Hostess, my friends, is a big no-no. None of their products are okay.
Here is a list of Hostess Products:
- Suzy Q's
- Ding Dongs
- Mini Muffins
- Sno Balls
- Fruit Pies
Here's a summary of what the email says for any lazy bums who don't feel like reading it =)
- FRUIT PIES contain BEEF FAT
- SHORTENING on the ingredient label can be from either VEGETABLE or BEEF sources
- BEEF FAT is used in the CREAM FILLINGS
- BEEF FAT is also used in the FRYING OIL
- GELATIN on the ingredient label is always from PORK
Here is the email:
Thank you for your thoughtfulness in contacting us regarding the shortening ingredients used in our products.
Our Hostess Fruit pies contain beef fat. The shortening ingredients noted on our labels are: vegetable (may be soybean and/or canola and/or cottonseed and/or palm oil) and beef shortening. "Beef Fat" when noted, is a very small trace used in the creamy fillings of our cakes for taste. Also, it is used in a trace amount in the vegetable oil frying medium.
Gelatin, when noted on the ingredient legend is pork sourced. Gelatin is used in the squiggle of our Hostess® and Dolly Madison® cupcakes and also in the Hostess® SnoBalls.
Thank you for contacting us...
Consumer Response Representative