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No More Twinkies In Henderson
No More Twinkies In Henderson

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AIR DATE: November 21, 2012

The Hostess brand has shut down, taking Twinkies with it. Also gone are Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Fruit Pies, and Sno Balls (and Wonder Bread - why is no one talking about Wonder Bread?)

In this interview we talk to a Hostess spokesperson about the 171 jobs lost at the Henderson bakery (stream audio above.) Anita-Marie Laurie denies claims that during the negotiations, executives gave themselves a raise, and instead blamed the failure to reach a deal on the bakers' union. But with the Henderson plant no longer producing sugary Hostess treats ...

... What's a Twinkie fan to do?

There’s a good chance that some other manufacturer will pick up the snack slack. But just in case, here are a few other strategies to help out Twinkie devotees.

1. Go On The Web, Look At Pictures Of Twinkies

Twinkies aren’t just delicious, they’re hilarious. From Twinkie sushi to bacon-wrapped Twinkie Stonehenge, the Hostess treat has inspired its own special brand of kitchen folk art.  Some of it is whimsical. Some of it is weird. And some of it is vaguely offensive.

2. Make Your Own Damn Twinkies

In the past, it seemed ridiculous to waste valuable baking time creating a copycat recipe for a treat you could just as easily buy at the store. Who’s got the last laugh now? That’s right, the people who were sweating it out in the kitchen, cooking up ersatz Twinkies. Someone has even made a gluten-free version.

3. Take Out A Loan, Buy A Twinkie

How much would you pay for a box of Twinkies? One hundred thousand dollars? One million dollars? Relax. You can get one on Ebay for a mere ten grand. That’s only one thousand dollars per Twinkie. Go in on it with a group of friends or coworkers.

4. Remember: Twinkies Have An Eternal Shelf Life

Or do they? But common wisdom holds that the only way to truly destroy a Twinkie is to eat it, microwave it, or maybe stomp it into a spongy pulp. That means that while there may be many obstacles between you and your next Twinkie, short shelf life isn’t one of them.

5. Wait, This Just In

Or maybe our time without Twinkies will be short-lived. A judge has ordered Hostess and the Bakers' union to try to work things out.

 

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    COMMENTS:
    I believe BOTH parties are at fault. I heard the story on NPR discussing the union issues. Issues such as all products must be delivered on different trucks even if they are going to the same location, ie., Wonder Bread, Twinkies couldn't co-mingle. We ALL have to make sacrifices and if we don't we ALL loose....
    RobynNov 21, 2012 08:42:29 AM
    Yes, it probably had nothing to do with the 300% raise the CEO received, right? And yet somehow after shutting down Hostess executives are still going to receive massive payouts.
    RachelNov 20, 2012 08:51:19 AM
    People can go buy baked goods a the union headquarters. Oh wait... unions produce nothing (except unemployment).
    EdNov 19, 2012 15:03:15 PM
    My union provides me with some protection from losing my job (given that I am doing my job up to par) due to someone in management just not "liking" me. Worth every penny.
    JackieNov 20, 2012 14:34:22 PM
    The 850 million in secured corporate debt .. Yeah that had nothing to do with this. Must be those greedy union bakers. Extremely poor management.
    JackieNov 19, 2012 11:23:29 AM
    It's really ,really bad people are losing their jobs but the snacks were unhealthy
    JamesNov 16, 2012 19:47:32 PM
    It is unfortunate that people will be losing their jobs at this time, but the fact is that this is what one eventually gets when ridiculous FDR-era pro-union laws force companies to give in to union demands year after year, with never a concession in the other direction; it's a wonder more companies don't call it quits. And, to those of you out there who herald government regulation of industry as a societal good, you should take Hostess as not just an example of union foolishness, but since government is the source of the union's power, as an example of a company regulated literally to death. Indeed, this is just the sort of forced inefficiency we don't need in this economy (or at any time, truth be told)!
    Tom HurstNov 16, 2012 18:04:15 PM
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