Ok, so it's been a while since I've blogged. I've had a few friends say something about how much they miss reading my ramblings. I've tried to force myself to write about something and just couldn't. The inspiration had left me, until now.
Please read the heartbreaking truth about the Twinkie...
I was cruising through MSN's top news stories, hard at work trying to look busy, and what catches my eye? "What's in a Twinkie? 37 Ingredients" that's what. So the age-old mystery has been solved? Cool!
We can all guess the basics that reside in our beloved childhood snack cake - high fructose syrup, water, sugar, some ingredients that we can't pronounce, yada yada.
Now let me introduce you to "Ingredient #12": Animal Shortening.
WHAT?! Really??? Any ingredient that gives reference to anything "animal" in a snack CAKE has me doing a double take.
So upon further investigation, my fears where confirmed.
Snipped right from another horrified bloggers website (http://ourfriendben.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/animal-shortening-say-it-aint-so/),..."Animal shortening?!! Good God have mercy, what kind of euphemism will they think of next?!! Rushing to Google, I found that indeed, “animal shortening” was defined as lard, beef drippings, or rendered suet. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, the whole point of shortening was that it wasn’t lard. Either you used lard, or you used shortening (in our house, Crisco), which was made from vegetable oil."
I recall not to long ago I participated in a group orgy of deep fried Twinkies and Oreos at the Fremont Street Experience. (For a second there I had you thinking dirty, didn't I?!) hee hee Well so much for that fond memory.
As most of you know, I made the personal and oh so gratifying switch to vegetarianism last December. It's been a good streak so far in which I was very proud of myself for. But now, with this gut wrentching news at my disposal, my committment to "doing my part for animals" will be taking on a whole new level. Damn you MSN!
So bye-bye Twinkies. Bye-bye Ding Dongs (yep, just Google that too). Toodles cheesecake. Thank goodness there's no "animal shortening" in Coca Cola.