Hostess Brands -- the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread -- announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract imposed on them.
The closing will result in Hostess' nearly 18,500 workers losing their jobs as the company shuts 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers nationwide. The bakers' union represents around 5,000.
At dinner last night, somehow the topic of Hostess closing came up. I asked my kids if they would miss Twinkies. All three kids (16,14 and 11) said "what's a Twinkie?" None of my kids have ever had a Twinkie? or a Ho Ho? or a Fruit Pie? or a DingDong?
Some may view that as good parenting. Me? I believe kids should learn to make their own choices. So if that means letting them have the occasional Twinkie or HoHo, then so be it.
And don't get too excited at my parenting skills. My kids know every flavor of Dorito and Cheez It around.