RIP Twinkie

The Twinkie shelf life has been exaggerated greatly. Sorry to burst Woody Harrelson’s “Zombieland” bubble, but Twinkies do actually have an expiration date.

Twinkie Shelf Life

In reality, Twinkies are on the shelf for a short time; a company executive told the New York Times in 2000 that the “Twinkie is on the shelf no more than 7 to 10 days.” The maximum shelf life was reported to have been 26 days, until the addition of stronger preservatives made beginning in 2012 increased it to 45 days.

What a crazy myth though! And people actually believe that Twinkies can still be good to eat after up to 100 years.. There are even a few pop culture references tothis myth:

– In WALL-E, the title character’s pet cockroach is shown eating its way into the cream filling at one end and emerging out the other, none the worse for wear.
– Another homage to the Twinkie’s shelf life myth was shown in the 2016 film Sausage Party, where a Twinkie is amongst the “Non-Perishable” foods.
– The 2012 Super Bowl Chevy Silverado Apocalypse commercial also gives a nod to Twinkie’s reputed durability.

The answer to the above question is… In the trash. For that matter the Sno Balls (you read that correctly, Sno, not snow) would also be stale, and quite possibly rotten after that long in a truck. Pretty gross.

Sorry Twinkies, even you cannot live forever. Just 45 days max. Which, to be honest, is kind of creepy that they have such crazy preservatives in them that makes something that should go bad in half the time.. Not do what it should.

RIP Twinkies..

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