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Deconstructing the Twinkie (Encore presentation.)

By Rich Fisher

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Tulsa, OK – Hostess Brands --- the makers of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, and other such tasty (and fatty) treats --- announced today that it's seeking bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than a decade. The company, which has been around for more than 85 years now, is nevertheless assuring the public that, despite this latest round of financial woes, its Twinkies and Ding-Dongs and Ho-Hos will remain available. But what is a Twinkie, anyway? What exactly goes into those spongey little snack-food cakes? On today's ST, we listen back to an interview from 2008, when we spoke with Steve Ettlinger about his funny and often fascinating book called "Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats." It's a detailed account of the many different multi-syllabic ingredients found in all sorts of processed foods nowadays: what they are, where they come from, what purpose(s) they serve, and why they should --- or should not --- be seen as threatening by consumers.