So it's the end of Twinkies, is it? Well, I have mixed feelings about that. The fact of the matter is, I can't remember the last time I ate a Twinkie or a Sno-ball or one of those banana things. We used to have them quite a lot when I was a kid, though.
It would usually be on a weekend when my dad was home, and he would get a hankering for something sweet. He would give me a couple of bucks and send me (and one of my brothers, if I forced the issue) over to Captain E-Z's on Middle Avenue. I hated going to Captain E-Z's. The captain was a sleazy, creepy guy, and he employed sleazy, creepy guys to work for him. But I digress. We would walk the block and a half to Captain E-Z's, and buy the two-packs of whatever types of desserts had been requested. And here's the amazing things about that - two dollars bought enough snacks for the entire family.
I don't remember who always ordered what, but I know that I vacillated between the pink sno-balls and the chocolate cupcakes with the loops of white frosting on top. I loved those perfect loops, but the spongy, pink coconut stuff on top of the sno-balls was very appealing, as well. I only had the banana things (Flips?) a couple of times because the fake banana flavor reminded me of the smell of spray paint or nail polish remover. Yum.
I hear that people are racing out to buy Twinkies et al and stockpile them. I think that is a great idea - for someone else, that is. I don't know what the half-life is for those things, but one could literally buy enough to last a lifetime. That's probably reassuring.