Twinkies Cookbook
Hostess/Interstate Bakeries
The Twinkies Cookbook offers dozens of recipes to take your snack cake obsession to a whole new level.
By Brian Tracey Business Editor
msnbc.com
COMMENTARY

If there's one food item that epitomizes the term "guilty pleasure," it has to be the Hostess Twinkie. And now the super-sweet snack is not just for dessert anymore.

The new "Twinkies Cookbook" has recipes for everything from a Twinkie Burrito to Twinkie Lasagna. Yum.

Theresa Cogswell, a vice president at Hostess parent Interstate Bakeries, compiled about 50 recipes for the book.

Many were submitted to Hostess as part of Twinkies' 75th anniversary celebration last year.

Cogswell told Illinois' Daily Southtown newspaper that one of her favorites is a berry-laden Patriotic Twinkie Pie.

It's red, white and blue and Cogswell says it makes a great centerpiece for a Fourth of July picnic. The bonus: You can also eat it, if you're not a diabetic.

We're also guessing she thinks the Twinkies Burrito would be great for your next Cinco de Mayo party.

Not-so-bad ideas

  • A Chinese entrepreneur who once tried to sell land on the moon is hoping to cash in on China's obsession with the World Cup by offering fans bags of stadium air.

Li Jie, who describes himself as chief executive of the Lunar Embassy to China, is selling his "World Cup air" for 50 yuan ($6.25) a bag.

Li's attempt to sell plots of land on the moon for 300 yuan an acre was shut down last year and his new scheme may also fall victim to rules against speculation and profiteering, officials said.

"My 'World Cup air' is for the soccer fans," a defiant Li told the Beijing Daily Messenger. "It is a kind of sporting product."

Li suggests football enthusiasts who are not able to make the trip to Germany hang the green plastic bag around their necks and breathe in the air while watching World Cup matches on television.

"The air was packed at the World Cup venues while the workers were cutting the grass before matches," Li was quoted as saying. "You can still smell the grass."

Hey, FIFA — here's an idea: World Cup Sweat!

  • Speaking of grass, South Africa's Independent newspaper reported this week that British health food shops will soon be selling iced cannabis tea, according to its Swiss distributor.

    Sold under the label "C-Ice Swiss Cannabis Ice Tea", the beverage contains five percent of hemp flower syrup and a tiny (0.0015 percent) quantity of THC, the active ingredient of marijuana.

    The distributor claimed that any ingredient that could put it in the drugs category has been removed and the tea will not lead to pot dependency.

    But British anti-drug groups said that the tea is still dangerous because it will give young people the impression that marijuana use is commonplace.

    We also believe drinking this stuff just may boost sales of The Twinkies Cookbook.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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