There are many things that remind us of childhood. Homework, summer breaks, building forts, drinking Cool-aid, watching cartoons, playing outside with our friends, sledding, and other activities may bring back memories. Most of us can identify with those experiences. However, my fondest memories are of lunch.
Yes, lunch. Actually, the dessert after lunch. I was allowed to pick my own dessert and I had many favorites. No, my mom didn't really bake that much.
After lunch, I would go to the snack cabinet to mull over my options: ho hos, zingers, ding dongs, suzy q's, twinkies, oatmeal cream pies, cupcakes, donettes (mini donuts), fruit pies, fudge brownies, nutty bars, and star crunches. We didn't care for snowballs in our house, so they weren't an option. The decision required great deliberation. Often, whether a snack was the last one in its box was also a major factor--and if my brother wanted the last one, of course, then I wanted it too. There is nothing better than one of these sweet snacks with a tall cold glass of milk. Now you understand my profound inspiration for this cache series!
THE HISTORY OF THE TWINKIE
1933 - Twinkies were introduced by The Continental Baking Company in Indianapolis, which also made "Wonder Bread" and had a snack line your probably familiar with called Hostess. One of their bakers named James A. Dewar got the idea for the "Twinkie" while he delivered one of their products, a cream filled strawberry shortcake. The machines to make these sat idle when the strawberry season was over so he came up with an idea to use them to make a snack cake filled with a banana filling, and only charge a nickel for a package of 2. It was good idea as money was tight for people during the great depression.
1940's - Just like the song went "Yes We Have No Banana's " popular during the WWII because bananas were rationed, Hostess had to come up with a different filling. They switched to vanilla creme and it was popular so they never changed back.
1950 - The Twinkie rose to popularity in the '50's in great part due to Hostess sponsoring the Howdy Doody show, featuring the twinkie.
1960's - When there were huge fears of a nuclear attack, Many bomb shelters were built. Twinkees were one of the most popular items to have because it was said that they "stay fresh forever".
Present Day - Twinkies havebecome an American Icon, even president Clinton put one in a time capsule. They remain as Hostess best selling snack cake producing half a billion a year!
Dessert Series Caches