Our family is in mourning at the news that Twinkie factories around the country, including one in Los Angeles, are shutting down. Although I have eaten only one Twinkie in my entire life, it was a formative experience.
25+ years ago, my office and lab mate was astounded to hear that I had never eaten a Twinkie. He marched me upstairs to the vending machines and bought a pack, saying that everyone should try a Twinkie at least once in their life. I was touched by the gesture, but didn't feel any need to eat another one. But I did marry the guy.