Hostess Twinkies

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From January 6 to 12

    Due to Snowpocalypse 2014, RFT Music will go ahead and assume that Monday evening's shows will take the night off for safety's sake. If for some reason, there's something going on tonight, feel free to let us know in the comments, you brave, brave souls. Take some time defrosting today, and keep fin ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Twitter Litter: Inspirational Bieber, Questlove's Cronuts and Ghostbusters

    Getting your celebrity gossip from "TMZ" is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. Musicians are weird. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Twinkies Have Arrived in St. Louis!

    Hostess is finally back in business. The first batch of Twinkies arrived in St. Louis this weekend before today's national rollout. Hostess also announced that the new and improved snacks now have a longer shelf life: 45 days.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Twinkies Hit Shelves July 15

    Fear not, Twinkie lovers! The world's longest-lasting dessert will be back on shelves in a mere 109 hours. More than 50 million Twinkies are headed to stores on July 15. Yum, right? See also: -Hostess: It'll Cost You at Least $410 Million to Make Twinkies -Vintage, Psychedelic Ads for Hostess Twin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Punk: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is tomorrow! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday, and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Hostess: It'll Cost You at Least $410 Million to Make Twinkies

    Gut Check was prepared to exceed our longstanding investment ceiling of $100 -- which we usually limit to the racetrack and, truth be told, seldom reach (or risk successfully) -- to snare the rights to make Twinkies, now that Hostess Brands Inc. is going belly-up and all. Turns out we're still a te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    A Twinkie by Any Other Name Would Taste As Sweet

    On a recent expedition to Shop 'n Save Gut Check was heartened by the realization that recent seismic shifts in our personal snack-cake tectonic plates are not as soul killing as we'd originally feared. What, you ask, was the sight that so warmed the Gut Check cockles? Why, the generously appointe ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    R.I.P. St. Louis Hostess Plant; Most Delicious Field Trip EVER!

    It was with a heavy heart (and a sweet tooth of nostalgia) that I read news yesterday of Hostess Brands closing its St. Louis bakery. Apparently the maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies is in bankruptcy (How is that possible? Are we not still a nation of fat asses?!) and has promised to close any bake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Tidbits: Dog Town Opens, Selam Ethiopian Restaurant Closes

    - North St. Louis County has a new hot-dog joint: Dog Town opened two weeks ago at 2182 North Highway 67 in Florissant. (The space was previously the second location of White Barn and, before that, a Rally's.)

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    50 Ounces of 7-Eleven Double Gulp Is Still a Lot of Double Gulp

    Shocking news from the fountain-soda beat: 7-Eleven has reduced the capacity of its Double Gulp from 64 ounces to a mere 50. Is 7-Eleven taking a stand in the contentious debate about obesity in America? Nope. Seems the 64-ounce Double Gulp was just too damn big for the average vehicle's cup-holde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Vintage, Psychedelic Ads for Hostess Twinkies

    Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, the second time in eight years that the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and a score of other sweet cakes and enriched breads has sought such protection. Gut Check greeted the news with the expected smirk -- aren't Twinkies supposed to last f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Michael Pollan's Picks Three Lame New Food Rules

    ​Here at Gut Check, we've had our share of fun mocking Michael Pollan's food rules. However, longtime readers of this blog know that I, personally, am a big fan of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.That said, I must admit I cringed when I saw the three new food ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Pam's Chicago-Style Dogs vs. Audi-K's: The Chicago Dog Showdown!

    image via​You can keep your filet mignon and your foie gras and your pheasant under glass -- when Gut Check feels blue, what we crave is a hot dog. ​And while we'll never argue with eating dogs Texas-style (chili and cheese) or New York-style (with mustard and sauerkrat), the hot dog that real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Science Groups and Food-Borne Illness Survivors Push for Legislation

    With food safety legislation still in limbo, on Wednesday everyone from focus groups to food-borne illness survivors pushed to get the law passed. CNN reports that since the bill first passed the House 13 months ago, there have been 85 recalls of FDA-approved foods. Statements on the urgency of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    St. Louis Police Seek Ding Dongs Who Robbed Hostess Store

    ​St. Louis police did not respond to my request asking to get a department official on record calling the crooks pictured here "Ding Dongs." So, I'll have to do it myself. Though I gotta say: I'm a little disappointed that they stand accused of robbery and not soliciting prostitution at the Hostes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    10 Alternatives to Rush Limbaugh's Dumpster Diving Suggestion for Impoverished Youth

    Rush Limbaugh, man with an electric blue halo.​Last week conservative talk-radio stalwart Rush Limbaugh made a modest proposal on his syndicated show, suggesting that underprivileged kids who suffer from malnutrition should consider Dumpster diving. Limbaugh was responding to a story from AOL ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Serious Weight: Dealer Sentenced for Moving 8.5 Tons of Pot Over 5 Years

    So, exactly how much is 8.5 tons of pot? Obligatory photograph of pot.Answer: 17,000 pounds or 7,711 kilograms or 103 Michael Phelpses or 38,555 copies of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon or 453,592 Twinkies or 131,949 White Castle Sliders. That's how much mary jane an East St. Louis drug de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Sweet Scout: Deep-Fried Delights to Stick to Your Back

    User "Jellyfish Juice," Wikimedia Commons​A special Wednesday edition of the Sweet Scout...There are sweets that aren't so bad for you, like angel-food cake and fat-free frozen yogurt. There are sweets that are actually good for you, like fruits and moderate amounts of dark chocolate. And then th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Super Bowl Snack Idea: The Snack-Food Stadium

    Following the Bacon Explosion and the Atomic Buffalo Turd is this remarkable creation, which comes to Gut Check from the awesomely named Web site Holy Taco (via Deadspin).Among it's many amazing constituent parts: one end zone made out of queso dip (for the Steelers), the other out of salsa (for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    J.C. Romero is Being Screwed

    Hey, I'll bet you don't know who J.C. Romero is, do you? Well, that's okay, because he's not the sort of person you're likely to hear about on a daily basis. Hell, even if your job happens to consist of writing about sports, you would probably only qualify for "passing familiar" status with regards ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    The U: An Update

    As always, my timing is impeccable: Just after this week's review of The U (3108 Olive Street) went to press, I received an email from the Midtown restaurant's owner, Adam Kustra, who wanted to let me know about some upcoming changes. First, the U will soon have a liquor license and plans to serve b ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    Now Open: Pam's Chicago-Style Dogs & More

    Now open at 6016 Delmar Boulevard -- a few blocks east of Skinker, across from the old train station -- is Pam's Chicago-Style Dogs & More. The menu includes hot dogs, of course, as well as tamales, breakfast fare (slingers!) and, yes, deep-fried Twinkies. Pam's is open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 6 a ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 6, 2007

    Chocolate-Covered Twinkie

    Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company
    8566 Eager Road, Brentwood

  • Dining

    February 14, 2007


    $1.39 (estimated)
    Arrived via media kit

  • Film

    January 25, 2006

    Rocky Waters

    Annapolis salutes all the classic boxing clichés

  • Calendar

    June 29, 2005

    Fair Play

    Mr. Night and Ms. Day know Fair Saint Louis inside and out. Just please don't feed funnel cakes to their dog.

  • Film

    June 22, 2005

    1987 World Series: There's No Place Like Home (1987)

    Phyllis remembers a kinder, gentler Series

  • Calendar

    June 22, 2005

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of June 22, 2005

  • Music

    November 24, 2004

    American Idolatry

    Who says cover bands are unoriginal?

  • News

    June 23, 2004

    Jesus For Juniors

    How do you lure disaffected suburban teens into the bosom of the church? Try this unholy trinity: rock & roll, junk food and Foosball.

  • News

    April 7, 2004
  • Music

    March 3, 2004

    Cynical Guy

    Work and play are the same thing to Marshall Crenshaw

  • Calendar

    January 14, 2004

    Science + Art =

    Creepy and beautiful

  • Calendar

    August 6, 2003

    Where's the Two-Headed Calf?

    The Missouri State Fair offers surreal glimpses of Americana plus lots of tasty things on sticks

  • News

    March 27, 2002

    Judgment at Hookyville

    The volunteer jurists running a truancy court for St. Louis get an up-close view of wayward kids, don't-care parents and war-zone schools. It's worse than they thought.

  • Music

    November 15, 2000

    Color My World

    The Look and the Feel of Sexicolor isn't breaking any new ground, but it's a delight nonetheless

  • Film

    August 9, 2000

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    Directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey

  • News

    April 21, 1999

    Sex Starved

    For the sexual anorexic, scarred by psychic trauma, a controlled, loveless existence may be easier to bear than the thought of intimacy