Friday, November 16, 2012 , Updated 12:27 p.m., July 15, 2013
7 things you probably didn’t know about Twinkies, which are back on store shelves
July 15 should be a national holiday.
IRVING It's official: Twinkies return to store shelves July 15, after spending more than six months off the market as Hostess was sold to a new company. In celebration of the spongy treat's return, here are seven things you probably didn't know about Twinkies.
Here are a few interesting facts from the beloved brand:
1. The Twinkie was invented in 1930 by James Dewar, manager of Chicago's Continental Bakery. He named them after the "Twinkle Toe" shoes he saw advertised on a billboard in St. Louis. They were originally filled with banana cream, and sold two for a nickel. (Source: The Washington Post)
2. During World War II, when there was a banana shortage, the filling flavor changed to vanilla. (Source: The Washington Post)
3. There is a website devoted to the Twinkie's scientific properties. It's called the T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. project (Tests With Inorganic Noxious Kakes In Extreme Situations). According to the site, it's based on a series of experiments conducted during finals week in 1995 at Rice University. (Source: twinkiesproject.com)
4. In 1999, President Bill Clinton and the White House Millennium Council selected the Twinkie to be preserved in the nation's millennium time capsule, calling it an enduring American icon.
5. According to Reuters, the deep-fried Twinkie was invented by British chef Christopher Sell, who invented the deep-fried confection at his fish-and-chips restaurant in Brooklyn.
6. When Minneapolis City Council candidate George Belair served Twinkies and other refreshments to two senior citizens' groups in 1985, he was indicted for bribery in what the newspapers dubbed "Twinkiegate." (Source: The Washington Post)
7. In 2006, Hostess published a 75th anniversary Twinkie cookbook with more than 50 recipes chosen from hundreds sent in by Twinkie fans. Among the recipes: Twinkie Sushi, Twinkie Burrito, and Pigs in a Twinkie. Hey, if you're hoarding Twinkies, might as well pick up the cookbook (available as of right now at Amazon.com).
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