President Trump’s recent tax cuts have led numerous businesses — including ones that have not seemed to look fondly upon the president — to give their employees bonuses, create new jobs, and bring manufacturing back into the U.S.
Home Depot, Starbucks, Walmart, AT&T, American Airlines, Bank of America, Comcast, Southwest Airlines, Disney and Walmart are all among the companies that have given employees sizable sums of extra money and promised to reinvest in the U.S. economy.
Now Hostess Brands Inc., maker of the famous Apocalypse bars better known as Twinkies, is giving its employees not only financial bonuses but free food. According to Bloomberg, employees will get a bonus of $750 plus a $500 company contribution to their 401(k) accounts.
But the frosting on top will come in the form of a year’s worth of free snacks (Can we get an “amen!”?). Hostess is best known for their Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Sno Balls, CupCakes, and Donettes. And they’re almost like craft projects.
Each bakery will select which product to offer free to their employees each week, so no Twinkies-haters will be stuck with a garage full of them — although you never know when they might come in handy.
This is especially positive news from a company that, at one time, threatened to wipe the golden sponge cakes off the face of the planet — and doom a post-Apocalyptic civilization to starvation. If you remember, back in 2012, Hostess fired everyone and was ready to shut their doors for good before striking a deal that brought them back to life — just like reviving a stale donut with a moist paper towel in the microwave. The company is operating with about 1/8th of its original workforce, though, so it's reanimated form is not quite the same.
It needs to be noted, though, that — disappointingly — Twinkies do not have a shelf life of 5, 25, or 50 years. In fact, their shelf life can’t even be measured in months. One school in Maine has had a Twinkie sitting in a wood and glass case for around 40 years, according to the Bangor Daily News, but it’s slowly accumulated chalk dust and no one has taken a bite out of it, as far as we know.
According to NPR, it’s recommended that you eat Twinkies within just 45 days of their creation, otherwise they’ll start getting stale. The company will not stand behind the safety of consuming it past that expiration day, Yahoo! News reports.
45 days is a marked improvement in shelf life, though. Before Hostess went away and came back, the original Twinkies were only considered safe to eat within 26 days. If you’re looking for long-term food storage for emergencies, there are far more reliable — and nutritious — options.
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