I've been shunning Hostess Ho-Hos and Ding-Dongs and their other crappy snack cakes for years because the ingredient list couldn't commit to vegetarianism. The "May contain one or more of the following" list of oils always included beef fat. The message I got from that was "We're gonna buy whatever we can get by the tankload for the cheapest. Maybe it's hydrogenated vegetable oil, maybe it's beef fat, maybe it's some other plant-based oil. We don't feel like picking just one and sticking with it."
But today, I picked up a Ho-Ho package in the store and lo and behold, no beef fat! I bought a box of 10 immediately. Then I ate one for dessert after my salad lunch. It seemed smaller than I remembered, and drier and less tasty. And I recognize that the nutritional value comes in on the negative side. But I had to say "thank you" to International Foods for finally leaving cows out of their snack cakes, didn't I. Moo!