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The Shelf Life of a Twinkie: Longer Than A Fruit fly, Shorter Than The Universe
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huge-twinkieTwinkie Myth #1: Twinkies do not have unlimited shelf life. Eventually they will decompose and disappear, they just do so a whole lot slower than most other things found in the natural world. In spite of all the crazy rumors, your Twinkie will not last forever, or 25 years.  According to the official Twinkie website, the average shelf life is 25 days.

The author of “Twinkie, Deconstructed” counted 39 ingredients in the popular treat, which explains why
Twinkie Myth #2: there is no giant warehouse of Twinkies that were produced decades ago. In fact, Interstate Bakeries turns out a whopping 500 million Twinkies every year. So tell your best friend he is full of Twinkies.
Twinkies by the Numbers:
      • 500 million: The number of Twinkies baked each year.
      • 10: The minutes it takes to bake a Twinkie.
      • 1930: The year James Dewar invented the two-for-a-nickel treat.
      • 150: The number of calories in one Twinkie.
      • 50: The number of recipes in the Twinkies Cookbook.
      • 7: The number of Twinkies needed to make the “Patriotic Twinkie Pie” recipe in the Twinkies Cookbook.
      • 1: The rank of New Orleans in terms of per capita Twinkie consumption compared to other cities in the U.S.
      • 1999: The year President Bill Clinton included Twinkies in the millennium time capsule.
      • 26 days: The shelf life of a Twinkie.
  • More fun facts about Twinkies:
      • A Twinkie is described as a ‘golden sponge cake with creamy filling’. It’s four inches long and is indeed a golden colour with a dark caramel-coloured base. It also has three puncture marks on its underside which is where the white creamy filling has been inserted.
      • The Twinkie gets its name from a St Louis advertising hoarding that was promoting shoes and is one of several snacks produced by Hostess. Other products include the Ho-Ho and the Ding Dong.
      • Twinkies have an exceptionally long shelf life.
      • According to the official website, West 20th Street in Cleveland, Ohio has changed its name to Twinkies Lane. This is just one indicator of how high the Twinkie appears in the national psyche. There are obviously certain emblems that are sacred – Uncle Sam, the bald eagle and, evidently, the Twinkie.
      • The humble Twinkie weighs in at 43g but packs in 150 calories (45 from fat alone). The website tells us that that the Twinkie actually has 160 calories. However, its not the intention of this entry to quibble over ten measly calories that you’ll burn off just undoing the plastic wrapper.
      • There is an incredible man in Shelbeyville, Indiana, who has eaten over 21,500 Twinkies in his lifetime. What is incredible is that he is alive and not obese. Louis Browning is a marvel of the modern age and a testament to the worship of the Twinkie.

 

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