UPDATED: No more Twinkies? Hostess Brands is shutting down; 138 to lose jobs in LA County

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UPDATE 11:05 a.m.: Philip Mazzolini came to the Hostess Bakery Thriftshop in Glendale with his boss and a coworker to buy cakes for their office after hearing that Hostess was ceasing operations.

"They brought the company credit card and have a $40 allowance to buy Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs," Mazzolini said.

James Yoo and some of his employees from Poly Plant Project – a company that makes materials for solar panels in Burbank – took some time off work in search of Hostess CupCakes and Chocodiles. So far, no luck at the thriftshop in Glendale.

"We came in thinking we'd be able to buy armfuls of Twinkies and Ho Hos — but nothing so far," Yoo said. "We're going to try another Hostess store and then probably hit the supermarkets."

For him, it was more about nostalgia than taming hunger.

"Just like everybody else, I grew up eating that stuff. My favorites are the Chocodiles. It's probably been 10 to 15 years since I had one," Yoo said. "It's like a chocolate Twinkie – chocolate caking with cream in the middle and then a hard chocolate cover – better than a Twinkie in my opinion."

UPDATE 10:27 a.m.: Planning on going to the Hostess Bakery Thriftshop in Glendale to stock up on Twinkies? Don't bother. Customers have almost cleared the shelves of Hostess products. A man just bought the last three Twinkies in the store.

UPDATE 8:42 a.m.: Hostess spokeswoman Anita-Marie Laurie said about 138 employees will lose their jobs at the company's plant in Glendale.

There is a small group of employees working at the plant Friday morning cleaning up.

“The Glendale facility – like all of our facilities – is being closed down today. All of our employees, except for a small group, will be sent home and terminated at a later date,” Laurie said. “For the group being asked to stay on, they will be cleaning and preparing the facility for sale.”

She said there’s not an option for the current Hostess employees to stay on.

“If someone were to come and purchase that plant, they would hire new employees," she said.

Hostess estimated 18,500 employees nationwide could receive news of their termination as soon as Monday, when Hostess is expected to go back to bankruptcy court.

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PREVIOUSLY: Carrying through on its warning about what could happen, the management of Hostess Brands announced this morning that the company is going out of business and laying off its 18,500 employees. The company has operations in Glendale, Oakland and Sacramento.

At issue: According to Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn, "we simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike."

So, Twinkie fans, now might be the time to stock up. The same goes for those of you who love Ding Dongs, Donettes and Devil Dogs. And we can't neglect to mention Sno Balls and Wonder Bread. (Click here to see those and more of company's baked goods.)

Hostess filed for bankruptcy protection back in January, saying its sales had been hurt by consumers' appetite for healthier foods. There is, of course, a Save Twinkies Facebook page. And "save Twinkies" seems to be a rising topic on Twitter.

Will a white knight with a sweet tooth come through to bring Twinkies back?

Meanwhile, the company's demise comes at a complicated time for some Americans, what with marijuana laws being relaxed in several states.

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