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Customers stock up on Twinkies after Hostess plans to close

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Hostess bakery outlets across Northwest Ohio, as well as grocery stores, were busy Friday with people stocking up on Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread.

The popular snacks could become souvenirs.  However, Hostess plans to sell its assets, including the recipes, so this means there's a chance this may not be the end.

Melodie Hamilton bought $38 worth of snacks at the Hostess Bakery Outlet on Woodville Road in Northwood.

"A bunch of boxes of Hostess cupcakes and twinkies, of course!" says Hamilton.

"Yes, they're fattening, but they're very good," says Karen Trombley of Perrysburg.

"I love twinkies," says Pam Lodzinski.  "Twinkies is a favorite. Also the cupcakes."

Customers are streaming in to stock up before supplies run out after Hostess announced its closing citing a nationwide worker strike.

Nicky Robinson says she picked up, "about 20 loaves of bread, cereal, cookies, donuts. All the good stuff."

Robinson and Vivian Bennett scrambled to almost every store in town because they do the shopping for several group homes.

"You know, to try to hit everything so we can get them and put them in the freezer if nothing else before it runs out," says Bennett.

At Walt Churchill's market in Perrysburg, still have Hostess brownie bites, mini muffins, donettes, and two different kinds of cupcakes on the shelves. But they're all out of Twinkies.

"I came in down this aisle specifically to look for some and they're not there," says Trombley. "But I'm going to grab the Hostess cupcakes for sure before they go away!"

Trombley says she's enjoyed the iconic, yellow, cream-filled Twinkies for more than 50 years.

"It was a real treat when my mom and dad would bring some home from the store," says Trombley.

Reminiscing aside, these customers say it's sad the jobs and one of the nation's oldest producers of baked goods will be gone.

"I'm really upset about that, I really think a lot of people are because we grew up on Hostess and we hate to see another business leave Toledo," says Hamilton.

 

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