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Ding Dong the Twinkies are gone!

Hearts are breaking all over the country with the sad announcement that Hostess Brands — the maker of childhood classics such as Twinkies, Wonder Bread, and Sno Balls — will be closing its doors for good, resulting in the loss of nearly 18,500 jobs. We know — sad news for snack cake lovers and snack cake workers.

So what happened? After a bitter blame game, as reported by CNN Money, Hostess and its union workers failed to resolve their disputes by their deadline — they knew that they faced a shutdown of the company. Since no agreement was made, Hostess has now asked the federal bankruptcy court for permission to begin selling its assets. (That’s a lot of Twinkies to unload.)

What does this mean to junk food junkies? Production of all bakeries has ceased as of November 16, 2012 and stores will no longer receive deliveries of Hostess products. Existing stock will continue to be sold (read: hoarded) and stores will remain open for a week to sell what remains.

So get thee to a grocery store! Like something out of a post-apocalyptic blockbuster, we predict a flood of Twinkie lovers fighting over that precious last box. And while we’re devastated that such iconic company will be no more, Hostess will be selling its brands to the highest bidder. So there may be hope for Ho Hos yet!

Source: CNN Money

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