Cleveland: 18 years after closing, Twinkie 'sauce' sticks in pipes

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CLEVELAND -- Maybe it's an example of how Twinkies really do stay edible forever, or how the iconic cake will never be forgotten.

But a warehouse in Ohio City is still pumping out Twinkie "sauce," even 19 years after the factory assembly line closed.

John Zubal, of Zubal Books on West 25th Street, is the owner of the warehouse at 3080 Twinkie Lane. 

He bought the space in the early 1990s to house part of his business inventory of 5,000,000 books.

The 100,000-square-foot building was long used as a bakery, dating back to the 1860s. 

"We'd smell apple pie cooking. Cinnamon. Strawberry, depending on what they were producing that day. Really made the neighborhood quite aromatic," Zubal said.

Hostess moved into the property in the late 1960s and began making many of its iconic cakes and breads at the location.

After the company shut the doors at this location, Zubal bought the building.

He soon discovered the pipes were still full of Twinkie "sauce" as he calls it, the syrupy liquid that goes into baking the cakes. 

And it still tastes sweet. The Travel Channel food show host Anthony Bourdain stopped a few years ago with a film crew and tasted the Twinkie sauce. 

It still drips from the ceiling into buckets below.

Zubal, who is in the rare and scholarly book business, says it is one of the charms of the historical property.

"I think because we have this building, [Twinkies] really will not be in the past for long," said Marilyn Zubal.

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