Snack Cake, Near Death at 81

After a little more than 80 years, a staple of far too many junk food enthusiasts has gone to meet its maker. Or rather, its maker is heading to the great beyond. Hostess Brands is filing for bankruptcy.

After a little more than 80 years, a staple of far too many junk food enthusiasts has gone to meet its maker. Or rather, its maker is heading to the great beyond. Hostess Brands is filing for bankruptcy.

Shelf life notwithstanding, after experiencing a short illness (last year, sales declined 2% from the previous year), Twinkies will indeed disappear from grocery stores. This is contrary to the popular opinion (or urban legend, actually) that the concoction is indestructible and lives on forever.


Twinkies faced an earlier challenge to its health when Hostess declared bankruptcy once before but it managed to hang in. This time, they are definitely headed for the junk food graveyard.

The fluff came to life in 1930, when a baker injected crème into sponge cake. Over its lifetime, Twinkies were reported to contain several controversial items in its many ingredients, which include: high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, polysorbate 60, dextrin, calcium caseinate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, wheat gluten, calcium sulphate, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, yellow dye #5, and red dye #40. At one time the New York Times referred to its middle as “creamy white vegetable shortening.”

Some say Twinkies were the result of a lab experiment gone terribly wrong. Not everyone is mourning its passing, however. Healthy eaters who got the message about junk food swore off these little devils long ago.

At the moment, survivors include Hostess cupcakes, Ring Dings, Snoballs, Wonder Bread, and many more. RIP.

66 Clever Ways to Keep Your Road Trip Healthy

From road trip food to on-the-go health hacks, here's all you need to have a safe vacation from city to city.

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip! But do you wonder how you can stay healthy with all the fast food and potential health issues along the way? Things can go downhill for everyone pretty quickly. Here are 66 clever and easy tips for keeping the trip on track for health and fun.

1. Pack Compact Snacks to Avoid Overeating

Reuse a cleaned creamer bottle or fill up a new tackle box with healthy bites like nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, and granola. This way, you'll cut down on multiple snack bags and boxes and won't over-indulge because you can only have a small handful at a time.

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