I remember with pride the day I started a job at Ralston-Purina and saw that Twinkies were made by Continental Baking Company, a division of R-P. Twinkies AND Wonder Bread. This was in the '90s.
That's why I was surprised when Gary said a Kansas City company had bought the Saint Louis Twinkie company and evidently run it into the ground. Of course, they blame the Atkins diet and the economy.
Can you imagine a world without Twinkies? I mean, I've had one bite of a Twinkie in my life, but I'll still miss them. The big question is: will they still make the base for strawberry shortcakes? The Mother of All Twinkies?
(Thats where Twinkies come from, children. God had leftover sponge cake and formed it into a Twinkie. And it had dominion over the snack cakes, and the Ding Dongs, and the SnoBalls.)
I was appalled the first time I saw someone make strawberry shortcake with a biscuit and butter. It was as if someone took a pancake and wrapped it around a sparerib. It was if someone, say, my mother-in-law, made pork chops flayed of their Shake and Bake skin.
We face a future without Twinkies. I don't want to eat them, but I still want them to stay.