Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Twinkies Memories

Image by SnaggleTooth Nov 2012

I remember attending a Cape League Baseball game sponsored by Hostess Twinkies back in the early '90s. A Mascot dude in a fluffy yellow suit ran thru the crowd throwing free cakes at the bleachers. We got a haul of about 20. I think that's the last time I ate real Twinkies.

A few years ago, I remember a scientific study discovered that a package of Twinkies actually stayed edible for a period of 17 years... ewww... 

Twinkies were never my preferred Hostess cake. I used to really like the chocolate Ring Ding Jrs. Then Drakes bought the company out, n they changed the recipe for those about a decade ago. I never liked the Drakes cocoa cakes with the same name, n stopped eating them. 

Near the Natick Mall a few miles from where I grew up in Metro-West, you could always smell that fresh baked Bread driving by the Wonder factory on the way to Shopper's World. Brings back alot of old memories of shopping with my parents. 

Right around the corner from where I now work, (so glad I don't work for Hostess bakery, TG), There was a Hostess Bakery Outlet, until this week. All those folks are now out of a  job. Then there's the reported 18k out of luck across the USA. Which other big companies could soon be selected for American economic extinction? Scary to contemplate...

Photo by SnaggleTooth Nov 2012
There's still a bit of color left in the woods 
across from my house.

Someone I know joked the other day,  the Chinese could buy them out, n make them there. N I added that they could ship them 17 years later n they'd still be good...

Do you have a fave Hostess treat? Did you run out to buy Hostess goods this week? (I didn't).


At 6:07 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

Once - years ago - I was stuck at home while carpet installers worked to install carpet in our finished basement. I was thinking I would love a snack, when lo and behold, someone was walking around the neighborhood hanging bags of Hostess products on doorknobs. That was my first and last Twinkie. :) Somehow there have always been sweets I'd rather have. But I hate to think of all those people out of jobs.

Happy Thanksgiving, Snaggle!

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Erica B said...

OMG.. When I found out Hostess was shutting down I immediately thought of that very same baseball game.. the sis and I ate singles throughout the game and at one point the mascot was handing them out by the box. I think we each had our own box. And like you, I dont' think I ate a twinkie since!!

And ya know, I am ALWAYS disappointed with the ring dings, "these don't taste they way I remember from when I was a kid." They're just gross and the texture is that of some weird non-cake food...

The Hubster was more sad that there will be no more fruit pies :(

Who made the pastry puff things, we used to get all the time?? those were like crack- remember how we used to fight over them? lol

Gobble Gobble!

At 6:09 PM, Blogger Granny Annie said...

And remember the famous "Twinkie Defense" where the murderer claimed the Twinkies made him do it?

Not really a Twinkie fan but forever a Ding Dong.

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

Lynn, I'm amazed you have a Twinkie Memory too! The girls who worked there were so nice n friendly. I'll miss them, n hope they can find another decent place to work.
Happy Thanksgiving to you- That post goes up after 12am

MB, How could we ever forget all that free cake? They gave so many away it's no wonder they lost profits- also in the Healthier consumer age, it's a wonder they sold much. But we all have the Twinkie memories... Yep, i used to get a few cherry pies on sale for a buck at the outlet too. Can't remember the strawberry pastry things name- "Pick 'em ups" I think. Yep, Hostess.
N now the Thanx Day appetites are ready...

Gran Annie, I remember a cowboy hat Twinkie the Kid commercial with a lasso, is that the one? Or was it based on the "Ironsides" show?
I never got to eat alot of Ding Dongs, but they were very similar to Ring Dings. My Dad used to love Suzie Q's.

At 1:45 AM, Blogger LL Cool Joe said...

I've never eaten or heard of Twinkies! But they sound like they must be full of preservatives to last that long! It's very sad to hear about so many companies that are closing down. It's happening here in the UK too.

At 12:22 AM, Blogger Jannie Funster said...

Growing up our Hostess was all potato chips. Finally got to Maine in my early 20s and discovered Twinkies, which I did like, but I prefer the Pepperidge Farm jelly rolls, yum. Love that soft sponge cake.


really good nite now.

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

LLcoolJ, Twinkies are reported to have 30 ingredients! Basically it's fluffy yellow cake with white cream in the middle. Imagine your snack pastries gone. Some folks are really upset about it! There are tons of empty business places here.

JanF, None in Can. either... At least you did get some Twinkies- mmm jelly rolls- we didn't get many, large snack boxes of Hostess n Drakes were cheaper. Get some rest- me too!

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Neo said...

Lemme see, I just happen to have some 16 year old Twinkies in my desk drawer here.

*opens the package and takes a bite*

*turns green*

*puts hand over mouth and runs off*

At 4:37 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...



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