Stock up on your Twinkies and Ding Dongs.
The spongy king of the snake cake genre is history. They stopped production of the iconic sugary treat Friday, much to my dismay, I might add.
The Hostess company, which boasts more than 30 products under its brand umbrella, announced Friday it’s shutting down all its plants and declaring bankruptcy. Hostess closed its doors rather than negotiate a new contract with its largest union, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), according to its strike news website. The shuttering of Hostess means the loss of about 18,500 jobs. Hostess said employees at its 33 factories were sent home and operations suspended Friday. Its roughly 500 bakery outlet stores will stay open for several days to sell remaining products.
Hostess, based in Irving, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than three years. Unlike many of its competitors, Hostess had been saddled with high pension, wage and medical costs related to its unionized workforce, a Hostess website claimed.
Twinkie factoid: In 2010 a college professor named Mark Haub went on a “convenience store” diet consisting mainly of Twinkies, Oreos and Doritos in an attempt to demonstrate to his students “that in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most—not the nutritional value of the food”. He lost 27 pounds over a 2 month period,according to a CNN news report.
The shelf-stable snack food icon lined lunchboxes for generations of school kids since baker James Alexander Dewer conceived the first Twinkie in his bakery near Chicago in 1930.
Twinkies have been a staple in lunchbox diets for generations. I can remember all the times my mom tossed a twin-pack of the delicious desert into my lunchbox next to my PB&J, carrots and apple. Most of my friends had them in their lunchboxes. If one of us didn’t have Twinkies in their lunchbox, they become bargaining chips for just about anything else in the lunchbox. One Twinkie two-pack was worth one PB&J, two Ding Dongs, one homemade cookie or two store-bought ones.
But the Twinkie is now history. Gone.
The 300-calorie twin packs will disappear from grocery store shelves, another of a plethora of ingenious man-made stuff to come and go.
As I was reading about the demise of my beloved Twinkies and cream-filled cupcakes, I couldn’t help thinking about our awesome God.
- He has promised never to leave us or forsake us.
- He never will.
- He won’t go on strike.
- He will never initiate a work stoppage because the conditions get tough.
- His “Help Wanted” sign is always on.
- He will not negotiate with us if we make demands of Him.
- He will never be in short supply.
- He wins every battle with his biggest competitor.
- He is not a passing fad that will come and go and come again.
- He doesn’t depend on unions or consumers or CEO’s or stockholders to determine what He’ll do or not do.
Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Hostess Cream-filled Cupcakes may all disappear from grocery store shelves and little lunchboxes all across America.
But God is always with us.
To me, that’s an incredibly comforting thought.
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