Writer’s Workshop: My Take On Twinkle

I saw “twinkle,” I thought “Twinkie.”


My favorite snack as a kid. (Source: Amazon.com)

Ann Blyth used to do commercials for them, as well as Hostess fruit pies, Ho Ho’s, and Ding Dongs.

One of the first real songs in Mel Bay’s Modern Method For Guitar, Book 1 is called “Sparkling Stella,” written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Mel Bay. Okay, I think ol’ Mel is responsible for the arrangement. We, of course, know it as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Here’s Jewel’s version, one of the shorter versions on YouTube. She has a pretty voice.

Really, there are versions of the song that run on for an hour, two hours, and one that runs almost 13 hours. I’m sure the baby doesn’t mind. His parents and older siblings, on the other hand…

That wasn’t even the first thing I thought of for “twinkle,” believe it or not. The first thing I thought of was Twinkle the cleaning product. When I was growing up, Mom used to buy it to clean the copper bottoms of her Revereware pots and pans.

They now have two kinds of Twinkle: one for brass and copper, the other for silver. The Vermont Country Store sells both kinds and cautions not to use the one meant for brass and copper on silver.

Yes, back in the Fifties and Sixties housewives had all the time in the world to clean their copper and brass, wax the floors, clean the oven, and polish the silverware. I don’t think we even own any silverware.

Wait, we do: My father used to work for the Monon Railroad (“Up and down the Monon, everything is fine, ’cause the rootin’ tootin’ Monon is the Hoosier Line!”), and when they closed their dining cars, he got a bunch of dishes and silverware, including a silver “crumber,” which the waiters used to clean crumbs off the linen tablecloths after someone was finished with their meal. After Mom died, we found it in her sideboard, and I laid claim to it. I suppose we should clean it, because it’s pretty badly tarnished. Maybe we’ll use that silver cleaner Robin Leach advertised years ago…

From what I’ve seen on YouTube, aluminum foil works as well as Silver Lightning.

13 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: My Take On Twinkle

  1. Even though twinkies are so bad, I’m glad they are still around. I had to laugh at the very late 60’s or 70’s with the wood and the olive green. This gal does have a really sweet voice and I like what they did with the song.

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    1. You can thank the makers of Dolly Madison cakes, who kept Twinkies and the other Hostess snacks going after Hostess went out of business. Haven’t had one in a while, but I presume they haven’t tinkered with the recipe or ingredients too much…

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  2. I have not had a Twinkie in years but it was a lunch box staple. The other day while grocery shopping I noticed they have new flavors. Maybe not so new but new to me. I had strawberry Twinkies in my cart before deciding that is just wrong and putting them back. lol! maybe I should try some again but go for the originals.

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    1. The originals (which were developed in Schiller Park, Illinois, just outside Chicago) had banana-flavored cream. By the Seventies they had replaced it with the unflavored cream-like substance we know and love today. Strawberry? You’re right, that’s just wrong…

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    1. Of course, legend has it they’re all twenty years old or so. Remember when the cream was banana-flavored?

      Hostess went out of business and they’re now made by Dolly Madison. Haven’t taste-tested them, so I don’t know if they’re a faithful reproduction or a shadow of their former flavor. I couldn’t get enough of them when I was in high school. It wasn’t a reaction to marijuana, either, I just liked them.

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  3. I’m a cupcake kinda girl, never cared for Twinkies. Right here about three miles from the Hoosier Line and less than a mile from my house, is Hostess bakery 🙂
    I do manage to clean my oven because it has self-clean. I do clean my silver jewelry, but I prefer white gold, and you’ll never catch me asking for proper silverware! Phew! No!

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