See All 37 Twinkie Ingredients Beautifully Photographed

Photographer Dwight Eschliman has posted lovely photographs of all 37 of the ingredients inside a Twinkie. Each sits on a plate and is shot from above and boast rich tones and textures, reveling in an unexpected complexity that contrasts how we normally think about the icon junk food. This one is FD&C Yellow #5.

Dwight Eschliman [via Boing Boing]

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  1. rpm773 says:

    Ah. So that’s why it came out so poorly last night. I forgot the diglyceride.

  2. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    Mmm, HFCS… Oh, wait, that shit will kill you!

  3. mexifelio says:

    Oh nooes, what about their secret ingredient patents!?!?!

    • spazztastic says:

      No quantities listed…most of the first row is what’s in ‘enriched flour’…a few of the scary chemical names are just the chemical names for vitamins.

    • Garbanzo says:

      I’ll tell you what, I’ll give you those 37 ingredients and tonight you give me the Twinkie you made. Fair enough?

  4. Scooter250 says:

    Does not look much like food.

  5. AnonymousCoward says:

    Looks tasty.

  6. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    Did everyone else know that Cellulose Gum is a powder? I expected it to be something squishy.

  7. PanCake BuTT says:

    But, ‘Where’s The Cream Filling ?” ?

  8. 6T9 says:

    The iron looks like engine block dust………

  9. mexifelio says:

    **If you rotate the High Fructose Corn Syrup by 90 degrees it smiles at you with teeny eyes :)

  10. KishuT says:

    Cool stuff, but the story is a couple months old…

  11. dreamfish says:

    America wouldn’t be the same without Twinkies.

  12. Michaela says:

    I have never had a Twinkie before, and these photos pretty much have just shown me that I am not missing much…

  13. code65536 says:

    Um, why the heck are there two separate pictures of dextrose and glucose? More worryingly, why is dextrose depicted as a powder while glucose is depicted as a liquid?

    (Chem refresher: dextrose and glucose are the same identical substance; it just happens to have two different names that people can use.)

  14. Martha Gail says:

    Red no. 40 is gorgeous.

  15. myCatCracksMeUp says:

    Animal shortening? Isn’t that generally called lard?

    • Mr.Grieves says:

      Yes, but people would rather read names they don’t understand on an ingrediant list than “lard”.

  16. JasonR says:

    That Dextrose looks suspiciously like Sorbic Acid.

  17. alienaa says:

    I dont see any Die Hard or Zombieland references yet…

  18. golddog says:

    In Mexico, you know what they call Twinkies? Los submarinos.

    There you go Aliena. You just beat me by mere minutos.

  19. thedude says:

    I lost count at 4 different kinds of sugar…

    • KittensRCute! says:

      i think there were six all together… though i dont know if Cellulose Gum is a kind of sugar so it might be seven… thank god i dont eat twinkies

  20. Incredulous1 says:

    Frozen twinkies are the best – yummmmmm

  21. scoosdad says:

    I love how in the Pixar movie WALL-E, he brings home items he finds in the 700 year old trash that he considers valuable. One of the things he brings back for a meal for his friend the cockroach is a 700 year old Twinkie, in like-new condition, filling and all. Yum.

  22. Sardis says:

    Too bad they aren’t in proportion.

  23. savashley says:

    Yuck. I have always hated Twinkies, ever since I was a kid. Any cream-filled snack/dessert I generally do not like, including doughnuts, and yes, Twinkies. I remember my best friend used to have one every day with her lunch in elementary school and I thought it was so weird that she never got tired of eating them! Gross!

    • zandar says:

      fat, sugar, salt- twinkies are the perfect habit-forming food. I’d say those who like twinkies REALLY, REALLY like twinkies.

      I went through a phase of severe twinkie addiction myself. Thankfully i was cured, though I think the thing that cured me was the ding dong.

  24. webweazel says:

    You’d be amazed from where many of those ingredients are made in the first place, and how they came to be developed. Many are mined, cracked from petroleum or natural gas, catalyzed with sulfuric acid, acid etched from rolled steel, “manufactured” by bacteria, and other bizarre things. Absolutely fascinating.
    Read “Twinkie, Deconstructed” by Steve Ettlinger, and you’ll never look at an ingredient label the same way again.

  25. Sparty999 says:

    I wish I had that much time to waste!!

  26. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    mmm hungry

  27. Segador says:

    Where’s the crack cocaine?

  28. ReverendTed says:

    I’d like to second the recommendation for “Twinkie, Deconstructred”.
    My favorite tidbit:
    According to the book, the “iron” in enriched flour can come from a number of sources, but one of them is…*drumroll*…steel mill waste products!
    Apparently, when the steel is first formed, the surface layer rapidly oxidizes. This iron-oxide rust can be removed and processed, eventually ending up as food-grade iron for inclusion in enriched flour.

  29. asherchang2 says:

    The Twinkie is a highly perishable product.

    If you take out the various sugars and vitamins and minerals, you would have hardly any scary-sounding chemical names left.

    Paleo-tards be damned, those three soy ingredients are pretty harmless too, and are common in health foods.

    And I personally would prefer red coloring derived from crushed beetle shells than a petroleum product, but people have strange attitudes about bugs, and cochineal is not kosher…