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Twinkies-Fun Facts

Updated: Jul 17, 2020

In, The Nine, Twinkies are a staple of Gabe's black market shop in Scrapyard City. For many of us who live Topside (and not in hell), these snack cakes are just a cheap junk food enjoyed by kids, but Twinkies date back to 1930 and were the brainchild of James Dewar, manager of a baking plant in Illinois. The economy was getting tight and the company needed to create a low-priced item. The Twinkie was born (and sold in packets of two for a nickel).  Some fun Twinkie Facts:

  • They were originally made with banana cream until the depression hit, and bananas were in short supply. The filling then became vanilla and has been that way ever since. 

  • Early Twinkies were filled manually with a contraption that was pedaled with the worker's feet.

  • No surprise, but Dewar was not a health nut. At 83, he was quoted as saying, “I eat Twinkies every day and smoke a pack and a half of cigarettes. I weight 160 pounds, same as I ever did, and I feel fine.”  He lived to be 88. 

  • Contrary to popular urban myths, Twinkies do have a shelf life --45 days. 

  • The current official world record for most Twinkies eaten in 1 minute is 14 Twinkies, a record set by competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi.

How many do you think you can eat in 1 minute?

C.G.Harris is the author of the sci-fi series, The Rax and the urban fantasy series, The Judas Files.. The Nine, book one in the series, is now available as an audiobook narrated by the talented, MacLeod Andrews.

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Interesting trivia! I'd heard about the banana flavor, but I didn't know it had anything to do with the Depression. How do Twinkies pair with Scotch?

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