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TWINKIES: The quintessential junk food treat -- a (Credit: Getty Images)

TWINKIES: The quintessential junk food treat -- a cream-filled, 150-calorie sponge cake -- has been called the "cream puff of the proletariat" and the "snack with a snack in the middle," according to Reuters.

Favorite Hostess eats: Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and more

Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers. Here is a look at the history and some fun facts about the company's top baked goods.

HOSTESS: Hostess was established as a sweet goods
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HOSTESS: Hostess was established as a sweet goods baker in 1901, according to the company's website.

TWINKIES: James A. Dewar, a manager for the
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TWINKIES: James A. Dewar, a manager for the Continental Baking Co., came up with the idea in 1930 after seeing the machines that made shortcakes with strawberry filling sit idle at the bakery when strawberries were out of season. He injected the elongated sponge cake with banana filling -- vanilla would be used later -- and called it a Twinkie after seeing a billboard for the Twinkle Toe Shoe Co. (Nov. 15, 2012)

CUPCAKES: Hostess introduced its cupcakes in 1919, with
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CUPCAKES: Hostess introduced its cupcakes in 1919, with the creme filling and signature squiggles added later, according to the Hostess website.

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DING DONGS: According to the Hostess website, Ding
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DING DONGS: According to the Hostess website, Ding Dongs were introduced in 1967 and were known as "King Dons" or "Big Wheels."

DOUGHNUTS AND PIES: Hostess added doughnuts to its
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DOUGHNUTS AND PIES: Hostess added doughnuts to its line of products in 1938 and pies in 1965.

WONDER BREAD: According to the Hostess website, Wonder
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WONDER BREAD: According to the Hostess website, Wonder bread was created in 1921.

TWINKIES: Twinkies' surge in popularity in the 1950s
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TWINKIES: Twinkies' surge in popularity in the 1950s was partially attributed to its ads on "The Howdy Doody Show" directed at kids, who demanded the desserts in their lunch boxes, according to Reuters.

TWINKIES: According to Reuters, Hostess collected recipes from
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TWINKIES: According to Reuters, Hostess collected recipes from connoisseurs to publish the "The Twinkies Cookbook" in 2006. The 50 recipes included Twinkie-based burritos, lasagna, tiramisu, milk shakes and sushi (with dried fruit rather than fish). Deep-fried Twinkies have been a staple at U.S. state fairs.

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TWINKIES: According to Reuters, Hostess collected recipes from
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TWINKIES: According to Reuters, Hostess collected recipes from connoisseurs to publish the "The Twinkies Cookbook" in 2006. The 50 recipes included Twinkie-based burritos, lasagna, tiramisu, milk shakes and sushi (with dried fruit rather than fish). Deep-fried Twinkies have been a staple at U.S. state fairs.

TWINKIES: The quintessential junk food treat -- a
(Credit: Getty Images)

TWINKIES: The quintessential junk food treat -- a cream-filled, 150-calorie sponge cake -- has been called the "cream puff of the proletariat" and the "snack with a snack in the middle," according to Reuters.

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