Behold The 36 Year Old Twinkie

If the Twinkie is somehow unable to find a buyer and fades into the annals of junk food history, one example will remain as a testament to the preservative-packed power of 20th century sweets.

In 1976 a science teacher from Maine named Roger Bennatti took a student’s leftover Twinkie from lunch and set it on top of the intercom box in his classroom. It sat there undisturbed for the next 28 years, until Bennatti finally retired from teaching in 2004. Rather than tossing it out, Bennatti put the middle-aged Twinkie in a fancy glass case and passed it along to another younger teacher at the school, Libby Rosemeier. Luckily Rosemeier knows all about the history of the famous Twinkie, because she just happens to have been one of Bennatti’s students in that 1976 science class.

As impressive as this is, it still has a long, long way to go to equal the age of Minnesota’s 1911 cinnamon spice cake.

(New York Times, via Treehugger)

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