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#31 LindaK

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:06 AM


It's interesting that this one Hostess product, compared to other iconic products such as Wonder Bread, is getting all the attention.


I think Wonder Bread should be "laid to rest."


When I was a kid, I loved Twinkies. We had Wonder bread in the house too. I used to pull off the crusts, compress the bread into a doughy ball, and use it like putty to make little objects. Sort of like paper mache. Never could eat it, though.


 


#32 radtek

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:07 AM

"Laid to rest" was perhaps a poor choice of words. My thoughts were that if Twinkies were to fall by the wayside people's health wouldn't suffer for it. But I'm for the existence of the business. Not my place to say they shouldn't be selling Twinkies. :wink:

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:14 AM

"Laid to rest" was perhaps a poor choice of words. My thoughts were that if Twinkies were to fall by the wayside people's health wouldn't suffer for it. But I'm for the existence of the business. Not my place to say they shouldn't be selling Twinkies. :wink:


Except that, people being people, folks all over the world like an occasional treat, even (and maybe especially) when it consists of stuff that health professionals might say isn't good for them. (Eskimo Ice Cream anyone? Basically whale blubber or other animal fat whipped with sugar and berries.)

If Twinkies actually do cease to be available in the marketplace, something else just as "bad" will undoubtedly come along to replace them. And, frankly, in my opinion, the only problem with this is that there are far too many folks that don't understand the meaning of the word "occasional" in the phrase "occasional treat."

I don't think there's anything wrong with having Twinkies (or Ding Dongs or Snowballs or whatever) for dessert. It's when high-fat, high-sugar, empty-calorie food becomes your primary diet that you find yourself in trouble.

ETA - Although, as Annabelle so brilliantly points out in the post below, even if you do "find yourself in trouble," you should have the right to make that personal choice. And not the government.

Edited by Jaymes, 17 November 2012 - 12:03 PM.

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#34 annabelle

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:14 AM

People's health is also their own business.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:49 AM


This is a type of food in my opinion that should be laid to rest anyway.


Right. Somebody oughta pass a law.

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#36 butterscotch

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

Do the math, my friend: 92% of your salary and a job versus 0% of your salary and no job.

Evidently an 8% cut in pay in order to keep ones job in a down economy is too much to ask. Hostess has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings since January. They have no liquid assets and have seen their profits decline by 30% in the last 10 years. Their back is against the wall and a refusal to show an elasticity about wages has just cost these workers their jobs and the jobs of many others.

Plutocrats? Really, son. It's math and math is a harsh mistress.


Do you know any of the math calculating the top executive compensation? Or how many grossly overpaid CEOs they went through in the past ten years? How they almost doubled their salaries (in the middle of a losing streak) before this happened?
Or the concessions bakers had already made because the company promised to use to modernize facilities and turn the company around- none of which actually happened?
Seems you've only familiar with half of the equation. And not the half where management sucked the business dry, instead of making any attempt at a turnaround.

Edited by butterscotch, 17 November 2012 - 01:38 PM.


#37 annabelle

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:08 PM

I'd answer your questions in full, but this is a blog about food.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:48 PM

I think Hostess Twinkie was at one time a division of International Telephone & Telegraph.

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#39 David Ross

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:12 PM

Sadly, all local Walmarts are now bereft of any Twinkies. (I know, I checked today). And I thought the 60's were a rough time of cultural change.....

#40 KatieLoeb

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:34 AM

And to bring this back around to food and cooking. Here is a recipe for home made Twinkies, for those of you that can't live without them. These might actually resemble something organic, unlike the original product on which they were based. Apparently, core samples of landfills have revealed perfectly intact Twinkies. I guess you can't biodegrade if you were never made with organic ingredients or were so filled with transfats, stabilizers and junk that you are essentially plastic. :blink:

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#41 annabelle

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:34 PM

C'mon, Katie. Eating chemicals helps you build up a resistance. :wink:

#42 rotuts

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:51 PM

stabilizers.

#43 radtek

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:32 PM

BTW they Baker's union has agreed to talks so everything is postponed until next week. The light at the end of the tunnel may still be a train...

#44 annabelle

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:29 PM

Time will tell. My money is still on Bimbo. They already own Sara Lee, Thomas' English Muffins and another big whose name escapes me. And they have a ton of cash to spend plus $3B in profits.

#45 Charlotte1988

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:50 AM

I'm still not really sure what a Twinkie is, but every time I hear the word it reminds me of the Simpsons episode where a guy leaves the Kwik E Mart in disgust and throws a Twinkie on the floor and Apu says 'stupid man, you can't even hurt a Twinkie' or something to that effect :)
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#46 Panaderia Canadiense

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:17 AM

Yeah, but the spoilage date is so far off into the future that it's negligible. I'll continue to maintain that they're perfect jungle food. Even Army Ants won't touch a Twinkie.
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#47 Darienne

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:04 PM

This came to my inbox today. Some of you might be interested. http://us5.campaign-...93&e=f8a9c9cfb4
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#48 IndyRob

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:19 AM

Well, who woulda' thunk that little Debbie kid would be such a brazen opportunist...http://www.littledebbie.com/

#49 ChrisOC

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

I don't miss the twinkies, but I do miss the Beefsteak Rye!
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