In a voluntary recall, snack food giant Hostess is recalling their Snoballs treat after failing to list a key allergen on packaging.
Where’s a Twinkie when you need one? As of April 10, 2021, Hostess is recalling certain products from shelves, according to the FDA. Any customers who have purchased the following sugary snacks are urged to “discontinue consumption” and contact their store of purchase “about returning them for a full refund” due to the company’s failure to list an allergen on Snoballs packaging.
The allergen in question? Coconut. The situation is, however, a bit more complex than Hostess recalling all Snoballs. To clarify, the company says that a large run of Snoballs were accidentally packaged into Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes wrappers. While Snoballs packaging does list coconut as a key ingredient and allergen, Hostess’ Cupcakes do not.
As a result, any customer who has purchased Chocolate Cupcakes, but has opened them to find these cream-filled cakes with marshmallow frosting and coconut flakes, needs to return them to their place of purchase for a full refund.
How exactly this works is unknown, but it is assumed that Hostess will be reimbursing any stores that were sold the faulty product for their investment(s).
Thankfully, no injuries or illnesses have reportedly come of the mishap to date. “Consumers who have purchased the affected product are urged to discontinue consumption and contact the place of purchase about returning them for a full refund,” Hostess says via the FDA’s statement.
Which Hostess Snoballs Products Should You look Out For?
“Hostess Brands, LLC (”Hostess Brands“) has become aware that certain Hostess® SnoBalls® were inadvertently manufactured in the packaging for Hostess® Chocolate CupCakes… And the packaging does not list ”coconut“, an ingredient in SnoBalls®, as an allergen,” the FDA’s report states.
So which products, with what dates, should customers look out for?
“Hostess Brands is voluntarily recalling the following SnoBalls® manufactured on March 13, 2021:”
|Product||Item UPC||Batch||Best By Date|
|Hostess® SnoBalls® (single-serve)||888109010096||I031321000||May 27, 2021|
As for where the snacks are available, Hostess continues that this batch was sold to “convenience stores, dollar stores, and distributors throughout the United States.”
While adult customers will more than likely know the difference, children may not. Parents, in particular, should be on the lookout for any Hostess snacks from the past month.
In short: any Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes in the past months that don’t look like chocolate cupcakes… Time to return them to sender.