The End of an Era


It’s been over a week since I have had time to any blog postings. I really need to try to get myself in gear to do this more often. I really enjoy it, it’s just been finding the time to do it that’s the trouble. I guess I really just need to put my mind to make the time to do it more than anything else. It’s all one me to get it done, so I promise to work harder to try to do that. Stepping down in the Lyrica medication has messed me up a little more than I thought it would, but hopefully I am adjusting to it and it will make things a little better. I have had some more problems with foot cramps than I would like since stepping down, which isn’t really a good sign, but we’ll see how it goes. Throw lots of work and getting ready for holiday stuff, and there doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day to do anything anymore. I am going to better about it, I promise.

I guess the best thing to write about today would be both fun and something in the news recently. Yesterday, Hostess announced they were going out of business and shutting their doors. They have been going for several years on borrowed time and bankruptcy, and now they announced they will be gone. Of course, I feel bad for the 18,000 people who are going to lose their jobs over this. Not to make light of it, but I also feel selfish about it and think of all the snacks that are not going to be available. Of course, I am sure they will find someone to buy the brands that they have sold. The name recognition alone of some of the items they carried should bring them something and some company will want to carry on with the trends Hostess created.

Here’s thing about this. Not only is the Hostess brand going down, but the company also owns Drake’s and Dolly Madison, and those are going down as well. All of the brands will be up for sale. They also make a variety of breads, including Wonder and Nature’s Pride. I have never been a big fan of the Wonder Bread (it’s just way too squishy) or the other breads they offer, but they are taking down a hug portion of the snack cake industry by going out of business, which is sad to me. Not just because I love snack cakes (which, sadly, I do) but because it seems like it is just another brand from my youth that is disappearing. Unfortunately, it is the cycle of business and many of these products that I remember from the sixties, seventies and eighties just have not had the sales to continue on or society has changed and made them obsolete. I guess most people never considered that it could happen to all of our favorite snacks all at once, but that is the way it goes sometimes.

Now, to me, there is no use arguing about why it happened. Blame it on poor business management, blame it on the unions, it doesn’t really matter. if the sales were there, they would still be around. That’s the basic point of retail. If you aren’t selling enough to cover your costs, you are not going to succeed, plain and simple. Anyway, as I mourn the demise of Hostess, I know there are other snack cakes available from places like Entenmann’s. Little Debbie, or Tastykake, but they just aren’t the same. So that leads me into today’s question for everyone:

What is your favorite snack cake?

It doesn’t have to be something from Hostess or Drake’s; it can be whatever you like best. it seems to me that most people’s favorites, at least those on the East Coast of the United States, are likely to be from one of those companies though. So which one do you remember fondly eating growing up and probably still love to have as a snack? The one you grab from the convenience store when you are on the road trip to munch on while you drive? You can leave your answers here and I’ll post my answer with my next post, although those who know me well surely know the answer to this already. I’ll ask some people on Twitter too to see if there is any response.

I have thought of some other great ideas of things to write about here the last few days and have jotted them down in my notebooks, so it is just a matter of getting them on here. I promise, I will get to them all in good time. I have my other blog to get to as well and I still have some work to do, so that’s it for today. If you ever have any suggestions about a topic or something you would like to write about, you can leave me a comment here or reach me through Facebook or Twitter. Talk to you next time.


Farewell Hostess.

7 Responses to “The End of an Era”

  1. Debra Messing
    @IguanaFlats I’m a narcissist — Little Debbie’s

  2. Tracie Thoms
    @IguanaFlats Being a Baltimore girl, I grew up on Tastykakes! My favorite were the lemon pies, but I can’t say no to a Butterscotch Krimpet.

  3. 3 Mary Geraghty

    Butterscotch Krimpets and Hostess Chocolate cupcakes.Also chocolate Tastycakes.

  4. amanda freitag
    When i was a kid, the pink snowballRT @IguanaFlats: @amandafreitag With the demise of Hostess announced, what is your favorite snack cake?

  5. David Cone
    @IguanaFlats The rare orange cupcake. My personal favorite.

  6. Boomer Esiason ‏@7BOOMERESIASON
    @IguanaFlats Devil Dogs and Yankee Doodles! Come get some.

  7. ABFoundation ‏@ABFalecbaldwin
    @IguanaFlats It used to be Funny Bones…

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