Monday, November 19, 2012

Snack Packing

A few weeks ago I tried my very first friend Twinkie. It wasn't horrible but it also wasn't a taste sensation I had any desire to re-visit.

And now with the news that Hostess is asking the bankruptcy court to liquidate, Twinkies (and other Hostess brands) being snapped off store shelves, it isn't likely I'll get my hands on the little spongy cake.

And while I'd rather not have the fried Twinkie exploration be my last Twinkie memory, I am not about to get into a bidding war for a box of cakes. Seriously? Hundreds of dollars for a box of mass produced snack cakes?

People are weird.

Prior to a few weeks ago (and the fried Twinkie exploration) I hadn't had a Twinkie in . . . I can't even remember when. I remember having them in my lunch bag on occasion, I remember packing them in my kids lunch boxes every now and then.

Truth be told, Twinkies weren't even in the top 5 of Hostess brand snack packing.

ME:                                THE ACTOR:                THE DAUGHTER:
Suzy-Q                            Apple Pie                       Honeybuns*
Ding Dongs                     Honeybuns*                    Cupcakes
Ho Hos                            Nutty Bars*                    Apple Pie
Sno Ball Cakes              

*Little Debbie Brands

I feel awful that so many workers will lose their jobs due to (by most accounts I've read) bad management. I feel awful that while some of the brands may indeed live on (someday--as the food conglomerates scramble to snap up the more popular snacks) the Hostess bakers likely won't get their jobs back--or at least not anytime soon.

A cursory look-see was executed during Saturday's grocery trip and as I suspected not a Twinkie, Ho Ho, Ding Dong, or Suzy-Q to be found. A similar act will be conducted on my "last minute" shopping excursion sometime over the next couple of days.  I'm not holding on to any hope of finding any of the more popular cakes, especially Twinkies which seem to have grabbed the nation, if not the world, as some sort of beacon to all snack cakes everywhere.

If the fried Twinkie is my last Twinkie experience, then so be it. I'm sure the pumpkin cheesecake on tap for one of Thursday's desserts will serve as a more than adequate Twinkie memory dasher.


  1. I was enamored of Twinkies at one time.. I think I liked the cupcakes with the chocolate top and the creme squiggle better, though. I liked that you could peel the whole top off, eat the cupcake and have the top, one bite at time, for desert of the desert. I looked at the ingredients of both of them a couple of years back and have not had one since.

  2. I just this moment realized that this will likely also spell the end for the little mini donuts. They are a car trip staple in my family. We have always called them, 'black, waxy donuts'. What will take their place?!

    also, re: Madame's comment above - 'dessert of the dessert' That is hilarious and true!

  3. I liked those little donuts, but they are never available in cinnamon, my favourite flavor except from Enteman's (sp?) It's been awhile since I had a Hostess anything.

    I do feel badly for the workers. That's very tough.

  4. Dang! the spelling escaped me! "dessert!"( auf!)

  5. @ Madame: yes, those cupcakes were (as we used to say) da bomb!

    @e: yep, the bag of mini donuts and yes, as @EM says, the cinnamon ones are rarely on the shelf.

    As the kids got older (and the outlet store closed) there was a gravitational pull away from Hostess and more to the less expensive Little Debbie. Entenmann's became the special treat purchase and then daughter learned to and then loved to bake and until the oven went on the fritz it was home baked goods.


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