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Twinkies on Ebay?

Posted Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 9:41 AM

So, Hostess Twinkies are going out of business... There are still knock-offs like these Little Debbie Cloud Cakes on the shelves, for those of you who must have these treats, and I understand that you may be able to buy the Twinkies on ebay for possibly hundreds of years, since "they never go bad."
Twinkies were created by the Continental Baking Company in 1933 in Indianapolis. The company first used the equipment to make strawberry snacks, but when strawberries were out of season, a baker named James Denver saw a way to keep the equipment going by substituting banana creme for the original strawberry. The treats sold for five cents for two.

During the 1950's, Twinkies were featured on the Howdy Dowdy Show. A cartoon character named "Twinkie the Kid" rowdied across the stage, twirling his lasso and roping millions of children into demanding Twinkies in their lunch boxes! At some point during this time, the filling was changed to the current creme-flavored variety.

I recently saw an interview with a grocer, who said that the Twinkies had not been selling well for about ten years, and in fact, he was now selling apples and bananas, which he could never have sold ten years ago.

Most critics seem to feel that a widening public awareness of health matters has caused the demise of the Twinkie, which has become almost synonymous with junk food.

The current brouhaha over the closing of the plants centers around a labor/management dispute concerning wages and reduced retirement benefits. Most recently, 18,500 long-time employees went on strike. Though they want to keep their jobs, they say that the cut in benefits will result in minimum wages for them, and they cannot raise their families on such pay.

Hostess also makes bread, of course, so this issue is more serious than just the death of Twinkie.

In addition, it looks as if the company will be able to sell the brand for a considerable amount of money.

So. it's "Goodbye, Twinkie, old friend!" We shall move into the future without the dubious benefits of your sugary comfort!

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I had my last twinkie probably in 2002, now I shall have withdrawals. So sweet, mostly sugar, the name can be sold for millions and the company owner will never need work again.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Nov 17, 2012, at 1:36 PM

Economics aside, I'm glad to hear that Americans are beginning to choose healthier foods! I have no doubt that those little creme-filled snack cakes have contributed to the obesity epidemic in our country. I saw the other day that more and more Americans have diabetes, an enormous drain on our health care system!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 6:54 AM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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