Is Hostess really selling Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich Twinkies?

Hostess, the creator of the iconic, golden, cream-filled snack Twinkies, has been known to fiddle around with flavors in the past, but a recent tweet had people wondering if they'd finally gone over the edge. "Only the real ones know about these," they tweeted, along with a, well, disturbing photo of a box of Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich Twinkies. 

The box promises the golden sponge cake everyone knows and loves, but instead of the traditional creamy filling, it's stuffed with peanut butter and chopped up bits of pickle. 

As you might expect, almost everyone who read the tweet was horrified and troubled by the notion. Comments on the tweet from those who disapproved ranged from, "You want to go bankrupt again? Because this is how you go bankrupt again," to "Your scientists all need to be arrested," to "No thanks, pass." Not everyone was unhappy, though, as at least one person was ready to order three cases, and some people speculated that the product could be useful to pregnant people

To the delight of many (and to the dismay of a very, very few), Hostess came clean and said that no, they're not actually real. "This is just some social media levity from Hostess. We regularly feature fun, fictional products on our social media, and this is one of those," a company spokesperson told Today.

The spokesperson is right — this is not the first time the brand has posted fake outs on social media. They've teased people with tie-dye Twinkies and mustard-filled Twinkies, for example, but both of those Twitter posts had hashtags that indicated that no, they're definitely not real. No such hashtag appeared for these peanut butter and pickle monstrosities, so it's good that Hostess fessed up that it's a fictional product.

Adding to the confusion was that Hostess also recently announced the rollout of their colorful Unicorn Cupcakes, which are actually totally real and should be on your local Walmart stores very soon, if not today (via Bustle).