by Ian Froeb
Update: (Monday, November 19, 2:30) Is it a Thanksgiving week miracle for Twinkie addicts? CNBC reports that Hostess and its bakers' union have agreed to mediation, thus apparently avoiding the company's shutdown. Developing!
Here's the AP story on Hostess and the union entering mediation.
As you've no doubt heard from every news program/late-night talk-show host/relative, Hostess Brands is going out of business. So once the current stock of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and other Hostess staples is sold out, the products won't be available again for a long time -- maybe forever, in the case of some of the more obscure brands.
To our surprise we found a display of individual packages of Twinkies, Ho Hos and other products on sale -- coincidentally, not because of the closure -- for 10/$10. That display is pictured above.
What did the display look like after the weekend? We returned this morning to find out.
As you can see, the display has been considerably condensed, but it's not entirely sold out -- though we didn't see any Twinkies left among the assorted Ho Hos, Sno Balls, Donettes and fruit pies.
A visit to the shelf of boxed Hostess products revealed a spare -- but, again, not entirely cleared-out -- selection of mostly Donettes and Coffee Cakes.
There was no Wonder Bread; Schnucks-brand bread filled its shelf space.
Gut Check purchased a single package of Ho Hos.