Now they are gone. Forever. There have been imitators, but nothing ever came close to a Twinkie for me. I was surprised to hear that Hostess was liquidating, due to decreased profits and a union strike that could not be resolved. In our health conscious society, it has become harder for makers of high sugar products to continue to make a profit. Competing brands didn't help either. For many years Hostess was the king of the baked goods market. Do you remember Wonder Bread? I do, and ate it for years when I was a kid. Now we avoid processed white flour products like the plague. The thing I remember most about Wonder Bread was that they advertised how nutritious it was and that it helped build strong bodies.
Yes, all that was left was fruitcake, and it looked and felt like it was left from the holidays last year. That was probably why it was the only thing left. Stevie Wonder brought it in and held it out in his hand like it was precious metal, and he had found the mother lode. I am not a fruitcake lover, but I snarfed most of that down like a dying man having his last meal, and enjoyed every bite. It wasn't a Twinkie, and it wasn't about Twinkies at that point, but about enjoying the end of an era.
Goodbye Hostess. I'll miss you.
...life is good. ~cath
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