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“Where are all the Twinkies? – Zombieland”

Hostess Brands, Inc., known as Interstate Bakeries during most of its existence, was a wholesale baker and distributor of bakery products in the United States. On November 16, 2012, it began liquidation proceedings. It is the owner of the Hostess, Wonder Bread, Nature’s Pride, Dolly Madison, Butternut Breads, and Drake’s brands. Locally, Merita Bakery in downtown Orlando is a part of the Hostess Brands and is also set to close according to the Orlando Sentinel article on Hostess Brands liquidation. It’s iconic neon signs can often be seen from I-4, travelling east and west through downtown Orlando.

Beloved Hostess Products

On November 16, 2012, management announced that it has filed a motion in United States Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, New York, seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets. Two days earlier it warned that Hostess would liquidate unless the bakers, who were striking in protest against a new contract imposed in bankruptcy court, returned to work. Management intends to sell all assets and lay off 18,500 employees

At the time of Hostess’s liquidation, these were their brands in the United States.

Baker’s Inn
Blue Ribbon
Bread du Jour
Butternut Breads
Di Carlo
Dolly Madison
Dutch Hearth
Good Hearth
Home Pride
J.J. Nissen
Mrs. Cubbison’s
Nature’s Pride
Standish Farms
Wonder Bread

I recently visited my neighborhood Publix and 7-Eleven, and sadly, the Twinkies were all sold out. Only sno-balls, cupcakes, zingers, and donettes were left 🙁

List of hostess products, cupcakes, zingers, donettes, twinkies, fruit pies, ding dongs, ho hos

The following is a list of beloved Hostess Products which may be gone soon:

Hostess Cupcakes
Its most common form is a chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing and vanilla creme filling, with eight distinctive white squiggles across the top, first sold on May 11, 1919.The cakes are produced from a batter which includes flour, sugar, cocoa and water.

Hostess Mini Muffins

Powdered donuts with white powder or chocolate dipped.

Sno Balls
Sno Balls are cream-filled chocolate cakes, which are then covered with marshmallow frosting and coconut flakes. They are marketed by Hostess. Sno Balls are usually pink; however, they are also available in chocolate, lemon, white, green, blue and other colors, depending on the holiday.


Hostess Fruit Pie
made with fruit filling

Twinkies were invented in Schiller Park, Illinois in 1930 by James Alexander Dewar, a baker for the Continental Baking Company. Realizing that several machines used to make cream-filled strawberry shortcake sat idle when strawberries were out of season, Dewar conceived a snack cake filled with banana cream, which he dubbed the Twinkie. He said he came up with the name when he saw a billboard in St. Louis for “Twinkle Toe Shoes”. During World War II, bananas were rationed and the company was forced to switch to vanilla cream. Twinkie the Kid is the mascot for Twinkies, Hostess’s golden, cream-filled snack cakes. You can still buy them on Amazon for now

Ding Dongs
A Ding Dong is a chocolate cake that is sold by Hostess Brands. It is round with a flat top and bottom, about three inches in diameter and a little more than an inch high, similar in shape to a hockey puck. A white creamy filling is injected into the center, and a thin coating of “chocolate” glaze covers the entire cake. The cake was originally wrapped in a square of thick aluminium foil, enabling it to be carried in lunches without melting the chocolate glaze.

Ho Ho’s
Ho Hos are cylindrical, frosted, cream-filled cakes that are made by the Hostess company and are distributed in the United States. These cream filled chocolate cakes have a pinwheel design based on the Swiss Roll. They are similar to Yodels by Drake’s and Swiss Rolls by Little Debbies

Wonder Bread – the iconic bread

Merita Bakery – Bread

Sweet Snacks
Ding Dongs
Ho Hos
Sno Balls
Devil Dogs – Drake’s
Funny Bones – Drake’s
Ring Dings – Drake’s
CoffeeCakes – Drake’s
Blueberry Muffins – Drake’s
Yodels – Drake’s

Nature’s Pride
Home Pride
J.J. Nissen
Cotton’s Holsum
Bread du Jour

Rest in Peace #RIP #TwinkieTheKid

Buy all the Hostess Cakes on Today Here Before it’s too late!

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As many of you know by now, the downtown location of The Dessert Lady at Church Street Station has closed. One of the last tenants of the once bustling historic Church Street Station, The Dessert Lady is in the process of moving to a new locale along Sand Lake Road (aka Restaurant Row) at the Dr. Phillips Marketplace.

I had always liked The Dessert Lady, with its deep red decor and setting a throwback to the yesteryear of Orlando.  I could imagine, maybe back to the days cowboys would walk the halls of the Church Street Station and having a drink at the Cheyenne Saloon next door, finishing up their night in the arms and sweet caress of the Dessert Lady.

The cakes here were always quite delicious, and a rather generous portion, though you do pay for it. Flavors ranged from the traditional key lime pie and lush carrot cakes to the ever popular chocolate zuccotto and coconut brulee cheesecake varieties. You could get a sampler plate of four cakes together to share if you couldn’t settle on just one.  Don’t forget to get a glass of milk goes well.

During this transition to the Dr. Phillips Marketplace location, they will still be accepting whole cake orders for pick up at our bakery at the Kirkman Rd bakery by appointment. by calling 407-999-5696. You can see their offerings here:

Below are some last photos of the Dessert Lady at Church Street Station for posterity:

A look inside The Dessert Lady at Church Street Station

Four cake sampler: coconut brule, chocolate zuccotto, key lime, and strawberry not so shortcake.

The coconut brulee cheesecake on a macadamia nut crust, topped with caramelized coconut.


Chocolate zuccotto, made with white and dark chocolate mousse, surrounded by chocolate cake dipped in amaretto.


Until we meet again, my fair Dessert Lady.


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