Get your twinkies & ding dongs while you can!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Buzz, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Buzz

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    The company that makes those iconic brands from our childhood is on the verge of gong out of business. Hostess, which also makes wonder bread, is in bankruptcy and has asked it's workers for massive pay and benefit cuts. About a third of it's workforce is saying no so Hostess has closed it's doors. I LOVE twinkies and must remember to try and get some today.

    http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-73334165/
  2. Spareoom

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    No more HoHo's? :(
  3. Buzz

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  4. Garden Kitty

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    I expect at least some of the popular brands will be sold to other manufacturers and may continue, but Hostess is such a reminder of childhood. I'd miss yodels. :(
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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2012/11/15/striking-workers-defy-hostess/1708127/

    Well, I hope they enjoy their unemployment. I expect that they will also lose a parts or all of their pensions, depending on how things are set up there, and they will lose their health care too. Sometimes the stupidity of unions amazes me.

    I feel bad for the Teamsters Union members (as well as for the non-union employees).

    All that said, I haven't bought many Hostess products in years, unless they are on sale. Little Debbie is just as good, and way cheaper.
  7. smileyskate

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    I hope that their pensions were funded appropriately and legally so that they do not lose them. I thought that was the law. I haven't heard all of the information so I don't know if there is any corporate greed going on or how well the workers were paid in relation to their skills. Hopefully they can all get something worked out for now and go from there.
  8. Anita18

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    We were not allowed to eat Twinkies or Ding Dongs or anything from Hostess or Little Debbie when we were kids. I actually think they're kind of disgusting. :shuffle: So I won't miss them much.

    But no doubt they were iconic. Now will the grandkids understand what is so funny about Wall-E's pet cockroach living in a Twinkie? :lol: :(
  9. Artemis@BC

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    Well I guess the good news is that you can buy a bunch now and stock up while they're still around ... and not worry about them going rotten. Ever.

    And does anyone else wish that the demise of the Twinkie had even the slightest bit to do with, you know, taste rather than a labour dispute? :eek:

    BTW, Wonder Bread lovers in Canada can still get their fix, as it's made by Weston breads here so will be unaffected. And Saputo in Canada makes Jos. Louis and May West. But not Twinkies or Ding-Dongs.

    RIP, petroleum-based snack "food" product.
  10. susan6

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    Yeah....nobody will understand some scenes in ZombieLand or Die Hard either. I always thought Twinkies were kind of gross too, but they're definitely a part of American culture. (Not necessarily a great part, but.....)
  11. PrincessLeppard

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    Does Hostess make Zingers? If so :fragile:
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    A co-worker husband just went out and stocked up, a friend posted from her workplace with a picture of their breakroom table, upon which was spread with an assortment of products, and I just got an email from a co-worker that there is a gathering in a few minutes that will feature - Twinkies, Zingers, Ding Dongs, Cupcakes, Fruit Pies and milk (lowfat—of course)

    My favorite were Susi-Q's
  13. Artemis@BC

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    :lol::lol::lol:
  14. milanessa

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    I agree, just hope they don't make a 'new and improved' version of a Twinkie.
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    It's the pink Sno Balls that I'm mourning.
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    This. Another reason I am thankful not to work for a unionized company - that's why I've remained employed in spite of the recession. Our hours may have been cut for 40 weeks, but at least no one got laid off, and we got unemployment (thanks NYS DOL!) for the hours we didn't work.
  17. flyingsit

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    Ho-Hos. It's all about the Ho-Hos.
  18. milanessa

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    Oooooooh. I used to eat the chocolate cake first and then the marshmallowy stuff on it's own. :lol:
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  19. attyfan

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    For Twinkie lovers:

    this link should take you to a recipe (scroll all the way down):

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38681...utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmctr=(not provided)|utmcct=/&__utmv=14933801.|8=Earned By=msnbc|cover=1^12=Landing Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing Hostname=www.nbcnews.com=1^30=Visit Type to Content=Earned to Mixed=1&__utmk=177451557&__utma=14933801.10791800.1342394749.1353083486.1353100689.354&__utmb=14933801.11.9.1353101001016&__utmc=14933801&__utmx=-&__utmz=14933801.1346949859.221.35.utmcsr=nbcnews.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmctr=(not%20provided)|utmcct=/&__utmv=14933801.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Ccover=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.nbcnews.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=177451557
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    Mine as well. O, Suzy Q, Suzy Q! Wherefore art thou no more, Suzy Q? :wuzrobbed
  22. cruisin

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    Totally agree. My favorite was Suzy Q too. But, I remember them tasting different when I was a child.
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    Twinkies aren't like they were in the 70s, either.

    And don't get me started on the new-fangled rounded edges on Doritos. :mad:
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  25. cruisin

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    I remember the filling tasting more like real vanilla butter cream frosting. Not so fake.

    Haven't had a Dorito in so long, I don't think I've seen the rounded edges. When did that start?
  26. Sparks

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    Dolly Madson?

    Instead of just blaming unions, perhaps the company was already going broke do to America's desire not to eat cr@p.
  27. cruisin

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    I think it is more about the short sightedness of those on strike hoping the company goes under. That might feel good in a revenge sort of way. But, they lose their jobs. Is it better to have less or nothing?
  28. Artistic Skaters

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    Didn't read all the details about these strikers, but that's what Circuit City told it's employees too. Union or not, employees do at some point just have to say no to being "Circuit Citied" by some of the large corporations who are willing to sacrifice quality, manipulate numbers & use whatever means lacking in integrity to make an extra .01 on the dollar & pay the huge CEO bonuses.

    There's still Tastykake! (or at least I think there is...) Krimpet lovers unite!
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  29. Angelskates

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    I've never eaten a twinkie or a ding dong, but I read about them in Baby Sitters' Club when I was a kid!
  30. attyfan

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    According to some articles I have read (and it is mentioned in the article with the recipe), the top brass got the company up to its ears in debt ... and then asked the workers to take another cut in pay and benefits. But, the top brass finds it much easier to blame the unions rather than taking personal responsibility for their own decisions.
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  31. Kasey

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    I haven't had a Twinkie in over 40 years, since the "Great Twinkie Rebellion" at age 4, when I started flushing them down the toilet for the TidyBowl man (google it, children). Needless to say, for me, they won't be missed.
  32. milanessa

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    Just like me and you those workers have bought homes and cars based on their income. Some are sending their kids through college. Some are supporting elderly parents. I haven't heard any figures as to how much of a cut in pay and benefits they were asked to take, only that it was "deep". Kind of like being asked to pay more taxes to keep the US afloat, isn't it? Upsets retirement plans and everyday life when you've trusted in a contract.
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  33. Coco

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    Little Debbie marshmallow treats (aka rice krispie bars) are AMAZING.

    Haven't had hostess in years, but the hohos will be missed and Suzie Q's, well, those were decadent. However, they are made by a few others, so - phew!

    Hostess products are seriously scary. Whenever I ate one as a kid, I alwys regretted it.
  34. Simone411

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    Awwww! :fragile: I remember my brother and me riding our bikes to the corner store when either our mom or dad would give each of us a dime. Hostess cupcakes were a nickel (two to a package) and the 6 ounce bottled cokes were a nickel. I believe they were 6 ounce bottles or either 7 ounce. It was always a treat when we got that dime. That was around 1965 or 1966.
  35. smileyskate

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    I have the same view (also still have not read details). The few people that I knew who used to work for them were supporting families on what they made and I don't recall it being lavish (again no full details).

    I haven't eaten their goods in a while but some say they are not making them the same. Worse in texture and taste. The bigger guy on TMZ (lol-I just happened by his comments) said they don't have the same amount of white cream in them that they used to. I guess he'd know.
  36. lulu

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    What?! Now that's messed up. :p
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    What? None for the Scrubbing Bubbles? How about Mr. Whipple? Don't they rate?
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    Oh, yes, I remember peeling off the pink marshmallow part, aiming for it to be in one piece, and saving it for after the cake. Beat frosting any day :)
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  39. Southpaw

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    No more Chocodiles either.
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    Alex Shibutani weighs in on twitter: