It's hard to believe, but iconic snack maker Hostess is shutting its doors. In bankruptcy court the company said they wanted to liquidate -- and they're blaming striking workers who rejected a new contract. "We deeply reject the necessity of today's decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," CEO Gregory Rayburn said this morning.
Whatever the reason for Hostess going out of business, it's shocking to think there may be a time when we stop seeing Twinkies and other classic sugary snacks on store shelves. Maybe Hostess couldn't keep up with the times? In the past few years, Americans have been choosing snacks with more "natural" ingredients. But there's still a lot of nostalgic love for those Hostess cakes. Maybe some smart company will snap up the brand and re-release the snacks with an ingredient makeover. We can only hope!
In the meantime, join us on a little tour through the Hostess Hall of Snacking Fame -- with recipes.
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.