GOODBYE, TWINKIE: Take A Look At How The Beloved Snack Was Made

Twinkie production

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Today, the American pastry manufacturer Hostess stopped operations, citing labour-related issues.Although the brands will most likely be sold off, the most tragic casualty may be that the Twinkie, that beloved and mysterious snack food, will no longer be produced — at least until it is bought by another company.

Like many big names, Hostess tries to keep its production details a secret. But here’s what we know …

First the dough is placed in a mould and baked for 10 minutes.

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Which turns the top of the Twinkie brown.

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Next, the cream filling is injected into the Twinkie by making three holes in the top. It's then flipped so the holes aren't visible when the Twinkie is packaged.

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At one point, Hostess was making 500 million Twinkies annually.

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Twinkies include 39 separate ingredients, if you count the vitamins and minerals included in the fortified flour.

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They use typical pastry ingredients like flour and corn syrup.

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But they also have corn dextrin; the glue you find on the back of envelopes.

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And at least five rocks go into the making of a Twinkie. For example, limestone is used in the baking powder.

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Twinkies also have cellulose gum, which is used in a lot of low-fat salad dressings ... and rocket fuel.

Sources: How Stuff Works and ABC News

Sources: How Stuff Works and ABC News

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