Well folks, we ended 2012 on a downer. Hurricane Sandy swamped parts of the East coast, leaving thousands of people homeless. Then we had the sickening school shooting in Connecticut, and the horrendous rape-murder of the woman in India. I won't comment on these crimes. Anything I said would be XXX rated and make your computer seize up.
So, I decided to start off 2013 with a somewhat
lighter post. A sweeter post.
Yes, a TWINKIES post.
began in November 2012. An ominous post about Hostess Brands and their problems
with the 18,500 union workers who toiled at their 33 factories to bring you
those sweet snacks you love.
Come on, admit it. Who among us doesn't have an
occasional hankering for a Twinkie or a Devil Dog or a SnoBall or a Ding Dong?
Wonder Bread? Well, maybe not so much ...
A short history of Hostess
Brands has been around a long time. It all began in Kansas City. Ralph Nafziger
came from a family of bakers. In 1925, he bought out Taggart Bakeries of
Indianapolis, including Taggart's Wonder Bread and their Hostess brands of
snacks: Twinkies, Ding Dongs and HoHos.
In 1930, Nafziger acquired more
bakeries and formed the Interstate Bakeries Corporation, at the time the 5th
largest baker in the US. You get the idea. Bottom line? Folks LOVED those snacks. The best part? They could get them everywhere!
500 million Twinkies!
By 2012, Hostess Brands was putting out 500 million
Twinkies (and 127 million loaves of Wonder Bread) every year! For 82 years,
every kid with a lunch box opened it up hoping to see their favorite snack! But
now there was trouble in River City. A judge ordered the company and the union
No dice. The talks failed. For the second time in ten years, Hostess Brands declared bankruptcy. During a 2004 - 2009, bankruptcy, the company closed nine of its 54 bakeries and more than 300 outlet stores; their work force declined from 32,000 to 22,000.
But demand never faltered.
Folks wanted their Hostess cupcakes!
A Twinkie Panic
word broke that there might not be anymore Twinkies or Ho-Hos, people panicked. They
rushed to supermarkets and stores to scoop up whatever snacks
On December 11, 2012, the last Twinkies shipment arrived at Chicago supermarkets. More than 20,000 boxes from a Twinkies plant in Georgia, sold at $3.59 per box until supplies ran out.
Jewel-Osco posted a delivery schedule on their Facebook page with the locations of all the stores that would receive the final batch of those yummy creme-filled delights.
Hoarding and home recipes
Shelves emptied fast and hoarding broke out. Twinkies
were offered on E-Bay and Craigslist, but hold onto your wallet. Some were
priced from $50 to $2000 and prices are rising. Said one Hostess lover:
"50 dollars a box was the average but I saw some crazy stuff like $3,000 a
Shifty-eyed no-goodniks began hawking Twinkies and DingDongs on street corners. Hey, someone once said Twinkies have a shelf life of 100 years, right? And yes, for the totally Twinkie deprived, there is a home recipe. No, I'm not going to give it to you. You'll have to hunt for it.
But wait! When other companies saw all the commotion,
they said: AHA! Folks will do anything to have their Twinkies. Sure enough,
Hostess Brands received bids from several companies interested in buying the
maker of Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread.
Bloomberg News reported that two dozen buyers had surfaced, among them Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo [no, I did not make that up]. Any kind of luck, one of those companies will buy Hostess Brands and start pumping out Twinkies just in time for Easter.
So there you have it, folks. Hope this lightens up your New Year. But wait! Please don't leave
yet! Leave a comment in the comment form. Tell me which Hostess Brand treat is YOUR favorite! Twinkies?
Hostess cupcakes? Funnybones? Come on, tell me your guilty
pleasure! NOPD homicide
detective Frank Renzi signing off.