What the tomato soup can is to Andy Warhol the Twinkie is to Reno artist Nancy Peppin.
“I mix them you have to have the brown edges where it is toasty,” Peppin says as she mixes the paints to get just the right color for the Twinkie.
If you fear the fate of the Hostess Twinkie, a couple of minutes with Peppin, and your fears will be dashed.
“We'll find out pretty soon,” she says and adds she's convinced someone will take over its manufacturer.
Just to be on the safe side though Peppin stocked up on Twinkies.
That's because it's the medium she works with most to create her art.
Shadow boxes depict 19th Century Futurism, think of Jules Verne but with the Twinkie being the underwater or flying machine.
“Someone gave me this as a gift,” she says as she shows us a 20 year old Twinkie wrapped in a red ribbon.
And the concepts go from there.
She can use an actual Twinkie or create one of her own with plaster and design a landscape.
“That's right, the Twinkobi Range in Nevada,” says Peppin
She also uses the snack cake in her drawings and paintings, calling upon well known literature like an Alice In Wonderland Tea Party or the Last Supper.
Called the "Last Snack" a Twinkie takes the place held by Jesus.
Do people think she is nuts and does she care?
“People think I am nuts and I don't care,” replies Peppin.
She has various degrees in art, but also in anthropology, which explains these scientific papers which trace the origin of Twinkies--in Latin the twinkopus hostus.
The last North American Twinkie was seen in the wild she says, November 16th 2012.
Is there something about Twinkies she knows intimately that none of us have a clue?
“No, No, it's a snack cake,” says Peppin.
As far as the taste of Twinkies, Peppin say she doesn't like them.
She says she's not a sweet cake type of person.