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Food & dining

Will the real Twinkie please stand up?

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Twinkie should feel adored. A group tasted seven cream-filled sponge cakes to determine if they could identify the real thing. “Trying to knock off a Twinkie is like trying to copy the Mona Lisa,” Hannah Arnold of Hostess Brands wrote in an e-mail. Two in the group could identify the real thing. “It’s funny how they all seemed too sweet to me,” said taster Gail Munroe. “I always loved Twinkies, but maybe my taste is maturing.”

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