Is this the perfect symbol for the continuing lousy state of the economy, or what?
NEW YORK (AP) — Twinkies are back, but they may be a bit smaller than you remember.
The new owners of Hostess have leaner operating costs now that they're no longer using unionized workers. It turns out the spongy yellow cakes may also be a little smaller than the last Twinkies people ate.
The new boxes hitting shelves list the cakes as having 270 calories and a weight of 77 grams for two cakes, or 135 calories and 38.5 grams for one cake.
They're shrinking my Twinkies but charging the same? The monsters! Actually, we've talked about this here before. If you've been paying attention at the supermarket, this secret downsizing is being done for just about everything sold there. And if a company wants to stay profitable and in business these days, there are sometimes only two choices: same size but charge more, or smaller size and charge the same. I'll take the latter, thank you. I don't want to spend more on my food bill, and it's not like I need that much Twinkie.
On the bright side: The shelf life of the Twinkie is going from 26 days to 45 days. It was only 26 days? I've always assumed a still-unopened Twinkie would still be edible when there are nothing but cokcroaches left on the planet. As reported on "The Simpsons": Silly customer, you cannot hurt a Twinkie.