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BYT helped introduce Mister Rogers to Amitesh. When we found out he hadn’t tried a Twinkie, we decided to change that. Introducing Mister Rogers was a positive experience, this would be too, right?

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Brightest Young Things: What did you know of Twinkies before today?

Amitesh Parikh: That they would survive a nuclear apocalypse and stay fresh forever. I know these are urban legends, and have been disproven, but they were enough to deter me from eating them. Also, ALL OF THE CALORIES! I also knew that it is one of America’s favorite snack foods, and they’re filling.

BYT: Had you seen one outside a box before today?

AP: Yes, I had. I knew they had a cream filling because I have seen them explode. At the Bastille day celebration in Philadelphia, when Marie Antoinette says “Let them eat [Tasty]kake” all of the Tastykakes are thrown at the audience. Some explode on you. Tastykakes look exactly like Twinkies, and I’m assuming they are the same.

Have you seen one thrown on the ground? They’re gross. But also, they never looked appetizing to me.

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It was time for Amitesh to try the Twinkie.

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AP: This … thing… tastes like sponge – like a dishwashing sponge. And the only thing that makes it swallowable is the cream – which forms a thick, gross, foamy coating on your tongue – with hints of banana, and maybe some cardboard.

Never again. Get it off my tongue. Now.

What did you think it would taste like?

AP: I thought it would taste like a creme-filled chocolate frosted donut from Krispy Kreme…. only without the chocolate. I LOVE those. I literally ate at least one of those every day for a whole semester in college.

Twinkies do not taste like those wonderful donuts.

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