Friday, January 13, 2012

Top 5 Reasons for Saving the Twinkie

Guest Blogger Christie offers up today's top 5...

Hostess Brands, Inc. has once again filed for bankruptcy, and it's time for us to save this all-American empire of cream filled goodness.  [UPDATE: It's the middle of the end (pending court approval)]  While it's the New Year and many have resolved to do the annual "let's try to lose weight" nonsense, the rest of us should face reality and realize our true goals--to show the world how snacking is our destiny, resolutions be damned!  Here are the top 5 reasons we should save the Twinkie (and its brethren):

5: Lunchboxes.  The only joy of bringing lunch to school as a kid was the dessert; if not for eating, then for trading.  Hostess goodies were valuable when I was a kid.  Either the yummy golden cake of the Twinkie or finding the foil-wrapped happiness of a Ding-Dong--whatever lay inside the confines of your lunchbox, it was certainly better than the lunch itself!

4: The Legends.  Everyone has heard the urban legend that Twinkies can last forever.  They have been rumored to have a shelf-life of up to 100 years and to be able to survive a nuclear apocalypse.  I had a friend who even tried to use them as packing material (not recommended, by the way).  In addition to these legends, there is the very real Twinkie Defense.  During the 1979 trial of former police officer Dan White, White's attorneys used what was later termed the "Twinkie Defense," claiming that a sugar rush made him murder San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

3: The Lack of Shame.  Let's face it, Twinkies can be fried; biting into a Ding Dong covers your teeth in chocolate from the first bite; and Woody on Cheers declared the snack cakes as "bite-sized" while stuffing them into his mouth whole.  Hostess snack cakes make the daintiest of eaters and the most careful of dieters lose themselves in the sugar-laden treats.  These road trip convenience store staples tempt those who forgot about these guilty pleasures on a day-to-day basis; just seeing them sitting next to the counter, one cannot help but grab onto a small piece of their childhood.

2: The All-American Principle.  Only in America would a snack item be considered not only a piece of history, but also as an ingredient in wedding cakes.  They have become such a piece of Americana that they are put into care packages for our troops.  They have also, of course, spawned such eBay collectibles for the obsessed as a variety of Twinkie the Kid items.  They even (indirectly) may have helped with the war effort--original Twinkies were made with banana filling, but due to a banana shortage in WWII the inside was changed to a vanilla flavored cream, which it remains to this day.

1: The Ghostbusters Connection.  I will let the clip speak for itself--this is the obvious number one: Ghostbusters Twinkie.

While eating anything Hostess ever produced (with the possible exception of Wonder Bread) could be considered a hazard to one's health, they do bring us back to a time when having a snack wasn't taboo and nobody spoke of childhood obesity, and when we could all take a minute or two to enjoy something gooey, delicious, and guilt free!

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1 comment:

  1. I recently learned that the actual shelf-life of a Twinkie is only a few weeks!  Thanks, Christie, for the nice addition to the blog!

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