It’s a sad day for Twinkie lovers.
Hostess Brands, which makes American favorites such as Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, is going out of business after a weeklong strike by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, according to Food Product Design.
The Twinkie product may be getting much of the attention-an unopened box is already on sale via eBay with a starting bid of $500-but one local resident said she will miss another Hostess product.
“People are upset about Twinkies,” Jessie Wright said via Twitter. “I want a little more mourning for Hostess Cupcakes! I will always love the squiggly icing.”
After 82 years in business, Hostess leaders announced it would shut down and fire about 18,000 employees, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Company leaders filed for Chapter 11 in January, and now, they have requested bankruptcy court authorization to close the business and sell its assets, WSJ also reported.
The company’s second-largest union organized a strike that launched on Nov. 9 in protest of a new labor contract.
Thousands of workers stopped working, and according to court filings, leaders said the strike made it impossible to keep operations running, according to the WSJ.
Remaining inventory will likely be sold in bulk, and company leaders will try to sell everything from their plants to Hostess Brands.
Wright said she always ate her favorite Hostess snacks on car trips as a child.
“We always chose the Cupcakes over Twinkies,” she said.