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The elusive Chocodile

The elusive Chocodile. One of my student advisors has been talking all year about his favorite Hostess product, the Chocodile (which is a chocolate covered twinkie). I thought he was just making them up until he brought some back to school from Illinois and gave me one (they’re kind of dry. Ick).

The Brunching Shuttlecocks describes them best: “A rebel Twinkie. The Chocodile rejects the hypocritical sociability of the other Twinkies in their happy little packs of three, wrapped in plastic and denial, and instead chooses to go it alone, sitting in its chocolatey leather jacket and brooding about the futility of existence. But they’re hard to find and really not as tasty.

Unfortunately, that’s about all I’ve been able to find about them on the web. The Chocodile is mysteriously absent from Planet Twinkie, the official Hostess website.

I figure they must be some kind of regional product that I’m unfamiliar with since I grew up in Alabama. That has lead to some interesting conversations with my Midwestern students: I discovered that none of them have ever heard of Goo Goo Clusters, but they all had seen Moon Pies, which I thought existed only in the deep South.

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I grew up in Edwardsville, Illinois, just a hop skip and jump away from St. Louis. I haven’t had a Choco-dile in YEARS. Of course, I don’t really miss them all that much.

Dolly Madison Fruit Pies are another thing altogether.

Bill | 25 Apr 2001
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Ah, Choco-diles! Rad. I totally forgot about those. They are like twinkies covered in that waxy chocolate that is on Ding-Dongs. Mom used to tuck these in my lunch when I was a tyke in St. Louis. They seem to be a midwestern thing. I wonder why the hostess site doesn’t mention them?
Another thing I recall is a soda called “Mr. Pibb”, which was like a knock-off Dr. Pepper. I’ve never seen it here in the D.P. capital.

Charles | 25 Apr 2001
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Mmmmmm – I love Chocodiles. The local Circle K still sells them for 39 cents each. Does anybody remember the old commercials, with the animated Chocodile singing “It takes a while to eat a Chocodile”???

Matt H. | 25 Apr 2001
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Oh boy!

My Great Grandmother, who passed away a few years ago, would always send my sister and I a box of Goo Goo Clusters every X-mas. Funny thing was, I’d always forget about them until my mother handed me the (obviously) hand wrapped package with my Great Grandmother’s wobbly script on the tag. They were a constant reminder of her, and now that she’s gone, every X-mas seems to lack that quality.

When I was back in Nashville for my Grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary, I picked up a few boxes, for posterity’s sake.

Tim | 25 Apr 2001
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Yup Moon Pies come from Chattanooga, TN. That’s where I’m from. 🙂 So I grew up with those things. Although, I was never really fond of them. But if you’re from Chatt-town you have to eat one periodically to be considered American. (joke). And GooGoo clusters? Aren’t they from Nashville? I remember my Grandmother LOVED GooGoo clusters. Again, another candy I didn’t really like. Oddly, though, I crave Moon Pies when I’m away from home. By the way, have you experiences a hot-off-the-line Krispy Kreme donut? You haven’t lived till you’ve had one.

john | 26 Apr 2001
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Mr. Pibb, a much better product than Dr. Pepper, is widely available in California…

Mark Bakalor | 26 Apr 2001
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Yeah, chocodiles were great. I used to get them with my dad all the time. I haven’t seen them since I moved to Kirksville, and maybe it’s better that way. The ratings for the ol’ chocodile don’t seem to be that high, and perhaps it’s better that I have an idealized rememberance of days gone by.

Bob | 27 Apr 2001
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I haven’t heard of the Chocodiles yet, though I have had my share of Krispy Kremes, Moon Pies, and Goo Goo Clusters in Louisiana and Arkansas (where I currently exist).

Jerry | 30 Apr 2001
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I have been looking for choco-diles for years (pretty inconsistently I must add) and can’t find them anywhere. Where are they still sold?

Mimi | 13 Jul 2001
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Chocodiles are rad. I know that you could still get them in Arizona before I left there, but that was back in ’92 so who knows if they still have them. Best place to check is the “Hostess” day old bread stores. Used to get them in bulk for about half the price. Anyway, when I lived in Texas, they didn’t have them. We tried to get the grocery store to special order them, but their distributor said they’d never heard of one, so its DEFINITELY a regional thing. Haven’t tried finding one here in Oregon, but since the natives here think I’m making them up I don’t think I’ll bother. Anyway, good luck to all who still have a quest to find one.

Davy | 24 Jul 2001
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If anybody hears of where to order them, I all for it! They were my favorite!!!

Amy | 6 Aug 2001
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I have been looking all over for Chocodiles. Where are they? I love them.

Kelli Daniels | 20 Aug 2001
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I have been looking all over for Chocodiles. Where are they? I love them.

Kelli Daniels | 20 Aug 2001
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They are availiable in Southern California (LA) You can special order them by calling(909)-591-0451

Kelli | 29 Aug 2001
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They are a regional and seasonal product. They are generally avilable for a short period in the summer in the NYC metro area.

BIGDad | 30 Aug 2001
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I absolutely looooooved Chocodiles!!! I remember the crocodile saying in a W.C. Fields accent, “It takes a while to eat a Chocodile” Memories!

Debbie | 6 Sep 2001
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I live in North Jersey and want to buy them for a gift. Anyone know where I can do that??

Lisa | 28 Sep 2001
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Chocodiles aren’t a regional thing at all. Hostess sold them all over the country widely in the 70’s. We had them on the West Coast for sure. I even remember the TV commercial:

“You’ll have to wait a while.” “Then I’ll have a Chocodile.”

I think Hostess just simply stopped selling them in most of the country.

–Mike

Mike Wise | 4 Nov 2001
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I had Chocodiles in May in St. Louis. Bought 5 of them, knocked ’em out over a few days. Delicious. Two years ago I was able to get them in Los Angeles. Haven’t seen them anywhere else. Both times it was at gas station snack shops. Deeeeelicious. They are awesome, and taste just as good as they did when I was a kid. No chocolate crocodile on the wrapper though…

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D | 8 Nov 2001
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I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and chocodiles were standard fare. Good stuff. I’ve lived in Boston since ’87, and I’ve never seen them around here. Another thing that’s good is Tastycake products from the Philly/Jersey/Delaware area. Anybody know about those?

Mike J. | 29 Nov 2001
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We had them in Massachusetts when I was a kid, but I haven’t seen them since the mid-80’s. I remember they were my dad’s favorite, and he ate them all the time.

Jen | 3 Dec 2001
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The Chocodile missing from Planet Twinkie is a form of racisim from Twinkie the Kid himself. That dumbass hick was never the slick kat the Chocodile was and did’t have that smooth sounding tounger, either! Twinkie the Kid is just another punk who is going to get the beat down when Choco is back in town!

Kevin | 4 Dec 2001
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My dad was talking about these twinkies with chocolate swirls, like on a hostess cupcake, and my whole family thought he was making it up. He remembers them from when he was a kid here in Boston, so now me and my mom are trying to find some for him for Christmas. If anyone knows where we can order some it would be greatly appreciated if you could e-mail me and let me know. Thanks so much. ( :

Jen | 6 Dec 2001
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The peanut butter ones were the best. I think the cake was chocolate in those and the filling was peanut buttery. I was beginning to think that I was hallucinating the existence of Chocodiles. Remember the crocodile who was the Cartoon Spokesanimal? I ate them in Los Angeles as a child in the 70’s.

mike | 12 Dec 2001
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bring back the Chocodiles to California, or I’ll be forced to never buy another twinkie again. I’ve been buying Ho Ho’s but it’s not the same….who’s the dumbass that decided not to include them into the official Hostess webpage….did hostess forget about their best product ever…goes to show you just how much the manufactures pay attention to the cries of the consumers!

Long Live The Chocodiles!!!!!!

Scott | 2 Jan 2002
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I’m getting so desparate for a Chocodile, I think I’m going to try making them myself! I used to eat them in NY, back in the late 70’s. I don’t know why– I can’t stand Twinkies– but when you put that chocolate on it it’s magic! C’mon Hostess, bring ’em back!!

Dave | 5 Jan 2002
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i’m so glad to see i’m not the only one with a hankerin’ for these tasty treats. I’ve just moved to St. Louis and can’t find a Chocodile anywhere. If anyone has any secret locations, i’d be willing to pay for that information.

marcia | 7 Jan 2002
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Once a year I go home to Illinois, and my co-workers REQUIRE that I bring back Chocodiles, in fact, they say next year we are going to gather up funds and buy a bunch of them. I get them from Kroger’s in Harrisburg, IL.

NateDogg | 21 Feb 2002
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I was a HUGE Chocodile fan in the late 80’s/early 90s. I know there were many stores in Massachusetts that carried them at that time. I have asked my girlfriend about them, and she has no idea what I am talking about. So maybe they were not around the northern part of Massachusetts, just the lower? No idea, but I really want to buy some. Yummmmmmmmmmm.

Nitelite | 29 Mar 2002
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I was in Denver 05-May-2002 and found Chocodiles in a gas station snack shop. Of course I bought the entire box of 10 (plus the extra’s laying on top from another box) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! But I did share most of them. On 06-May-2002 I found another box with two left in Cheyenne Wyoming (another gas station snack shop). Go west young Chocodites.

While I have no tangible proof, I would vehemently argue that Chocodiles do not use the same cake as twinkies (I don’t like twinkies, yuk). As further proof, compare the pitiful amount of creamy filling in a twinkie against the generous amounts of filling in a Chocodile. Not to mention the filling in a Chocodile is oh-so much creamier. Ummmmm. I’m going to go have my last Chocodile.
No wait, I think I’ll go put it up for auction on Ebay! I’ll be rich!

David | 10 May 2002
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We used to eat Chocodiles when we were growing up in Colorado Springs. I have found none in Texas, Washington, or Florida.
I found none while searching on eBay.

Jason | 30 May 2002
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More Chocodile detail:
“Speaking of Devil’s Food Twinkies made me think of Chocodiles. I’ve mentioned them before, and because of that, PCJM gets a ton of mail from folks wanting to know where they can find them. Kim Murphy of Interstate Brands (parent of Hostess) writes to share the real deal. She says “Chocodiles are currently produced at three bakeries: St. Louis (for distribution in Missouri, southern Illinois, and Paducah, Ky area); Denver (for distribution in parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming); and Los Angeles (for distribution in parts of California and Arizona).” So there you go — if you’re in one of those areas, start keeping your eyes peeled around the bakery racks, if you’re not, hit up a faraway friend. (Check the Hostess outlets in the above named areas, according to an earlier tipster.)”

Jason | 30 May 2002
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This is so great! I’m an Illinois native who has lived in eastern Tennessee for 20 years. I was telling my co-workers today about chocodiles from when I was a kid and they didn’t believe me. I did a keyword search and found this sight. I had NO IDEA they were still being made. I’ll be on the phone with my mom in Illinois tonight placing an order!!!

Gina | 20 Jun 2002
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I grew up in Wyoming and lived on Chocodiles. About 2 years ago I started and ended my search for them. Dead ends everywhere I looked. I even wrote to Hostess and got no response. I now live in Seattle. Tonight I was at 7-11 in Des Moines (15 miles from seattle) and low and behold, sitting unassumingly on the counter, I spotted a whole box of the Chocolate Gods. Of course my eyes lit up and I bought a whole box. For some reason, they don’t taste the same. They’re more dry or something. Or maybe I was just the victim of an overly-successful marketing campaign in the 80’s. Hm.

danielle in seattle | 7 Jul 2002
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Oh, Thank Gawd. I’m not insane. I have been telling people about these for years and everyone thought I was making it up. I HAVE BEEN VINDICATED. Oddly enough, I am currently living in Illinois and haven’t seen them. I will have to look harder for them.

Digital Fairy | 7 Jul 2002
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I live in the East Coast and have given up all hope on ever seeing another Chocodile. Does anyone have any suggestions? This was my all time favorite snack as a child.

Beatriz | 10 Jul 2002
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I recently emailed Hostess about Chocodiles, and received a letter in the mail regarding the matter last week. It turns out that in the NorthEast, Chocodiles are no available because they did not sell well, so they are no longer distributed in this area. My brother told me last week that he found a store STOCKED with them in Indiana (He goes to University of Evansville). That seems to be the hotspot for Chocodiles.

Nitelite | 13 Jul 2002
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Many many tears ago I called Interstate Brands about this, and some nice lady left like a 10 minute message on my machine with the full history of chocodiles, most of which I don’t remember. However, I do recall that the reason it was pulled from many locations is that they have a relatively short shelf life, especially in humid areas.

This was about 7 years ago, but at that time, she also included instructions on having bulk quantities drop shipped.

Steve | 16 Jul 2002
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My wife just brought back a box of Chocodiles from Phoenix, AZ. I have never seen them before (here in VA) and I think they’re great. Wish Hostess would market them around here. I think they’re better than any of their other snack cakes.

Wendell | 18 Jul 2002
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If anyone knows of any places in NC to find Chocodiles, pls let me know! My fave snack by far!

Steph | 14 Aug 2002
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When my uncle from St. Louis comes to visit he always brings Chocodiles. I just got done eating one. He said he had to search three stores to find them.

Jewel | 16 Aug 2002
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Hostess gives the reason for a short self life for not selling those wonderful choco-diles in southern states. Others have said that it is due to the humidity. The summers in IL, MO, and KY are very humid — lived in IL for 30 years and now in AR. If the humidity is the problem then why can we get Ding Dongs and other chocolate products. Come now. We have air conditioners — southern states are not in the dark ages. Give us our choco-diles.

Mary | 16 Aug 2002
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My husband and I recently went to Illinois where I grew up and you can still find them all over the place there. Living in TN for the past few years, I have really missed my Chocodiles!! I really wish they would start selling them here.

Marla | 16 Aug 2002
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CHOCODILE LOVERS!!! If you are feeling the need for a chocodile I would happy to help you out. I know where to obtain these and for $.50 each plus shipping from San Diego I would be willing to accomodate anyone who is interested….thanks…. 🙂

Jamie | 19 Aug 2002
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I used to LOVE chocodiles when I was a kid growing up on Long Island. I thought they were completely out of existence…until I came to this site. I live in Chicago now however I have yet to see a chocodile but everyone here is saying they’re all over Illinois. Where??? I’d love to order some from anyone willing to send them to me!

Joy | 22 Aug 2002
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Jamie – I would love to get my hands on some chocodiles. Please email me – Thanks!!

Linda | 26 Aug 2002
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ahhh…i remember clearly how i would freeze my chocodile that i’d ride my bike to the local mom n pop store everyday to get. I always got 2, one for right when I got home, and the other for later that night. I would wait until everyone was fast asleep and then I’d tiptoe to the refrigerator and reach for that chocodile that I had hidden behind whatever meat was in the freezer part. I never did wake my mom up, but boy, I sure was scared she’d hear me and find out about my shameful pleasure. I’d tiptoe back to my room and under my safe covers, with my little radio playing softly, with the door closed securely, I would slowly unwrap the chocodile and slowly, very slowly, eat every inch of the dang thing until it was all gone. oh, the memory of such nights! NOW YOU BRING THOSE CHOCODILES BACK, HOSTESS! TO CALIFORNIA! TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
haha. I’m not as psycho as I sound. Guess some of the comments I was reading rubbed off on me. I, too, am in desperate search for these wonderful, delicious, awesome tasting chocodiles. AND DON’T ANYBODY COMPARE THEM TO THE TWINKIE!!! THERE IS NO COMPARISON! Hostess, PULEAZE bring them back! or tell me where I can go buy some, say, in the bulk, about around 20 of them. For now. Please, I say.

Lee | 28 Sep 2002
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Blasphemy!
Chocodiles are NOT chocolate-covered twinkies! The cake is white, not yellow, and has none of the overly-sweet taste. And they are wonderful, as long as they don’t sit on the shelf too long–they get dry easily (make sure to freeze them).

Barry | 29 Sep 2002
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I live in Ct. formerly N.Y. I grew up loving chocodiles..kids nowadays have no clue what I’m talking about, and I’m not that old!! My b/f also loved them as a kid…but now we can’t find them anywhere for years. What happened??? Can anyone tell us where to find them? Please let me know!! Even a website to order them shipped in. It’s been a while…since I had a chocodile. HELP!!!
Jakki 🙂

jakki | 8 Oct 2002
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If anyone with access to Chocodiles is willing to ship a couple of boxes to North Jersey, please contact me. I will send a money order and pay for shipping. You will be compensated.

Steve | 23 Oct 2002
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Just finished a choco-dile…. mmmmmm 😀
all you fat-asses should move to Ca. and get them for FREE!!!
They grow on trees here, like apples… ROFLMAO

greg | 9 Nov 2002
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Somewhere on this web page is a phone number to special order Chocodiles. (909) 591-0451. This turned out to be the Wonder Bread bakery not Hostess. However the nice sales lady who answererd the phone gave me the number to Hostess California.

(323) 753-3521

They cost $0.25 and come in boxes of 10. However they only ship overnight. It ended up that shipping will be approx $40 for $10 worth of Chocodiles.

The things you do during xmas for friends.

eric | 19 Nov 2002
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They have them in Bakersfield, CA, but not in Northern CA, although they did sell Chocodiles in the Bay Area when I was a kid. Anyway, they are 39 cents here (they were 3 for a dollar last year). they are THE BEST. It’s really not a twinkie. I HATE twinkies as they are much much too sweet. The Chocodile is a rather dry sponge cake filled with whipped cream and enrobed in a thick yummy chocolate (the hostess chocolate donut chocolate). They are fantastic. I’m movng soon, and I hope they sell them in Oklahoma. If they don’t, I’m buying a case before I leave.

Toni | 24 Mar 2003
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I remember walking down the aisles of our old Grand Union in New Jersey yelling to my friend Jon, “Why don’t they sell Chocodiles anymore?” and him yelling back, “What the hell is a Chocodile?” To which a uniformed cop who was walking by replied, “Chocolate covered twinkie.” Totally deadpan. They’re the stuff that legends are made of.
I saw them again in Alburquerque, NM last June and once in a Publix in Atlanta in ’99–just once! Yes, they could ocassionally be dry, but I miss them so.

Beth Day | 27 Mar 2003
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Years ago I was always spotted with my hands and face covered in chocolate and cream from my daily trips into the corner store for chocodiles. (Did I mention that I was in my 40s and had 4 kids?!) They are the greatest treat on earth and I miss them terribly! Chocodile … COME BACK TO ME!!!!
Bronx, New York

Jerry | 11 Apr 2003
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I just bought two boxes of chocs at the hostess discount store. I think they just started to come back around here in the san francisco bay area…ohhhyaaaa reunited and it feels so good. The lady at the hostess store said they have been discontinued for 8 years.

mach | 4 May 2003
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Ah Chocodiles. Can I allow myself to go down that avenue of my desire. No, I don’t just crave the creamy beasts. No…I lust after each delicious bite. Oh bring back my love. Bring back my Chocodiles, PLEASE!

Rob | 18 May 2003
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OK, so im at work, and my boss runs into the back to buy a snack. He emerges holding a pack of twinkies. Takes one bite. “Have you ever had a chocodile?” Im like, “Whats a chocodile?” Me being 19 and all, evidently missing the phenomenon that is chocodile. He looks at me blankly and proceeds to search the world wide web for a thorough answer to my question. You see, for him, telling me that a chocodile is a twinkie like snack covered in chocolate was not enough. He wanted me to understand, to read about, and in a sense get a picture, a mental taste of what a chocodile is. He says: “You know, sometimes if youre in Iowa, (like I go to Iowa on a regular basis) you can find a chocodile… but then you have to wonder if its been there since 1976…” Anyway, the point is, ive never had one, but i still find it a shame that they can not even be found in New York City!!! For my sake, and my bosses (Rob- the comment before this… crazy boy) bring them back!

Nell | 18 May 2003
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I have been looking for chocodiles for a long time now. Im from springfield mass and no one knows what im talking about when i say anything about them. Im 28 now and the last time i had one was about 13 years ago. If you see them in this area or how i can get them drop me a line thanks

chad | 4 Jun 2003
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So here I am talking about donuts to my girlfriend when my memory races back to the Choco-Diles packed in my Incredible Hulk lunch box. I ask her if she remembers them, but, she’s from New York with a family of health nuts so she had no idea. But upon description, she obviously craved the chocolate dipped cream filled ectasy. So I looked here on the net to find out that now by some freek occurance that they are an endanged species??!! Of course this only makes me crave one even more!! I must have a tie to my childhood, I must have a Choco-Dile!! So, ten minutes ago (12:15 am PST) I got into my car and went to where I thought they could be. And low and behold. . .there they were. At the corner 7-11 for $0.49 a piece. Well, $1.47 later I’m a happy man and here to tell you that in Los Angeles, CA. . . choclate dreams can come true.

Garry | 31 Aug 2003
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I am New Yorker who is in desperate search of chocodiles. I havent had a chocodile in about 5 year’s, But after a dream in which i was savoring every bite of a chocodile i suddenly am now finding myself longing and craving for that light creamy filling and the flaky but oh so sweet chocolate covering, not to mention the delicious sponge cake part, PLEASE email me if anyone knows how or where i can buy chocodiles in NEW YORK or NEW JERSEY ……Thank’s

Kat | 2 Sep 2003
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They were also sold as far east as CT. I used by them for 25 cent… Do they still sell them anywhere?

D Franks | 21 Nov 2003
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i work for a thrift store, of wonder hostess, and the bakery of wonder bread, who also make all the other breads in the south, always save, best choice, kroger, walmart, all of them are made at the same bakery,just different wrappers, and such a difference in price. but about the cakes and chocidiles, if you were able to see how the are made, and the creatures they pull out of the stuff, {SOMETIMES IT SLIPS BY}and makes it to the shelfes, u would not want to touch one of the cakes, unless u had gloves on. YYYYUUUUKKKKKKKK and surely would not want to eat them. Plus all the sex acts happening around the food. THINK ABOUT IT..

louise | 3 Dec 2003
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Finally i got my box of chocs,coming back to me like an old girlfriend.I still miss the brown wrapper they use to come in,but i guess i can’t complain.When i took my first bite of one in about 15 years,it was like biting into fluffy,creamy extacy……..oh did i mention creamy.I think i’m gonna pack a bowl now of cali’s finest, grab a big milk,and slam about 5 of these little brown bundles of joy.S o to all you peaple that think they will never come back yo your town,just believe,and pray,because miracles do come true……………god i love chocodiles.

Daryl | 4 May 2003