In the Wild with Greg Wagner


THE REAL POWER OF THE TWINKIE by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
February 23, 2010, 3:03 pm
Filed under: outdoor survival, Outdoor tips, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

 

Much has been said and written about the Hostess-brand Twinkie – “The Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling” – as an emergency outdoor survival food and a food that may remain on earth after humans are gone. I was intrigued by these claims about the Twinkie and wanted to do some further research on them.

First, the Hostess Twinkie was brought to the forefront of the outdoor scene on a special episode of the Man Vs. Wild TV show on the Discovery Channel with survival expert Bear Grylls when actor/comedian Will Ferrell eats a Twinkie, their lone survival ration, after just minutes of being on the ground in the remote wilderness of northern Sweden. Click on the link below to view the video clip.  

http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/man-vs-wild-emergency-twinkie.html

Seriously, I and buddies of mine in the survival community, believe that the Twinkie would make for a top-notch outdoor emergency survival food. Why? The Twinkie is compact, lightweight, can be eaten even if crushed into crumbs, is high in sugar and tastes good! After a few days of eating energy bars, you’ll understand where I am coming from!

A common urban myth that has developed is that Twinkies have an eternal shelf life, or could last a hundred of years as a result of the chemicals used in their production. These claims are false! The Twinkie acutally does have a fairly long shelf life of about 25 days. This is because Twinkies are not made with dairy products and thus spoil more slowly than bakery-type goods do, further enabling it to be a more-than-adequate outdoor survival food.

I hope you learned a bit more about the Twinkie and the real power it can possess in an outdoor survivial situation. I sure did. The goal, however, is to not eat the Twinkie or Twinkies after you have hit the ground in the wilderness, just ask Will Ferrell.

See you out there, packing Twinkies (sorry, I’m not sharing mine!).

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