Twinkies back on store shelves

Customers stocking up on treats

SAN ANTONIO - Monday marked the official return of Twinkies and some other Hostess products to store shelves, but if you saw your neighbor eating the creme-filled goodies this weekend, it's because some retailers like Walmart got a jump on the competition by selling them as early as Friday.

"I heard about it on the radio that they were coming out today and my daughter, who's six, was asking about them," said Christine Langenfeld, who picked up a couple of boxes.

"I went to the dentist today and then I saw the Twinkies here so I decided I better get me some even with a swollen face," added Lynn Lackey who stumbled upon the display.

Walmart said they sold two boxes per second during their weekend and all the Twinkies it sold laid end to end would reach the International Space Station and halfway back to Earth.

"It is like a resurgence of your childhood because you forget about them because you try to be healthy, healthy, healthy," said Langenfeld. "But sometimes you've got to live a little and enjoy."

Hostess declared bankruptcy last year sparking fears for customers that the products would disappear for good.

However, a pair of private equity firms, Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., bought the brand.

Most of the Hostess products will be available by August.

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