• Sat, Nov 17 2012

Are You Seriously Telling Me My Unborn Child Will Never Eat A Twinkie?

Okay, so it’s not the most nutritious snack you can give a child. Not even close. But I am still totally bummed out that my unborn child will never get to eat the preservative-ridden, shortening-filled snack cake of my childhood. Of course, I am talking about the Twinkie. I’m also weeping silently for the death of the Ding-Dong.

I have one of those mothers that never bought sugary cereals, or cookies, or anything else that my friends in our suburban neighborhood consumed with some regularity. She is Greek, and was hell-bent on giving us “real” food. That’s why it made it all the more exciting when I could scrounge up the money to sneak away to the grocery store across the street, and buy a Twinkie. It was forbidden, it was horrible for me, and I had to hide it from my mom. That’s kind of a right-of-passage of childhood – don’t you think?

When the news came out this week that Hostess was closing its 33 plants and putting its snack brands up for sale, I immediately called my sister. She replied, “at least there will still be Devil Dogs. Those are the best!” See, there is something magical that happens when you even talk about these awful little things. You turn into a kid again. I had to dash her dreams by reminding her that Drake’s, maker of Devil Dogs, is owned by Hostess and will be going out of business as well.

I briefly considered buying a case, and saving it for a while. I’ve heard the urban legends about how long these things will last, since they are not made with anything found in nature. Turns out – like most urban legends – the idea that they have an infinite shelf-life is wrong. According to Wikipedia, “this urban legend is false, although Twinkies can last a relatively long time (25 days or more) because they are made without unstabilized dairy products and thus spoil more slowly than most bakery items.” So much for stocking up.

I’m sure both of my children will have their own favorite, horrible snack foods. Those foods will become a part of their memory of childhood, just like Twinkies are a part of mine. To be honest, I probably never would have consumed another Twinkie again. I guess there is just something a little sad about staple images from your childhood – like Wonder Bread and Ding Dongs – disappearing forever.

(photo: Amazon.com)

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  • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

    *pours one out for the ding dong*

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Guerrilla Mom

      hahaha!

  • aileen_t

    I used to love the fruit pies and the snowballs.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Guerrilla Mom

      Snowballs! I forgot about the snowballs!

  • Smish smash

    Jesus, I can’t believe how many people are frwaking out over this. They’re selling the brands and patents. Some othe company is just going to wind up buying them and making twinkies. Settle down.

    • Jessie

      THANK YOU. I have been shouting this exact sentiment to all of my friends. As soon as this news broke, all of them promptly lost their shit about the death of all those snack foods and blew up my Facebook feed with their hysterics.

      I mean come ON people, like a company that has been aorund for 82 YEARS is just going to up and deprive our sugar-loving country of the delious snacks they have been giving us all that time. Give them some credit.

  • stella

    here in brazil we still have these, but its not called twinkies but “ana maria” and I dont think they’ll ever shut down haha