A big part of getting used to the culture and everyday life of the USA is very much linked to new food experiences. The latest taste test / food review is for the rather oddley named Ding Dongs, which are an American cream filled, chocolate cake snack food that come in packets suited for lunch boxes.
Made by Hostess Brands, Ding Dongs are a chocolate cake sandwich (cream in the middle) that is covered in chocolate. It got its name to go with an advertisement on television that depicted a ringing bell in 1967 and advertised along with an animated ‘King Ding Dong’ character therafter.
The Taste Test
The chocolate cake itself is quite nice. It tastes very mass produced, as you would expect, but is one of the more pleasant highly processed creations I have had over here. The cream had a nice sweet taste but a rather odd texture – almost like a soft fluffy, glossy plastic.
In true highly processed cake fashion, it stuck to the roof of my mouth like it was trying to form a second skin, but it has a nice chocolatey flavour that I liked.
I found the name to be hugely amusing as all I could think of, in true British fashion, was Leslie Phillips and his classic catchphrase ‘ding dong’ when he meets an attractive woman in Carry on Nurse (think over sexed seaside card humour if you are not familiar – see short clip at the end of the post) … but giggling aside, as far as highly processed pretend food goes, this was actually quite nice. The chocolatey flavour was good enough to win me over.
Have you tried Ding Dongs? What do you think of them? If you have not had one before, do you think you would like it?
What would you like to see me try next?