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Twinkie Extinction: Hostess Closing (Say Goodbye to These Ten Iconic Snacks)

The Twinkie is an endangered species.
The Twinkie is an endangered species.
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Hostess Brands, makers of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, HoHo's Sno Balls, and other childhood favorites, may shut down all operations and liquidate as early as Tuesday after a failed attempt to settle a bakers strike.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the company, which filed for bankruptcy in January 2012, has requested permission from bankruptcy court to close its business and fully liquidate its assets.

Most of Hostess' 18,500 employees will lose their jobs, though a small fraction will stay on to oversee the closure of the company, which has baked treats since 1930.


In a statement released today, chief executive officer Gregory Rayburn said, "We deeply regret the necessity of today's decision, but we don't have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike."

Though there are still plenty of Twinkies and cupcakes in circulation today, the future of the snack cakes remains uncertain. The iconic names of Twinkies, Devil Dogs, Ding Dongs, and Sno Balls, along with their logos and recipes will likely be sold to another company since their brand recognition has real value.

We've counted down the ten most iconic Hostess cakes and breads, based on lunchbox popularity. Which of these favorites will you miss the most?

10. Yankee Doodles
Both a snack cake and a history lesson, these cream-filled chocolate cupcakes were second-class citizens because of their lack of frosting (they tended to be dry). But, heck, things could be worse on the playground. Mom could have packed the even more unlovable (and untradeable) Sunny Doodle.

Twinkie Extinction: Hostess Closing (Say Goodbye to These Ten Iconic Snacks)
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9. Ho Ho's
Chocolate cake rolled with cream filling and drizzled in chocolate frosting. Might have gotten higher marks but for the fact that moms also liked to eat these snack cakes (along with those little packaged coffee cakes). Totally uncool.

 

Twinkie Extinction: Hostess Closing (Say Goodbye to These Ten Iconic Snacks)
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8. Orange Cupcakes
These cupcakes never lived up to their kid potential. Neon bright fake color -- check. Plenty of sugary goodness -- check. But the fact that they tasted like chewable baby aspirin made them a pox of the playground (though their chocolate cousins were a fan favorite).

Twinkie Extinction: Hostess Closing (Say Goodbye to These Ten Iconic Snacks)
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7. Zingers
Originally made by Dolly Madison, these were Twinkies on steroids. Cream filled cakes with butterscotch or chocolate frosting or rolled in hot pink raspberry and coconuts. Plus, they were the preferred snack of Lucy and Charlie Brown.

 

Twinkie Extinction: Hostess Closing (Say Goodbye to These Ten Iconic Snacks)
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6. Devil Dogs
These devil's food fingers were cream filled and tasty, but more importantly you got to say a sort-of bad word (devil) in front of your parents and teachers every time you asked for one.

Twinkie Extinction: Hostess Closing (Say Goodbye to These Ten Iconic Snacks)
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5. Ding Dongs
Chocolate cake with cream and frosting? Not only delicious, but it also could be used as slang for a boy's nether-parts. Again, hilarious fun for seven year-olds to say in front of joyless Mrs. Goldstein.

 

Twinkie Extinction: Hostess Closing (Say Goodbye to These Ten Iconic Snacks)
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4. Funny Bones
Kids aren't dumb Mr. Hostess baker guy. We know most of your treats are kind of the same. What? Funny Bones are chocolate cakes with cream filling...but the cream is peanut butter flavored? So unique! So rare! So genius!

Twinkie Extinction: Hostess Closing (Say Goodbye to These Ten Iconic Snacks)
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3. Sno Balls
Chocolate cake filled with sugary cream, then covered in marshmallow fluff, coated in Pepto-Bismol pink goo, and rolled in coconut to make them fuzzy. No wonder why they rank so high on our list.

 

Twinkie Extinction: Hostess Closing (Say Goodbye to These Ten Iconic Snacks)
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2. Wonder Bread
One hundred years from now children will read about a far-off magical place of make-believe where they weren't forced to eat multi-grain sprouted bread. Instead, children enjoyed a sandwich with bread "white as a new snow" that "delightfully squished" when touched and could be molded into shapes like "unicorn horns". That magical manna's name? Wonder Bread!

Twinkie Extinction: Hostess Closing (Say Goodbye to These Ten Iconic Snacks)
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1. Twinkies
Oh, Twinkie, you were so simple, so delightful. Golden spongy cake filled with cream so sugary your teeth shivered at first bite. Cookbooks were made in your honor, people tried to replicate you at home, Chefs tried to dress you up for a night on the town. But you didn't need all that fancy-schmancy treatment. You were perfect just as you were. Good night, sweet, sweet cake. You will be missed.

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