Sticky fingers 
clear shelves 
of Twinkies;
 Hostess kaput

The news of the demise of Hostess Brands—makers of iconic sweet treats like Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs—rocked the junk-food world Friday, and a cursory check of area grocery stores revealed that supplies of at least Twinkies may be dwindling fast.

A stocker at an area Safeway store was overheard Friday saying, “Get them while you can!” Only two boxes of Twinkies were on that particular store’s shelves, and those were all the store had on hand.

“Soon you’re going to have to find them on the black market,” another employee said.

It was a similar situation at a local City Market. Just three boxes of the classic cream-filled spongecakes were left on the shelf Friday afternoon, but there were a number of other Hostess goodies—chocolate-style Twinkies, Sno Balls, Donettes, Ding Dongs, and Ho Hos—in healthy supply.

Long lines were reported at a Hostess factory in Denver, as people snapped up armfuls of boxes of Twinkies and loaves of Wonder Bread, another Hostess icon.

So what to do if your local grocery store’s supply of Hostess snack cakes runs dry?

There are plenty of boxes of Twinkies for sale on eBay, though some sellers are offering them at prices as inflated as $100 a box at last look.

For immediate gratification, Sara Lee has an outlet store at 1133 Patterson Road and carries a number of packaged snack cakes, fruit pies and filled Danishes. None will be confused with a Twinkie, Ho Ho or Ding Dong, though.

Mini donuts can be had at the Sara Lee store, 10 packages for $8. Angel food cakes—comparable to at least one Twinkie component—are $2.25, as are something called “Creme Curls” at the store.

Though not Wonder Bread, the Sara Lee store carries similar white bread at reasonable prices under the Holsum moniker.

Perhaps Hostess’ abrupt departure from the maximum-shelf-life food scene will spur a new appreciation for fresh-baked goods.

Workers with Home Style Bakery, 924 N. Seventh St. in Grand Junction, could only offer up marginal alternatives to Hostess products, but homemade tasty cakes with sweet cream filling were abundant.

Chocolate-covered balls of sponge cake spiked with butter cream filling—which could be construed as an upscale alternative to Hostess Sno Balls—were available for $1.20 each. And yellow cupcakes with creme filling, perhaps the closest cousin to a Twinkie in the Home Style display case, were less than a buck apiece.

“There are so many different things that we make, and so many flavors and types, that surely we can help someone out if they need a Twinkie fix,” said Home Style owner Jan Wilke. “We’ll be more than happy to help find them a substitute.”


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