James Alexander Dewar The inventor of the twinkie

•James Dewar was born on February 5, 1897 in Pugwash River, Nova Scotia

•Dewar died on June 30, 1985 at the age of 88

•In 1931, Dewar's plant was making strawberry shortcakes but only during strawberry season. Dewar came up with an idea to create a shortcake with cream on the inside instead of strawberries

•Dewar rose to be regional vice-president at Hostess and held that position until 1972

•He started as a delivery boy in 1920 by delivering pastries by horse-drawn cart

•A Twinkie is an American snack cake marketed as a "Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling."


•In 2010, nutrition professor Mark Haub went on a “Twinkie diet,” during which he ate only convenience store junk food for 10 weeks. He lost 27 pounds.

•Originally called Little Shortcake Fingers, they were renamed Twinkie Fingers, and finally “Twinkies.”

•Twinkies are a popular food for eating contests, and one man ate 24 of them in under a minute.

•The cream inside Twinkies was originally banana flavored. When the government rationed bananas during WWII, Hostess changed the flavor to vanilla.

•April 5th is National Hostess Twinkie Day.


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