Hostess Closes Its Doors: A Look Back at Twinkies & Other Favorite Snacks (PHOTOS)

by Adriana Velez November 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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Ding Dongs

Ding Dongs and their cousin, the Hostess Cupcakes (with the cute little swirl on the top), were my favorite snack cakes. I admit, I loved that weird, plasticky chocolate frosting. Not to mention the naughty thrill of saying the name out loud! Tee hee. Here's a recipe for your own Ding Dongs.

Ding Dongs and their cousin, the Hostess Cupcakes (with the cute little swirl on the top), were my favorite snack cakes. I admit, I loved that weird, plasticky chocolate frosting. Not to mention the naughty thrill of saying the name out loud! Tee hee. Here's a recipe for your own Ding Dongs.

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Adriana Velez
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Adriana Velez

is a staff writer who dabbles in food, parenting, news, entertainment, molecular biology, and anything else that that pops into her head. She lives with her elementary school-aged son in Brooklyn, land of urban farms and artisan everything.  

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Nonmember comment from Sarah
November 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM
The refused to be held hostage by a union. Good for them.
bills...
billsfan1104
November 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Thug union that the democrats love so much and supported Obama. Thank you Unions for putting another business out of business. Merry Christmas. Poor 18500 workers. And all you are talking about is the fricking twinkies you ass wont be able to eat or deep fry.
dixie...
dixiechick2
November 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM
You forgot about Chocodiles!
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Nonmember comment from Frank
November 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Keep supporting those stupid unions and democrats.
LoriA...
LoriAnn87
November 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

This company has been in trouble for years and it's really sad to see another company closing. I remeber growing up in Philly and driving by hostess and smelling all the sweet stuff they were making. At least we still have tastykakes.

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Nonmember comment from Twinkie
November 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The execs put the company out of business not the union. They stroked after execs granted themselves exorbitant raises (like the CEO who gave himself a 300% raise) while asking low wage earners to make even less. They closed out of spite and will restructure with lower earning non union employees. They're directly to blame not Obama. Think intelligently here for once.
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Nonmember comment from Twinkie
November 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I couldn't get this info from the Wall Street Journal because I don't subscribe but here it is from somewhere else:

"BCTGM members voted to strike Hostess after the company imposed cuts that included ending payments to the employees’ pension plan while executives awarded themselves massive bonuses. Among the raises was a 300 percent raise (from approximately $750,000 to $2,550,000) for the then-CEO of Hostess. At least nine other top executives of the company also received massive pay raises, including one who received a pay increase from $500,000 to $900,000 and another received one that brought his salary from $375,000 to $656,256."
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gem092011
November 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM
"Maybe they couldn't keep up with the times?" No, how about maybe they couldn't keep up with rising taxes/Obamacare expenses and the inflated salaries/pensions of union workers at the same time.

Sorry...but the only "ding dongs" here are the striking union workers who refused to see reality and cost 18,500 workers their jobs.
LoveM...
LoveMyViolet
November 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

The company has been in trouble for years (they've filed for bankruptcy before) and yet, there are people on here who blame Obama and the Democrats. Really? Maybe it's poor management. 

Facebook comment from Jennifer Miller
November 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM
It's not the Union's fault. How do you figure? The employees were striking for a VALID reason and the Union was backing them. Unions are GOOD for employees, they keep things fair. I am not a Democrat and I fully support Worker's Unions!
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