America, get ready to bid farewell to one of your favorite snacks – the Twinkie.

Hostess Brands, the maker of the Twinkie, as well as Wonderbread and Drake’s Cakes, announced its decision to close down the company, saying that a strike by the bakers union has forced them to shut down operations and sell all assets. This means the loss of 18,500 jobs and the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers and 570 bakery outlet stores.

Whether you remember the delicious cream-filled sponge cake that is the Twinkie as a lunchbox staple, a comfort food, or a weird drunk snack, it is no doubt a part of American food culture.

My suggestion? STOCK UP. We all know Twinkies never go bad! Whether you want to save them to eat when you’re feeling particularly mournful over the loss of Hostess snacks, or you want to sell them to those who are desperate to get their Twinkie fix, you can’t go wrong in stockpiling them.

In all seriousness, though – does this raise a question about the power of labor unions in America?

Could the loss of thousands of jobs have been prevented if the bakers union was not so powerful?

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