R.I.P. Twinkies: Anthony Bourdain, John McCain and Herman Cain Weigh In on Hostess Brands' Closure

Fans of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread reacted strongly to news today that Hostess Brands is closing down all of its operations after a prolonged strike and continued financial woes.

Read a press release on Hostess Brands' website:

Hostess Brands Inc. today announced that it is winding down operations and has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities. Bakery operations have been suspended at all plants. Delivery of products will continue and Hostess Brands retail stores will remain open for several days in order to sell already-baked products.

Reaction on Twitter was swift, with many notable chefs and food personalities (and even politicians) chiming in to mourn -- or celebrate -- the loss of the junk food company, with plenty of jokes about the infamous shelf life of products like Twinkies. Here are a few of our favorite Twitter reactions:

Anthony Bourdain ‏(@Bourdain) Celebrity chef, TV personality, restaurateur and author Don't know that I want my daughter eating them, but sad to hear Twinkies going under. I will miss them

Alex Guarnaschelli (‏@guarnaschelli) Celebrity chef, TV personality and restaurateur I'm going to miss Hostess. Anyone who says they've never enjoyed a Twinkie, cupcake or wonder bread melty grilled cheese is just a liar.

John McCain ‏(@SenJohnMcCain) Senior United States Senator from Arizona Twinkies maker Hostess closes - what will we do without deep fried Twinkies at the #Iowa State Fair?

Francis Lam (‏@Francis_Lam) Food writer and Top Chef Masters judge Oh Hostess, help was on the way! Pot is legal now!

Jonathan Gold (‏@thejgold) LA Times food critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Realizing that the last Hostess product I consumed may have been in the form of a Twinkie Dog.

Herman Cain (‏@THEHermanCain) Former presidential candidate for the 2012 U.S. Republican Party Twinkies may survive the atom bomb, but they can't survive union greed and stupidity.

Ruth Bourdain (‏@RuthBourdain) Internet enigma that combines the best qualities of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain RIP Hostess. Eating a turducken of Twinkies and Ho Hos wrapped in Wonder Bread in your memory.

Sam Sifton ‏(@SamSifton) National news editor of The New York Times And that's it, though the Twinkies will last forever: "Hostess Brands Says It Will Liquidate."

Alan Tudyk (‏@alan_tudyk) Actor, Suburgatory and Firefly Twinkies cakes are made w/ love just like Mom's.. also, mono & di glycerides, Polysorbate 60, hydrogentd shortning & cellulose gum like meth

Adam Kuban (‏@akuban) Editor and founding publisher of Slice NY "9 Wines That Pair Well with Twinkies"

God (‏@TheTweetOfGod) Our Father Who Art in Heaven (and who also follows only one person: Justin Bieber) Rest in peace, Twinkies. And so you shall. For untold millions of years.

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