Twinkies may be no more.
The parent company of America’s most iconic snack cake has been having financial problems for a while, and now they may shut down production forever. FOREVER. That’s a long time to not have individually wrapped portions of perfection. I might be crying right now. Or I might just have something in my eye, okay? Why are you judging me?
Listen, Twinkies and I go way back. In sixth grade, my love for them was so well-known that my crush actually gave me a giant box of them for my birthday. (Sweet gesture, right? I think he’s actually in jail now, though.) I have Twinkie lip balm, and the only people who love it more than I do are the boys lucky enough to make out with me. (Seriously, this stuff is incredible.) Twinkies inspired my love of baking. They’re kind of a big thing for me. But not just for me. Not just for Tallahassee from Zombieland. But for all of us.
Twinkies are not only delicious, but they’re also resilient. They’re like the phoenix, or cockroaches, or Slash or Cher. No matter how old they are, no matter how long ago they should have expired, they still come back. They still look and taste wonderful, and they last forever.
Twinkies are an iconic piece of America because they’re a lot like the country itself. America went through a Civil War, 9/11, the Kardashians. Twinkies went through fad diets, economic issues, and a sudden change in flavor shortly after they came out–they originally had banana cream filling, but changed to vanilla when bananas were rationed in World War II. Twinkies and America went through it together. Twinkies, arguably, are a symbol offreedom. (Including the freedom to make myself have to be burned out of my house someday. I just like knowing that I can if I so choose.) And now Twinkies and America may never weather storms together again.
This is a lot different than the end of Twilight, which you can always go back and relive on DVD. You can’t go back and eat a Twinkie that isn’t there, guys. Thishurts.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to eat my feelings. You know, while I still can.
Are you going to miss Twinkies? What’s your favorite snack? What would you do if your favorite snack stopped existing? Tell us in the comments!