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Twinkies Trivia

Posted by Joan Salge Blake  November 16, 2012 07:23 PM

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Black Friday came a week early this year when it was confirmed this morning that Hostess Brands, Inc., has been forced by a Bakers Union strike to shut down their operations and sell all of their company assets.  Goodbye to Hostess, Drakes, and Dolly Madison and all of their products, which means that many fans of Twinkies are in mourning today.

With the Hostess website shutdown, I scoured the Internet to find any crumb of trivia I could to help you ease the pain of this iconic passing.

Take this quiz to test your Twinkies Trivia:

A serving of Twinkies provides:
a)    50 calories
b)    75 calories
c)    150 calories
d)    300 calories

c) One Twinkie will serve up 150 calories.  However, if you thought the entire package was a serving and chose d) 300 calories, your answer is correct…but your portion size isn’t.

Which United States president called the Twinkie an “object of enduring American symbolism” and deposited it in the National Millennium Time Capsule:
a)    George W.  Bush
b)    Ronald Reagan
c)    Bill Clinton
d)    None of the above

Answer:  b.  President Clinton decided that the beloved Twinkie was a must, along with other objects, in the time capsule a “gift to our heirs one hundred years from now.”   The million dollar question is: what will these Twinkies look like in 2100.

The shelf life of Twinkies is:
a)    25 minutes
b)    25 days
c)    25 weeks
d)    25 years

Answer:  b.  According to the Twinkies Cookbook (yes…you can buy it on Amazon), contrary to urban legend, this sponge cake gem will last only about 25 days. 

The original flavor of the filling was:
a)    Chocolate
b)    Strawberry
c)    Coconut
d)    Banana

Answer:  d.  Banana was the original flavor of the filling before it was switched over to creamy vanilla.

What are your favorite memories of Twinkies?  Please share below.

                                       Follow Joan on Twitter at:  joansalgeblake
Originally published on the blog Nutrition and You!.
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Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical associate professor and registered dietitian at Boston University in the Nutrition Program. Joan is the author of Nutrition &You, 2nd Edition, More »

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