Damn. It’s bad enough that Superstorm Sandy took out the Jersey Shore. Now the striking members of Hostess’ baker’s union want another piece of my childhood?
But that’s how it looks as of this morning. Hostess says they cannot afford a protracted strike, so they will close plants, lay off 18,500 employees and sell their product line.
As if growing older didn’t already have its rough side, like taking longer to heal from injuries and illness, grieving over losing loved ones, watching friends and neighbors lose their jobs and homes to foreclosure and job issues, the Hostess folks have to throw this wrench into the monkey bars.
For the record, I was never a fan of Twinkies, though The Husband likes them. The filling tastes artificially sweet and the cake has the consistency of a dish sponge. But Hostess made other things I liked. I admit to eating more than my share of bologna on Wonder Bread. As for the sweets, there were Ho-Hos, Ring Dings, Devil Dogs (my mother’s favorite) and the best of the best, Funny Bones (chocolate cakes with peanut butter cream inside). My mother used to split the Devil Dogs apart, the way people split Oreos, and eat the plain cake side, then the cream-slathered side. I can still picture her, sitting at the kitchen table in our first house, me on one end of the table and her on the other. It was a small kitchen with ugly wallpaper and no counter space, but right now, the memories fill it to the point of tears.
I just checked to see what was going on with the Hostess website. It’s offline. All I get is an error message.
Note to Hostess: you have no idea how sadly appropriate that is.
- Hostess, maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, says it will shut down (qz.com)
- Hostess Brands Liquidation: Twinkie Maker Seeks Court Permission To Liquidate (huffingtonpost.com)
- Hostess moves to shutter operations (seattlepi.com)
- Save Ring Dings! (offonatangent.blogspot.com)
- Oh the irony! Washington State OKs recreational pot use, Hostess closes the local bakery that makes Twinkies and Ding Dongs (theblaze.com)
- Forget The Fiscal Cliff, Twinkies Could Soon Disappear Forever (consumerist.com)
- Buy all of the Twinkies! Hoard them! HOARD THEM! (eatocracy.cnn.com)