This Twinkie is 40-years-old and it looks good enough to eat


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#2

This Twinkie is 40-years-old and it looks good enough to eat


#3

Yes. If it were offered to me, I’d try a bite.

But I’m also the kind of daredevil who never uses the ass gaskets in public restrooms.


#4

Damien Hirst for the masses


#5

Do they have a control snack cake, made without preservatives?


#6

That Twinkie is sealed in a (presumably) air tight container, which prevents mold and other decayers from breaking down the Twinkie. Now, if the Twinkie was left in the open air, and it still looked fresh, then I would question what they put in it.


#7

Serious Eats has a whole series of posts about why McDonald’s hamburgers don’t rot. TL;DR: “McDonald’s burgers don’t rot because they dry out” I imagine Twinkies are similar.

This is the latest post:


#8

We would occasionally leave one in walls that we framed, for future generations to marvel at when the house was torn down or remodeled.


#9

Remind me never to race you to the bottom.


#10

It would get really dusty.


#11

Yup that’s exactly it. It’s just dehydrated. If it were sealed in its original bag the moisture would have been contained and we may have another scenerio…


#12

Quite the opposite exactly. The enemy is moisture.


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PHOTO: 100-year-old wedding cake found in grandsons garage in Yakima, Washington.
Courtesy Ronald Warninger
100-year-old wedding cake found in grandson’s garage in Yakima, Washington. more +
One man’s discovery while cleaning out his garage gives a whole new meaning to the “something old” portion of the well-known bridal adage.


#14

There are ration crackers (hard tack) from the civil war still around. Those things didn’t have preservatives. Just flour and water (maybe a little salt?)


#15

A Youtube video went up recently of someone eating some Civil War hardtack.

I think there was also edible honeycake found in an Egyptian tomb.


#16

I would have gone with “This Twinkie is 40 years old and it looks as good to eat as it did 40 years ago”.


#17

Fair enough.

:slight_smile:


#18

Probably taste the same, too. (Because they weren’t tasty at the time, either.)


#19

I literally just brought this up at lunch today. Cue The Twilight Zone theme!


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