It’s true: Twinkies are back from the grave, resurrected when Hostess Brands LLC was purchased by two private equity firms after declaring bankruptcy. Though the creme-filled yellow snack cakes will remain true to their roots in terms of shape, size, taste, and sponginess, they’ll be new and improved, with a shelf life nearly twice that of the original. Reborn Twinkies will now stay good in the pantry for a whopping -- wait for it -- 45 days.
That news may come as a shock to believers of that old urban legend that Twinkies remain fresh for 100 years, but the truth is that Twinkies live fast and die young. The original recipe was only truly intended to be eaten within 26 days or so. Despite the absence of any perishable butter, milk, and eggs in the recipe, Twinkies are composed primarily of flour and sugar -- two ingredients that don’t sound so appetizing after any lengthy period of time. While the little cake may look fine, there are very few foods still fit to consume after a month and a half; unfortunately for snack cake lovers, Twinkies are not one of them.