Hostess Brands Inc., maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, and other iconic treats announced on November 16, 2012 that it has closed down operations. The company was founded in 1930. PRNewsFoto
Wonder Bread balloon pilot Chris Sabia is followed by cameraman Cordell Wolking as he and his crew set up the balloon for the Eden Balloon Festival in Eden Utah, Aug. 23, 2002. Brian Nicholson/Standard-Examiner/AP
Steve Winkelmann, 9, of St. Louis, Mo. chews a mouth full of white bread at a rally Oct. 19, 1992, in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Wonder Bread Company. The rally was an attempt to dispel negative attitudes toward white bread. Wilfredo Lee/AP
In 2006, Wonder Bread added to their line-up of breads with two containing whole grains. At left, Wonder White Bread Fans is made of 100 per-cent whole grain, and Wonder Whole Grain White is part whole grain and part white flour. On the right is original Wonder Bread. Larry Crowe/AP
The Wonder Hostess Bakery Thriftshop is shown at the Utah Hostess plant in Ogden, Utah, Nov. 15, 2012. The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread have shuttered operations that will result in the loss of about 18,000 jobs, including hundreds in Ogden. Rick Bowmer/AP
'Hostess Portrait of the American CupCake' by television personality Rosie O'Donnell. In 2010, Hostess celebrated the 60th anniversary of the squiggle on their cupcakes with a nationwide contest of "cupcake art" that included submissions by celebrities. PRNewsFoto/AP
Customer Nathea Cook examines the Hostess Cup Cakes she bought at the Interstate Bakeries Corp. bakery store in Glendale, Calif., on Aug. 28, 2007. Damian Dovarganes/AP
Hostess cakes are shown for sale in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005. The company was the largest wholesale baker and distributor of fresh delivered bread and snack cakes in the United States. Mark Lennihan/AP
New Hostess 100 Calorie Packs offered calorie-conscious consumers portion-controlled, snack sized packages, each containing three mini cupcakes featuring the brand's signature creamy filling in 2007. The Hostess 100 Calorie Packs came in three varieties: chocolate cake with chocolate icing and creamy filling, golden cake with chocolate icing and creamy filling, and carrot cake with cream cheese icing and creamy filling. PRNewsFoto/AP
A box of Hostess Twinkies photographed on November 14, 2012. Reuters
Ding Dongs, Twinkies, SuzyQs, Hostess Cupcakes, and Ho Hos could soon be disappearing from the supermarket aisle. But food bloggers have been figuring out how to make these things for years in their own kitchen. Here's a sampling of a few.
Goodbye Twinkies. Hostess Brands Inc. announced on Friday, Nov. 16 that it was "winding down operations" and filing for bankruptcy, it said in a statement. If you can move past the demise of a pop food cultural icon (what kid growing up in the 1970s and '80s did not have Twinkies or Ho Hos in their lunchbox?), and also the somewhat shocking revelation that "Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce," you will find that SuzyQs and her friends live on in homemade forms.