From Michael J. de la Merced, The New York Times: They survived everything from the Great Depression to the Atkins Diet. And now Twinkies have even endured bankruptcy. After more than four years, their maker, Interstate Bakeries, emerged from bankruptcy protection [last] week. The private company, which also makes Wonder Bread, Hostess Ding Dongs and Drake’s cakes, had at least one powerful fan rooting for it: Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York. Mr. Schumer personally appealed to a big lender to help Interstate through its troubles. “Upstate New Yorkers can now have their Drake’s cake and keep their jobs, too,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement. Created in 1930, with a banana cream filling, rather than the vanilla of today, Twinkies — love ’em or hate ’em — are about as emblematic as junk food gets. With 39 ingredients, 150 shamelessly empty calories and, officially, a shelf life of about three weeks, the Twinkie is a cream-filled symbol of American culture.
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