H-SANTA MARIA

Nov 16, 2012 9:13 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Locals remember the twinkle that Twinkies brought to their lives

Hostess, the maker of the sweet, baked goods Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread, is going out of business.

The Texas-based company said it warned it's employees it would shut down operations and sell it's brands if striking workers did not allow plants to resume normal operations by Thursday night. Thousands of union members went on strike last week after rejecting a contract offer that slashed wages and benefits. Thursday night's deadline passed without a deal.

Many locals are reacting to the potential permanent loss of the sweet snacks.

"I'm really sad actually. I'm probably going to go to Foods Co right now and see how much I can buy. Do they sell them at Costco?!" said Phil, a Santa Maria resident.

Production at all Hostess bakeries has come to an end, so that means what is currently on store shelves is all that is left.

Gail, a Los Angeles resident, said, "They were fun in your lunch. When mom would come home from the supermarket, they were great. We would always grab a couple for lunch!"

But not every local will miss the iconic- sometimes substituted for lunch- snacks.

Santa Maria resident James Herivaux said, "It looks all full of oil, and grease, and fat stuff!"

But there will always be fond memories of the golden cake.

"The filling is my favorite part! I usually just break it open and eat the filling and eat the bread after," said Phil.

But, it may not be farewell forever for the Hostess products. The company said it's selling it's assets to the highest bidder, which means the sweet snacks could live on, just through a different company.

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