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2:28pm

Wed July 10, 2013
The Salt

The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darned Long?

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 10:56 am

Unlike the dodo that sits next to it on an NPR Science Desk shelf, this year-and-a-half-old Twinkie is still around — but that doesn't mean you want to eat it.
Heather Rousseau NPR

We have to confess: When we heard that Twinkies will have nearly double the shelf life, 45 days, when they return to stores next week, our first reaction was — days? Not years?

Urban legend has long deemed Twinkies the cockroaches of the snack food world, a treat that can survive for decades, what humanity would have left to eat come the apocalypse. The true shelf life — which used to be 26 days — seems somewhat less impressive by comparison.

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12:08pm

Mon June 24, 2013

1:32am

Mon May 27, 2013
The Salt

Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town

Originally published on Mon May 27, 2013 3:17 am

Hostess Twinkies are offered for sale in Chicago, part of the last shipment of Hostess products the company made in 2012.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The news of Hostess' return to Emporia, Kan., sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town — even though there will be only half as many jobs.

The new company, formed when investors bought Hostess' snack cake business, has hired longtime snack cake production veterans Pat Chambers and her husband, Bob, to help get the bakery here running again. Pat lost her job at the Hostess plant when it closed last November. Now, she sits beaming on her front porch, wearing a dirty Hostess work shirt.

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4:54am

Wed March 20, 2013
NPR Story

Judge Approves Hostess Snack Food Sales

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:30 am

Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs will go to a pair of private equity firms. Wonder Bread will be sold to snack food maker Flowers Food. The Beefsteak brand of bread will go to a Mexican company.

10:32am

Fri November 30, 2012
The Salt

Booches' Famous Burgers Seek New Buns After Hostess Plant Closes

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 12:57 pm

A softly-lit Booches' burger, back in the days of the Hostess bun.
Genevieve Howard Flickr.com

Twinkie hoarders, artists, and Ding Dong enthusiasts weren't the only consumers affected when Hostess started shutting down plants across America just a few weeks ago.

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