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The Birth of an Empire


Photo courtesy of Barbara W. Beacham
Photo courtesy of Barbara W. Beacham

The family had no idea that little Luigi would grow up to be a cook. No not a cook, a baker and confectioner. Luigi would wake early; bake a batch of sweet, sticky cinnamon rolls that his family would eat for breakfast. They would come home in the evening to a bounty of cakes, pies, brittles, chews, and the like.

They all doubled in size.

Determined to create the ultimate dessert and snack food, one day Luigi began experimenting with his grandmother’s sponge cake recipe, baking golden yellow finger cakes in cast iron molds. His sister wandered in for a snack and took one of the cakes. She stuck the end of a sweet cream filled icing bag into the cake and squeezed, filling it with cream before she popped it in her mouth.

“Mmmm,” she said and did it again.

Luigi watched her and finally snatched the sixth one she made and tasted it himself.

“Eureka,” he exclaimed, “I’ll call them Twinkies.”

21 thoughts on “The Birth of an Empire

  1. Luigi’s older cousin Andreina, the second one on the left, was otherwise filled with a jealous rage at her little cousin’s eventual success in life as a famous baker. After all, Nonna had taught her the sponge cake recipe first! She plotted her revenge. Hidden away in the basement, ostensibly grinding flour for Luigi’s panificio, Andreina concocted an unholy mixture of chemicals she stole from the factory where her brothers worked. She mixed the toxic slew with just enough flour and yellow food coloring to pass it off as one of Luigi’s delights. Then, whipping ammonia with just enough egg white into foam, she created a ghastly cream. “BWAAHAHAHA!” she maniacally laughed. “I’ll show him who’s going to rule the baked goods universe! BWAAHAHAHA!”

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  2. Now we know the rest of the story regarding the creation of Twinkies! I always loved that cream filling in the center. Great story TN! Thanks for sticking with the MFtS challenge and be well… ^..^

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