Hostess 100 Calorie Packs

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! 100-package.jpg

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.hostess2.jpg 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.


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  • Leenie

    I tried them and threw the entire box out…. Tasted like rubber LOL… Hostess used to make a chocolate cup cake that was 100 calories, it was really good too, fluffy and normal looking, it even had the white swirly icing on top.. oh well 🙂

    JMHO 😀

  • Des

    Hmm, I’m really thinking about trying this, but the one thing that is making me reconsider is the fact that sugar is the first ingredient. I guess I’ll head to the supermarket tomorrow and give them a try. If they start affecting my diet negatively then they’ll just have to go.

    Thanks for the great info!

  • MJ

    Each gram of fat = 9 calories, so, if you are strictly counting calories, 27 calories a shot with this cupcake is alot- I’d rather have 27 calories of a better food – fruit is sweet – I do like desserts! But, I’d rather save up my calories & have one real good desert per week!

  • Mary

    Leenie, I wish you had given me that box you threw out – for Weight Watchers flex plan, 3 little chocolate cupcakes for 1 point is great, and I think they taste pretty good! You may want to try them for yourself, because they are WAY better than the little Weight Watchers chocolate cakes when you just need that chocolate fix.

  • AD

    I am doing Weight Watchers and these little cakes are a life saver for me. For 1 point the 3 little cakes take away that chocolate craving and keep me on track with my points.

  • Jess

    I bought a box of these about two weeks before the listed sell by date of May 12. I ate perhaps three packs within two days, and the box sat for about 5 days (still way before May 12).

    I go to eat a pack, and the cupcake headed toward my mouth is MOLDY!!! :/ The remaining two packs were moldy as well. I emailed Hostess about it, they said it depends on the conditions things are kept in, but I’ve kept their other cupcakes for months in the same, if not worse conditions, and there was never any mold on them…

    I don’t think I’ll buy them again.

  • Shannon

    I love these. I joined weight watchers (again) today and was thrilled to find out that these are onlu 1 point. That means I can have a pack with lunch and one with dinner and that is only 2 points a day!
    My 8 y/o daughter is doing the diet along with me (on the advice of her doctor) and these are going to be a perfect treat.

  • Susie

    I love these and I even feel like I am splurging because I can have three little cakes. I will have one after lunch, one for snack and one after supper and it is only 1 point total! My 12 year old son thinks they are great too!

  • Megan

    I tried them, and found them not at all satisfying. But you never know until you try something. With my nature I just feel 3 bites is what would lead me to more mindless eating.

    If I want something sweet, I’d much rather stick to R/F ice cream or some fruit with a graham cracker which I can eat over a longer period of time.

  • RS

    I love these! I am also on WW so it is a great 1 point snack that curbs the sweet and chocolate craving. They are bigger than a quarter and I actually make each one last 4 bites and sometimes 1 little cake is plenty, so I can save the other 2 for later or another day. It’s the perfect little dessert!

  • Lory

    I tried the 100 Calorie Hostess Cupcakes, in fact I tried the choc & the carrot. I thought both were dry & somewhat tasteless. I will not buy again unless there is a big improvment in taste. My W W leader bragged them up so much that I couldn’t wait to buy them. To each his own.

  • Sabra Fields

    I tried them and although they are low and calories, I was NOT impressed. They look good but are not really that tasty. I would not recommend them to ANYONE trying to lose weight and wonder how Hostess could have made such a bad product. (Harsh I know….but honest)

  • Amber

    I love these cupcakes!!! They satisfy my chocolate craving and are GREAT if you keep them in the freezer. I hope they stay around and are not just a fad!

  • Eastern

    I love these cupcakes and all those other 100 calorie etc packs. I live for desserts and must have some after every meal. Fruit does not even come close. So yes I love them. Keep them coming hostess and other companies out there.

  • Tracie

    I’m on Weight Watchers, and these cupcakes are a wonderful 1 point snack. They give you something sweet without the guilt. I’ve been eating them since I started Weight Watchers on March 12, and I’ve lost 29.4 lbs.

  • Laurie

    I love them! LOVE…THEM!

  • Denise

    These are my favorite snack. They’re yummy and so adorable. They’re about the size of a half dollar (kind of shocking the first time I got them). I am surprised so many people are posting negative comments. I don’t get why anyone wouldn’t love these as a low cal sweet treat.

  • Lisa

    I think these are GREAT! I’m doing WW and they are perfect 1pt snack. They are not dry and usually 1 is sweet enough to curb my craving. I save the other 2 for later.

  • Moi

    The chocolate ones are perfect to satisfy cravings. The vanilla ones taste a little like a chocolate covered twinkie. I definitely prefer the chocolate – especially because they are only a point! I really do need something sweet every night – and while I love fruit, it’s not quite what I’m looking for.

  • Ellen

    I am on weight watchers, and have been searching for these forever, what stores did yall find them in?

  • Lisa

    I absolutely LOVE these cupcakes. I even feel guilty after eating them. It is funny how some folks can say that they are dry or not tasty. If found to opposite to be true. Mine were very moist and extremely tasty. One of the best WW-friendly snacks I have found. The only problem I see is that they are TOO EXPENSIVE. I’d go broke if I ate them every day.

    Next, I wish those with the 100-cal snacks would up the fiber in those snacks so that they would equate to only 1 point. Will be waiting . . .

  • Sarah

    I love these little cakes! I am not on a diet or anything I just think they are great small portion. I am tired of everything coming in gigantic sizes! Finally something that tastes great – calms my afternoon snack craving and I feeling like I am having a treat with benefits.

  • Linda

    After reading this, I was curious to see the ingredients on the WW Chocolate cake box, since that’s what I have been eating once in a while for a snack.

    The first ingredient is sugar, too. Down the list partially hydrogenated oils are listed. Then found corn syrup.

  • Bonnie

    I too am on Weight Watchers, and I really like them. I have a little secret for improving how long they keep and the flavor….refrigerate them. The carrot cake was moister cold than out of the cupboard.

  • r sturrn

    they work for me

  • Penny

    I just tasted the 100 calorie pack of Hostess Cakes and I am so excited about how good they are!! I think they are just what I needed for my Weight Watcher points. I have only tasted the golden cake with the cream filling and chocolate frosting but I am now going scouting for the others. Thanks for thinking of the 100 calorie packs!!!

  • JCgirl

    Now, if you truly love junk food…these are ideal. What do junk food junkies want? Icing and cream filling and that’s what these mostly are. It’s a way to control yourself while indulging.

  • Sarah

    The carrot cakes are nasty! They have a very strange taste – I’m going to try to give them away.

  • Lisa

    I just tried the golden cake with chocolate frosting and I think they’re great. I was really craving a cakey junkfood snack with my coffee and these really took the edge off. I find it somehow more enjoyable that there are three cupcakes (no matter how small) versus one larger cake – plus it means you get frosting in every bite. The cake seemed moister and denser than a typical cake. My only complaint is that the frosting is very wet and gets all over my fingers. Perhaps refrigerating or freezing as people suggested will solve that problem.

  • Shelley

    I agree with all of the WW people – I, too, need that hit of chocolate almost daily – I froze the box & find that eating them frozen makes those 3 tiny cupcakes last a long longer – I doubt I wold have them around long enough for them to form mold – freezing them eliminates the issue to people who would not go through a box in a week or so. You can’t beat that 1 point for a chocolate snack.

  • Shelley

    I tried the chocolate when they first came out and at first was so excited about a great low calorie snack and they satisfied the “sweet” craving. However, I quickly learned that they dont keep well and mold much quicker than I expected, I will not buy them again, I find a chocolate graham cracker with a tablespoon of cool whip (1 point for those on WW) the best way to cure my need for something sweet.

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  • moonchik

    I love these little cakes as well. Chocolate ones ok..Golden are Very Yummy…Carrot Cake-ewww. I agree they have a funny taste.

    Leenie, Hostess still makes those incredible cupcakes you were talking about, the regular sized ones. Wal-Mart used to carry them but no longer. I actually found them at my local grocery store (Giant Eagle). They’re a little pricey, but hey..what isn’t now adays? I’ve also found them at the Hostess Bakery Thrift Store. Good luck.

  • kirstin

    I ADORE these things!!! I am pregnant and need to spend most of my calories each day on fruits, veggies and protein, so these have been a LIFESAVER. Kudos, Hostess!

  • Jenna

    OMG, I made the mistake of first trying the Carrot cake version because I LOVE carrot cake. It was the most disgusting thing I had ever eaten. It tasted like I was taking bites of over floured carrot cake batter. It was just horrible. The frosting is the real cheat because it tastes like absolutely NOTHING.

    A few days later I tried the chocolate. Whereas it was very bland in flavor it surprisingly satisfied me. I didn’t even realize the points were different I counted them as 2. Thanks for the info!

    The size of these cakes are very disapointing because they make them out to be something special then you open them up to something that to some people could be one single bite. I would have still bought them without the disapointment.

    Lets just call these cakes the “fools gold” of the 100 calorie snacks. If you insist on jumping on the 100 calorie band wagon try the quaker mini delights. I have tried every flavor, they are delicious and satifying! My favorite it the cinnamon struesal. YUMMY!

  • Alison

    I haven’t tried them and I don’t think I will… I make my own version of chocolate bran muffins that are probably twice the amount you would get with these little things AND my muffins are only 1 point! I am finding making things for myself is much better than buying processed stuff… you usually get more from the stuff you make yourself!

  • Kathy

    I bought them and loved them. They certainly taste alot better than any other brand that I tasted. It helped curve my sweet tooth.

  • Pamela

    I love these cakes but Weight Watchers participants be careful. You can only count up to 4 grams of fiber so if you have more than 1 pack of these per day it will actually cost you 4 pts, not 2!

  • Dawn

    The carrot cake and cinnamon struesel ones are very tasty!

  • Liz

    these are awesome!! the chocolate, carrot and cinnamon streusal – nothing beats these for a dessert that’s not really a dessert.

  • Sisi

    The cupcakes are DRY. Like eating cardboard. Very expensive cardboard.

    too many “diet” foods are dry and unsatisfying. If you need a cupcake try and buy a real one and share it with someone so you eat only half. You’ll at least feel like you had a treat.

  • Veggie 4 Life

    UMM, did any of you read the part about the BEEF FAT?

    Yet another company to scratch off the list

  • Peg Wanke

    I’ve been searching for your cinnamon struesel coffee cakes….where are they. They have been my main treat during the last 5 months of dieting. WW 1pt and very satisfying. Where can I buy these again. Ocala Mom.