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The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the get-in-my-belly dept.

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iggymanz writes "The geek food staple the Twinkie is coming back. The sturdy main component of the foundation to the geek four food groups of sugar, fat, caffeine and bacon — with rumored shelf life on the order of the time span to cool a white dwarf to room temperature — the Twinkie, along with Ding-Dongs, Ho-Ho's and Cupcakes, will be returning 15 July 2013 to the shelves under new management of Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulous & Co which paid over 400 mega dollars (U.S.) for the brands."

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528 comments

Mega Dollars? (5, Funny)

firegate (134408) | about a year ago | (#44093597)

Are they like regular dollars with superpowers?

Re:Mega Dollars? (5, Funny)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year ago | (#44093673)

Yes. They have the strength of a million normal dollars. Personally, I welcome the newest addition to the SI unit family. (What could be more ironic than the addition of a highly-variable American currency to a French system intended to be as constant as possible? Nothing, friends. Let us rejoice.)

SI units are fiat units (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093963)

The meter's length is set based on the average distance from the equator to the north pole. That's kind of incredibly arbitrary and highly subject to variation were it not for scientific fiat.

One USD has always equaled one USD and will always equal one USD no different than one gram's mass is always one gram. The weight of the gram however, like the exchange rate of the USD, is highly variable.

Re:Mega Dollars? (1)

sjames (1099) | about a year ago | (#44093723)

yes. A dollar won't even buy you a cup of coffee. A mega dollar can make crime legal and get people to like you even if you're an entitled sneering jackass with an ego the size of Texas.

Re:Mega Dollars? (5, Funny)

SailorSpork (1080153) | about a year ago | (#44093837)

It's part of the new dual-currency system they're introducing in the US off of the highly successful Free 2 Play game system model and gamification of real life. Dollars can be earned through normal gameplay, mega-dollars can only be purchased by the Rich or Politically Connected and are required to unlock the best stuff in the the game.

Re:Mega Dollars? (2)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44094107)

A megadollar is about 2.23 forlongdollars.

Re:Mega Dollars? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44094115)

Sure. Like Ameridollars are dollars but more PATRIOTIC.

Over $400 mega dollars (U.S.) (1)

Brian (2887359) | about a year ago | (#44093605)

"Popular products such as Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Cupcakes will return to shelves next month under the new ownership of private equity firms Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulous & Co., which picked up several Hostess names this spring for $410 million." Why mangle the quote? You took the rest of it word for word.

Re:Over $400 mega dollars (U.S.) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093647)

They probably thought they would sound smarter.

Re:Over $400 mega dollars (U.S.) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093659)

"Popular products such as Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Cupcakes will return to shelves next month under the new ownership of private equity firms Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulous & Co., which picked up several Hostess names this spring for $410 million."

Why mangle the quote? You took the rest of it word for word.

"News For Nerds"

Re:Over $400 mega dollars (U.S.) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093683)

Didn't you hear the news? Slashdot has been over run by morons. Run for the hills (I only turn up to warn others now)

Re:Over $400 mega dollars (U.S.) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093855)

more like dorks...twinkies are for idiots, so why are they mentioned on slashd....

never mind.

Re:Over $400 mega dollars (U.S.) (2)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093869)

They don't write "news for nerds" anymore under the logo for a reason.

Re:Over $400 mega dollars (U.S.) (4, Funny)

DrGamez (1134281) | about a year ago | (#44094139)

I honestly have not noticed that until just right now.

Oh man I need a minute to digest this.

..and this is ./-worthy news, how? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093609)

Nobody should even be eating this crap in the first place.

Re:..and this is ./-worthy news, how? (5, Funny)

DexterIsADog (2954149) | about a year ago | (#44093715)

Mayor Bloomberg, is that you?

Re:..and this is ./-worthy news, how? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093759)

No, it's your lard ass.

Re:..and this is ./-worthy news, how? (1)

BioTitan (2624413) | about a year ago | (#44094101)

I live in NYC, and oh, I wish I had mod points...

Re:..and this is ./-worthy news, how? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44094119)

well, for what its worth, if it was was Bloomburger, he might feel the need for defecation dyue to Eliot Spitzer rather successful "picking up of Hostesses", a lot more "bang for his buck".
and if it were Bloombergurs well-groomed son, "out-come the poppers, the 2020 presidential campaign bus is currently being stock-jabbered-up with long-life weiners" , blurted out the effeminate victim of terror-water!

Re:..and this is ./-worthy news, how? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093835)

It is impossible to have a Twinkie wiener sandwich without a Twinkie.

Re:..and this is ./-worthy news, how? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44094157)

It is impossible to have a Twinkie wiener sandwich without a Twinkie.

I quite frankly do not want Anthony Wiener anywhere near my snack foods of any sort, thank you very much.

Re:..and this is ./-worthy news, how? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093897)

To quote a recent /. article: "Another group at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has shown that gut inflammation leads to a radical change in the microbial population there, which encourages growth of E. coli that can disrupt the inflamed cells' DNA, leading to cancer."

Re:..and this is ./-worthy news, how? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093993)

I don't know about the not eating part, but seeing this in the news, just reminds me of the Eastern Cougar [theoatmeal.com] , and I become a sad panda.

Shelf life (4, Informative)

Bodero (136806) | about a year ago | (#44093619)

with rumored shelf life on the order of the time span to cool a white dwarf to room temperature

From the AP [tbo.com] :

During bankruptcy proceedings, Hostess had said that its overall sales had been declining, although the company didn't give a breakout on the performance of individual brands. But Seban is confident Twinkies will have staying power beyond its re-launch.


As for the literal shelf-life, Seban is quick to refute the snack cake's fabled indestructibility.


"Forty-five days - that's it," he said. "They don't last forever."

Re:Shelf life (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093701)

Oh. So they're making them with perishable ingredients now?

Re: Shelf life (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093903)

They have always had a shelf life. The reason they are known to have a long shelf life is because they use banana cream instead of dairy cream, giving them a comparatively longer shelf life.

Re: Shelf life (2)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about a year ago | (#44094171)

Bannana cream? How the hell do you get milk fat out of a bannana? Bannanas don't have nipples!

Re:Shelf life (2)

hedwards (940851) | about a year ago | (#44094145)

That was always an urban legend. The oils that they use will always perish at some point, it's just that you don't always notice when oils have gone rancid when they're baked into a chemical product like Twinkies.

Re:Shelf life (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093815)

He's lying. They last forever. That's why they went out of buisness - everyone owned some twinkies so no one needed to buy some more. Now they're telling us we need to buy new ones every 45 days? WTF.

Re:Shelf life (5, Funny)

Bill Dimm (463823) | about a year ago | (#44094053)

"Forty-five days - that's it," he said. "They don't last forever."

That's forty-five days after you take the Twinkie out of the cellophane wrapper, right?

huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093633)

what the hell is a mega dollar?

Re:huh? (0)

Smivs (1197859) | about a year ago | (#44093763)

What the hell is a Twinkie?
(Well actually I know 'cos I RTFA - read the RTFA? Doesn't know what a Twinkie is? Must be a Brit! :) Well you guys seem happy to have them back, so Enjoy!)

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093917)

Please post less.

Re:huh? (1)

Smivs (1197859) | about a year ago | (#44093973)

Please post less.

' K

Re:huh? (1)

ArcadeX (866171) | about a year ago | (#44094085)

or just watch zombieland

Re:huh? (2)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#44094007)

It's like an Americanised eclair. Pastry on the outside, cream on the inside. I don't think they usually put chocolate on the top either. Damn now I have a mad craving for eclairs.

On that note the geek culture of eating shit needs to stop, I mean this stuff combined with a sedentary lifestyle is basically slow or not so slow suicide. Eat small amounts of healthy food, cut back on the coffee and cut out the booze, get regular exercise. Being fat isn't fun or smart and sugar rushes wreck anyone's concentration. Diabetes, no thanks. I'm not a fitness freak but come on, take a half hour at the start of the day to prepare some sushi or maybe a ham and sundried tomato bagel with a touch of cheese for a treat, delicious and filling. Have a cup of green tea.

Re:huh? (2)

BioTitan (2624413) | about a year ago | (#44094109)

I love it. I'm calling Twinkies "American eclairs" from here out.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44094039)

I'm surprised. Britain is full of twinks.

Re:huh? (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | about a year ago | (#44094123)

I have eaten one twinky. Had to see what it was, but it wasn't anything special. Guess you got to grow up with it, an acquired taste.

Re:huh? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44093819)

1024 kilo dollars.

Re:huh? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44093997)

You need to elect a nerdy president to push through a mandatory bilateral pinkiectomy at birth. That way, mankind would finally get used to powers-of-two arithmetics and we'd be able to get rid of this decimal nonsense. Also, much more useful than circumcision if you absolutely feel the need to do religiously motivated surgery on infants.

No Wonder You All Are So Fat (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093653)

Glorifying the return of this unhealthy snack like the second coming is just sad, sad, sad. I stay away from all processed and sugary foods so I can be healthy, look good, and score with chicks.
Keep eating it up fatties, you'll only make me look better in comparison.

Re:No Wonder You All Are So Fat (2)

Desler (1608317) | about a year ago | (#44093663)

So you score with your left hand or the right hand?

Re:No Wonder You All Are So Fat (1)

halltk1983 (855209) | about a year ago | (#44093827)

whynotboth.jpg

Re:No Wonder You All Are So Fat (1)

dildos_akimbo (2714029) | about a year ago | (#44093851)

By his condescending tone, I'd guess whichever one he chooses

Re:No Wonder You All Are So Fat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093935)

Some of us have to use both hands at the same time you insensitive clod!

Re:No Wonder You All Are So Fat (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093811)

this. honestly, stop being so fucking pathetic amurica. this processed crap doesn't even taste good. eat some actual good food fly-over states.

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093655)

These never really left, as other companies offer basically the same items.

But sure, I guess this is news-worthy...

Re:In other news... (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about a year ago | (#44093717)

Not exactly the same, no. There are copyright restrictions on Hostess recipes.

I just want to know if whoever buys Ding Dongs also gets King Dongs- which truly are the same thing.

And I just RTFAd, which tells me that soon Carl's Jr. will feature these brands in their desert menu and you should be able to buy them anywhere Pabst Beer can be bought (two other overpriced-for-the-nutrition-you-get brands).

Re:In other news... (2)

cayenne8 (626475) | about a year ago | (#44093787)

and you should be able to buy them anywhere Pabst Beer can be bought (two other overpriced-for-the-nutrition-you-get brands).

PBR is overpriced?!?!

It is one of the cheaper beers around. To me, it tastes just about the same as Budwiser or the like. I'm not often in mood for the chug'em ice cold US lagers like these, but they do have their place (on extremely hot days here in NOLA), and I'd just as soon grab a PBR as a Bud or Bud Light, especially since the price is much lower.

When not sweating my ass off, and wanting to enjoy a beer for taste and more..I got for the better stuff, but PBR as far as that style of beer goes, is good as any of the rest and you often find it rock bottom prices.

Re:In other news... (1)

Desler (1608317) | about a year ago | (#44093809)

They said it was overpriced for what you get. Which is different than what you were arguing. Budweiser is also overpriced for the quality of cat pee you get as well.

Re:In other news... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44093861)

Horse pee, not cat pee. They proudly show off the source of their "beer" every chance they get.

Re:In other news... (2, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44093843)

PBR costs money correct?
That makes it over priced, they would have to pay me to drink it.

If you want bottled water, just drink that. If you must pickup a sixer of megabrewery product for a hot day you could get some blue moon.

Re:In other news... (1)

nwf (25607) | about a year ago | (#44094021)

That makes it over priced, they would have to pay me to drink it.

If you want bottled water, just drink that. If you must pickup a sixer of megabrewery product for a hot day you could get some blue moon.

I believe PBR is actually cheaper than bottled water. I'll still stick with water, though.

Re:In other news... (1)

Golddess (1361003) | about a year ago | (#44094089)

Depends on the "brand" of bottled water.

Re:In other news... (2)

Hognoxious (631665) | about a year ago | (#44093891)

There are copyright restrictions on Hostess recipes.

No there aren't. http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl122.html [copyright.gov]

Re:In other news... (1)

operagost (62405) | about a year ago | (#44093985)

Even if there were, you just couldn't reprint the recipe-- in a cookbook, for example. If you know the recipe, nothing can stop you from using it.

Re:In other news... (2)

kamapuaa (555446) | about a year ago | (#44093977)

PBR is 153 calories, for about fifty cents a can. 300 calories to the dollar is not bad at all.

Re:In other news... (1)

Animats (122034) | about a year ago | (#44094117)

There are copyright restrictions on Hostess recipes.

No, no, you cannot copyright how to make a functional object. That's what patents are for, and they run out after 20 years.

Geek Food Staple (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093671)

Geek Food Staple - Fuck that shit.

If you're a professional, fucking look and act like it.

The most tortured copy I've ever seen (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093699)

What the hell goes through the brains of people who write like this? Re-runs of The Big Bang Theory? This is godawful.

Re:The most tortured copy I've ever seen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093893)

What the hell goes through the brains of people who write like this?

not much by the looks of it

Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (5, Interesting)

sjbe (173966) | about a year ago | (#44093711)

The geek food staple the Twinkie is coming back.

Ok, show of hands. Who among you has actually consumed a twinkie after grade school? Last one I had was during the Reagan administration. Obviously they sell but I cannot recall the last time I saw anyone actually eat one. It's like the National Enquirer of foods. They apparently sell lots but you never actually see anyone buying them.

I don't really know any geeks who eat twinkies either. Is this a thing in some part of the country? I know some geeks who are overly fond of sugary treats (I'm one) but twinkies never seem to be in the shopping cart.

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (2)

a_big_favor (2550262) | about a year ago | (#44093805)

I do eat Ding Dongs but not very often. The rest of it, no.

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (4, Funny)

SocietyoftheFist (316444) | about a year ago | (#44094037)

And when you do I'm sure you are thanked profusely... oh wait you're talking about the snack cakes?

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#44093821)

I've probably eaten 5 Twinkies in my life. We were a Ding Dong household -- that was our choice from mom.

I will say, Ding Dongs lost some cachet moving away from a tinfoil wrapper. Oh those glorious vacuumjammers!

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093909)

Ring Ding Jrs were/are a kid treat. Since I was one, no.

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (2)

asmkm22 (1902712) | about a year ago | (#44093911)

I was wondering the same thing. The only people I see buying and eating twinkies are the housewives or cat ladies. There seems to be a real media saturation about them, though, for whatever reason.

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093931)

I think they're vile and over-sweet -- just like most other Hostess products.

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093999)

The main reason why I didn't eat Twinkies or anything by Hostess in college or in the couple of years afterward was because they were much more expensive than Little Debbie's. The prices was something like $4 a box versus $0.99 to $1.29, and it's not like there was a difference in quality (though of course, the snacks were entirely different.) Now of course I don't eat them because I restrain my junk food habits to mostly fresh, homemade treats.

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (1)

gsslay (807818) | about a year ago | (#44094003)

No-one eats them. Why do you think the company went bankrupt?

However, there is a meme that appears to have the perpetual life of the undead (rather like their shelf-life *rimshot*) that they are the food of choice for unhealthy slobs who don't cook everywhere. We are to believe has a big overlap on the geek population.

As far as observational comedy goes, it got old at least 20 years ago and went meta observational around the same time. Say, have you every noticed how many comedians use twinkies as a lazy reference to poor dietary habits? What's with that?

36 million units sold in 2011 (3, Informative)

sjbe (173966) | about a year ago | (#44094097)

No-one eats them. Why do you think the company went bankrupt?

They sold 36 million of them [wikipedia.org] in 2011. That's a lot of twinkies if "no-one" is eating them. I just can't figure out who.

Why do you think the company went bankrupt?

They went bankrupt because their (union) labor costs, pension costs and debt load. Incompetent management probably played a role somewhere in there too. They had significant revenue but their costs were out of line with the amount of revenue.

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (1)

ArcadeX (866171) | about a year ago | (#44094129)

I bought a box after watching zombieland. i think i'm good for at least another few decades now, will prob take that long just to get it out of my system

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44094135)

I bought a box once or twice a year. They were rather overpriced for what they were. Usually 5 dollars for 1 box. They were also rather inconsistent in taste depending on the winds of 'must think of the children' laws. They are sugar and wheat and egg whites (and yellow dye #5 just what a growing boy needs) beat into a particular form. Not exactly health food in the first place.

I avoid them as I have little self control over snacks. So I do without and my waste-line thanks me :)

You are also falling victim to self selected sample theory. You dont do it so no one else must do it. I knew a manager who ate 1-2 boxes a day. Strangely he was thin as a rail...

For those of you who can not wait 'little debbie' makes 'cloud cakes'. Which are almost exactly the same thing. Little more vanilla though. My wife said 'they taste exactly the same'.

Also you *can* loose weight eating these things. http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/ It is about portion control like much of any particular thing you eat and sticking to the diet. I dont buy them on a regular basis as I snarf the whole box :)

The thing you need to keep in mind these are desert foods. Treat them as such. If you treat them as food you over eat because of them when you are hungry you will gain weight.

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (1)

Graydyn Young (2835695) | about a year ago | (#44094163)

In my experience geeks generally aren't big on sweets. If you want to be the hero of your IT focused office; bring jerky, not cake.

Re:Do any of you actually eat Twinkies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44094173)

No, never had one, I don't think I even know anyone that eats them. This article stinks of advertising...

Fallout rations (2)

RenHoek (101570) | about a year ago | (#44093727)

Ever since hearing that after a nuclear war the only two things left are cockroach and twinkies, I've been keeping 2 twinkies in my basement since the 80's. And they're still 100% good. So I guess it's pretty much true.

Re:Fallout rations (1)

Brian (2887359) | about a year ago | (#44093775)

and by "still good" you mean you have eaten parts without getting sick?

Re:Fallout rations (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093839)

Ever since hearing that after a nuclear war the only two things left are cockroach and twinkies, I've been keeping 2 twinkies in my basement since the 80's. And they're still 100% good. So I guess it's pretty much true.

As long as the fallout clears up in about 25 days, which is the amount of time a twinkie is good for.

See: http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/twinkies.asp

Need a control for the experiment (2)

sjbe (173966) | about a year ago | (#44093895)

I've been keeping 2 twinkies in my basement since the 80's. And they're still 100% good.

Unless you actually eat them how would you know?

Re:Fallout rations (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year ago | (#44094015)

the actual shelf life of a twinkie is 30 days

The geek food staple the Twinkie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093731)

The geek food staple the Twinkie

Sorry, not all geeks are over-sugared fat American slobs. Some of us eat real food.

Ding dongs and ho hos? (1)

Andrio (2580551) | about a year ago | (#44093737)

These foods are naughty.

All part of a secret government plan (4, Funny)

cellocgw (617879) | about a year ago | (#44093747)

The USA public may have been sad at the thought of a Twinkies shortage, but the Secret Shadow Government engineered this re-booting of production for one reason. They know we need massive stores of Twinkies to sustain our brave zombie-killers in the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse.

You sound fat. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093765)

Moo.. Fetch the twinkies. Moo

Hail Ceasar, delicious and cream filled. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093789)

The Twinkie will ride, cool and triumphant through our streets as we throw flowers at its feet but the nutritionist in chains beside him whispers "This too shall pass. Soon they will cast you out and return to the trendy diets and nutritional supplements that brought you low before."

Twinkies are coming back... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093807)

...but I still won't eat them. I prefer Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. ...and RC Cola - Mmmmmm nom nom

Re:Twinkies are coming back... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44094051)

Your love of lesser snack foods disgusts me.

Significant figures (1)

BorkBorkBork6000 (769812) | about a year ago | (#44093859)

Disappointing use of ambiguous significant figures. And why use the dollar sign if you're going to write "dollars" anyway?

It's probably better to write either "410 megadollars (US)." Or use "0.4 gigadollars (US)" if you don't consider M$US10 to be significant.

Re:Significant figures (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year ago | (#44094035)

there is nothing ambiguous about the number of significant figures in "over 400". there is exactly one.

Re:Significant figures (1)

msauve (701917) | about a year ago | (#44094167)

He was confused by the megadollar/mebidollar conversion.

1024 dollars to the kilo? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44093875)

Are we talking Mebidollars? Just want to be sure I'm doing the math right! :)

Four food groups (1)

bsandersen (835481) | about a year ago | (#44093961)

Everybody knows that the four food groups are salt, sugar, cholesterol, and preservatives.

Re:Four food groups (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | about a year ago | (#44094017)

I've always gone by salt, sugar, grease, caffeine. Bacon isn't a group, it's just a particularly inspired combination of salt and grease.

WTF? (1)

Peter Simpson (112887) | about a year ago | (#44094001)

It seems wrong that a brand discontinued by its owner should sell for $400 million. Perhaps I just don't understand the consumer business. Maybe that's why I'm a hardware designer...

Geek Food Staple? (4, Insightful)

DrGamez (1134281) | about a year ago | (#44094009)

Could you not just write "Bazinga! 42! All Your Base!! xD!" instead?
If anything, the Twinkie is the food staple to those who are too nostalgic or stupid to know to buy ANYTHING ELSE.

The sturdy main component of the foundation to the geek four food groups of sugar, fat, caffeine and bacon

Ugh. I feel ashamed this is in the summary.

Blue Man Group (1)

antdude (79039) | about a year ago | (#44094125)

They must be happy now to have their Twinkies back! ;)

Hahaha (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44094133)

We're all fat slobs! hahaha... Bacon! haha.. bacon!! ... I love bacon!!! hahaha

Not really surprising (5, Informative)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year ago | (#44094147)

The reason that Hostess went under is that management refused to play nice with their unionized workforce, and they decided that they'd rather have no company than a union shop. Now that the union is busted, they've restarted production with a non-unionized workforce, "generously" allowing those workers to return to their old jobs at about 1/3 what they were paid before.

And if you're wondering which side to blame: Before the strike that ended Hostess, there were a couple rounds of the union taking pay and benefit cuts followed by management giving themselves bonuses for convincing the union to accept the cuts. That's why the union didn't buy the "but if you don't take the cuts, the company will go under" argument.

The Not-So-Glorious Reality (4, Informative)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about a year ago | (#44094179)

This is another case of corporate S.O.P: declare bankruptcy for one reason; to void any and all obligations to current - and especially - retired employees.

So as you gorge on your new Twinkiees, try to ignore that no doubt they were made by newly or re-hired workers from the now-permanent underclass: longer hours, lower wages, little or no benefits, and laughable health insurance.

Not that much of this will matter to the increasingly Randian crowd on Slashdot.
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