Around Greene County, it appears Hostess Snacks are nearly history.
The remnants of a run on the sugary snack foods were lingering on the shelves of Jim Friede's Petro Plus gas station Thursday -- a pack of raspberry Zingers, a solitary Suzy-Q, and two bags of Brownie Bites.
But Twinkies? Not a wink. The Ding Dong didn't last long. And Ho-Hos had to go.
"It's kind of a shame, really," said Johnny Howell, inspecting the empty shelves, by now bereft of nearly all the famous snacks.
Still, Friede's station had more left than nearly all other Greene County suppliers since Hostess Snacks, Inc. announced it'd be closing down in the wake of a strike and bankruptcy.
"We're out of Twinkies. We've had people calling in asking for Ding Dongs," Baesler's office worker Alicia Tally said.
Her manager Kaysi Brunton agreed.
"We're completely out of Hostess stuff," she observed. Yet the shortage, and the subsequent rush for the Hostess products, which also include Wonder Bread, ran counter to slow sales which had typically plagued the lines in recent years.
"We never really kept that many (Hostess products) in stock. They weren't a big seller for us," Brunton said.
Healthier eating habits nationwide may have accounted for the slower sales of the sugary snacks, many agreed.
"It doesn't affect me," said Brandon Faidherbe, a cashier at the Sunoco station. "I don't really like sweets all that much."
His customer Alexa Nelson disagreed. She made sure to pick up some extra packs of Twinkies when first word of the potential shortages occurred.
"It's kind of ridiculous," she suggested. "I absolutely love them, but I think they'll probably stop making them for good."
"I look for someone else to pick up the lines and buy them, then make some more," Howell said.
Still, some Greene Countians viewed the potential end of Twinkies and their sugary sidekicks as perhaps a good thing.
"I can take them or leave them," suggested Mark Franks.
"I'm kind of fat," he added with a laugh. "So it's probably not a bad thing if there ain't Twinkies around for me to eat anymore."