Food of the Seventies, Twinkies

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Yellow Sponge Cake With White Cream Filling
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Twinkie/bro1 - February 24, 2009 - Report this comment
i love twinkies thats why im a nerd sitting on my butt all day and have no life
Beverly - September 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Now I think the taste of Twinkies changed. I remember ages ago (the sixties and seventies) when I was a kid..they tasted really good. As I grew out of them..and wanted to watch my figure..I remember tasting one I bought for my then husband..they tasted really foul..and chemicalish.. I suppose as a kid I never noticed the pretend flavors? I don't know..
Rob Lambert - November 26, 2014 - Report this comment
1971 was the year Hostess (Continental Baking) created cartoon promoters for their products. Twinkies had Twinkie the Kid, a cowboy who shot cream filling from his guns. Others were King Ding Dong, FruitPie the Magician and Captain Cupcake. Hostess TV commercials were seldom seen on network Saturday morning cartoon shows. They aired quite often on weekday afternoon local kid shows. Hostess began a major ad campaign via comic books in 1974. Full page ads in Marvel books featured superheroes; Archie comics ads featured Josie and the Pussycats.
Rob Lambert - July 06, 2017 - Report this comment
Twinkies go back to 1931 by Continental Baking. Originally, the cream filling was a banana by-product. In 1942, bananas became scarce, as shipments from South America were curtailed during World War 2. Continental then changed the cream filling to a vanilla extract, which proved more popular. Found a "Captain Kangaroo" TV clip from Sept.,1962. Continental was a sponsor that year, and billboards appeared for Wonder Bread, Twinkies and Hostess Cupcakes. After the station break, the captain and Bunny Rabbit try to introduce a short film on football...but get the wrong film ( a scene showing a man and woman talking was inserted by mistake). A rare "Kangaroo" blooper, and Bob Keeshan ad-libbed through the embarrassing moment. While the filmed show was edited for time, this one slipped by without a retake.
Rob Lambert - June 20, 2018 - Report this comment
Found a comic book ad for Twinkies and Cup Cakes, with baseball trading cards (three in a box, 150 in all) inside. Pictured were Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer and Reggie Jackson. This was in issue #6 (mid 1977) of "Welcome Back, Kotter" from DC. Main story has the Kotters being saddled with caring for an elephant while its owner is jailed for passing bad checks. Kotter drafts the Sweat Hogs into helping deal with it. Bailed out by a congressman, the owner returns to reclaim his elephant in the end. Comic has a contest ad, with the winner getting a walk-on role in the first "Superman" movie, plus a tour of the DC Comics offices in New York. Another ad for Sea World with DC heroes, and a 75c off admission coupon. Must've really been cheap to get in back then. Sea World was in Orlando, Cleveland and San Diego then.
Rob Lambert - June 26, 2018 - Report this comment
Another in the series of Hostess comic book ads featuring a DC superhero. This one, Wonder Woman for Twinkies. At a theater, a giant-sized figure of movie star Cooky La Moo (atop marquee) comes to life, and grabs Wonder Woman's boyfriend, Steve. Fearing disaster, Wonder Woman calms her down with Twinkies. This was on a "Welcome Back, Kotter" comic (late 1977). In the main story, Kotter tries teaching his students about Genealogy. The Sweat Hogs take the lesson a step too far. They crash a family reunion, hosted by Kotter, aboard the Staten Island Ferry's upper deck. To please a rich relative, Kotter lets the Sweat Hogs stay. Then-mayor of New York, Abraham Beame, is mentioned.

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