting, for just 100 calories per pack of 3 cakes. We gave them a try to find out if they were worth clucking about, or would cause us to squawk!
Hostess 100 Calorie Pack cupcakes are not for everyone. A lot of dieters count calories and allow themselves a small amount of sweet treats every now and then. Portion control is very important, so the Hostess cakes may just fit the bill. There are also plenty of dieters that scrutinize ingredient panels and carefully choose how they spend their calories.
The Hostess cakes do contain 100 calories per pack, and are also low in fat with just 3 grams per serving. The chocolate packs contain 5 grams of fiber, which was surprising. This brings their Weight Watchers point total to just 1 point! The vanilla and carrot cake varieties contain 3 grams of fiber, so they teeter the edge at 2 points. They are tasty, very sweet, and nicely portable for lunch boxes or office snack breaks. Don’t be misled by the picture, the cakes are about the size of quarters and you’ll probably get two bites per cake. We photographed them next to a regular size Penny’s muffin that contains 120 calories.
On the flip side, and this is where we squawk a little, the ingredient list wasn’t too impressive. The first ingredient is sugar, which may not be surprising for a cake. Close to the top of the list you’ll also find partially hydrogenated oils and/or beef fat 😮 as well as high fructose corn syrup. These items will cause a lot of you to cross Hostess cakes off your shopping list.
Everyone seems to offer a 100 calorie snack these days, and they can be a dieters dream – but only if you can stick to just one pack. If you eat more than one per day, then you quickly lose the benefit. Though the lure of just 100 calories may be just the nudge you need to buy this type of snack, make sure you read the ingredient label to be sure you know what you are getting. Stack it up against other snacks that contain the same amount of calories.
Suggestions: Cinnamon rice cakes spread with nonfat cream cheese; hummus and veggie sticks or even hummus with light wasa crackers; nuts; apple slices and peanut butter; a BIG bowl of berries; light microwave popcorn; a fresh summer salad.