I am the oldest of five children; we went through a lot of food and it could get expensive. When I was a teenager, my mom would send me to the Hostess Bakery Outlet on Pearl Road to stock up on bread and snacks. They had carts and carts of the big, long loaves of Wonder Bread. The price was usually something like 2/$1, which means we could get ten loaves of bread for $5.00! I would buy a bunch and my mom would stick them in the freezer. I also usually bought a loaf of rye bread, which my mom liked, and some hamburger buns. And of course, while I was there, I also bought some of their yummy snack items: a box of Ho Hos, a box of chocolate cupcakes, a couple boxes of Twinkies, maybe a box or two of animal crackers, and a couple of Fruit Pies for my dad. I always bought more Twinkies because my brothers didn't like chocolate stuff - weirdos, I know. The low prices, combined with coupons that the store often made available, meant that I would be able to buy all of this stuff for literally less than $20. Granted this was 15-20 years ago, but think about how little you can get for $20 at a food store these days.
I had a specific method to eating my Ho Hos. First, I would peel off the chocolate shell until all the spongy cake was exposed. Then, I would attempt to unroll it into a skinny, flat cake and lick the cream off before eating the cake. It was a messy process, so I usually used a bowl instead of a plate to catch the crumbs.
You KNOW you had a method to eating YOUR Hostess goodies. Share your memories; tell me about it!
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