In this day and age of funky flavors and unicorn colors, the makers of the venerable Twinkie are making sure they aren’t forgotten. Hostess has thrown a new flavor into the snack ring, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkie. It’s spongy, chocolaty and filled with peanut butter creme filling.

OK, we know that Twinkies are high in fat and made with 37 ingredients, but Hostess says it’s about the “delectable pairing of sweet and salty flavors, as well as an irresistible creamy peanut butter texture.” The snack cake is available nationwide, and fans of chocolate and peanut butter have not hesitated to gobble them up.

The new Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkie is being sold in single-serve and multi-pack packages.

Hostess officials say the new flavor is part of the company’s attempt to stay relevant in the competitive snack food world. Three years ago, they released Twinkies stuffed with different creme filling, including blue raspberry and strawberry.

— Robert Rodriguez

The Fresno Bee