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Friday, November 16, 2012
Sad News on the Pastry Labor Front
A great first line in a New York Times story today says it all:
"While Twinkies have a reputation for an unlimited shelf life, the company that makes the junk food does not."
And so Hostess, to break a strike, is shutting down all its plants, a sad day for pastry and an even sadder one for the labor movement and workers in America. (The company is even closing the Dolly Madison plant which employs 200 in Columbus, Indiana, where I spent 18 months as a newspaper reporter.)
Now the only way to get a Twinkies fix is to make them yourself. Here's a link to a previous post in which I did just that. You can also Google a recipe for Hostess cupcakes. (Below are some I made a while back.)
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I've been casually reading your blog for a few months, and I love your mission, etc. But I'm pleasantly surprised to read this entry! Kudos to you for choosing not to ignore the labor dimensions of the Hostess situation and just focus on Twinkies, which would be a really easy thing to do as a baking blogger.ReplyDelete
Thanks for writing, June. I find that pastry can be quite political!!Delete