Francesco Marciuliano’s Tribute to The Twinkie

Cidu Bill on Nov 16th 2012

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22 Responses to “Francesco Marciuliano’s Tribute to The Twinkie”

  1. NitricAcid Nov 16th 2012 at 05:05 pm 1

    I suppose I would be more likely to get the first one if I grew up watching/reading commercials that featured this character.

  2. furrykef Nov 16th 2012 at 08:25 pm 2

    *Peter Venkman voice* What about the Twinkie?

  3. Jeff S. Nov 16th 2012 at 08:39 pm 3

    Bye-bye Twinkies. Bye-bye Fruit Pies. Bye-bye Cupcakes. Of course, the shelf life of their foods is several centuries, even after the nuclear end to the Zombie Apocalypse.

  4. Fluffy Bunny Slippers Nov 17th 2012 at 01:39 am 4

    The Twinkie may die, but it’ll live on in my heart forever. A plaque to it’s tasty memories.

  5. Jeff S. Nov 17th 2012 at 10:28 am 5

    OMG… How could I forget their Sno-Balls! Anything that tastes that wonderful had to be 4 times as unhealthy for you.

  6. R2T Nov 17th 2012 at 11:12 am 6

    all the people who are freaking out about the Hostess treats going away need to take a chill pill.I would bet $1000 that you will be able to buy them manufactured by kraft or sara lee or little debbie in 6 months to a year once someone buys the rights.

  7. Powers Nov 17th 2012 at 11:21 am 7

    Little Debbie already has similar treats. Kraft isn’t in the snack-food business anymore; they spun off Mondelez International to handle those.

    Sara Lee, maybe.

  8. Jeff S. Nov 17th 2012 at 01:38 pm 8

    R2T, it’s not just the treats… they have bread products too. QuikTrip, a convenience store chain centered in Tulsa, has to find a new supplier for their hot dog buns now that Hostess went belly-up.

  9. guero Nov 17th 2012 at 05:37 pm 9

    My Hostess Sno-Ball story: As a poor college student, I was flat broke and coming down with a cold. I was miserable, but still had to show up for work as a pool hall attendant. I stopped in the 7-11 next door (actually it was an E-Z Chek, but no one has heard of them) and spent the last of my money on lunch - a Dr. Pepper and a couple of Sno-balls. I sat down behind the counter at work, and without paying much attention, bit into the Sno-ball. It tasted strange, even with my cold. I looked down, and had bitten through a large green blob of mold. So much for lunch that day. The next day my cold had completely cleared up.

  10. Keera Nov 17th 2012 at 05:43 pm 10

    I managed to avoid Ding Dongs, Twinkies and Wonder Bread when I lived in the US. I never could understand the appeal. I will not miss Hostess products but I do have to wonder how a strike to keep wages and benefits manages to lose those as well as the whole employer. (In Norway, strikes are more effective because they a) affect parts of society not just a product and therefore long strikes b) can be ended through forced mediation before any real damage is done. The advantages of being a small country, I guess.)

  11. zbicyclist Nov 17th 2012 at 08:18 pm 11

    1. My guess is that the popular items will be back soon, maybe made in a Bimbo plant.

    2. Our British visitors were surprised that products with names like “Twinkies” and “Ding Dongs” were sold to children.

  12. Jeff S. Nov 17th 2012 at 09:29 pm 12

    Don’t forget Ho-Hos!

    FWIW… Any country that offers Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls and Mr. Big confections really shouldn’t be saying too much about ours. Let them eat bangers and mash.

  13. zbicyclist Nov 17th 2012 at 09:40 pm 13

  14. Elyrest Nov 18th 2012 at 12:10 am 14

    I was going to say that I hadn’t eaten any hostess products since I was a kid, but then I remembered a few drunken times in college where I hit the snack machines late at night.

  15. Dave in Asheville Nov 18th 2012 at 04:07 pm 15

    @9

    Alexander Fleming blows his cover.

    (Yes, I had to google that.)

  16. The Vicar Nov 18th 2012 at 08:54 pm 16

    According to someone I know who lives near one of the Hostess bakeries, they:
    1) Had stopped paying a living wage to new hires (i.e. you could get paid about the same on an hourly basis at McDonalds)
    2) Were no longer hiring full time employees (so that they didn’t have to pay benefits) (and, again, you could probably get a better deal at McDonalds)
    3) Were constantly searching for new employees because the conditions were so terrible and the compensation was so bad.

    I’d be willing to bet that if you could look at their balance sheet, the top executives made more than enough in excess of a living wage, over the last several years, to meet all the demands of the strikers AND keep hiring full-time workers. Call me cynical, but these days that’s almost always the case when you hear management whining about unions.

    I’m also willing to bet that the Hostess brand will be back at more or less the same price from more or less the same ownership and/or management, but minus the unionized labor. There’s a semi-famous german restaurant in Chicago, Berghoff’s, which did that. (That is, they announced that “the economy is so bad we can’t possibly keep going”, got a huge surge of sentimental “last visit” business before shutting down with much public bewailing, and then cheerfully reopened within a handful of weeks with the same menu, the same prices, and almost the same name — but no more unionized workstaff.)

    This, if it happens, will be hailed as a major breakthrough by the usual gang of idiots (which is to say, all Republicans and Libertarians and a surprising number of Democrats), even though the net effect would be that a huge number of good jobs got transformed into bad jobs, because dang it, this is America in the 21st century, and labor unions are just evil evil evil. Workers shouldn’t expect to be paid more than a pittance or to receive benefits; we should be handing as much money as possible over to our corporate overlords, and pathetically grateful that they allow us to live, don’t you know that?

  17. jayjaybear Nov 19th 2012 at 01:41 am 17

    @10: General strikes are actually illegal under federal law in the US. Also, you have to understand that the current paradigm here is that unions are bloated, evil, obsolete organizations devoted to enriching their executive officers and driving the pure, selfless, saintly company owners into bankruptcy.

  18. Keera Nov 19th 2012 at 01:59 am 18

    Thanks, guys. I keep forgetting that the labor movement got perverted in the US. Irony: The International Labor Day (May 1) started as a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago, which started as workers striking for the 8-hour work day.

    Dang it, America, where the f- did you go?!?

  19. NitricAcid Nov 19th 2012 at 01:17 pm 19

    I love the fact that people are selling Twinkies on-line for inflated prices (one Ebay auction has them listed in the hundreds of thousands of dollars), even though a) the rights to produce them in the USA will probably be sold within the week, if they haven’t already been bought, and b) they’ve been made by a different company in Canada for many years, and Twinkie production will not even pause for breath in the immediate future.

    I’ll happily mail you a freshly Canadian-made Twinkie for only $500.

  20. The Vicar Nov 19th 2012 at 02:57 pm 20

    @NitricAcid:

    Th’heck with Twinkies, what’s the going rate for stuff from the President’s Choice brand? Since Jewel-Osco dropped them, there hasn’t been anyone in the U.S. (or, at least, my section of it) who carries it, and some of it was fantastic.

  21. NitricAcid Nov 19th 2012 at 07:24 pm 21

    The Vicar- that depends. What is it you want, how much do you want, where would it need to be shipped, and how much are you willing to pay?

  22. The Vicar Nov 20th 2012 at 01:04 am 22

    @NitricAcid: I’m thinking primarily of some of their frozen stuff, which would be really tricky (and probably not worthwhile) to ship in small quantities. Don’t worry about it; nobody will die from a lack of PC Cheese Hors D’oeuvres. (In fact, given what the nutrition information for something like that probably looks like, it’s probably the other way around!)

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