Comment: I do like the free market. The flea market. The farmer market.

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I do like the free market. The flea market. The farmer market.

The "freshest by" date is an oddity. A stretch. Obviously, the freshest date is the day the live ingredients were harvested. Legend has it, once sealed in its package, a Twinkie ® lasts a long, long time. Forever, perhaps. This is not the case. Here is a wonderful tale about Twinkie's birth, life, legend & demise.

Forever Twinkies

Claim: Hostess Twinkies have an indefinite shelf life.


Twinkies were created in 1930 as ladyfinger-shaped spongecakes enrobing a banana filling at the Hostess bakery in Schiller Park, Illinois.

Twinkies have a shelf life of twenty-five days, not seven years, and certainly not fifty years. Even so, twenty-five days is an unusually long time for a baked product to stay fresh. The secret to Twinkies' longevity is their lack of dairy ingredients: because dairy products are not part of the formula, Twinkies spoil much more slowly than other bakery items.

Ingredients: (serving size: 500 million Twinkies)

  • Cream [non-dairy] filling
  • Eight million pounds of sugar,
  • Seven million pounds of flour
  • One million eggs to produce
  • Bake throughout the year, every year to meet demand.

Twinkies gained notoriety in American jurisprudence in 1979 when the media widely misreported the claim that Dan White, on trial for shooting San Francisco mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk, asserted that his consumption of junk foods such as Twinkies "had left him with diminished capacity for reason."


Mann, Jennifer. "A Birthday for a Cake."
The Kansas City Star. 1 April 2000 (p. C1).

Pierce, Charles. "In Defense of Twinkies."
The Boston Globe. 16 March 2003 (Magazine, p. 20).

The Houston Chronicle. "Long Life of Twinkies Is Legendary." (15 May 1996


Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul