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Here's How Long Twinkies Really Last

•, Joshua Berlinger
 Hostess' most famous brand is the Twinkie — which in pop culture is known for its seemingly never-ending expiration date. Some people say it turns alcoholic after years, others say its one of the few foods that could survive a nuclear attack.

Most likely someone will buy the brand and reproduce the snack, but for now, Twinkies just got much harder to come by.

So what actually happens to a Twinkie over time? And how long will the ones in your closet actually last now that they are no longer in production?

Author Steve Ettlinger devoted an entire book to the Twinkie, called Twinkie, Deconstructed, and found that it is made with 39 different ingredients.

A science teacher in Blue Hill, Maine, kept one in his classroom for 30 years. "It's rather brittle, but if you dusted it off, it's probably still edible," Roger Bennatti told the Associated Press in 2004.

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