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Some South Mississippians didn't take well to the news their beloved Twinkies and Ding Dongs will soon disappear from store shelves. Hostess announced Friday it is folding after 82 years in business after failing to reach an agreement with labor unions. Company officials said a nationwide strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.
Hostess broke the news Friday morning that the company was shutting down. By noon, only two boxes of Ding Dongs were left at Jerry Lee's Grocery Store in Pascagoula, and there wasn't a box of Twinkies to be found. Store employees say a customer came in and cleaned out the last of the Twinkies.
"She came in here just a few minutes ago looking for Hostess products," said Manager Mike Dale. "She heard she wasn't going to be able to buy them anymore. So she wanted me to show them where they were and she bought some so her grandchildren would have some and make sure they knew what the Hostess was. "
For many people, the snack foods bring back a lot of memories. Whether Zingers, Snowballs or Ho Hos, everybody has a favorite.
Customer Gregory Hutchinson said, "It would be the Hostess Twinkies because it's got that cream filing in it.|"
"They're just so creamy on the inside. They're really good tasting," said Matilda Morgan.
Larry Savage said, "I like the Twinkies and devil food cupcakes. I really love chocolate, chocolate and vanilla."
Store employees said Wonder Bread and other Hostess products have always been popular with customers.
"They've been around as long as I've been in the grocery business, and that's been the 70s, so I know they've been around that long," said Dale. "It always sells good. It's one of the favorite products of the snack game."
Some customers are hoping another business will step in and give Hostess a second shelf life.
"I have twin grandbabies at home and I give them to them for a little snack. They love them," said Morgan. "So I'm hoping they really don't go out of business."
Hostess officials said they intend to lay off more than 18,000 workers and begin selling assets to the highest bidder as soon as possible. After the announcement about the closure, a box of Twinkies sold on Ebay for $59.99.
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