Ah,Twinkies – the ultimate American treat! For years, Twinkies were a far-flung mystery for us in the UK; a mysterious, delicious-looking cake that regularly appeared in our favourite TV series and movies, but rarely on our shelves.
That’s changed in the past few years though (you’re welcome!) and Twinkies have become incredibly popular this side of the pond too…which is pretty remarkable, seeing as they almost disappeared completely a couple of years ago after Hostess filed for bankruptcy.
Luckily, they’re still here and still delicious. In celebration of the wonderful Twinkie, here are 8 things you didn’t know about everyone’s favourite cream-filled delicacy!
They don’t have an infinite shelf life
One of the biggest myths about Twinkies is that they last forever, even in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Sadly for Woody Harrelson’s character in Zombieland, the last Twinkies would only last about 45 days before they went a bit funny. They’d probably still taste better than whatever else is on offer in a post-apocalyptic wasteland though…
They’re named after shoes
The inventor of the Twinkie, James A . Dewar, decided on the name Twinkie after seeing an advertisement for Twinkle-Toe Shoes. Dewar was apparently never paid royalties for his invention, which came as a result of him looking for a use for his shortcake filling machine while strawberries were out of season, or the name. Still, it didn’t seem to put him off too much because…
James Dewar ate at least two packets of Twinkies a week!
Yep, Dewar absolutely loved Twinkies. We’re sure that many Twinkies would be a cause for concern for most nutritionists, but Dewar lived until the age of 88!
Twinkies will be with us until at least 2100
In 2000, President Bill Clinton compiled a time capsule of objects so people in 2100 could see how we lived. It included a photo of Rosa Parks, footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, a World War 2 helmet, a piece of the Berlin Wall and…a Twinkie. We hope whoever opens the capsule reads the first part of this post before tucking into it…
You can make a surprising amount of dishes using Twinkies
In 2006, Hostess unveiled the first ever ‘Twinkie Cookbook’. A new version was released this year. Recipes include (and we promise this is a real book) Twinkie pancakes, Twinkie burritos and the fairly self-explanatory Deep Fried Bacon-Wrapped Chocolate-Covered Twinkies. It’s enough to make even the most cooking-phobic person hit the kitchen.
Twinkies were originally filled with banana flavoured cream
Up until World War II, Twinkies were filled with banana flavoured cream. However, bananas were rationed as a result of the conflict, and the filling was replaced with a vanilla alternative. The vanilla cream proved so popular that Hostess decided to make it the main flavour, even when bananas became available again. You can still buy banana flavoured Twinkies, of course.
Hostess makes 1 million Twinkies a day
And over 400 million per year – that’s a lot of cake! You can read more about the process here.
The Guinness World Record for Most Twinkies Ate In a Minute stands at 14
It was set in 2012 by competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi on the Wendy Williams Show. However, there is some controversy surrounding the record: in 2013, Joey Chestnut (one of the top competitive eaters in the world) scoffed 121 Twinkies in less than 6 minutes and apparently averaged around 20 Twinkies a minute – but there was no official adjudicator from Guinness to verify the record.