On this side of the pond, the big news the past few days is that Hostess is shutting down. The company had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year. The latest issue was with the Baker's Union strike. \n\nThere is\/was a local Hostess facility here and my uncle drove a delivery truck. One of my fondest memories as a little girl was checking the mailbox and finding a package of Hostess Cupcakes that he left for me. I always thought it was special that I'd get to go to the annual "Hostess family picnic" every summer.\n\nA friend told me that she hoped to stock up on HoHo's but the major grocery store in our area was sold out yesterday. She said she did find a couple of boxes at a smaller local store. \n\nFor Twinkies fans, you can make your own with this recipe: http:\/\/today.msnbc.msn.com\/id\/38681430\/ns\/today-food\/t\/ho-ho-no-fate-twinkies-uncertain-try-recipe\/#.UKgfEYYqIcs\n\nStory: Twinkies maker Hostess going out of business\n\n\n\nNearly 18,500 workers will lose their jobs as the company succumbs to the crippling effects of a nationwide union strike.\nBy MSNMoney partner Fri 9:37 AM\n\n\n\nBy Tanya Agrawal, Reuters\n\nHostess Brands, the bankrupt maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, said it has sought court permission to go out of business after failing to get wage and benefit cuts from thousands of its striking bakery workers.\n\nHostess said a national strike by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union that began last week had crippled its ability to produce and deliver products at several facilities.\n\nThe liquidation of the company will mean that most of its 18,500 employees will lose their jobs, Hostess said on Friday.\n\nThe 82-year-old company said it took the decision to shut down after determining that not enough employees had returned to work by a deadline on Thursday.