I grew up thinking Twinkies to be the perfect breakfast food . My formative years were spent deconstructing the dietary establishment and ruining my appetite for the food pyramid. Twinkies were my first real venture into the world of processed snack foods with high octane sugar content.
Okay, so Twinkies are one of those things most of us have lived without since growing up. Such is the fate of genius that we take it for granted until it’s on the last bus to Van Gogh. A rebirth under a different company name might yet happen, but it won’t be the same.
I was blessed to have grown up in the burgeoning junk food triumphal. As life got more fast paced, snacks moved away from the antiquities of vitamins and minerals; replaced with every variety of chip, soda, candy and confectionery delight. As a result, nutritionists became a growth job sector and dentists became real estate mavens. New terms were added to the American vernacular, such as plus size and unfortunately, childhood diabetes. I credit my Cuban heritage for having circumvented these pitfalls.
As a boy, Mama tried her best, but I possessed a deft hand when it came to smuggling the golden sponge cake with the heavenly velvet filling out of the house on many a morning. Wheaties and oatmeal were typical fare inside the early rush, but they never turned me on the way a Twinkie could. The deceit of stealing one of those morning glories to the stairwell and making quick work of it was surpassed only by the sugar rush which fueled my walk to school.
It’s hard to believe that Twinkies have a shelf life after all. That they might succumb to the mortal coils which ensnared auto-mats, cheese fondue and dinners at the Five and Ten. Maybe I should have shown it some love as an adult, rather than turning my back on the thing that gave me so much of it through my childhood. Maybe if I had carried that pack a day habit forward, I wouldn’t be having this conversation. But isn’t it always the case of not knowing what you’ve got until it’s too late for crying?
Oh well. We’ll always have breakfast.