Mind Candy

The Twinkie snack cake is one of the best known snacks in the world – and it has World War II to thank for that. As odd as it may seem, the Twinkie was not always a hit with kids. Or adults. Actually, most people strongly disliked the original Twinkie.  When it was first released in 1933 by the Continental Baking Company, it was a somewhat dismal failure. James A. Dewar, the actual inventor of the Twinkie, had a different vision of the snack as we know it today. If it had not been for WWII, that vision may have died and generations of kids may have never had the chance to enjoy one of the most durable snack foods ever made.

The original Twinkie Demar developed was the traditional yellow cake, but inside, the cream filling was strawberry shortcake. It was the depression era and money for snacks was…

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