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The End of Civilization: No More Twinkies??

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»


Imagine a world without Ho Hos. Ding Dongs. CupCakes, Donettes, all gone. No more Sno Balls, Suzy Q’s or Zingers. And most depressing, no Twinkies.

Pretty scary, isn’t it.

Well, it may happen. Hostess Brands, who makes all of those popular snacks and more, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Although a reorganization and protection from creditors will hopefully allow Hostess to continue production, it doesn’t look good. The privately-held firm owes over a billion bucks to creditors. While there are tens of thousands of these creditors, one in particular holds over 95% of the debt: The Bakery & Confectionery Union & Industry International Pension Fund is owed $994 million.

That’s a whole lot of Twinkies.

Apparently the changing tastes and dietary habits of Americans is having a huge, downward impact on Hostess Brands’ products. Ongoing layoffs, closures and sales of divisions have failed to stem the tide.

Fried Twinkie

The question before us all now is, what can we enjoy deep-fried for breakfast? Although the profoundly Southern Moon Pie comes to mind, I’ve never had one fried. (Don’t ask me if I’ve ever had a deep-fried Twinkie. Just, don’t.)

I’m off to the store to buy me a few cases of these goodies. They freeze just fine, I hear…

Crank Up the (Puffed Sugar) Heat!


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