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Ho Hos are cylindrical, frosted, cream-filled cakes. These cream filled chocolate cakes have a pinwheel design based on the Swiss Roll. They are similar to Yodels by Drake's and Swiss Rolls by Little Debbie.
The product continues to be produced in Canada by Vachon Inc., which holds the Canadian rights to the product. In the United States, they were most recently produced and sold by Hostess Brands.
A San Francisco bakery created the first Ho Hos in 1920.
A nut-covered version, Nutty Ho Hos, was introduced in 1999, along with a promotional search for "the country's nuttiest celebrity laugh" which was awarded to comedian Eddie Murphy based on consumer votes. This poll actually inspired Murphy to take on the 'Nutty Professor' persona again in Nutty Professor II.
"Happy Ho Ho" was the original cartoon mascot for Ho Hos, and appeared on the boxes, ads, and television commercials for many years before he was discontinued. The character wore an outfit similar to that of Robin Hood, including a feathered cap.
In 1998, a commercial featured a cat thinking a rolled up rug is a Hostess Ho Ho. Two men pick up the rug and deliver it to a dog school.
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