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Overheard on Twinkie apocalypse averted, for time being

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Got some burning thoughts about Twinkies, or an awesome recipe for making a Twinkie-inspired treat? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on . Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.That was tasty

mikrik13: "I smell bailout. Survivalists better start stocking up now. The shelf life on those bad boys are astronomical. What will humans eat after the apocalypse if Twinkies are no longer

Yes, you were saying? Whatever you end up eating, make sure you're prepared when the inevitable happens

If Hostess stops making Sno Balls, though, they may have a rebellion on their hands.Erik: "Twinkies were surpassed long ago by the mighty Zinger

And it's Zinger by a nose?

TruAmerikan: "Using that kind of logic you're going to have to stop buying pretty much of everything. Check out cans of tuna. That's a real obvious one. A lot of products are making smaller containers and increasing the price

They'll end up going under.Jimethek: "Bill, I couldn't agree more. Upper management did nothing but steal the profits. I worked for Hostess/Wonderbread. They tried to break the Teamster Union before. The Twinkies and Cup Cakes aren't the same formula as the past anyway. Let 'em go. We were in bankruptcy before and the CEO was still getting big bonuses and blaming 'high labor costs' as the reason

No wonder they're declaring bankruptcy. I decided I'd never buy them again.Bill: "I actually tried to purchase a pack of twinkies at a Quick Mart a month or so ago. They cost $ plus tax. They've made them smaller and jacked up the price. In Tennessee, that's almost $2. Hostess, you can only be so greedy before it backfires on you. I was absolutely shocked. When I opened them I was stunned by how tiny they were

Sorry Twinkie, you might want to shield your eyes

In the words of Gene Roddenberry: 'Scotty, beam me up – there's no intelligent life on this planet!' ".Phreddy: "Oh heaven forbid Twinkies might go away! This must be some pinko, ultra-left-wing liberal plot by the evil Obama Administration to destroy the fabric, the raw root of our American way of life – maybe even our entire Western 'civilization!' Or maybe it will be one less thing the TSA screeners will have to take up at the security checkpoint (see story about explosive cupcakes)

Others were thinking about the TSA's dessert policies

Twinkie cakes! Twinkie pies! So, in short, yay for Twinkies! ".Jul;ie @ Willow Bird Baking: "I actually am relieved! When I heard via CakeSpy they were filing for bankruptcy, I saw hundred of Twinkie uses fall right out the window before my eyes

A few were happy that the Twinkie was staying on

They were complicit.Quid Malmborg in Plano TX: "If the employees who made these atrocities didn't know how dangerous the products are it's through their own willful ignorance. In other words, they blinded themselves to reality because they needed to make money. But seeing as you want Hostess to go out of business you can also find jobs for the displaced workers

Truth™: "Well, aren't you just a little bucket of sunshine today?"

I would love to see them go out of business.Greg: "This company has contributed to the staggering rise of cardiovascular diesease and healthcare costs. Pay the employees who toiled away not knowing the harm they doing to our society their pensions and shut your doors forever. Goodbye Twinkies!"

There were some harsh appraisals of the Twinkie on this story

Refrain from freaking out – you'll still get your goshdarned Ding-Dongs and Twinkies

OK, where were we? Back to the fun stuff on the food blog.Chomp, chomp, chomp

kreamowhea1: "I used to eat Twinkies all the time, until I took an arrow in the knee

Or, maybe it was just an epidemic of arrows-to-the-knee-its

I have never been in a union and I don't particulary "like" unions, but I understand perfectly why and how they exist. Corporations are greatly responsible for "the new poor". Unions are greatly responsible for the existence of the middle class. If I have to make a choice between corporations and unions, I believe I will stand with the unions.60minuteman: "Typical corporate propaganda to blame the unions for this, when it is obviously a management problem

Bad management also was suggested

And yes the consumer has a choice and they are making it loud & clear that Hostess brands cost too much.waterford1: "Unions have also bankrupt many companies including this one. As for working hard, I think everyone does union or non union so that is not a factor

And the drivers who deliver those goods work very hard and in all kinds of weather to make a good living for themselves and their families. There's nothing wrong with that either.Rose Miller: "Unions, historically, have done a lot, a lot, of good for the health and welfare of the people of America. And you're free to choose to eat sugar bombs like Twinkies or not eat them

Some came to the defense of the unions. Some didn't

You really think all of the obese in the country are eating trail mix and bean sprouts? I doubt it was a sharp decline in sales that led to the bankruptcy .stagger72: "You would've been better off blaming the teamsters

And Wonder Bread? Really? Someone still eats that garbage?". What responsible parent would feed this crap to their child? They should have started manufacturing healthier snacks decades ago.RAG66: "As much as I'd love to blame this on the teamsters, the country's taste in snacks has changed

Or, was it unions?

iEvolved: "Twinkies and the rest of the snack cakes were bad enough BEFORE they started using all high fructose corn syrup and countless other chemical ingredients to save money

Was it the quality of Twinkies, perhaps?

juicius: "Twinkies are perishable? I thought Twinkies are what the cockroaches are going to live on once the world ends

sammarrah: "They are perishables, I doubt that they would outsource to Asia

Tariff the living crap out of these damn things if they go to manufacturing elsewhere.commentsrm: "This is a union-busting move. Best the "senior" execs won't lose any sleep over this. Come back in 6 months and Twinkies will still be on the shelves but instead of $20/hr workers they'll be made by $1/day Mexican or Asian workers

Some commenters thought the goal of the bankruptcy was to disrupt the current business model

 I havent bought a Hostess product in years because they are just too darn expensive. Best thing for Hostess is to close its doors and reopen under a new name with no union. If you are going to live life worrying about dying all the time, you might as well cut out the middle man. This is a classic example of Union employees demanding themselves out of a job.Think4yourse: I dont really care about how bad they are for you. Contrary to what unions will tell you, you can have competitive careers without them

The big debate was whether the cost of labor had driven up the cost of the product to the point that people no longer wanted to buy Twinkies

Hostess Brands files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

 On CNNMoney, talk turned to serious things like business practices and unions.There were actually a bunch of stories, so let's take a look at some of the other coverage

great memories from my grade school lunchbag.William: "Twinkies . Little Debbie used to have an amazing one called the Fudge Crispie that sadly vanished a decade ago

I'm sorry, were we covering some news here?

PhllyPhan: "Tastykakes were much better than Twinkies

Ooooh, a smackdown

but the Oatmeal Cream Pies are actually Little Debbie.jules: "I agree

Those deceptively named little treats were delicious as a child, and are still delicious now.Austin: "Oatmeal cream pies are where it's at

sharon: "I don't like Twinkies but I love, love the Raspberry Zingers. I will have to get some this weekend

Others rejected the Twinkie in favor of other treats

I've tried that with a few of my favorite recipes from childhood that don't taste as good to me now, and I've been pretty pleased with the results thus far.Alliegirld: "I got a Twinkie pan for Christmas, and I'm going to make some of my own from scratch

That and plenty of bacon. Oh and once used one for a last minute birthday cake for my son at a restaurant. I take along a box of twinkies and pass them out for use as poker chips and we have a big game around the fire – lots of fun, 1/2 twinkie ante.Obie Wan Twinkie: "Twinkies are my traditional treat when I take my kids (now grown) camping

May the snack cake be with you.Some people actually make their own Twinkies, like the following two commenters, and then use them as gaming currency

Still tasty and worth the 150 calories. All this Hostess news made me nostalgic.Lee: "I had a Twinkie today actually

I was a little disappointed that it was not as good as I remember, but I was also relieved because I decided the excess calories are definitely not worth it. It had probably been over a decade since I had one before that.Matt: "In the last two months I have had a Twinkie. The Twinkie was fine. I totally agree with the article

There might be a renewed interest, though

The chocolate cupcakes are hard and dry now with very little filling. Don't have the heart to try one of those. I used to love the fruit pies too. They used to be full of the cream fill.ivory: "I don't know if it's just me or if they changed the recipe at some point but twinkies aren't nearly as spongy, ooey gooey as they once were. just want to remember that they used to be tasty

But you know, they don't make things the way they used to, or do they?

Now they have become my fat food so I cut way back on them but ever so often my body requires a shot of one.Ken in NC: "Twinkies were my energy food in college

I grew up in the Midwest, and I ate junk food, which tasted great at that time. Now, just the thought of a slice of Velveeta (or a Twinkie) makes me nauseous.TheLeftCoast: "Taste buds actually evolve

You get to growing up and all that stuff

Maybe we'll all be surprised with, 'Gen Xers are the most healthy generation despite the tremendous amount of junk food consumed in the in their early years!' Then we'll bring back the Twinkies.eastcoaster: "Isn't it funny that Twinkies brings back this nostalgia for our long lost childhoods where we had no idea that what we ate (quite frequently) was likely to be harmful to us. It will be interesting to see just how this translates into medical/health headlines 30 years from now

But many others found themselves yearning for years past.An informal and highly unscientific poll attached to the bottom of this narrative Eatocracy post from Sara Benincasa showed that something like 27% of the clickers had not eaten a Twinkie in years

Stay gold, Twinkie the Kid

Whether wrapped in plastic or fried at fairs, the humble Twinkie is the elongated pastry that pleases. Commenters shared their memories and thoughts about these pastries and the impending zombie Twinkie apocalypse referenced above. intrepid foodies have been following the story of Hostess Brands' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filling, er, filing, very closely

My condolences, Tallahassee.phfyrebyrd: "The same thought popped into my head when I heard the news


Some day very soon, life's little Twinkie gauge is gonna go . Not just any box of Twinkies, the last box of Twinkies that anyone will enjoy in the whole universe.Tallahassee: " There's a box of Twinkies in that grocery store. Believe it or not, Twinkies have an expiration date

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on gasol series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community

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