Apparently, Twinkies originally had banana cream in them, until WWII,and when they removed the banana due to rationing and general availability. Ive toyes with the idea of making homemade original style banana flavored twinkies, since I can only imagine theyd be a lot better than the current packaged version.
The rebooted Hostess did limited edition banana cream flavored version, but I’m assuming the actual cake and creme quality is lower now than back in the day.
Whenever I think about changes in packaged foods, I always think about Chef Boayardee, which started with a real Italian chef named Boiardi who made take-and-boil dinners with a jar of sauce and dried noodles. Im assuming he wasn’t selling Beefaroni, but supposedly he did approve the early canned products as well. I always wonder how close the canned versions could have been to actual food, or if the standards for canned foods were just lower such that “tastes kind of like pasta” was enough of a triumph as to be considered acceptable.