Goodness in precise units

Gansito, a sort of Mexican Twinkie with a layer of raspberry, has been available here in some merely-Anglo stores for a couple of years; I pick up a box now and then. (Fillyjonk mentioned them here.) They’re quite tasty, and not appreciably pricier than their distant American relatives. (Grupo Bimbo, the Mexican bakery conglomerate that owns Marinela, producer of Gansito, has substantial American holdings, including, yes, Sara Lee’s baked-goods line.)

A box of Gansito contains eight of the little cakes and weighs precisely 14.11 ounces, a number which seemed awfully specific to me until I read the metric equivalent: 400g. Fifty grams per cake. Sounds almost elegant when you put it that way.

In Mexico, Marinela has a whole line of stuff, including Dálmata, a sort of chocolate-ish Twinkie with white frosting embedded with chocolate chips, and Pingüinos, a knockoff of the classic Hostess CupCake. I trust — and a glance at the Gansito box assures me — that these south-of-the-border treats are just as delightfully horrible for you as the junk we buy here. There’s a Mexican supermarket half a mile from Crest; perhaps I ought to look for some of them there.


  1. fillyjonk »

    22 September 2014 · 9:09 pm

    It’s been a long time since I bought any Hostess products, but how does that magical 50 g compare to a standard Twinkie? I keep coming up with “50 grams is enough yarn to knit one sock or a pair of fingerless mitts” but that’s not at all a helpful comparison.

  2. CGHill »

    22 September 2014 · 9:24 pm

    Current Twinkies are 38.5g. (They had been 42.5, but shrank, not long before the Hostess bankruptcy.)

  3. fillyjonk »

    23 September 2014 · 9:27 am

    So, some would say the Gansitos are 11.5 grams worse for you than a Twinkie….

  4. Nicole »

    23 September 2014 · 6:17 pm

    I *think* have had Pinguinos. My current obsession is Chocodiles. I need to keep an eye out for Dalmatas. :)

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