Programs & Events

The Chemistry of Twinkies

This program is Full.
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Family Program
Workshop or Trip
Sep. 4, 2014 | Thursday, 6:30pm
Multiple Times: 
Thursday, September 4, 2014; 6:30pm-8:00pm
Minimum age 8 (Children under 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult.)
Location: Nature Research Center - Micro World Investigate Lab - 3rd floor
Parent/child pairs are $20.00 and each additional family member is $10.00.

Did you know that the original Twinkie was born during the Depression in 1930, had banana cream filling and cost a nickel for 2 of them? Have you ever wondered what’s in the current version and if there is such a thing as a “healthy Twinkie”? 

Come and find out the answers to these questions as well as other interesting Twinkie Trivia.  Test Twinkies for sugar, starch, lipids, protein and other chemical components and learn about what IS in a Twinkie and how long they last. 

In addition, everyone will leave with a recipe for a “healthy Twinkie” and two lucky people will win a copy of a book on Twinkies: either Twinkie Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats, by Steve Ettlinger  or The Twinkies Cookbook: An Inventive and Unexpected Recipe Collection from Hostess.

Come join the fun….and of course, everyone leaves with a Twinkie!!

Program Instructor: Deb Bailey, Co-coordinator of the Micro World Investigate Lab

Registration information: Register online
*Please note our registration system is not compatible with smartphones.

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.

Please Note: This program is subject to cancellation if a minimum number of participants is not met. Refunds will only be given if this program is canceled by the Museum. Notice of cancellation will be given via email, at least 72 hours in advance.