What's in a (Now Threatened) Twinkie?: DNews Nugget

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What's in a Twinkie?: Is this the end for the Twinkie?

Hostess Brands, Inc., the bankrupt company that makes Twinkies and Wonder Bread, has sought legal permission to go out of business following a failed attempt to resolve wage and benefit dispute with its thousands of striking bakery worker.

The company has halted operations at all of its 33 plants across the United States, although it also plans to sell as many of its brands as possible. In this way, the Twinkie, as well as the Hostess Cup Cake, HoHos and Honey Buns might manage to outlive their parent company.

What is it that makes the cream-filled sponge cake so good? According to HowStuffWorks, the Twinkie is a mix of chemical and natural ingredients.

Bleached wheat flour and real sugar made from sugar cane and sugar beets make up a large portion of a Twinkie. But also in the mix are monoglycerides and diglycerides, which replace eggs in the recipe. Hydrogenated shortening replaces butter, and cellulose gum replaces fat in the filling (cellulose gum can absorb up to 20 times its own weight in water, so it keeps the filling smooth and creamy).

All those chemicals obviously mean eating a Twinkie isn't that healthy, but it also isn't terribly packed with calories. A single Twinkie has about 150 calories. Then again, it also contains about 4.5 grams of fat, including 2.5 grams of saturated fat (the bad kind).

Given its high ratio of artificial ingredients, you may be tempted to stockpile Twinkies for the Apocolypse, but their lasting power isn't as long as rumored. Officially, a Twinkie's shelf life is a mere 25 days. So you might be better off sticking with the canned goods.

via Chicaco Tribune and HowStuffWorks.com

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