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Twinkies are back . . .

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NEW YORK (AP) — Twinkies are back, but they may be a bit smaller than you remember.The new boxes hitting shelves this week list the spongy yellow cakes as having 270 calories and a weight of 77 grams for two cakes, or 135 calories and 38.5 grams for one cake.
Right before it went out of business, the predecessor company had told The Associated Press that Twinkies were 150 calories per cake. Photos of past boxes online also indicate the weight to have been 42.5 grams per cake.
A spokeswoman for Hostess, Hannah Arnold, said in an email Monday that the size change was made in "mid-2012" by the predecessor company. That would mean it happened in the months leading up to its bankruptcy, as the company was trying to keep its head above water financially.
Arnold has also said that the longer shelf life of Twinkies reported by The Associated Press earlier this month was made by the predecessor company right before it went bankrupt. The 45-day shelf life, up from 26 days, was a separate change and hit shelves Nov. 1, she said.
For retailers who request it, the company also said it's freezing Twinkies so stores can stamp their own expiration dates on them.
The treats have been off shelves for almost eight months, since the predecessor company shut down its plants and said it was going out of business in late November.
Hostess has said that Twinkies will remain the same price, at $3.99 for a box of 10. Retailers may charge different prices, however.
Twinkies and other snack cakes were purchased by private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. after Hostess Brands said it was closing down.
The predecessor company had failed to reach a contract agreement with The Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, its second largest union, which noted that its members had already taken pay cuts to keep Hostess afloat.
The new owners, which are known for fixing up struggling brands, are not using unionized workers. That means their labor costs are lower than they were for the previous owners.
The bakers union has encouraged the new owners to change their approach and work with its members. It notes that the experience of its members offers "the best chance for long-term success in consistently putting out a quality product."

I wonder what the ex-employees think about their union? Remember, they wouldn't cooperate with the company at their union's recommendation?
 

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I wonder what the ex-employees think about their union? Remember, they wouldn't cooperate with the company at their union's recommendation?

Honestly I couldn't give a damn what they think.
 

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The national rate for obesity and diabetes is suddenly on a steep increase.
 

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Love Twinkies :) I have to drive 30 minutes to find a store that sells them. For my ass, that's a good thing.
 

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Yay! The world is saved!!



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You know I have never had a Twinkie...

You're not missing much. They're disgusting bricks of sugar with more nasty sugar goo in the middle. My grandfather used to freeze them and eat them all the time when I was a kid. Just thinking about it makes my stomach hurt.
 

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I never liked them. Hostess Cupcake fan, myself.

Me too! Twinkies are overrated. The cupcakes are way better. Although both are probably equally unhealthy. :lol:
 

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I had to shelve my plans for a Twinkie gun. Now, I'll dust 'em off.
 

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If I'm going to commit suicide by sugar, this will be my tool....

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I never liked Little Debbie products for some reason.

Oops! I must correct myself. I do like the Swiss Cake Rolls. :)

Yes - why is this? There's something just gross tasting about Little Debbie anythings. Some are just OK and most are just gross.
 

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I think I've had a Twinkie once. I didn't think they were very good. I like....

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the increase in calories makes me even less likely to get one. i didn't really like them as a kid; always thought they needed icing. they made an iced one for a minute, which was ok. the one i liked was the chocolate cupcake with the swirly **** on the icing.

as for the union bakers, they took like a fifty percent pay cut over two or three different "just this one time, do it for the company" management disaster events since 2000. management then asks them to take another one. any person who says they wouldn't quit or strike if that happened at their own job is not being honest. i actually worked at a non-union, very well paying pharmaceutical gig for two years. most of these people make 100+ grand a year with great benefits. the company lost a couple patents and was approaching real trouble, so they didn't give the raises that were promised. you should have seen the internal boards. i thought i was reading Eugene V. Debbs, not anti-union Republicans, which these people certainly were. "you're taking food out of my kids' mouths!" seriously, lol.

some union strikes are dog dumb, such as the Chicago teacher strike. this one i probably would have participated in.
 
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