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No More Twinkies? Hostess Shutting Down

Company to close its doors, citing worker strike.

Will there be a run on Twinkies and Ding Dongs today? 

Some of America's guiltiest pleasures could disappear from grocery store shelves after their parent company, Hostess Brands, announced it plans to go out of business, citing a labor union strike on top of a bankruptcy earlier this year.

Wonder Bread Hostess has bakeries and retail outlets all over the country, including several in California.

In Orange County, there's a Wonder/Hostess Bakery Outlet in Anaheim at 901 E. Orangethorpe. Residents can call 714 680-9905 for more information. 

The company employs close to 19,000 people and cites high labor costs, as well as rising prices for flour and sugar, key ingredients for its baked goods.

"Many people have worked incredibly long and hard to keep this from happening, but now Hostess Brands has no other alternative than to begin the process of winding down and preparing for the sale of our iconic brands," CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said in a letter to employees that was released to the media.

The iconic Twinkie is marketed by Hostess as a "golden sponge cake with creamy filling."

The Twinkie got its start in the 1930s, when James A. Dewar, a baker at the Continental Baking Co., dreamed it up as a replacement for a strawberry-filled shortcake the bakery was making, according to Food History. After strawberry season, the company went with a banana-flavored creme until a banana shortage during World War II, prompting a switch to the now-famous vanilla creme.

The name for the treat reportedly came to Dewar when he saw an ad for the Twinkle Toe Shoe Co. The Twinkie reportedly has 150 calories in one cake.

The company also makes the popular Ding Dong, Chocolate Cup Cake (with a creme filling and icing), Sno Balls and other sugary products. 

It's likely Hostess could sell its top brands to another company, according to business reports.

But if the iconic snack should be no more... Tell us: 

Would you miss the Twinkie? The Ding Dong? What are your Twinkie memories? Are the snacks worth saving? Do you plan to stock up?

Elsa November 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM
The Ding Dongs voted for this! Sign of things to come, Ho, Ho!
Shirley November 17, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Honestly, if you can find any in the stores I understand they will last forever. So bust loose with the bucks people & have this "crap' forever!
bbq November 17, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Good old union - they struck themselves right out of a job. What idiots!
Charles November 17, 2012 at 02:50 AM
The state of Americans' heath just went up by 0.69%. Eliminating a source of junk food is a good thing.
MFriedrich November 17, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Eventually the host can't anymore and falls down dead. This spells doom for all the ticks.
El Toro Resident November 17, 2012 at 04:27 AM
R.I.P. Hostess, frozen Ding Dongs are the bomb!
Resident of South OC November 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Unfortunately, the union also caused other facets of the business to lose their jobs too. Feel very sorry for the non-union people affected by the greed of the union people involved.
Buy My Bikes November 17, 2012 at 09:18 PM
My postman used to BEE called Snowball from hiding and eating Hostess Snowballs at work!! Went to the Hostess factory when I was a kid and had fresh Twinkies with double filling Awesome!!!!!! Bicycle Jim!!!!!
Eric Bergstrom November 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Hold your horses! They are back in negotiations!!! Holy Ding Dong, Batman! There's still a Twinkie of a chance. Although some sad it was a Snowball's chance in H***.
garagehero December 14, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Union? Did you read the article or know anything about the Hostess situation, I mean, aside from FAUXNEWS speaking points?
garagehero December 14, 2012 at 09:17 PM
South OC, what are you babbling about? The unions didnt do anyhting to bring Hostess down. Have you read the article? Have you read any other info on this situation other than posting your right-wing drivel? Its was management and management only, that destroyed Hostess.

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