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A Bad Taste

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Think your favorite food tastes a little off; you could be right.

Major companies such as Coca Cola and Hostess keep their recipes a closely guarded secret. So much so, that a tour through the Coca Cola company ends at the safe containing the fizzy formula. A safe made of solid steel bathed in red security lights and surrounded by high definition cameras.

And the drastic measures might be necessary. Coke says its secret formula hasn't changed in the company's 127 year history. Or has it? In the 1980's both Coke and Pepsi switched from sugar to high fructose corn syrup and changed the way they make the caramel coloring.  read more »

Shelving Hostess

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Looks like America has finally gotten its fill of a popular snack company.

Earlier this week Hostess Brands Inc. appeared in a New York City bankruptcy court to begin the process of selling itself. For years the company has been a household name thanks to products such as Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs, Hostess cupcakes and Twinkies.

The company says it has been weighed down by debt, management turmoil, rising labor costs and the changing taste of customers. But loyal fans of the sugary treats might not have to worry.

Individual products of Hostess have such strong brand recognition that other companies are offering to buy them. For example so far this year Twinkies have brought in $68 million in revenue alone.  read more »