A labor dispute between management and union bakers at financially troubled American snack cake icon Hostess
could do what decades of age, trampling by herds of elephants, and nuclear holocaust could never accomplish, bringing about the end of the Twinkie as we know it
. The company's management says that unless striking bakers -- who are protesting a labor deal forcing them to accept lowered wages and cuts to benefits -- return to work, the company could be forced to liquidate its assets and stop producing
the delectable snacks that have helped to make our proud nation the doughy, wheezing powerhouse it is today.