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Anyone Hoarding Twinkies?

With news that Hostess will be shutting down, I'm sure we will soon be hearing stories of supermarket runs on Twinkies and other products.

Anyone joining the fun?

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  1. Not the Twinkies but the Wonder Bread. I only ate that as a kid. Now I just buy it for Thanksgiving when I make my Albanian stuffing. Always use Wonder Bread. I'm getting a loaf today and putting it in the freezer so I'll have it next week!

    1. I've already made contingency plans.

       
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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Those are better than Twinkies anyway..,I always hated the gritty cream they used in Twinkies. The Drakes version was infinitely better (they were called "Zoinks"). When interstate bought the Drakes brands, they killed it of course.

        And for the Twinkie lovers: Interstate will be selling all of the brands and the formulas, so it's a fairly safe bet that many of those products will be back on the store shelves by spring.

      2. I'm not (haven't eaten one in probably over a decade), but I might buy a box or two in case they someday become collector's items. And they'll be scarce when the zombie apocalypse happens (see the movie Zombieland if you don't get that reference.)

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        1. re: 4X4

          I bet if you bought a box and kept it on your shelf for a decade it would still look the same, be soft and spongy and no mold. Ahh, preservatives...

        2. Oh yes! The proud owner of Twinkies, Devil Dogs, Snow Balls and Hostess cupcakes. All purchased today. I didn't realize they make Twinkies with chocolate filling. Picked up a pack of those too LOL.

          I'm devastated about the Wonder Bread. My Nana's stuffing will never be the same...

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          1. re: jbsiegel

            Oh yeah, I forgot that Hostess made Drakes Cakes too. Oh my, no more Funny Bones!?

            1. re: Jpan99

              Nope... I bought some of those too!

            2. re: jbsiegel

              Twinkies with chocolate filling? Is nothing sacred?

              1. re: gothamette

                Don't worry....I'm sure it's only chocolate-colored!

            3. This afternoon I brought a box of them to my Local VFW, 9226 in Ellenton, FL (I am not a veteran but I am an occasional guest of the usual suspects there). Most of us at the bar had one, and we had a moment of silence for the 18,500 who will lose their jobs at Hostess bakeries.

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              1. re: Veggo

                Bimbo and Cloverhill make products that are kind of similar. But I guess to some nothing beats a Twinkie.

                1. re: syrup09

                  The Twinkie I ate today was probably my first in almost 50 years, so I guess I have learned to live without them - no Twinkie withdrawal, no methadone.

                  1. re: syrup09

                    Little Debbie makes a Twinkie analog as well. I'm also pretty confident a smart investor will buy the recipe and factory, and the Twinkie rivers will flow again by the new year.

                    1. re: mpjmph

                      I actually hope all the little sugar and chemical bombs are RIP for good ... but you're probably more right than I am.

                      The only Hostess product I have nostalgia for is SnoBalls, which my grandmother bought when one of her dogs was having a birthday. I got one, and the dog got one with a candle. (Did people not know not to give dogs chocolate back in the day??) I must say that every single SnoBall I've ever had has been stale.

                2. Never liked the mouth feel of the Twinkie, so seeing them fade isn't nearly as devastating to me as the imminent disappearance of the Hostess Cupcake. Now, there's a great loss!

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                    1. re: jbsiegel

                      I'd get a Ring Ding every so often after school, with a glass of cold, cold milk. Ah, memories.

                  1. I was never a fan of Twinkies. As a kid, I'd have the occasional Devil Dog, but we were pretty much a Tastycake family. And I think it's been decades since I've had any of these.

                    However, I was food shopping this afternoon. In the bread aisle is a display of plastic sandwich holders emblazoned with the Wonder Bread logo. For the first time ever, the display was nearly empty. I guess folks are looking for mementos that are slightly less perishable than the cakes and breads?

                    1. While I will have a moment of silence for snowballs. No I will not pick up any and will instead let them remain as tasty in my memory as I remembered as a kid...

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                      1. re: Crockett67

                        My kid bought a pack of snowballs just last week. Bright orange ones. He ate one and left the other on the counter. After a few days it was still sitting their so I ate it in one bite. Damn good.

                        1. re: Bob W

                          Word? I might have to indulge then! :D

                      2. I just noticed on Bloomberg News that a 10- pack of Twinkies is selling for $25 on E-Bay. I paid $2.99 for the box I brought to the VFW this noon.

                        1. I was always partial to the Fruit Pies, especially blueberry and lemon. My last one was years ago and it didn't live up to the memory so I doubt I'll be tempted to pick up a last one for old time's sake.

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                          1. re: Sloth

                            Oh my, never thought about the fruit pies! Altho' I last ate one maybe 3 decades ago. As a kid, I was partial to the gosh-awful sweet cherry ones.

                          2. I'm somehow able to restrain myself.

                            The only hostess item I liked as a kid was the Ding Dong. That crinkly foil, that chocolate shell, the luscious cream filling. Haven't had them in more than 35 years, however.

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                            1. re: tcamp

                              I loved the Ring Ding and I'm with you on the foil wrapping. I miss that so much. The sound, the feel of it. I used to play with the foil square after the Ring Ding was long gone. Folding it into an accordion, making a fan...I really hate plastic.

                              1. re: Jpan99

                                Your post forced me to do a wee bit of 'research' about geographical presence of Ring Ding versus Ding Dong. I grew up in CA and you must have done so on the east coast:

                                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ding_Dong

                                1. re: tcamp

                                  Thanks for doing the research! Who knew? They're Ding Dongs in Texas. They were forbidden by my mom but we'd get them from our friends' parents. Haven't had one in 30+ years either.

                                  1. re: tcamp

                                    Yes East Coaster where Drakes Cakes were what we ate growing up. Ring Dings, Funny Bones (my favorite,) Devil Dogs, Yodels and Coffee Cake Jr.s. Unfortunately all owned by Hostess now. Even though I don't eat them any longer it's still sad to see them go.

                                    1. re: Jpan99

                                      Anyone remember Banana Flips? Were they Hostess, too? May need more research on my own...

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          Must read 'em all! Thanks, HillJ. Just read Alkapal's Ode and 'bout fell off my chair. Altho, IIRC, Banana Flips were actually pretty horrible. But, childhood memories are sacrosanct, right?

                                          1. re: pine time

                                            childhood memories are sacrosanct, right?
                                            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                            thank god something is!

                                2. I did see on CNBC that Hostess was shutting down operations, but I have no doubt the brand will be sold and in stores again at some point next year. I never ate Twinkies, really. I am not saying I don't like them, but they are just not something I want to get fat over. I have cheese for that! But more power to all of you that are hoarding your Hostess products. I have seen recipes for Twinkies and you can even buy a Twinkie baking pan on Amazon if you want to make your own!

                                  1. You could always do so cross border shopping in Canada because Saputo Inc. produces Twinkies here and will not be affected by the shutdown.

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                                    1. re: Ruthie789

                                      Yet another reason to go to Vancouver! I mean, apart from all the cheap British candy and bikkies. :)

                                      1. re: Ruthie789

                                        And wonder bread is also still being produced in Canada where Weston owns the brand!

                                      2. Now look at this. A bunch of adults having a conversation about Twinkies, Ring Dings, Ding Dongs, Snowballs, Tasty Cakes, Devil Dogs and Wonderbread. Hmmm......makes you wonder.....

                                        1. Haven;t had one in decades, but now that I know they'll be gone I'm craving me some Raspberry Zingers.

                                          1. No.

                                            Even in their "glory days," I was NOT a fan.

                                            Many claimed that after mankind had long disappeared, there would be cockroaches. Others postulated, that even when the cockroaches had disappeared, there would be Twinkies. Not sure how that would work, but cannot disagree.

                                            Hunt

                                            1. My 15 YO had never heard of em so I explained what they were and told him how people always joke about how those things never seem to go bad. I never cared for them even as a kid myself but went ahead and picked up a box so he could try em - needless to say neither one of us will be running out to stock up. We gave the rest of the Twinkies in the box to the neighbor kid. He'll eat anything. Now about those ho-hos.....

                                              1. I'm sure that if my soon-to-be-89-year-old parents could, they'd hoard the dickens out of the stuff.

                                                Shortly after they wed more than 64 years ago, they endured some pretty darned tough years, financially speaking, and often split a two-pack of Twinkies as their Saturday-night splurge.

                                                Their fondness for the cream-filled vanilla snack treat notwithstanding, I'm just relieved they'd chosen to clean up their diets a few years before starting their family. ;-)

                                                1. I'm not sure I've ever tried a Twinkie...it didn't appeal to me as a child. I did indulge in a few Suzy Qs in the day, though. Surprised no one has mentioned these, yet!

                                                  1. Not at all. Tried them many years ago and thought they were just weird.

                                                    As far as wonder bread, that thought leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I'm not into cloud-like bread where the slightest pressure reduces the slices to a paper-thin mass of processed wheat.

                                                    1. I never got into Hostess, but I need to get my hands on some Twinkies before they're all gone. I've never had an interest before this story broke. Entenmann's on the other hand brings back some memories.

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                                                      1. re: dkP

                                                        I liked Entenmann's pound cake. I used to think Entenmann's was the expensive treat because those little debbie cakes were 25 cents each.

                                                        1. re: dkP

                                                          I lived in NYC in the early '70s when Entenmann's was still family owned and all of their products tasted homemade. Yes, a bit pricy but very much worth it. Then, like Famous Amos and other quality products, they sold out to mass production, a decrease in quality and loss of fans who knew the difference. Subsequently, I haven't bought Entenmann's since...who knows?
                                                          CP

                                                          1. re: Chefpaulo

                                                            Entenmann's is now a pile of shortening and chemicals and too much sugar. Sad.

                                                            1. re: Chefpaulo

                                                              It's sad, isn't it? The other day at the market there was a big Entenmann's display (BOGO offer) and I looked at the chocolate donuts and the chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting and was transported back to the days when dad brought these home as special treats for desserts. I was almost tempted, but knew better. They haven't been good since the 70s or 80s.

                                                              1. re: gaffk

                                                                My favorites were the cinnamon raisin swirls buns and the chocolate donuts. A warmed gooey bun and a glass of milk was literally heaven. Sadly the company has indeed gone to hell and now they mass produce nothing but shit that is really no better for you than the Twinkie.

                                                          2. None of the traditional Hostess brand items, BUT I did stock up on Drake's Yodels and Ring Dings.

                                                            1. http://www.nbcnews.com/business/hoste...

                                                              We watched the news reel...then ate a Twinkie...but the decision, the dispute didn't make us happy...the blame game over popular snack foods...in this economy...isn't great news for anyone.

                                                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_-rIy...
                                                              What is it about a Diane Sawyer treatment of ANY story...and why would you pay a fortune for a Twinkie NOW on the heels of a brand that could no longer compete? People are so hard to figure out.

                                                              Who's going to save the products?

                                                              1. This is going to drastically change how superheroes fight crime!

                                                                http://www.tomheroes.com/Comic%20Ads/...

                                                                1. I wonder if Hostess could have saved things by introducing a line of better-quality "natural" snacks (yes, but still make the crappy stuff, too)?

                                                                  1. Dr. Egon Spengler: "Well, let's say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. Based on this morning's sample, it would be a Twinkie... thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds."

                                                                    Winston: "That's a big Twinkie"

                                                                    1. This is utterly insane...there is a listing on Ebay for "Hostess Twinkies 3 boxes of 24" with the current bid of $340!!!! Are you kidding me?! 22 minutes left to bid if any crazy person is interested.

                                                                      Stupid me, I was at my market last night and they still had boxes of Twinkies. I could have been rich today!

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                                                                      1. re: Jpan99

                                                                        They (boxes of Twinkies) were buy one get one free $4.29 at Stop and Shop in Trumbull, CT this morning.

                                                                        1. re: bagelman01

                                                                          Our S&S in NJ was cleared out of every Hostess product they carry. And, Little Debbie was front and center.

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            And to think that only yesterday, I coulda cornered the Florida Twinkie market, for $2.99 a box. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody. I coulda had...well, a lack of class.

                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                              For shame, if you are in Jersey, at least they could feature Tastee Kakes..........................
                                                                              No run on the traditional Hostess brands, but the Drake's items were getting very low, afterall New England was Drake's country before Hostess bought them.

                                                                          2. re: Jpan99

                                                                            The final bid $405. What can I say. The seller is a genius.

                                                                            1. re: Jpan99

                                                                              Last night at the store, some lady asked the manager if she could buy the entire display of Hostess treats, display stand included. They were priced at 10 for $10. She handed him a $100 on the spot and just wheeled away the entire display stand. Chutzpah!

                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                The display rack that held the SnoBalls (on special $1 pkg at Stop and Shop was empty. I heard the store manager tell the grocery manager to make sure to lock it up in the secure warehouse. Seems the displays are logged property of Hostess, and they have been pledged to the creditors.
                                                                                The manager at your local store who sold the display stand may be held responsible for its value.

                                                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                  I'm pretty sure the Hostess bankruptcy trustee probably has bigger fish to fry ... just a guess on my part, however.

                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                    In a situation such as this, it wouldn't be the bankruptcy trustee involved. Instead, the creditor who loaned against these fixtures and and filed a UCC lien would have a list (albeit not up to date) of the assests and their locations and the right to reposess. Secured assets such as these are not part of the general bankruptcy pool. This is the same as banks who have loans on the delivery and other trucks coming and grabbing them.

                                                                            2. on a side note............as an attempt to be partly silly and partly have a fun dessert..........I once served Twinkies over a raspberry coulis and drizzled a melted chocolate/cointreau sauce over them............lots of different tastes.....but it was actually pretty good...and won praise ( the amount of alcohol consumed earlier may have lead to the effusiveness)

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                                                                                1. re: Philly Ray

                                                                                  Twinkie-Misu was my go-to dish for the "hard times" (Tax Day) potlucks my friends and I hosted and attended. It was expected, nay demanded, that I would make Twinkie-Misu. And yes, I do make real tiramisu for more elegant parties. :-)

                                                                                2. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                  DW is from the Philadelphia area and as such grew up eating Tastee Kakes and had never had a Twinkie before we got married. For her second birthday of our marriage I bought a box of Twinkies, arranged them into the shape of a pyramid, drizzled them with raspberry sauce, and topped them with a birthday candle. They were served with squirt type whipped cream. While the result wasn't too bad, we both agreed that that was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

                                                                                  I really loved Drake's Funny Bones (I believe that's what the peanut butter ones were called) when I was growing up. Even these days, when stopping by the minimart for munchies I would often grab Hostess or a Drake's fruit pie. Other than that, the loss of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, and all the other products won't have any impact on our household.

                                                                                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                    I once tried to flambé Twinkies. No matter how much alcohol was used they - would - not - burn!

                                                                                  2. True " hoarding' started in my part of the midwest last nite.

                                                                                    Little on the shelves at the big chain stores and the Hostess Outlet across the street was a mob.

                                                                                    Never saw that before.

                                                                                    All I wanted was Ho-Ho's,
                                                                                    #epic fail.

                                                                                    LOL.

                                                                                    But true.
                                                                                    {SADFACE}

                                                                                    1. Yeah, a couple of gas stations around here still had a couple of sad fruit pies, some cupcakes, a package of Sno-balls (pink) and one box of Donettes.

                                                                                      This stuff is terrible - why is everyone so sad to see it all go?

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                                                                                      1. re: soyarra

                                                                                        Yeah, a couple of gas stations around here still had a couple of sad fruit pies, some cupcakes, a package of Sno-balls (pink) and one box of Donettes.
                                                                                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                        You answered your own question....wax nostalgic.

                                                                                        1. re: soyarra

                                                                                          I agree. Most Hostess stuff was the pits.
                                                                                          But if the TastyKake company in the Philly are ever closed, I would be very sad.

                                                                                          1. re: soyarra

                                                                                            It's iconic fast food an institution.

                                                                                          2. Folks, we've had to remove quite a few replies from this thread that were more about the union dispute that led to Hostess closing than about the food. Chowhound really isn't the place for political debate,so please keep your replies focused on food (assuming you call Twinkies and Ding Dongs food).

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                                                                                            1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                                                                              Wow . . . I think this is the first LOL posting from the mods ;)

                                                                                            2. except for people's jobs, was anything of true value lost?

                                                                                              and I admit I snarfed a lot of that product around age 10.

                                                                                              1. Prospective good news for Twinkie Fans and other iconic Hostess products - the word on Wall Street is that Grupo Bimbo from Mexico is favored to purchase and continue the Hostess legacy. They have enormous financial capacity, cost advantages, cheaper real sugar, and the smarts to do it right. Let's watch.

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                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                  let the Mexicans buy Twinkies, Wonder Bread and the other traditional Hostess brands, and let's find some fine New Englanders to buy and repatriate the Drake's Cakes where they belong.
                                                                                                  Said while eating a Yodel.........................

                                                                                                  Memories>>>When I arrived at Uof PA more than 40 years ago, I found that my roommate had arrived first and staked out a claim to bed, closet, desk, etc. I went to open the refrigerator I had rented from Housing only to find it stuiffed to the gills with blue foil wrapped yodels. Seemed Peter was a yodels freak.
                                                                                                  I quickly informed him, that the fridge was mine, paid for by me and to get his yodels the hell out.
                                                                                                  His mother, a pushy broad from Long Island was horrified and asked why we couldn't share? I replied that my groceries were purchased to fit the space in the fridge I arranged, and started pulling the Fk*ing yodels out.
                                                                                                  Peter was horrified, what was behind the first row of Yodels, Peter's stash of marijuana. I gues Yodels were Peter's munchy of choice when getting stoned.
                                                                                                  My father went down the hall and called the police, they took Peter away and I lived without a rommate that semester.
                                                                                                  Peter returned to school in January, but never graduated. about 5 years later I learned he was doing hard time in a Turkish prison for smuggling dope. I think of that dope (Peter) whenever I eat a Yodel.

                                                                                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                    Talk about stumbling out of the starting gate! You and I were one year apart at Penn, and likewise my freshman roommate arrived a few hours before me and claimed the best of what was available. In my 4 relatively normal years there, I had 11 roommates, of which I think 6 graduated.

                                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                      Lived on campus 2 years, then 5 of us bought a row house at 57th and Osage. Average graduation rate 50%. 3 bailed out the day Nixon stopped the bombing in Viet Nam.

                                                                                                      1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                        A bit OT, but I find what you and Veggo relate about the high dropout rate/criminality/contempt for education at an Ivy League school like U Penn during your time to be quite astonishing. Perhaps you both just got "interesting" room-mates?

                                                                                                        I don't know what the overall graduation rate was during your time, but in recent times U Penn's graduation rate was 95%.
                                                                                                        http://www.aei.org/files/2009/06/03/D... (See page 15)

                                                                                                        1. re: huiray

                                                                                                          My Penn roommate experience included an athlete who turned professional, a suicide, a lost academic scholarship, a broken heart that didn't mend, and a no-show that was never explained. Six others plus me did fine.

                                                                                                          1. re: huiray

                                                                                                            it was a different era, starting right after the radical 60s, Nixon trouncing McGovern and general societal upheaval.
                                                                                                            First roommate, a privileged math genius from LI who was into drugs. His father a dentist gave kid 5K to go to Columbia and make a buy. Kid did hard time in a Turkish Prison for drug smuggling, fatehr lost his license for writing bogus scripts for drugs.
                                                                                                            2nd roommate, like Veg's. was an athlete, but he lost scholarship when he quit the team--he graduated. We also had a housemate who committed suicide (over Xmas break).
                                                                                                            In those days a lot of students who were top of their class in High School had a hard time competing in an Ivy league school where everyone had been top of the high school class.
                                                                                                            But University food service (in my dorm) was very good, and they hosted Froday night sherryy hours serving free alcohol to underage students.

                                                                                                      2. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                        This would be an outstanding movie....or, just add Yodels to the film, Midnight Express!

                                                                                                      3. re: Veggo

                                                                                                        From Hostess to Bimbo...does this say something about the world we live in?

                                                                                                        1. re: gothamette

                                                                                                          Si, por seguro. Vamos a ver cambios. This gringo expects we will see changes, which are often a good thing.

                                                                                                      4. I have a life time supply, which adds up to zero. Now I could go for some pink snowballs. Mmmm.

                                                                                                        1. Yes, I hoarded as I admited. But...secretly VERY happy that I didn't have to worry about my Peanut Butter Tandy Cakes or Tastycake Coffee Cakes!

                                                                                                          1. I'm hearing so much lately about Twinkies, guess now I know why.
                                                                                                            will I hoard them, no, not a big fan although I'm sure if I bought a truck load
                                                                                                            they'd still be good in 20 years.

                                                                                                            1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_CKJI...

                                                                                                              This commentary was my absolute favorite on CBS Sunday Morning.

                                                                                                              1. The Smithsonian should get a box to put next to Archie Bunker's Chair.

                                                                                                                1. Looks like Bimbo is going to come to the rescue.

                                                                                                                  So relax everyone. Twinkies will go on and on and on ...

                                                                                                                  Of course, now we can all start the meme of "Twinkies were so much better when Hostess was making them, they're just not as good from Bimbo!"

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                                                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                    I guess they'll be making Ding Dongs too, because bimbos love ding dongs.

                                                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                      I managed to buy a box of Twinkies this week and even though I haven't had one in years, I have to admit that it wasn't anything like I remember. The cake was not spongy and the cream didn't have that sugar "crunch".

                                                                                                                      And is there a better product for Bimbo's line than Ho Hos?

                                                                                                                      1. re: Philly Ray

                                                                                                                        I hope they don't change anything about the products (name, recipe, texture) or this "bimbo" won't be buying (I always made Hostess treats a part of Christmas stocking surprises).

                                                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                          ... and folks, while it's punny to riff on the name "Bimbo" it's actually pronounced "beembo".

                                                                                                                          :-)

                                                                                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                            Plus, the company was formed in 1945, long before the word was hijacked and gringo-ized as a term to describe dumb blondes with straight teeth and cleavage.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                Someone once asked Dolly Parton if she minded being called a dumb blonde. She said, "No. Because I know I'm not dumb, and I know I'm not blonde."

                                                                                                                              2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                I was referring to myself dear.

                                                                                                                                eta: here's what the press is saying in our local paper:
                                                                                                                                http://www.app.com/viewart/20121119/N...

                                                                                                                            1. re: Philly Ray

                                                                                                                              "[E}ven though I haven't had one in years, I have to admit that it wasn't anything like I remembereven though I haven't had one in years, I have to admit that it wasn't anything like I remember."

                                                                                                                              Ah, yes the nostalgia that's fueling this nonsense. There's a reason Hostess is being put to sleep - their product fundamentally sucked. When we were kids we didn't know better. Now that many can taste the truth with more knowledgable palates and an understanding of how vile the products are to our health and tastebuds, there is little to cash in on.

                                                                                                                              Leaving aside my years of experience with the Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Courts, and the Code's terrible ability to impact upon union contracts and pension plans, I will note that the union reps appear to have been correct in their belief that a buyer was out there and they should not advise the members to accept the Company's assertions. Ask the Continental Pilots we helped the Airline f*ck in the early 90s - you're all still feeling the impact when you fly today.

                                                                                                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                Hostess products were regarded as treats in the sixties and seventies. That makes the remembrance of them all the more fond for many, despite the garbage that they are and possibly were. Here is a question that I've had for a while: While anyone with the internet in their computer machine can find ingredients for current products, I have tried in vain to research the ingredients from 40 or so years ago. I am very interested in seeing how familiar products have changed over the years.

                                                                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                  I remember reading the labels as a kid. the creme filling was tallow (rendered beef fat) based and had real sugar until the early 70's when sugar prices went through the roof.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                    Interesting. Tallow - surprisingly healthier than adulterated vegetable oil products. Probably tastier, too.

                                                                                                                            2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                              My guess is that Bimbo's will do a better job with twinkies. After all, the Mexicans really know their sweet bread products.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                Yes, good pan dulce, and they are less likely to use HFCS as a sweetener because they enjoy cheaper real sugar.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                  I did a double take at your post. What, they have "products" made from thymus glands?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                    Not mollejas! Good wit, though.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                      Huiray,
                                                                                                                                      I wrote "sweet bread" not "sweetbread". Surely you know the difference.
                                                                                                                                      Nice gag response, though.

                                                                                                                                2. Every Christmas my kids buy me a cooking related gift, really only for their benefit, and usually pretty hilarious. One year it was a funnel cake maker, a pie-pop maker last year, and once it was a Twinkie making kit. Now I see the brilliance.

                                                                                                                                  BTW, does anyone remember Suzie-Q's? I loved those things. Chocolate cakey oblong things with (faux) cream filling. I grew up in MA, so it must have been a Drakes product.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: pcdarnell

                                                                                                                                    gotta fine tune that memory.................................
                                                                                                                                    I an born and bred in New England, BUT Suzy Q was a Hostess product. It was developed in the early 1960s and named for the daughter of the baking congloerate's president (Ceo?)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                                                      Suzy Q, yeah, didn't Creedence do a song about her?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                        Thanks a lot. Now I wonder for how long THAT one will be stuck in my head. :-P

                                                                                                                                    2. re: pcdarnell

                                                                                                                                      Suzy Qs were my go-to Hostess product as a kid - I mentioned it upthread but didn't get any takers!

                                                                                                                                    3. May not be any need for hoarding yet.

                                                                                                                                      Breaking news has it that the courts have pushed Hostess to go back into negotiations with the union & their creditors rather than liquidate & permanently close.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                                                                        Apparently so, I linked the article up thread re: negotiations.
                                                                                                                                        Wonder how that Ebayer feels now...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                                                                          You say 'pushed', which is a politic word. (Not political, politic is an innocent word). The court can encourage, but can not compel. This is standard, when there is more in play than the pecuniary interests of the parties in disagreement.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                            Whatever Veggo. I was just posting a new news item. No semantics intended. Geesh.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                                                                              I meant no offense. I am fascinated by the Hostess turn of events, but I have been castigated for wandering into a political realm so I am trying to be ultra-careful not to run afoul again, and I thought that distinguishing between the semantics of similar words may help keep me on the sunny side.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                Follow up: to no surprise, today's (11-20-12) court-ordered mediation led to nowhere, which clears the path for buyers to compete for the business.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                  In case anyone is still following this story

                                                                                                                                                  http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business...

                                                                                                                                                  But this doesn't solve the Twinkie dilemma unfortunately.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                    I saw that the buyer of the desserts/snacks would be announced shortly. This is a very good thing because my Twinkie stash is quickly diminishing! :-)

                                                                                                                                        2. I knew they'd make a comeback (technically they never went away). I mean they're Twinkies! I don't like them (or hate em), but still.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: John Francis

                                                                                                                                              Twinkies are one of those things that should not be homemade.

                                                                                                                                              It's like, I love Filet-O-Fish, but I wouldn't want to replicate it at home. Ever.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                Similarly, I have a low level of interest in replicating cotton candy at home.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                  Not to get too orthogonal, but do you like cotton candy?

                                                                                                                                                  I've never understood the appeal, but could be persuaded otherwise. Maybe I've just never had haute, gourmet cotton candy ...

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                    It's beyond 3 dimensional flypaper, nasty. And anyone who can make it at home should be an automatic on a sexual predator list.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                  I don't know. A homemade tater tot recipe keeps appearing in my sidebar and my resistance is weakening fast.

                                                                                                                                              2. I wonder how those people with the $500 twinkie feel now. Must feel like a proper fool.
                                                                                                                                                My guess is those mom & pop convenience store operators are probably excited to have gotten rid of a few snack treats that's been sitting on their shelves for months.

                                                                                                                                                Just imagine if people put this much effort into buying books for their kids.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: nikkib99

                                                                                                                                                  no mom and pop operator had Hostess good sitting in their shelves for months. Hostess route men serviced all accounts and removed stale product and issued credits or replaced it. The product is provoded to retailers on a guarranteed rale basis.

                                                                                                                                                2. Just for fun:

                                                                                                                                                  Corn Syrup, Wheat Flour Bleached Enriched (Flour, Iron Reduced, Vitamin B [Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid (Vitamin aB), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)] ) , Corn Syrup High Fructose, Vegetable(s) Shortening Partially Hydrogenated Contains One Or More Of The Following (Soybean(s) Or, Cottonseed Oil) , Sugar, Water, Calcium and, Glucose, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate) , Salt, Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Sweet Dairy, Egg(s) Whole, Contains 22% or less Corn Starch Modified, Cellulose Gum, Corn Flour, Dextrose, Egg(s), Milk and, Red 40, Sodium Caseinate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sorbic Acid To Retain Freshness, Contains Soy Lecithin, Wheat, Yellow 5, Flavor(s) Natural & Artificial (Caramel Color, Egg(s) Yolks, Butter, Sodium Caseinate) , Mono and Diglycerides, Corn Starch, Corn Dextrins, Soybean(s)

                                                                                                                                                  1. No. On E___Y, a box of ten is @ $ 18.50 with four minutes to go. The land of opportunity.

                                                                                                                                                    1. I'm just glad that Hostess doesn't make Little Chocolate Donuts, the donuts of champions.

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.ifood.tv/video/john_belush...

                                                                                                                                                      1. No.

                                                                                                                                                        Buh-bye, no tears from me for this product which is not food. I *do* feel for the folks who will be losing their jobs, though.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                          In the end, most will not lose jobs, or have to face the Draconian cuts to their pension plan that the Bankruptcy Code would have allowed. Have pity for the idiotic execs who thought they could continue to make such significant salaries by selling sh*t that most of the American public looks at as an occasional "fun" item. Seriously, even Rachel Ray fans don't eat Wonder Bread.

                                                                                                                                                        2. Hostess lost me when it stopped making Chocodiles (chocolate-covered Twinkies for those who don't remember/never knew)

                                                                                                                                                            1. I was a chocolate cupcake boy, but the Woody Harrelson character in Zombieland was obsessed with finding twinkies and dispatching zombies efficiently. He didn't hoard them but surely Hostess going out of business is a sign of the impending apocalypse.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                                                                                                                They had to make fake twinkies for Harrelson to eat in the movie since he's a vegan.

                                                                                                                                                              2. I thought about buying some Twinkies and Ding Dongs for the freezer... I thought about it for about six seconds. Then I thought, how long since you've eaten one of those things? I'm not certain I've ever had a Twinkie, deep fried or otherwise, and it's probably five or six decades since my last Ding Dong. I don't need clutter in my freezer. TaDaaa...! How'm I doing as a world class curmudgeon? '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                  C1 -
                                                                                                                                                                  1. if one is a Ding-Dong fanatic, frozen is the way to go.
                                                                                                                                                                  2. if one hasn't had one since the early 1970's - don't try them again unless you relish the taste of bitter disappointment and happen to have read a lot of Proust.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                    I shall take care not to fall victim to bitter disappointment. Thank you! '-)

                                                                                                                                                                2. I want Drake's cakes! Of course you can't find them anywhere. I don't want a ton -- just some to put in the freezer.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Disneyfreak

                                                                                                                                                                    This morning like toy soldiers, Hostess, Drakes, Tastykakes and Little Debbies were all lined up on a kiosk display & end cap. Entemann's was relegated to another area of the store...

                                                                                                                                                                    All of this "high alert" press is going to triple the price of snack cakes.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                      Where did you tind them? There aren't any Hostess or Drake's products anywhere here.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                          Unfortunately, not in any Shop Rite near me.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. DH came home last night, grabbed the newspaper and read it, about Hostess going OOB. came to the conclusion I should go to the Hostess outlet store in the valley close to where he works [there are 2] so we can have a last sweet treat by the famous company. I'm sure they're both empty or closed by now.
                                                                                                                                                                    like many have said in here though they ain't what they used to be. I was crazy for 'snowballs' while he loved the orange cupcakes from years and years ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm going to miss the Twinkies and chocolate cupcakes so badly! I haven't had a Snowball in ages, but I love that marshmallow-coconutty-chocolatey deliciousness and will miss it just as much . 8^(

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                        In the Philadelphia Metro area we had Tastykakes which were locally produced, unchanged for decades and very, very good. Recently they were bought out and the lower quality that followed was immediately noticeable as was the 50% price increase. I don't know the history of Hostess but I suspect "efficiency experts" have messed with their products over the years because I agree they don't taste as good as they once did. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"..... comes to mind, or should have come to mind!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Tom34

                                                                                                                                                                          I strongly disagree that TastyKakes have declined in quality...I've been buying them without pause for 40 years and they are the same as they ever were. And they always were and remain better than any of the Hostess products.

                                                                                                                                                                          My only beef about the change in TK ownership was the discontinuation of few favorite varieties...but the ones that survived are as good as they always were...albeit more expensive (like everything else these days)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                            Sorry Professor, the pie crust on the Tasty klair is not even close to being the same. Crust is far less flaky, much more chewy and has a completely different flavor from the old crust. Also 1/2 the amount of chocolate icing on the top and the flavor of the icing is different. This all occurred immediately following the ownership change. A very close friend has been a professional baker for 35 years and owns his own bakery and concurs 100% with me that there were indeed major changes and he believes they had to do with both production efficiency and shelf life. Having said that, the Tasty Klair is the only TastyKake product I have eaten since the ownership change so I can not speak to the other products.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Tom34

                                                                                                                                                                            they don't taste as good as they once did ...this has little to do with efficiency experts as in the changes demanded by the American public to remove tallow and lard from products. Growing up, I ate Drake's Cakes (now owned by Hostess) made here in New England becaiuse they were kosher and had no animal fat. Hostess was made with forbidden anaiumal fats and was not kosher. After hostess was reformulated to remove the animal fat many of there items came under kosher supervision.
                                                                                                                                                                            But, there is no way that baked goods made with vegetable shortenings taste the same as those made with lard.

                                                                                                                                                                            If you are an lover of fast food french fries, you will notice that they don't taste the same since they no longer have beef tallow in them and are not froed in lard or transfats. Don't blame efficiency experts for companies yielding to the demands of the 'healthy' style diet changes of the American public.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                                                                                              Agree with the vegetable shortenings vs lard comparison and also agree with pressure being put on companies to use less of the latter. However I do have concerns with "the demands of the American Public". I think it should be revised to "the healthy style diet changes of a MINORITY of the American public which happens to have a very loud voice" . In addition I would include lobbying efforts from the American Heart Association which was also a major player in the leaning out of beef which led to changes to the USDA Beef grading system and lets not leave out lobbying by the insurance companies.
                                                                                                                                                                              With the beef, one of the biggest groups pushing the leaning was the the cattle industry itself because it is much more "efficient" to product leaner cattle.

                                                                                                                                                                              I the personally prefer to eat what I want in "moderation" and greatly resent being told by bureaucrats what I can or can't eat based on fat content. I also don't need religious leaders, whether they represent a small % of the US population or a large % of the population deciding what can or can't be in our food supply based on their individual religious beliefs. If the desire to eat religiously tolerant food products is strong enough, someone will produce the product and make a fortune in the process. I can think of no better example that the Kosher Food Industry.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Tom34

                                                                                                                                                                                When I wrote the 'demands of the American public,' I in no way stated that there were demands made by a majority. Mos of the American public are shhep that go along with decisions made for them.

                                                                                                                                                                                As I stated Drake's was already kosher long before it was purchsed by Hostess and used no animal fats. I grew up eating Hydrox because Oreo's had animal fat. None of the reengineered foods taste as good as the old time products, but it has nothing to do with efficiency experts. When one comapany made a change the others jumped on the bandwagon to stay competitive in the consumers' mindsets.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't know. Seems people eat things that taste good. I do think that when large corporations take over small niche food companies profit comes before quality. Bean counters tend to take precedent over bakers/chefs and a lot is lost in the process. Expanding markets requires longer shelf life which does not always go hand and hand with quality, Twinkie being the exception.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny you brought up the Trans Fat issue. In Philadelphia,a Mayor tried banning animal fats and several South Phila Italian Cannoli companies went ballistic as they couldn't make the product with vegetable shortening. Fortunately the Mayor (Crook) lost the battle. I dearly love a real Cannoli but only eat them a few times a year but when I do I want the real deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                  As for Oreo's , never was a fan.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                                                                                                    I will respectfully agree to disagree on the efficiency aspect. When retail giants like Walmart dictate to manufactures what the price of a product will be efficiency takes center stage.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Tom34

                                                                                                                                                                                Tom ditto.
                                                                                                                                                                                had to edit because there are lots of posts by you and I now realize I'm dittoing all of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                  To me it comes down to this....The food business is tough, really tough....most of my friends in it are very well compensated.... but they gave 30 years or more of their lives they can't get back learning the trade. Their passion is in the end product and it would take one hell of an argument to persuade me Corporate America has a greater interest in the quality of the end product.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Day after Thanksgiving---the Twinkies that all disappeared from the grocery store have been found: they're on eBay.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                                                                                with 3 min to go, box of 10 is at $6.50 plus $7.00 shipping.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Thank you one and all for solving my Christmas Dilemna.........each of my sibs will receive a big box of assorted Tasty-cake specialties. We plan to corner the market before that company goes belly up again!
                                                                                                                                                                                LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                1. The husband and I were in WalMartian the other day with a very short to buy list. I needed coffee which was same aisle as breads/sweet snacks. He pointed out, "look honey, we can get our Twinkies here." Surprised to see that WM has their own brand of many of the things we've grown to recognize as Hostess products. Hummm, interesting.
                                                                                                                                                                                  No we didn't buy any of them, haven't had a Twinkie in a hundred years but he did scoop up a box of Entennmans Chocolate donuts, his personal favorite thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Twinkies returns to a grocery shelf near you on July 15th.

                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06...

                                                                                                                                                                                    Did anyone hoard Twinkies?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                      funny that you ask, no.

                                                                                                                                                                                      if they will go back to REAL sugar and beef suet I may get on board. otherwise my childhood has gone the path of so many things.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                        Party on!!! Woo hoo! (Although I can count on one hand the number of Twinkies I have had in the past 10 years...up until the announcement that they were going to be discontinued. Then...I completely overloaded!!)

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                          "Don't know what you've got til it's gone..." - J Mitchell

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. "Anyone Hoarding Twinkies"

                                                                                                                                                                                        ..................and THEY'RE BACK..............................on your grocers shelves again REAL soon........

                                                                                                                                                                                        https://www.google.com/#output=search...

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Yesterday I learned of a NEW use for Twinkies! I'm taking an archaeology class, and yesterday's lecturing archaeologist works in Egypt. It is a common practice (preservation of site) to refill a dig after they've collected all the data they can. A common practice in refills is to put something typical of today in the dirt so that anyone excavating in the future will know you were there first. She and her teams use a TWINKIE...! Someone asked if they might not decay and "go away"? Her reply, "Never!" LOL! The food we eat....

                                                                                                                                                                                          Just thought you guys should know... '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm glad to see Twinkies getting a decent burial rather than cremation.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                              How about just some extra long time in the fry bucket...

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Not then, and not now.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I did see them in some form of "Master Chef," or "Chopped," and could not imagine having to cook with them. Diabolical, just diabolical.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Never was a fan, and I can not imagine ever being one, but that is just me.

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