Back by popular demand: Twinkies hit shelves

Twinkies Wal-Mart
Boxes of Twinkies are on the shelf at Wal-Mart, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Bristol, Pa. The world's largest retailer announced Friday that that they are making Twinkies available this weekend, even though Hostess says it asked retailers to wait until Monday to start selling the spongy yellow snack cakes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After an eight-month hiatus, Twinkies are expected back in stores nationwide Monday.

Several major U.S. retailers started selling Twinkies a few days before the official return. Wal-Mart, for example, started selling the snack cakes at about 1,600 stores Friday. The mega-retailer reported 3,000 of its 4,000 U.S. stores should have the snacks as of Sunday morning.

The iconic Twinkie and other Hostess products have not been made since November, when Hostess filed for bankruptcy and liquidated its 82-year-old business.

A private equity firm bought the company out of bankruptcy, paving the way for the Twinkie’s return. The new owners of Hostess have said it will be freezing Twinkies for about 10 percent of its retailers upon request. Marshall said Wal-Mart isn’t one of those.

By late next week, stores also will have Hostess Mini Muffins and fried Fruit Pies, said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Veronica Marshall. Coffee Cakes, Ho Hos, Orange CupCakes, Suzy Qs and Zingers will be available by August and Sno-Balls are expected to arrive in the fall.

— The Associated Press contributed information used in this KOIN.com report.

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