PHOENIX -- It turns out Twinkies do not last forever.
Bankrupt baker Hostess is liquidating, after talks with its union workers failed and junk food sales in general dropped.
It means the end of the iconic, spongy, cream-filled cakes people grew up with.
"It's the most incredible, scrumptious thing," said Chef James Porter, of Scottsdale's Petite Maison French Bistro. "It was in my lunchbox everyday as a kid."
"I have people running around town scouring. We're going to hoard what we can find," Porter told 3TV Friday afternoon. "We've been to 14 places and shelves are empty."
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At the Hostess outlet store in North Phoenix, shoppers formed a line which snaked through the aisles.
Steve Peebles and others waited more than an hour in the line.
"I grew up with these snacks, and remember eating them my whole life. Whenever I had money as a kid, I went and bought these," Peebles said as he loaded his trunk full of boxes of Hostess chocolate cupcakes and pies.
Therese Frawley bought as many as she could carry.
"The Twinkies are gone in there. There's not much left. People are taking the other cakes out of the workers' hands as they try to stock the shelves," Frawley said.
"I have to have a Ding-Dong every night. It's my stress relief," Monica Jones told 3TV. "I bought a lot of boxes, and will have to try having one every other night now to extend it."
Hostess let go of 18,500 employees. There are talks of another company buying the brand names and recipes, and re-starting the Twinkie supply.