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KC-based Hostess to pay bonuses in Twinkies and cash

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/CNN) -

Hostess, which is based in Kansas City, is the latest company to offer bonuses thanks to the new tax plan. However, it's the first to throw in Twinkies and Ding Dongs on top of the cash.

Hostess Brands said it would provide $1,250 bonuses to 1,036 hourly employees "following the recently enacted tax legislation."

The company said the bonuses would be $750 in cash and $500 in 401(k) contributions. It added that it would "further sweeten the benefit" by giving all of its 1,300 employees a year's worth of free baked products.

Each week for a year, Hostess said they will select a "product of the week" and provide a multi-pack to every employee.

It is a deal that some people said they could get behind.

“That’s funny." said Godfrey Riddle. "That’s interesting. It’s a cool way to give back to them I suppose. I’m glad they’re using their tax cut to invest in their employees and not corporate or executive pensions or things like that.”

However, not everyone liked the idea.

“It’s kind of ridiculous," said Shawn Sanders. "I mean, they’re all going to get fat. You want your employees to be healthy, don’t you? I mean, so I don’t know. It sounds kind of stupid. They could probably get a discount or something on it, anyways.”

Hostess Brands, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is a century-old company that makes famous snacks like Twinkies, CupCakes and Ding Dongs.

The move is a turnaround for the company that struggled for years before filing for bankruptcy in 2012 and stopping production of its popular Twinkie snack cakes for a period of time.

Many companies, including American Airlines, Disney and AT&T, have given bonuses to employees citing the new tax plan, which lowers the tax rate for corporations. But the bonuses represent a fraction of how much money the companies are actually saving.

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