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

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

ding dongsIt'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.

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The immortal beloved Twinkie: What's in it that allows it to live forever? The list is so, so long. If you can't live without these golden sponge cakes, make your own homemade Twinkies.

Filed Under: chocolate, comfort food, cupcakes, desserts, in the news, recipes, snacks, slideshow


  • Sarah
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    November 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    The refused to be held hostage by a union. Good for them.
  • bills...


    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...


    November 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    You forgot about Chocodiles!
  • Frank
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    November 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM
    Keep supporting those stupid unions and democrats.
  • LoriA...


    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.

  • Twinkie
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    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.
  • Twinkie
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    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."
  • gem09...


    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...


    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. 

  • Jenni...
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    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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