Hostess is no longer the Mostest. And that means some of its iconic foods are almost certainly on the way out, too.
The company, maker of a long string of consumer brands that include Wonder, Dolly Madison, Drake’s, Home Pride and Butternut, announced on Friday that it’s suspending operations at its 33 plants around the U.S. as it begins to liquidate its assets.
It's also laying off most of its 18,500-member workforce and will “focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders,” according to CEO Gregory Rayburn in a statement.
Twinkies, Wonder Bread and other consumer “staples” may now join a long list of other foods and drinks that have gone the way of the dinosaurs (although it remains to be seen how and if some of these products re-emerge). Does the canned product Chef Boyardee Meat Ball Stew, for example, ring any bells? An ad from waaayyy back in 1959 famously claimed it was “the stew with 12 juicy beef meatballs – you don’t have to dig for the meat!” If “the casserole treat” contained anything close to the mountain of peas, carrots, potatoes and hearty brown gravy also prominently shown in the ad, then it was a good deal back then... depending on your definition of “good.”
Click here to see some of the other once-memorable foods you can’t buy anymore for all the tea in China.