Far Out! Hostess Launches Retro Packaging

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Trippin' Twinkies, dy-no-mite Ding Dongs, and totally hip Ho Hos - now
available in a grocery store near you. Hostess is getting groovy with a limited run of retro packaging
featuring "snack mascots" from the 70s like Captain CupCake, King Ding Dong,
and Twinkie the Kid.



Retro Twinkies packaging
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The kid-friendly characters were introduced in 1970, three years after
Hostess added HoHos and DingDongs to its snack cake line, quickly becoming synonymous with the pastries through commercials, cartoons, and print ads. The
nostalgic wrappers will be available through April 30th and are
being launched simultaneously with the return of Twinkie's original banana
cream filling.

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Retro DingDong

In honor of this bit of Twinkie time travel, we thought we'd take a
look back at the sweet history of Hostess treats:



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April 6, 1930 In an effort to make use of special
strawberry shortcake pans outside of berry season, James Dewar, of Continental
Baking Company/Hostess creates a recipe for golden sponge cake filled with
banana crème. Twinkies, packaged in pairs and sold two for a nickel, are born.

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World War II A banana shortage forces Hostess to
replace its signature Twinkie filling with a vanilla version.

1967 Ho Hos and Ding Dongs are added to the Hostess
line.

1995 TheT.W.I.N.K.I.E.S Project, a weeklong series
of experiments to test the physical properties of the snack, is conducted at Rice
University.

1999 Bill Clinton includes Twinkies in the
millennium time capsule.

2002 British restaurateur, Christopher Sell,
invents the deep fried Twinkieat his Brooklyn restaurant, Chip Shop.

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2005 In honor of the 75th anniversary of
the Twinkie, Hostess asks home cooks to share their snack cake-centric recipes
for the Twinkies Cookbook, which includes dishes like Twinkie-Pecan Bananas
Foster, Twinkie-Misu, and Twinkie Burritos.

2007 100 Calorie Twinkies introduced

2010 Nutrition professor Mark Haub loses 27 pounds
on the "Twinkie diet"

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