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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Farewell to Hostess

November 28, 2012 - I should probably put a warning on this so I guess this is it - if you are hungry don't read the first part. Go ahead and skip to the end.

If you haven't heard by now Hostess is no more. They are shutting their doors. The company that brought us the Twinkie, Wonder bread, Sno Balls, Ding Dongs and so many more sugar delights is done.

I know, I haven't had sugary treats or chocolate since June. My weening of Hostess products is done. But I can still mourn.

Ding dongs were always a nice surprise in the lunchbox when I was a kid. They were my bad habit if a box was in the house. When I got older, and taller, I would sneak into the kitchen and take a quick look around for mom and dad. If the coast was clear, I grabbed it out of the box and tucked it into my shirt running into the bedroom.

Don't worry I am sure they noticed a box just disappearing especially as I became a teenager if not at least by the time I was in college.

Though I believe Sno Balls got me through college. It was a Ding Dong with a more sugary edge.

I can remember picking up a package on the way to class when I stopped at the gas station. Or worse I got it out of the vending machine on campus where I probably would stock my backpack up with snacks for the whole day. (I can now admit my bad habits since I don't do them anymore.)

With Sno Balls it was a process. First, peel off the marshmallow fluff on top. Next, slowly eat it taking in the taste and enjoying each coconut flake. Then, bite by bite taking in the chocolate ball underneath. Needless to say it was never a good snack when studying or taking notes in class.

For those who went shopping on Black Friday in the wee hours, I slept in. It was nice. Though when did Black Friday begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday? What happened to Thanksgiving?

Kudos to everyone who attempted National Novel Writing Month this November. For those who succeeded with getting to 50,000 words and for those who tried. I know there are quite a few from the Clarkston area who sat through hours of typing even if distracted by Facebook and Pinterest.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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