One of my favorite desserts has always been chocolate pie, in its various manifestations. Whenever I see any brand or type of chocolate pie on display at retail stores, if I can afford it, I almost always buy it. Quite often, I purchase Hostess brand Chocolate Pudding Pies at CVS or Walgreens Pharmacy. A couple of nights ago, while shopping at Walgreens, I happened to notice a display of Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pies. As soon as I saw these pies, I knew I had to sample at least one of them. I purchased one of these pies and promptly ate it the same night. After eating the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie, I couldn’t help but compare it to Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pies. Realizing that there was a great opportunity for a product comparison review presenting itself, I decided to write such an article. Presented here, in an effort to assist the consumer, is one food writer’s product comparison review of the Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie and the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie.
The Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie is packaged in a paper / cellophane – type of wrapper that is very easy to open. If you want to re – close the wrapper, it does not do so very efficiently. I really like the packaging of the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie much more. The Table Talk pie is packaged in a miniature aluminum pie tin, which is then contained in a sturdy cardboard box, which features a clear, see – through window in the middle. Besides offering a more sturdy container, the miniature aluminum pie tin is also re – usable, making the packaging of the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie, in my estimation, better than the packaging of the Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie.
The net weight of the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie is four ounces (114 grams). The pie itself measures approximately four inches across and is just the right size to adequately satisfy my sweet tooth, or appetite. The Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie measures approximately five inches long by 2.5 inches across. Whenevet I eat one of these pies, I am usually almost full after eating roughly 3/4 of the product.
The texture of the Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie and the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie are definitely different from each other. To me, the texture of the Table Talk pie is closer to that of a homemade pie. The crust is soft and maintains a classic round pie shape and the eclair – style filling is very much like the filling in traditional chocolate ecalirs. The texture of the Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie is not as soft as the Table Talk pie. The crust, which envelopes the entire pie, is firmer and thicker, but the chocolate filling is smooth and creamy, resembling chocolate pudding.
Taste / Flavor
Both the Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie and the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie are quite flavorful. My favorite part of the Hostess pie is the chocolate filling, which is pudding – like in texture. While the chocolate pudding filling is tasty, the flavor is subtle and not overly – sweet. I just wish there was more of the pudding filling in the pie. The shell – like crust is sweet and fairly flaky.
The flavor offered by the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie is very good. This 4 – inch pie, in its neat little aluminum pie tin, features a combination of flavors that meld into a delicious product. The crust is light and flaky, the eclair creme filling is very tasty and the top of the pie features some delicious chocolate stripes. Truth be told, if I had to say that one of these pies was the most flavorful, I would probably have to pick the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie.
Unfortunately, I threw out the wrappers/ containers for both the Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie and the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie. I also could not find accurate nutritional information for either of the pies online.
The prices of the Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie and the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie are both usually quite reasonable, although I think that the Table Talk pie is more fairly – priced. At small food retailers and pharmacies in the Hartford, Connecticut area, the regular retail price of Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pies is approximately $1.29. The regular retail price charged for one Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie at small food retailers and pharmacies in the Hartford, Connecticut area is approximately $.99c.
All things considered, both the Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie and the Table Talk Chocolate Eclair Pie are delicious, high – quality products that are reasonably priced and available at food retailers everywhere. Both of these pies are highly recommended by this food writer.
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