Ahhh the fun continues. After now technically decades of Atkins diets (I first heard about it in the early 2000s) and all these fad diets I keep seeing people switching between, leave it to one single bankruptcy to bring legions of Americans back to going bonkers over junk food.
Yes I’m talking about the Hostess liquidation again – and so is everybody else. 😛 Daytime TV, morning shows, evening newscasters, political pundits, the works. All this talk about America’s obesity epidemic and how we need to quit being so fat and we should tax junk food and then what do you know? Hostess goes under and everyone suddenly is like, “OH NO!!!!! HOARD THE HO-HOS!!!” 😛
Quite frankly, I think this is all completely overblown. The world’s not ending because Twinkies are vanishing off store shelves and being gouged around on eBay for outrageous sums of money for a snack cake with a rather short shelf life. 😛 I was originally going to do a RadioStyle segment on this, but this is once again one of those times where a blog entry will work far better than any YouTube video, especially with how quickly this story continues to develop.
First, Twinkies haven’t vanished and aren’t going to vanish – only the Hostess ones made in the US. Actually up in Canada Vachon Inc. has the rights to make Twinkies and whatnot so assuming the liquidation doesn’t mess that up maybe Twinkies can end up as some kind of imported snack treat here in the States until someone else buys the rights to make them in the US again and gets all of that fired back up.
That’s not to say our Twinkies need to be imported. A quick trip to Wikipedia reveals a pretty interesting table of how other brands make similar items to just about everything that Hostess made, perhaps part of the reason why Hostess is no longer with us with customers watching their health a bit more and more competition eating up the remaining snack cake market. 😛 Let’s take a look at some alternatives to Hostess stuff. 🙂
Hmmm…. I’m noticing a pattern here…. :o) Unfortunately, I still need to do more digging to find an alternative for Sno Balls. =(
Well then, I suppose the folks at McKee Foods will enjoy the boost to their business then. 😀
Yeah, this panic is utterly uncalled for, and unless there really are that many suckers out there who’d pay top dollar for a box of Twinkies on eBay, it’ll be fun seeing just how many of these hoarding price-gougers end up eating their boxes and boxes of snack cakes that they unnecessarily hoarded up to try to gouge people with. 😀
One last levelheaded article on this brouhaha for the road…. 😛