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By Julie Rothman, For The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Alice McKeehan of Elkhart, Ind., wanted help locating a recipe for making a Twinkie cake. Her friend who used to make it has died, and McKeehan cannot find her copy of the recipe. All she can really remember is that it was an easy, no-bake cake that had Hostess' Twinkies as the base layer. According to the Hostess website, the Continental Baking Co. first made Twinkies in 1930. Although Hostess briefly went out of business in 2012 amid bankruptcy and an employee strike, Twinkies are back on the shelves and have been a part of the American snack food culture for the better part of a century.
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By Julie Rothman, For The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Alice McKeehan of Elkhart, Ind., wanted help locating a recipe for making a Twinkie cake. Her friend who used to make it has died, and McKeehan cannot find her copy of the recipe. All she can really remember is that it was an easy, no-bake cake that had Hostess' Twinkies as the base layer. According to the Hostess website, the Continental Baking Co. first made Twinkies in 1930. Although Hostess briefly went out of business in 2012 amid bankruptcy and an employee strike, Twinkies are back on the shelves and have been a part of the American snack food culture for the better part of a century.
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Lorraine Mirabella | February 10, 2014
Need a Twinkie fix? Now you can get one at 25 percent off. Big Lots stores are now serving as official Hostess Thrift Outlets, replacing the snack cake maker's closed thrift stores. The closeout retailer, which has stores throughout the Baltimore area, is selling Twinkies, CupCakes, Zingers, Fruit Pies,  Ho Hos and Donettes, among other items, at discounts of up to 40 percent. "The Thrift Outlets were extremely popular," said Big Lots CEO David Campisi. "We are thrilled to team up with this iconic brand and give customers a new destination to find outstanding savings on the products they know and love.
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Lorraine Mirabella | February 10, 2014
Need a Twinkie fix? Now you can get one at 25 percent off. Big Lots stores are now serving as official Hostess Thrift Outlets, replacing the snack cake maker's closed thrift stores. The closeout retailer, which has stores throughout the Baltimore area, is selling Twinkies, CupCakes, Zingers, Fruit Pies,  Ho Hos and Donettes, among other items, at discounts of up to 40 percent. "The Thrift Outlets were extremely popular," said Big Lots CEO David Campisi. "We are thrilled to team up with this iconic brand and give customers a new destination to find outstanding savings on the products they know and love.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
Op-ed contributor Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson argues that the Hostess Company's bankruptcy demonstrates the negative effects of the anti-obesity movement ("An unhealthy fear," Nov. 21). But the demise of Hostess was not caused by the anti-obesity movement, and Ms. Simpson never presents any evidence that movement directly affected the company. Ms. Simpson claims that Hostess is a "victim of another movement sweeping the country over the past couple of decades: 'low-fat' and 'health food' trends, and the current government-sponsored anti-obesity campaign.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | September 27, 2004
THIS IS HOW great civilizations crumble, when a way of life erodes bit by bit and the citizens stand by and do nothing. Look what's happening with Twinkies. Maybe you heard that Interstate Bakeries Corp., the nation's largest wholesale baker and maker of Hostess Twinkies and Wonder bread, just filed for bankruptcy protection. The company will now try to make a go of it with $200 million in bank loans and a corporate turnaround specialist at the helm. But if the turnaround doesn't work, it's sayonara for Twinkies.
NEWS
By KATE SHATZKIN and KATE SHATZKIN,SUN REPORTER | June 28, 2006
Cake Mix Cookies More Than 175 Delectable Cookie Recipes That Begin With a Box of Cake Mix The Twinkies Cookbook An Inventive and Unexpected Recipe Collection From Hostess Ten Speed Press / 2006 / $12.95 Twinkie Sushi? Pigs in a Twinkie? For the 75th anniversary of the Twinkie, Hostess solicited recipes from around the country and got some curious takes on this childhood treat - including a Chicken-Raspberry Twinkie Salad from Gary Gonya of Baltimore. Despite the salad entry, this isn't a book aimed at the health-conscious - Twinkies are deep-fried, sauteed in butter, covered in buttercream frosting and fondant and stuffed with sausage.
NEWS
By Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson | November 20, 2012
By now all of the Twinkies, Ho Hos and other Hostess baked goods have been stripped from grocery store shelves — and countless tributes paid via Tweets, blogs and Facebook posts. After more than 80 years in business, Hostess declared it was going under last week, dropping off the last of its Wonder Bread and Zingers deliveries, possibly ending jobs for more than 18,000 people, and marking yet another sad demise of a venerable American business institution. Now, in a perhaps ill-fated 11th-hour round of negotiations with its workers, Hostess is struggling to escape the Great Recession sandpit, or get bought out. Yet this octogenarian snack king is really just the victim of another movement sweeping the country over the past couple decades: "low-fat" and "health food" trends, and the current government-sponsored anti-obesity campaign.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | November 16, 2012
Every junk food junkie in America is watching closely as Hostess Brands -- locked in a dispute with striking workers -- threatens to go out of business . I was never a big fan of Twinkies, but I've eaten more than my share of Hostess Cupcakes -- topped with the distinctive loops of icing. While we wait to see what will happen with the company, here are a few books to take your mind off the legal battle: Twinkie, Deconstructed by Steve Ettlinger. From the publisher: "From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the oil fields in China, Twinkie, Deconstructed demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients?
FEATURES
February 20, 2002
For freshness' sake Tired of crushed, stale chips? Betting you are, Frito Lay is putting its snacks in compact plastic canisters with screw-on lids. Cheetos, Doritos and Fritos Hoops are available in the new containers now, at a suggested retail price of $1.29 per canister. More brands are to be added to the line later this year. Local chef feeds skiers U.S. athletes going for the gold in Salt Lake City are being helped along by food from Maryland chef Mark Salter, one of 10 professional chefs selected to cook for the American Olympic Ski Team.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | January 12, 2014
FACT: New York City's Bill de Blasio ran on a progressive platform of "tax the rich," government welfare-ism and strident unionism in his successful bid to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg. OPINION: Mr. de Blasio is the new hope and change for America's depressed liberals. He is the anti-Giuliani, an aggressive progressive intent on remaking NYC into a progressive mecca. It's all back to the future - a David Dinkins era redux replete with familiar class envy rhetoric. Such a vision should strike fear in the hearts of any and all who live, work, visit or play in the Big Apple.
NEWS
By Mary Sanchez | January 2, 2013
America lost one of its iconic brands last month when Hostess, maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and other staples of postwar Middle America, closed up shop. The announcement was an occasion for wags to litter the Internet with jokes about the Twinkie, a pathetic industrial confection that couldn't be more out of step with our artisanal, gourmet tastes. But there was another curious aspect to the story: Hostess workers were still represented by several labor unions, and one of them, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, had gone on strike.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
Op-ed contributor Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson argues that the Hostess Company's bankruptcy demonstrates the negative effects of the anti-obesity movement ("An unhealthy fear," Nov. 21). But the demise of Hostess was not caused by the anti-obesity movement, and Ms. Simpson never presents any evidence that movement directly affected the company. Ms. Simpson claims that Hostess is a "victim of another movement sweeping the country over the past couple of decades: 'low-fat' and 'health food' trends, and the current government-sponsored anti-obesity campaign.
NEWS
By David Horsey | November 27, 2012
The Great American Twinkie Crisis illuminates what is wrong with the relationship between management and labor in this country. Hostess, the company that, since the 1930s, has provided our nation with snacks that are nearly indestructible, now threatens to go out of business and leave us bereft of Ding Dongs, Sno Balls, Ho Hos, CupCakes, Wonder Bread and a variety of other baked goods that are probably not good for us but, at least to a kid's palate,...
NEWS
November 22, 2012
I watched the TV news in astonishment as people were loading their cars in Glen Burnie with Hostess Twinkies upon word that the company is folding. Truth be told, it appears some of those people really didn't need to enhance their diets with the sugar-infused gut bombs. I had my last Twinkie about 30 years ago. After ingesting one, my brain told my body that there was something wrong: How can something so tasty be so terribly bad for me? I felt like I had just had an IV of pure unadulterated cane sugar.
NEWS
By Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson | November 20, 2012
By now all of the Twinkies, Ho Hos and other Hostess baked goods have been stripped from grocery store shelves — and countless tributes paid via Tweets, blogs and Facebook posts. After more than 80 years in business, Hostess declared it was going under last week, dropping off the last of its Wonder Bread and Zingers deliveries, possibly ending jobs for more than 18,000 people, and marking yet another sad demise of a venerable American business institution. Now, in a perhaps ill-fated 11th-hour round of negotiations with its workers, Hostess is struggling to escape the Great Recession sandpit, or get bought out. Yet this octogenarian snack king is really just the victim of another movement sweeping the country over the past couple decades: "low-fat" and "health food" trends, and the current government-sponsored anti-obesity campaign.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | July 25, 2012
The federal government doled out taxpayer subsidies last year that went to support $1.28 billion in junk food, an analysis by MaryPIRG found. In a report released Wednesday the consumer advocacy group said that since 1995 $18.2 billion has gone to support junk food. The amount is enough to buy 2.9 billion Twinkies a year, the group said. In comparison, about $637 million subsidies has gone towards apples since 2005, enough to buy 77 million apples per year. About 75 percent of the subsidies go to just 3.8 percent of farmers, the group said.
NEWS
November 22, 2012
I watched the TV news in astonishment as people were loading their cars in Glen Burnie with Hostess Twinkies upon word that the company is folding. Truth be told, it appears some of those people really didn't need to enhance their diets with the sugar-infused gut bombs. I had my last Twinkie about 30 years ago. After ingesting one, my brain told my body that there was something wrong: How can something so tasty be so terribly bad for me? I felt like I had just had an IV of pure unadulterated cane sugar.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | November 16, 2012
Every junk food junkie in America is watching closely as Hostess Brands -- locked in a dispute with striking workers -- threatens to go out of business . I was never a big fan of Twinkies, but I've eaten more than my share of Hostess Cupcakes -- topped with the distinctive loops of icing. While we wait to see what will happen with the company, here are a few books to take your mind off the legal battle: Twinkie, Deconstructed by Steve Ettlinger. From the publisher: "From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the oil fields in China, Twinkie, Deconstructed demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients?
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2012
Soon after hearing that Hostess Brands Inc. was shutting down for good, Lisa Renee Clark wasted no time dashing out to the Wonder Hostess Bakery Thriftshop in Glen Burnie. But by midday Friday, she was almost too late. The Twinkies had sold out. Supplies of Wonder white bread were dwindling. And the shelves appeared bare of Ho Hos. Finally spotting two boxes of the cream-filled snack cakes, Clark snatched them up. "So many fun, good things from my childhood are going away," said Clark, 43, a self-employed production assistant and camera operator from Pasadena.
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