Twinkies and the free market

No sooner did Hostess Brands announce it was going out of business than enterprising individuals descended upon stores buying up Twinkies and Ding Dongs.  And not just to have one last sugar high.  Nope, they promptly put them up for sale on Amazon and eBay.   

The non free market folks - or those just having some fun - established a petition for the government to nationalize the company to "prevent our nation from losing her sweet creamy center."

Others are speculating that Twinkies aren't totally stale,  speculating another company, Bimbo, ironically  Mexican, might purchase Hostess or the magic recipes and brand name.  

But if you have some Twinkies around, eat them within a month.  Mythbusting site Snopes declares

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.  

A word of caution:  if you freeze them "According to Hostess, it takes forty-five seconds to explode a Twinkie in a microwave."