When Hostess announced their closing the other day, there was a run on Twinkies in stores across the country. Why not stock up on the golden, spongy cakes rumored to be able to survive
months years in a closet and still be edible? While many share personal stories about the loss of Twinkies, we need to look at what this means for science.
Indeed, a Google search of “Twinkie Science Experiements” yields near 1.5 million results!
One of the results leads back to a report from NPR’s Science Desk. Recorded early in 2012, the post hints at Twinkies’ demise (though not, apparently, in a vat of Mountain Dew). It seems that in the eyes of Millennials, the Twinkie is “an abstract object, a toy, even, to play or experiment with – not real food.” As opposed to those of us who grew up eagerly chowing down on them at any time of day. (Yes, I ate Twinkies, Ho-Hos, Ding Dongs and Suzy Qs for breakfast.)