One of my greatest joys in my career is thinking of one item, like a twinkie, and thinking of what I can turn it into… LIKE A CHILL PILL! Chill pill TWINKIES you guys! Seriously, I’m sure that joy was evident based on our track record (ehm… pop tart chair, taco letter holder, fruit slice cakes!) but it is seriously my favorite thing to do. These chill pills turned out even better than I could have imagined AND it’s such a great semi-homemade hack. Perfect for many a life occasion, of course! 😉
Chill Pill Twinkies
Total Time: 35 mins + 1 Hour Dry Time
2 pounds powdered sugar
1 tablespoon meringue powder
1/2 cup water (plus more if needed)
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pink food coloring
10 to 15 Twinkies
Wilton Alphabet Sugar Sheets (or black royal icing)
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the meringue powder into the powdered sugar. Add in water, corn syrup, vanilla, and white food coloring if using. Mix on low speed till combined. Turn mixer up to high and mix for 3 to 5 minutes. You can add more water if icing is too thick.
2. Divide icing in half. Color one half pale pink. Leave the other half white.
3. You will need 2 baking sheets and a cooling rack. One baking sheet will be for the white icing. The second will be for the pink icing. Place the cooling rack over the first baking sheet. Place the twinkies on the cooling rack.
4. Drizzle a heaping spoonful of white icing over one half of each twinkie. Let the excess run off onto the baking sheet.
5. Switch the cooling rack to the second baking sheet and repeat with the pink icing on the other halves of the twinkies, letting the excess run off onto the baking sheet.
6. Let first coat set for a couple of minutes. Repeat 1 or 2 more times till you are happy with the thickness. You can reuse the excess icing that has dripped onto the baking sheets.
7. While still wet, gently place the sugar letters onto the twinkies. (Optionally, you can use black royal icing in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip to free hand the letters.) Let set for about an hour till the icing is firm to the touch.
Photos by Jeff Mindell | Recipe by Theresa Rountree
Could you like chill for a sec? (Name that movie!)
p.s. Funfetti Twinkies too!