Shelf life of the Twinkie

Posted on January 11, 2012

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Nuclear war may not ruin the Twinkie — but bankruptcy might.

Hostess Brands files for bankruptcy

The maker of Wonder Bread, Twinkies and other bakery goods filed for bankruptcy today, citing that economic conditions, along with employee benefits, as the reason for hardship.

I used to love Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Mini Muffins as a kid. Heck, I like Mini Muffins now (the snack cakes give me heartburn!).

On a personal note: A few years ago, there was a catty woman who thought I should buy stock in Hostess. She was making a remark about my weight. Thankfully, I didn’t take her seriously!

But, that makes me think about something: Why aren’t there serious activist groups going after companies like Hostess and other snack food companies? They go after things like cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, etc — but not one of the most addictive things of all — snack food. Why don’t we see those “Truth.” PSAs about not eating snack food, or about how obesity can kill you?

While I think people should make their own choices about what they decide to drink and ingest, you would think that there would be more of a movement against these things. And, maybe there is, and I just don’t know about it.

I know that Michelle Obama is working for better school lunches and fitness for kids. But what is going on beyond that in the mainstream?

I remember school lunches as a kid. Granted, the food was horrible half the time, and probably came out of a can, but at least it was cooked at the school. Now, food comes to my kids’ schools pre-packaged, pre-made, and probably more full of preservatives than it ever was in the 1980s or early 1990s.

Is there a lobby against snack food? Are they taken seriously? Should they be taken seriously? What do you think about this?

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