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Twinkies dead at age 82
« on: November 17, 2012, 0001 UTC »
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/all-we-can-eat/post/the-best-twinkies-defense-is-a-good-offense/2012/11/16/ee6b8822-2ff1-11e2-9f50-0308e1e75445_blog.html

Twinkie fix in a post-Twinkies world
By Bonnie S. Benwick

Looks like a Twinkie, but it could be Washington’s next best thing. (Wagshal’s) Has it really been 7 1/2 years ago since former Food section staffer Candy Sagon marked Twinkies’ 75th birthday, chronicling an Indiana man’s habit of eating one iconic, four-inch-long sponge cake every day for 64 years? How snack time flies.

With news that Hostess Brands Inc. will dump the iconic foodstuff and Wonder Bread (someone else has to buy the rights or recipes, right?), AWCE wiped a tear from our eye and the cream filling from the corners of our mouths — so we could concentrate on Twinkie production, and, more importantly, where to scout out suitable alternatives.

Brooklyn author Steve Ettlinger is already booked for a number of post-Twinkielyptic interviews, having written the definitive “Twinkie, Deconstructed” (Plume, 2008). Reached at home this morning by phone, he told AWCE that back in January when Hostess announced plans to file for bankruptcy, he fielded “a gazillion calls — as if there were some sort of national crisis.”

He estimates eating less than three dozen of them during the 2 1/2 years of research for the book. The former sous-chef says he was more partial to Sno-Balls in his youth, but is not an avid Twinkie eater. “I felt compelled to taste them and assess texture,” he says. And Ettlinger admits to having more than his fill during repeated takes shot for a subsequent History Channel show on Twinkies (cultural significance Exhibit A).

He was also compelled to try his own hand at making them from scratch, with success. “They came out nicely,” Ettlinger says, adding in TMI fashion that his homemade cream filling did not “coat the teeth” the way Twinkies’ polysorbate 60-filled white stuff does.


(Scott Olson/Getty Images) “I also learned that professional bakers call just about any small cake a Twinkie,” he says (cultural significance Exhibit B).

* The Wall Street Journal reports that Twinkies sales were down at least 2 percent from 2010, but sales figures did not include Wal-Mart stores. Seems like a major flaw in the metrics.

* Eight out of Twinkies’ 39 ingredients are derived from corn, Ettlinger told HowStuffWorks.com.

* Twinkies are dairy-free, with a recommended shelf life of slightly more than three weeks. As IF.

* Nutritionally speaking, a single Twinkie might make a more healthful alternative than just about any Thanksgiving dessert you’re likely to eat.

* Feeling adventurous this Thanksgiving? “The Twinkies Cookbook” (Ten Speed Press, 2006) included a stuffing recipe — and we don’t mean for cream filling. We’re talking Twinkies in turkey. Chow.com gave it a try.

Wagshal’s Deli in Northwest Washington has manufactured its own propriety version of oblong, “nostalgic, cream-filled cake rolls” ($3.50 per two-pack) for the past several years. Pastry chef Ganesh Rajamonickam and his crew make hundreds per week (Hostess-like cupcakes, too). Their shelf life: one week.

Years ago, when Food staffer Tim Carman was Mr. Young & Hungry, he found Wagshal’s Twinkie-like treats smooth on the outside, “almost like a nice cotton shirt.” His verdict back then: “If I want a Twinkie-like product, I’ll just buy a damn Twinkie.” Flash-forward to a few weeks ago, when Food staffers trekked to Wagshal’s Market for a heritage turkey taste test: Carman bought, and ate, the alternatives.

In 2011, the pastry chef at Ted’s Bulletin shared a “Twinkie”-type recipe that called for a brush of simple syrup to keep the cake moist, and an Italian meringue filling. (Thanks, Graphophobia.blogspot.com.)

Neighborhood Restaurant Group executive pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac has made Twinkie-like treats with yellow cake and a cream cheese filling. A regular buttercream work for the filling. Home bakers can find the right-shaped molds on Amazon, naturally.

Has the Twinkies announcement put a damper on your Friday? Or are you doing a happy dance? Share your cream-filled memories in the comments below.

By Bonnie S. Benwick  |  10:56 AM ET, 11/16/2012

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Re: Twinkies dead at age 82
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2012, 0358 UTC »
This sucks.

Went to the store yesterday and stocked up. Forgot to get Sno Balls & the fruit pies. That will be tomorrow morning.

But alas, in about a month, they'll all be gone. The same time as the Mayan's predicted the world would end. Maybe they were a month off.

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2012, 1414 UTC »
Prices for twinkies going up rapidly on e-bay.....

Looks like I made the wrong investments.
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2012, 1603 UTC »
Went back to the store this morning. Everything gone except for a few bags of Donettes & some cupcakes.   :'(

But in good news, 5 lb bags of potatoes that were normally $3.49 were on sale for $1.49.
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2012, 1758 UTC »
I got a box of coffee cakes last night thats all my walmart had left,kinda makes me sad.
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Re: Twinkies dead at age 82
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2012, 1814 UTC »
 diminished capacity for reason, ergo the Twinkie defense
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Re: Twinkies dead at age 82
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2012, 2151 UTC »
I got a box of the coffee cakes on Thrs. They're pretty good.

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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2012, 0455 UTC »
Alluvial, didn't you subsist on just a diet of Twinkies and Yoohoo during your recent expedition escorting the first Bigfoot truck to Mars?

BTW, any sign of your fans up their?

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Re: Twinkies dead at age 82
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2012, 1028 UTC »
I loved them as a kid and the RARE time as an adult. But seeing the health effects of our young nowadays, logic says it is best they are gone.

There was JUST as much junk food when I grew up in the late 60's and 70's, but it wasn't staple... it was a treat. Now entire families with their fast paced lives are using the stuff as their "meat and potatoes" and it's just bad on the health system.
(Notice I said "bad on the health system" - I'm all for legal suicide, just don't waste my taxes on your fat ass when I'll need it in 20 years for my lung cancer from smoking ;) )

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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2012, 0002 UTC »
Cannot say I had too many Twinkies either they weren't a favorite Canadian treat and were synonymous with Fatties uhhhggmmmm  :o I mean Large people ,or with reference to cute girls ie. "she's a real Twinkie " or "she's  a real cream pie  :P"

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This reminds me of that Seinfeld episode were George found out they were no longer going to make his favorite cakes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZU05h3U2Hw


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Re: Twinkies dead at age 82
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2012, 1623 UTC »
Yup, and if you use the GreedBay postage calculator it'll probably cost $500.00 to mail it to Canada. $750 if you use Airmail... I was gonna get a Commander Bunneh mouse pad but would have had to remortgage my house to pay shipping.
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