When Hostess emerged from bankruptcy, Twinkies, Zingers, cupcakes and fruit pies trickled back onto store shelves. But I had little hope of ever seeing a Chocodile again. Even before Hostess went out of business, a Chocodile was hard to come by, because they were distributed nationally.
Here on the west coast, I’d see individual ones now and again, especially at off-brand gas stations. In July of 2014, Hostess announced that Chocodiles were returning, but I was unable to find them and decided they just weren’t going to return to my neck of the woods. Which is probably a good thing, since I may have started camping out at my grocery store if I thought differently.
We had no sign of them until I came across a bunch of ransacked boxes in the Hostess section recently.
At first it looked like every Chocodile had been snapped up, but then I found a couple of stragglers amongst the cherry pies. The packaging is different, and they’re now called Chocodile Twinkies. And, I’d like to have a word with the marketing genius who decided that “fun size” meant “smaller.” But, they’re now two to a package, so it seems to work out to about the same amount food. To me, they tasted about the same – so I consider it a pretty good deal on snacking nostalgia for only a buck. And judging by how the boxes were rifled through, I’m guessing I’m not alone in that assessment.
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