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Twinkies become hot commodity

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

It may be the trendiest investment since beanie babies. People are buying Twinkies, some at highly inflates prices, to make money. Hours after Hostess announced last week that it was declaring bankruptcy, profit-hungry people rushed to stores to grab up as many Twinkies as they could.

Charmaine Nichols and Angie Cooper from Lakeland hit the road as soon as they heard the news.

"We ran out to Walmart, the 24-hour Walmarts, looking for them, and their shelves were empty," Nichols said.

Nichols and Cooper eventually found what they were looking for, and like so many other people, put Twinkie ads on Craig's List and eBay. They bought the Twinkies for a dollar a box, and sold them for $18 a box. Other people are shooting for the stars: FOX 13 found one ad for $700 for one box.

It may take months for Hostess to settle its bankruptcy. In the meantime, the Twinkie recipe is up in the air. There's a possibility another company may buy it.

Cooper and Nichols have a good attitude if they end up not selling the cakes.

"I don't eat them," Cooper said. "I have a son that will, and I have a nephew that will. I will just give it to them."

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