Save Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Sno-Balls!!!!

Attention snack food connoisseurs worldwide….

A culinary catastrophe of biblical proportions may be imminent!  Hostess has warned its entire workforce that they may be laid off in July as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last January.  It’s bad enough that many musical icons of my generation, including Donna  Summer just a few days ago, are no longer with us.  At least they live on through their music.  Which means future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy what I did.

But can you imagine Hostess going out of business if Chapter 11 reorganization fails?  Can you imagine a world devoid of gen-you-wine Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Sno-balls?  Can you imagine a generation that has no memory of such exquisite tastes?

Even though I did not grow up in the U.S.  I did grow up with Hostess.  Yes, half way across the world I was still able to enjoy one of America’s finest exports.

For me, it was pink Sno-balls.  It was the preferred recess snack and dessert after dinner, probably because I love coconut.  (Twinkies didn’t do much for me and I never heard of Ding Dongs until I arrived in the U.S., where I was introduced to, and became a loyal consumer of,  the “southern” Ding Dong:  Moon Pies.)

Save me!

For a reason I cannot think of, my consumption of Sno-balls plummeted after coming to the U.S.  In college, I lived and dined on campus and Sno-balls were nowhere to be found.  After four years of college, my Sno-ball cravings had been subsumed.  Hostess products are not available in my grocery store, and I guess it is the plague of “out of sight, out of mind” that explains how I became part of the problem Hostess now faces.

I’m sure if Hostess disappears there’ll be all sorts of imposters.  Some factory in Dongding will see a…sweet…opportunity in peddling their own versions of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Sno-balls, probably with a “special” ingredient: powdered Chinese drywall.  Desperate folks may consume these concoctions… and suffer accordingly.

A more palatable alternative is to save Hostess.  I am now seeking a source for pink Sno-balls, most likely a convenience store or truck stop.  Because, with apologies to Gen. MacArthur, there is no substitute for Hostess!

I am not a substitute


5 responses to “Save Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Sno-Balls!!!!

  1. What Sno-Balls were to you growing up, Hostess Cupcakes were to me (with the surprise in the middle!) I love those things, and have bought them at “our” grocery store. I will seriously hate it if I can never buy them again unless the surprise in the middle is Chinese drywall 🙂 Good one!

  2. I made a comment but it disappeared! In any case, this is indeed a disaster!

  3. My God. What will Elvis fans deep fry if not Twinkies???!!!! Holy crap, the world is coming to an end!!

    • I saw deep fried Twinkies in Vegas but didn’t have the stomach to try one. At one of the Fremont Street casinos, in case anyone wants to check ’em out when in Vegas….

  4. I checked out the Hostess stand in Publix yesterday and it’s still there. Alas, no Twinkies, Sno-Balls, or Ding-Dongs to be found there.

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