PHOENIX - The Twinkies shelves are quickly emptying across Arizona after Hostess announced it was going out of business.
Store managers at the Phoenix Bashas' grocery store near 7th Street and Missouri told ABC 15 they sold out of Twinkies completely just two hours after they opened Friday morning. Employees said customers bought boxes of Hostess snacks several at a time. There was even a fight over the last few boxes of Twinkies in the store.
There is now a rush going on everywhere to buy Hostess snacks before it is too late.
"There are going to be no more Twinkies, Ding Dongs, no Cupcakes, no anything. That has got to be a sign of the Apocalypse," Apache Junction mother Di Roy said.
At the Hostess Bakery Outlet in Mesa, Roy and dozens of others lined up outside of the store, waiting for the doors to open so they could grab the last of the snack cakes and pies. Roy was at the Hostess store specifically for her 5 and 6-year-old daughters. Her children can't get enough Zingers and Ding Dong snack cakes.
After searching every major store near her home in Apache Junction for the treats and coming up empty handed, Roy finally made the half-hour drive to Mesa.
"How can you grow up in America without Hostess products? It's the saddest thing ever," Roy said.
A lot of Valley snack lovers share Roy's depression. Her daughters are having a particularly difficult time with the bad news.
"I had to break it to them that there are probably not going to be anymore [Ding Dongs]. Ever. They cried."
Texas based Hostess was going through some harsh financial times. Money was short and workers were on strike for better pay. Company executives said they were forced to file for bankruptcy.
The Twinkie was invented in the 1930s, and the Hostess company itself dates its beginning to the 1880s.
Life-long Hostess fans said losing the snacks was like losing a piece of their childhood.
"I've been eating Hostess for at least 50 years, and I'm 81-years-old," Tom Cowley said waiting outside the Hostess shop in Mesa.
Hostess products are already popping up for sale on websites like eBay. The prices are mostly ridiculously high, ranging from $200,000 for a box of Twinkies, to $5,000 for individually wrapped cakes.
Valley Hostess fans have their fingers crossed another company will carry on the legacy of the popular snacks.