While perusing the single serving, packaged snack cake selections at a Hartford, Connecticut grocery store last week, I spotted a variety of Hostess Breakfast Classics that I had not seen before. The item that I am referring to is Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish. I decided to purchase one of these treats, partly because I wanted to see how it tasted and I also figured that it would be a good item to review.
Presented here, as a service to the consumer at large, is one food writer’s product review of Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish.
Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish and all of the other Breakfast Classics items are fairly new and are stocked and sold at convenience stores and other small food retailers across America.
The net weight of the standard – sized Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish is four ounces. According to the product’s nutrition facts label, one Danish counts as one serving. Personally, I am eating one half of one of these Danish pastries as I type this article.
The other half, I ate a few days ago and refrigerated the remainder until now. In my opinion, this pastry is big enough to provide two small, but satisfying servings.
This is no small Danish pastry. In physical size, it measures in at approximately 5″ x 2.5″.
The regular retail price charged for one 4 ounce Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish at Hartford, Connecticut convenience stores and small food retailers is approximately $1.39 – $1.49.
The appearance of Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish baffles me. I’ve been eating packaged Danish pastries and Danish pastries from bakeries for many years. To me, this product doesn’t really look like a Danish pastry.
It is long and rectangular, with little slits cut into the dough at even intervals. Small amounts of the berry filling and cheese are visible through these slits. I am used to seeing icing on Danish pastries. On this pastry, there is none. The berry filling is pinkish red in hue, but it doesn’t look natural to me.
Although this pastry is nice and golden brown in hue, if the label did not have the word ‘Danish’ on it, I would not have thought that it was a Danish. I think that the appearance of this item could really be improved. After all, we eat with our eyes and our mouths.
Taste / Flavor
I wish I could say that this brand of Danish pastry makes up for its non descript appearance, by offering a fantastic flavor, but I can’t. First of all, I don’t taste real, Danish pastry like dough and I could barely find any cheese in the pastry. What little cheese that was there tasted pleasant enough, but all I could taste was the berry filling. I thought that the berry filling tasted okay, but it also tasted artificially flavored.
Without any icing on top, the unadorned pastry seemed somewhat boring to me. This is a perfect example of why I generally try to review products that I like. Maybe the Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish that I purchased was out of place on the assembly line when the cream cheese filling was applied. The lack of cheese filling in this fruit and cheese Danish pastry makes the fruit filling the star of the show, a role it is not particularly suited for.
Through the years, I have eaten many Danish pastries and the fruit fillings always contain pieces of real fruit. I could not detect any pieces of real fruit in this Danish, only what seemed like a pinkish fruit spread. It’s not that this product tastes badly, it’s actually a nice counterpart to a cup of coffee and is a serviceable snack or quick breakfast on its own.
On a flavor scale of one through ten, I would assign Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish a rating of seven.
As with the non descript appearance of the pastry, I think that the packaging takes away from this product. The front of the clear wrapper is almost devoid of text and graphics. This is the most boring wrapper / label I have ever seen.
Near the top of the front of the wrapper are the Hostess heart logo and the name of the product in small text. The rear label lists all pertinent ingredient and nutritional information.
The textures offered by Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish are not necessarily unpleasant, but they are not what I am used to encountering with Danish pastries. The main body of the pastry is rather flat and I don’t see the delicate folds of dough that are usually found in Danish pastries.
The fruit filling does not offer much substance but the small amount of cream cheese filling is quite appealing. While this item is pleasant enough as quick snack or accompaniment to a cup of coffee, I do not think that its texture is that of an authentic Danish pastry.
Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish contains 410 calories, with 160 calories from fat, per one Danish serving (113 grams). This Danish pastry also contains 0 grams trans fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 18 grams total fat, 10 mg of cholesterol, 470 mg of sodium, 56 grams total carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 23 grams of sugars and 7 grams of protein, per one Danish serving.
While I imagine that many consumers will enjoy the simplicity of this product, I cannot honestly say that it is a satisfying Danish pastry. If Hostess Breakfast Classics Berry & Cheese Danish contained different dough, icing, more cheese filling and an improved fruit filling, then I would probably love it.
In reality however, I think that this item is tasty enough, but could use a recipe tune up. You might disagree and love this item. There’s only one way to find out. Try it, you might like it.
Personal experience with the product
The product label