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Twinkie tough, cake-eating contest comes to Block Party: ‘Let ‘em go ‘til they quit’
Every Block Party, Twede’s Cafe hosts an eating competition. Winners earn… well, bragging rights mainly, and a small shining piggy trophy. For competitors at this year’s event, the golden prize is actually in the eating itself.
Hostess Twinkies, the infamous cream-filled golden sponge cakes, are the featured fare in Twede’s event, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the Cafe. All ages are welcome to enter the all-you-can-eat competition, as organizer Kyle Twede works out the final details.
Twede had considered setting a time limit for contestants, but now says, “I think I’m just going to let ‘em go ‘til they quit,” he said. “In trials, a box of Twinkies was never finished.”
Yes, trials. Twede takes his fun seriously, and conducted Twinkie trials with some of his employees who volunteered.
“That was all with heavy eaters, and no water,” he said. Contestants at the Block Party may get water, though, Twede says he hasn’t decided.
He also checked the world record for Twinkie eating, claimed by one Joey Chestnut last October at the first world Twinkie eating championship in Tunica, Miss. Chestnut consumed 121 of the cakes in six minutes. The Guinness World Records website, however, lists, Takeru Kobayashi, who ate 14 Twinkies in one minute on the Wendy Williams Show in January, 2013, as the world record holder.
In case you’re wondering, there are 10 Twinkies in a typical box.
To sign up for the Twinkie-eating contest at the Block Party, call Twede’s Cafe at (425) 831-5511 and ask for the Boss, (aka Kyle), or sign up during the Block Party. Twede hopes to have at least six and up to 12 competitors sign up for the event.