Celebrate Twinkie Day with 5 tasty Twinkie facts

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By: Frenchie Aguilh Posted: 9:19 PM, Apr 6, 2017

Twinkies have been in our lunch boxes for as long as we can remember and they might even be in some of our pantries right now! But other than just being delicious, Twinkies have a pretty interesting, spacey, even banana-y, history and National Twinkie Day is the perfect day to dive into it! Get smart about your favorite school lunch snack! Here's 5 things you didn't know about Twinkies.

1. Twinkie Toes

Twinkies got their name thanks to creator James Alexander Dewar driving by a billboard for Twinkle Toe Shoes. He liked the name and made it a tiny bit shorter to make it "zippier" for the kids.

2. Big Screen Favorite

Did you know Twinkies had star power? And not just at the theater concession stand. Twinkies have been prominently featured in plenty of Blockbuster films and cult classics. Catch them in Ghostbusters, The Jerk, Benny & Joon, UHF, and Zombieland. Someone get them an Oscar! Or whatever award snacks get…

3. Banana Twinkies???

The only reason we even have Twinkies is that creator/baker Dewar wanted to do something with his strawberry shortcake cake molds when he didn't have berries. So he injected the cakes with banana cream filling and called it a Twinkie! Twinkies continued to be sold with banana filling until World War II, where there was a shortage in bananas. As a result, the company started filling Twinkies with vanilla cream, and it's been that way ever since.

4. 40 is the New 30

Back in the '70s, Roger Bennatti, a chemistry teacher, left a Twinkie out on his chalkboard for the purpose of understanding how processed foods go bad. He ended up understanding it pretty well since he kept that Twinkie on his board for 30 years. After his retirement, the Twinkie was preserved in a glass case at George Stevens Academy in Maine and it remains there to this day and is more than 40 years old…bet you $5 you can't eat the whole thing…

5.  Cosmo-Twinkies

Did you ever wonder what a Twinkie in space tastes like? Geoff Parker knows! For a high altitude balloon project, Geoff and a couple of friends zip tied an unwrapped Twinkie (and a marshmallow, for science of course) to a weather balloon and sent it up to an altitude of 95,000 feet above earth. And when it came down, Geoff was not going to let it go to waste. So he ate it.

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