Turns out the truth is less sweet than the myth they tried to serve the media.
Looks like the Execs were taking more than a baker's dozen, cash wise, and thought they could give FOX newzzz types a cake walk, blaming the workers for being greedy "takers", with their hands in the cookie jar, or Ho Ho box , if you will.
Now they are in a Twinkie mediation, trying to pull the business of mysterious confections out of the bankruptcy fire/oven.
I seriously doubt anyone thought there was nutritional value in the Hostess product line, but the reason they have such a long shelf life is some of the chemical magic in the ingredients.
Mmmmmm polysorbate 60, Trans fats & high fructose corn syrup.
Much ado about this:
Enriched wheat flour, sugar, corn syrup, niacin, water, high fructose corn syrup, vegetable and/or animal shortening – containing one or more of partially hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed and canola oil, and beef fat, dextrose, whole eggs, modified corn starch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, cornstarch, corn flour, corn syrup, solids, mono and diglycerides, soy lecithin, polysorbate 60, dextrin, calcium caseinate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, wheat gluten, calcium sulphate, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, yellow No. 5, red #40
And! Good Nutrition they need!