Poor Americans Can Now Get Their Twinkies At Big Lots

Good news for America's growing ranks of poor people already plagued by heart disease and diabetes: Twinkies, the industrial spooge-tube cakes that will never become stale, will now be sold by discount retailer Big Lots at up to 40% less than grocery store prices.

The snack brand briefly vanished in 2012 before returning last year with a non-union workforce. Twinkies are popular with the poor because they're cheap and sweet and filling. Until the old Hostess company and its unionized work force was shut down, Twinkies and Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread were available at Hostess "thrift stores" that sold the merchandise at a big discount.

Since those stores were closed, Americans have had to pay higher prices at the fancy fresh-food supermarkets. Big Lots, which sells a random assortment of discount items at run-down strip malls across America, now has the Hostess "thrift store" business to itself.

"The thrift outlets were extremely popular," Big Lots CEO David Campisi said in a press release. "We are thrilled to team up with this iconic brand and give customers a new destination to find outstanding savings on the products they know and love."

Americans are increasingly poor—48 million are now on food stamps—and poor people eat terrible food because it's cheap and addictive. When you eat nothing but processed fats, sugars and sodium for a while, everything else tastes "weird."

[Image via Associated Press.]