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01/09/2004 Entry: "New Article: The Mystery of Hostess Choco-Diles!"

Hope you're hungry -- here's a tribute to Hostess Choco-Diles! The snack cakes have taken on a cult following over the years, mainly because they've become so hard to find. If you live in a city that sells Choco-Diles, don't take it for granted. You're part of an elite minority. Promoted with the help of "Chauncey Choco-Dile," the chocolate-covered Twinkies are a sadly obscured corner of junk food history. Review includes everything from a trip to the Hostess Bakery to old commercials starring "Captain Cupcake."

REPLIES: 246 comments

Damn, wish I lived nearby...I'd totally come over and help you eat recently expired snack cakes. Mmm, delicious.

Chestnuts roasted by Wes @ 01/09/2004 04:11 AM EST

Though I've never had the pleasure(?) of eating a Choco-dile (and by what I've just read, I'm not surprised), I really enjoyed this article. It's my new favorite, actually (even though the 49 pieces of crap one was good...). It almost makes me want to track some down. On second thought, no, it really doesn't. Good work, though!

Chestnuts roasted by Rainbowfeet @ 01/09/2004 04:41 AM EST

heh heh, nomato! third post , wow...

Chestnuts roasted by ultramonkey23 @ 01/09/2004 05:07 AM EST

It seems Seanbaby has teamed up with MTV. I caught him saying goodbye before the end credits at 4 a.m. on the "Ultimate Video Game Countdown." I recognized his flat-top haircut and MR. T shirt. Knowing MTV they will show it a few more times. Here are some links on the show:

Chestnuts roasted by ME @ 01/09/2004 05:26 AM EST

Maybe Hostess discovered that Choco-Dile's creation was due in some part to Twinkie the Kid, Captain Cupcake, and a genuine crocodile spending a certain stormy night together in one of the company's vacation retreats. Fruit Pie the Fink should never have been trusted with a secret as big as his friends had become.

As for what to do with the remaining Choco-Diles... Maybe it is time for a new X-E holiday. A mix of Halloween and Bastille Day in which children dress up as French revolutionaries and/or Cajun Cocodrilli. You then proceed to throw expired Choco-Diles at them as they storm your apartment for independence of something that you choose.

Chestnuts roasted by ME @ 01/09/2004 05:55 AM EST

THAT SUCKS! Chocodiles rule and to finally have the sixty little holy grails in your hands only to have them expire on the day oe reciept...oh how the Hostess gods are cruel..but the old adage seems true....you can't have your cake and eat it too...my pain is with you Matt...

Chestnuts roasted by spiderthwip @ 01/09/2004 08:21 AM EST

I didn't realize they wern't sold everywhere, here in St. Louis I see them all the time. In fact I'm pretty sure I just saw some yesterday when getting gas at a Shell station.

Chestnuts roasted by The Dude @ 01/09/2004 08:22 AM EST

When I lived in Brooklyn 3 years ago, the deli right next to the Ft. Hamiltion Parkway subway stop where I'd get my coffee in the AM had chocodiles. Then I moved to the burbs...I didn't know how good I had it.


Chestnuts roasted by Zappadog @ 01/09/2004 08:43 AM EST

Sell those puppies on Ebay. You know you want to. Where else would you find people who would actually buy expired Choco-diles? And to some, a week expired is nothing after spending $15 on 23 year old Fruit Striped Gum?

Chestnuts roasted by trajeal @ 01/09/2004 08:46 AM EST

Dude, Chocodiles frickin RULE!!!

That Hostess shop is like 5 minutes away from my parent's house, I grew up in Woodbridge. I was in there once, I too, fortunately made it out alive (unless I'm now a ghost and don't know it?)

I say F it! Eat the damn Chocodiles! C'mon its a hostess cake, it'll probably still be good like 2 years from now.

X-E Kicks ass...keep rockin!


Chestnuts roasted by Dave @ 01/09/2004 08:56 AM EST

You have a JOHN ASTIN ACTION FIGURE!?!?!?! Oh, you rock, sir. You rock.

Chestnuts roasted by Mark @ 01/09/2004 09:03 AM EST

I loved those little windmill cookies. My grandma always had them when we would visit. I was a little apprehensive at first, but soon i craved them...soaked in milk...mmmm....
As for the Chocodiles, I had them a couple of times but they always lost out to Little Debbies Frosted Fudge Cakes. Cripes. I can't believe what I ate as a kid.

Chestnuts roasted by Stilewalker @ 01/09/2004 09:23 AM EST

choose between the exit and expired cake?... I choose cake.

best line of the article:


Chestnuts roasted by chad @ 01/09/2004 09:31 AM EST

AHAHAHAHAHA there is a weight watches ad right in the middle of you talking about choco-diles isent it ironic Dont you think?

Chestnuts roasted by atomrenner @ 01/09/2004 09:32 AM EST

I think that the reason why Choco-diles are so rare nowadays is related to the campaign against them by PETP (People for the Ethical Treatment of Pac-Men) against their use of Pac-Meat in the creme filling.

Chestnuts roasted by gmfbrown @ 01/09/2004 09:34 AM EST

I think ya should have em bronzed in a pyramid formation,kinda like a trophy or somthing.Do u think u could find,or have you found, Hostess Choco Bliss? Please do review of those soon.

Chestnuts roasted by GrimReaperDOA@aol.com @ 01/09/2004 09:55 AM EST

Choco-Diles fans, come on over to Fresno and buy some... we're flippin' DROWNING in the things. "Rebel Twinkies in chocolatey leather jackets," as the legendary Lore says.

Our town was recently invaded by FoodsCo, a warehouse grocery from the makers of Kroger (which itself has no outlets here), and they brought with them scads and scads of Choco-Diles, which lie in heaps in these islands in the middle of the aisles, arranged among lots of Van De Kamp's rival pastries.

Van De Kamp's? The frozen fish people? They make baked goods now? See, this is why I wouldn't want to live back east... everything's WEIRD there.

Ne'er the less, I hope to share in Eastern childhoods this year by mail-ordering a Cookie Puss cake for my birthday. Pray for my cake's frozen soul during its journey, friends.

Chestnuts roasted by G'Tron @ 01/09/2004 10:21 AM EST


I have found Chocodiles many times in the Kansas City area (where I live). If you need a fix later, let me know.

Chestnuts roasted by Bob @ 01/09/2004 10:24 AM EST

These are located here in St. Louis as well... One of my favorites and no need to search.

Chestnuts roasted by Jeff Bodenstein @ 01/09/2004 10:28 AM EST

dont most things have a later expiration date when in the city? so you should take a train to manhattan and then you can eat them without being nervous of reprocusions.

Chestnuts roasted by mikey @ 01/09/2004 10:30 AM EST

I love Chocodiles, especially if you dip them in milk.

As far as I know though isn't the date a sell by date? If its a sell by date then you usually have a few weeks to eat it after that and they will still be good. Reading this article has made me hungry for the little monsters, I'll have to try to find some around Peoria.

Chestnuts roasted by Beerstalker @ 01/09/2004 10:44 AM EST

This past summer I was perusing a grocery store in the Toronto area when I came upon "chocolate covered twinkies." I had completely forgotten about the choco-dile of my youth and began the wait for these "chocolate covered twinkies" to come to the US. I would be interested in a comparison of the Canadian product with our beloved choco-diles.

Chestnuts roasted by Lyss @ 01/09/2004 10:51 AM EST

Next week I'll be 67 years old, I remember when Hostess Cup Cakes were 2 for a nickel, about 1946 they added cream filled and raised the price to 2 for 7 cents, last week I was in Walgreens and noticed they are now 2 for $ 1.29
My brother and I use to fight over the cup cake with the most frosting that dripped over the side.Back then, in the summer especially, they tasted great when
the frosting semi-melted. Today they are like eating wax. But every so often I pick up a package to remind me of the good old days...

Chestnuts roasted by Jerry Pritikin @ 01/09/2004 11:00 AM EST

I remember those Almond windmill cookies. I just didn't remember that I remembered them until you reminded me.

They weren't very good as I recall.

Chestnuts roasted by purple_monkey_dishwasher @ 01/09/2004 11:03 AM EST

Ah - Choco-diles! One of Hostess' best creations of recent memory.

I honestly never realized they were so hard to find. They aren't common, but at least down here in MD you can always ben sure to find -1- place selling 'em near you.

Chestnuts roasted by darren @ 01/09/2004 11:09 AM EST

Your visit to the thrift store brought back memories. When I was a kid, living in a small Idaho town, our family would pile into the car about twice a month and drive to the nearest "city" for groceries and other supplies. Those trips always included a stop at the Wonder Bread/Hostess thrift store. Mom would stock up on bread, donuts and snack cakes, take it all home and put it in the freezer. I remember Choco-diles, but I wouldn't eat them because I couldn't stand the brown wax that passed for chocolate in which they were coated. (I wouldn't eat Ho-Ho's or Ding Dongs for the same reason.) The pies were pretty nasty as well. I would only eat Twinkies and their coconut-striped cousins, Tiger Tails and an occasional Sno-Ball.

As I said, all of this carb-packed goodness from the thrift store would go into the freezer when we got home. One day, I got home from school and there was nothing to eat so I went to the freezer and retrieved a package of frozen Twinkies. I couldn't wait for them to thaw and this was before microwaves were widely available so I decided to try them frozen. Eureka! I had discovered my favorite snack for the next couple of years, frozen Twinkies dunked in milk. Mmmmm

Chestnuts roasted by Mark @ 01/09/2004 11:23 AM EST

I've got a feeling that they won't be scarce for long. If people really start calling up bakeries looking for them (and I'm sure they will) and there's a lot of people doing that then Hostess will get the idea that people want the product and it'll show up again. Especially with the nostalgia market.

And I'm just going to keep hoping that happens so I can get my hands on one cheap.

Chestnuts roasted by fangirlx @ 01/09/2004 11:39 AM EST

Does anybody remember the frito-lay brand of chips called Crunch Gators? They had a crocodilian mascot as well. I think that nowadays they're packaged as "kettle chips" but they were pretty awesome.

Chestnuts roasted by re-ree @ 01/09/2004 11:39 AM EST

Did Faceless Lando creep anyone else out?

Cause like. Damn.

Chestnuts roasted by Shawn @ 01/09/2004 11:52 AM EST

YYEESSSSS!!! ChocoDiles completely rule! Kansas City, eh? Little Bro lives in Lawrence, maybe I'll send him on a hunt before he comes down during the summer months. Any excuse to do a little Snoopy Suppertime Dance. Guess I'll do one now.....ChocoDiles...la la...it's ChocoDiles...la la la.....

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/09/2004 11:58 AM EST

Matt, you should autograph the Choco-diles' wrappers and give them away to us in a raffle or contest or something. hehe.

i'm gonna hafta check the country stores around here to see if Maine has any to offer. we have lots of old crap, and it can't be THAT long ago that i saw one.

Chestnuts roasted by zann @ 01/09/2004 12:03 PM EST

I had to defend my memory of the choco-dile to my coworkers who spouted their disbelief. That is until I stumbled upon them at the hostess thrift store right next to my house! Being right never tasted so good. I guess its good to live in Oshkosh, WI, the city that time forgets sometimes but choc-full of choco-diles.

Chestnuts roasted by Max @ 01/09/2004 12:13 PM EST

How about freezing them instead of letting them rot?

Chestnuts roasted by barbara @ 01/09/2004 12:23 PM EST

Damn you! That thrift shop is the next town over from me and I never knew it! And now all the Choco-dile goodness will never again be savored by this mouth. GRRRRRR>....
Enjoy em. Since I now know that they are only twinkies covered in Chocolate I think it's time to do some experimentation.

Chestnuts roasted by Bryan @ 01/09/2004 12:28 PM EST

An expiration date is more of a suggestion than a hard-and-fast rule. It's just a guesstimate, though one that absolves the company from paying you one red cent should your dumb ass get food poisoning.

But snack cakes? C'mon. The Museum of Health and Nutrition here has a 30-year-old Twinkie on display; they say it's still edible.

Chestnuts roasted by Niq @ 01/09/2004 12:33 PM EST

ok this is way off of subject, but i came across this and think it might rival the tim roth/witch thing, i mean weiner dogs, angels and david hasselhoff!!!


Chestnuts roasted by saint matthew @ 01/09/2004 12:42 PM EST

jeesh im a moron, i meant tim CURRY NOT tim roth....

jeez louise

Chestnuts roasted by saint matthew @ 01/09/2004 12:44 PM EST

dont worry about the expiration date matt if family guy has taught us anything is that twinkies last even through nuklear apocalypse so if chocodiles are anything like twinkies......

Chestnuts roasted by Scourge @ 01/09/2004 12:48 PM EST

HA HA I'm visiting Cali next week! Choco-diles shall be mine!

Chestnuts roasted by Nemesis @ 01/09/2004 12:52 PM EST

Here in paradise (Los Angeles), Chocodiles are everywhere. At the supermarket. At the gas station. EVERYWHERE. 37 cents of pure heaven.

Except one time I saw in the Chocodile box one that was maybe %15 larger than the rest--priced at an exhorbitant 39 cents. I wonder what secrets the mythical 39 cent Chocodile possessed?

Chestnuts roasted by Cold booty to the buttcrack @ 01/09/2004 12:53 PM EST

Man, they used to sell those at my school. Heh. God I love California.

Chestnuts roasted by Vincent @ 01/09/2004 01:16 PM EST

"Matt, you should autograph the Choco-diles' wrappers and give them away to us in a raffle or contest or something. hehe.

i'm gonna hafta check the country stores around here to see if Maine has any to offer. we have lots of old crap, and it can't be THAT long ago that i saw one. "

I hereby second this motion.

Chestnuts roasted by Disco Dave @ 01/09/2004 01:28 PM EST

On a somewhat related subject, in some states Hostess packaging says 'Ding Dongs' while in other states the packaging says 'King Dons'. I wonder if this has any regional significance.

Chestnuts roasted by Eddie @ 01/09/2004 01:41 PM EST

I would say that eating an expired Choco-Dile or two. I ate mayo that was expired by about 2 months once and I was fine... but now I check the expiry dates before I eat things instead of after. Maybe start with one or two Choco-Diles, as a test to make sure that you don't become violently ill, and then carry on.

Chestnuts roasted by Gabbylicious @ 01/09/2004 01:50 PM EST

As a former employee of IBC (Interstate Brands Companies), I know of the elusive Choco-dile. IBC houses a few corporatons, among the better known, Wonder Bread and Hostess. Each corporation baked their own product... Wonder did breads, buns, and muffins. Hostess does all the snack cakes. Other corporations did bagels, english muffins, and whatever. I worked for Wonder in Hodgkins, Illinois. Before we sent out the orders, the other corporations sent us their product to be sent to the other stores. Basically, Wonder's trucks were loaded with bread, Hostess products, and whatever else. In our breakrooms we had alll these products available to us to eat (for free!). And indeed, I had the Choco-dile. There were also pound cakes, and cookies, and carrot cakes. Now, I don't remember where we sent these choco-diles, but they are scattered throughout the midwest. St. Louis, Kansas City, probably Toledo. Trust me, they're still around.

Wonder doesn't make just Wonder-brand bread. It makes others...

County Fair
Great Value

There's like 5 more that I can't recall, but here's what you might not have known... THEY'RE ALL THE SAME BREAD! Same formula, different bags. Let's say we were going to make a run of 75,000 loaves of 16 lb bread. 40,000 would be Wonder. Then we switch bags and fill the other bread orders. Pretty sly.

Same goes with Hostess. There are at least 3 other snack pie brands they make. No lie. Turn over the package. If it says "IBC" on it, they were made at the same place. All the above breads say the same things on the bottom as well. Except for the Certified one. I believe it says Certified Grociers on it.

And that's all I gotta say about that. You can wake up now.

Chestnuts roasted by Art Vandelay @ 01/09/2004 01:52 PM EST

....la la la...Choco-roco-Croco-cocodrillo...la la la...

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/09/2004 01:54 PM EST

The X-E diet: Ten-year-old Ecto Cooler, Expired Choco-diles, and some unmarked candy from a plastic Batman head. You'll loose weight in no time! From sickness!

Oh by the way, as long as you're searching for legendary foods of years past, I've always wondered what on earth happened to NesQuick's (formerly known as Quick) 'Cookie's and Creme' milk mix powder. You know what I mean? It was like their regular chocolate milk mix powder stuff, except it was cookies and creme flavor. It turned your milk grey and gritty, but man did it taste good...

Chestnuts roasted by Lone_Psycho @ 01/09/2004 02:00 PM EST

I've never had a chocodile, but choclate and twinkies soundsl ike a match made in heaven.

Chestnuts roasted by Bright Noah @ 01/09/2004 02:01 PM EST

Eddie - I can't believe I just did research on that exact question.
They were invented in 1967 and named Ding Dongs after the bell in their commercial. In the East, they were renamed King Dons to bypass some confusion with another product in the region. In 1987 the marketing guys decided that they needed all of the names to be the same so it was all Ding Dongs. That did not last, though. Later that year, the name was split again for the previous reason. So in the east, they are King Dons, everywhere else, Ding Dongs.

Chestnuts roasted by Stilewalker @ 01/09/2004 02:03 PM EST

mmmmmm....Fried Twinkies....

Chestnuts roasted by Stilewalker @ 01/09/2004 02:05 PM EST

Couple of secrets in this article:

The Choco-Dile filling in the top header links to a pile of Pac-Man cards.

Chauncey in the top headers links to a bunch of Chauncey cards.

Lando in the food spread links to...NOMATO!

Chestnuts roasted by Jay @ 01/09/2004 02:05 PM EST

Does anyone think that a Chocodile would be a great tool for recreating that famous scene from Caddyshack? Baby Ruth might be great, but the small nature of the Crocodile is perfect. Also the chocolate covering should keep it from falling apart, and the it's soft nature would make if belivable.

Dang, gotta find a pool that is open and try this out.

Chestnuts roasted by Martikin @ 01/09/2004 02:07 PM EST

In the interest of behaving somewhat and seeming ladylike there is one word I have always self censored when I used it on the blog. Today is a day when I shall break it out of its secure plastic housing becuase today it is needed. What the fuck???!
Now I shall just sit here in a curled up ball, thumb in mouth, trying to make sense of the universe.

Chestnuts roasted by Killer Duck @ 01/09/2004 02:16 PM EST

On my lunch break i decided to check out the hostess store that i pass every day on the way to work. its on route 110 in melville, li. it was just like the picture. old looking, small, stocked to the brim, and smelling sweet. they had everything that matt had in the article but no choco-diles. i would have asked if the guy working there when was the last time they had them in, but he was in the back getting a shipment i think.

Chestnuts roasted by mikey @ 01/09/2004 02:17 PM EST

....Choco-croco-spocko-smiles...lots-and-lots of Chocodiles...la la la ...HA! Did I miss anything?

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/09/2004 02:21 PM EST

Never had a Chocodile, but man, Moon Pies are heaven. :D

Chestnuts roasted by Lynx @ 01/09/2004 02:49 PM EST

The only mention of Chocodiles that I knew of was in the movie "Summer School".

Here Mark Harmon tries to wile Kirstie Alley by telling her to try a pop tart. She tells him that she will stick to the chocodiles, which I thought was some type of health food or something. It's obvious that "I'll stick to the chocodiles" can be added to the great rejection lines of all time, including "It's not you, it's me", "Let's be friends", and "You're like a brother to me."

Maybe I'm just hoping someone will review "Summer School".

Chestnuts roasted by Frasier @ 01/09/2004 02:50 PM EST

The chocodiles are probably ok to eat still. Food and beverage people put the experation date ahead of when they actually do expire. Its a safety bumper so they dont get sued and such. So feel free to by old chocodiles and one gallon milk everyone.

Chestnuts roasted by kennef @ 01/09/2004 02:59 PM EST

Eat a ChocoDile, Duck. Ails what's good for you. mmmmmmmmMMMMMmmm... ChocoDile.

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/09/2004 03:34 PM EST

They sell Chocodiles in Utah (Provo, Orem, etc. at several hundred locations - mostly convenience stores - in the valley. I had no idea they were so hard to find. They used to be three for a buck, but now are up to two for a buck. Come on over, we have plenty.

Chestnuts roasted by Richard @ 01/09/2004 03:51 PM EST

Does anyone remember Choco- Bliss that came out in the late eighties? Choco-Bliss was the only reason why I use to be fat.

Chestnuts roasted by Jimmy F @ 01/09/2004 03:54 PM EST

Firsty, I'd like to say I've lived in the East my whole life, and never have I ever seen anything called a "King don." It's ALWAYS been Ding Dongs in Massachusetts.

Secondly, I went to one of those Hostess thrift stores up here last year, the only difference was that most of the food WAS expired, or was about to expire within days. Ick.

Thirdly, I have never had a Chocodile and that makes me sad. I wonder if I can find them in Massachusetts? Guess I'm gonna have to start my own endless search.

Sigh. Thanks Matt.

Chestnuts roasted by B-Dawg @ 01/09/2004 03:55 PM EST

I am pretty sure they have them here in Columbus, OH too. I know I saw them very recently. It appears that most midwestern cities have them, based on the responses.

It figures. I think the mid west contains most of the top 10 fattest cities in the nation.

I'm going to buy a box of those tonight.

Chestnuts roasted by Ron @ 01/09/2004 04:10 PM EST

HAHA! Good work, Matt. I'm from the St. Louis area, and I can tell you that Chocodiles used to be widely available until about 10 years ago. Shame, really... When I first started dating my wife, some random conversation led me to tell her about them. For years she refused to believe such a thing existed until I played her the song "Chocodile" on Soul Coughing's Irresistible Bliss album. She finally caved...

Chestnuts roasted by Eric @ 01/09/2004 04:23 PM EST

I live in California so I have no trouble gettin the bastards...however i'm on atkins so i cant have them.

Hate me! >:O

Chestnuts roasted by heeloyd @ 01/09/2004 04:32 PM EST

Matt, what can I say? You have once again completely outdone yourself :) If you aren't going to eat 'em, sell the fuckers. Finding an autographed Choco-dile in my mailbox would change my life.

Chestnuts roasted by Kristal @ 01/09/2004 04:42 PM EST

I second the suggestion to freeze them. Expiration dates are, as others have mentioned, suggestions. BUT - freeze those puppies and you'll have ChocoDiles forever. Sweeeet...

Chestnuts roasted by Scott in Chicago @ 01/09/2004 04:54 PM EST

Deep-Fried Frozen ChocoDiles. It's slobberin' time!

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/09/2004 05:20 PM EST

Great article. I remember when there used to be this one Bakery Thrift Store Called Dolly Madison in South Sacramento. My mom would go there every Wednesday and bring my brother and I along. We would get to pick out one thing for ourselves. Usually I'd just head straight for the candy, but there were times when I would pick out something from Hostess. I still love Twinkies, but everything else just makes me sick to my stomach.

Chestnuts roasted by Nate @ 01/09/2004 05:30 PM EST

One of the greatest things about living in Southern California is that there seem to be Chocodiles everywhere. I buy them at the Chevron station by my house all the time.

There is nothing quite like kicking back with a couple of Chocodiles and a Mountain Dew to wash it down. Mmmmmmm. It makes me feel like I'm 12 again.

Chestnuts roasted by Tessa @ 01/09/2004 05:46 PM EST

Undiscovered nests of ChocoDiles.

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/09/2004 05:58 PM EST

i like snackies. whatever happened to jello pudding pops? those things ruled and made me want to eat them all the damn time.

Chestnuts roasted by jobot @ 01/09/2004 06:15 PM EST

Sell the things on ebay or make a tower. I'm sure after a while chocodiles will be wonderful building blocks.

Chestnuts roasted by allie @ 01/09/2004 06:17 PM EST

B-Dawg - was it the Worcester, MA Hostess store you stopped at? B/c I was going to take a ride up there this weekend to check, but if you know they're out o' Chocodilios, I won't bother.

Chestnuts roasted by trajeal @ 01/09/2004 06:41 PM EST

Don't worry about the expiration date. Those Hostess products have enough preservatives to last for months.

On the same note, do you know that undertakers are saying that people are decaying slower than they used too, most likely because of us eating so much of those same preservatives?

Chestnuts roasted by James Anatidae @ 01/09/2004 07:13 PM EST

Back in high school, I used to work at a grocery store in Evansville, IN and I will never forget my first day. The guy assigned to show me around was walking down an aisle and came across the snack cake display. He looks at me and says "Look, chocodiles" and then stuffed about 8 of them in his jacket pockets. He was really fat.

Chestnuts roasted by planet garp @ 01/09/2004 07:58 PM EST

Wow, how interesting, I never knew they were a rarity. I live in california, and used to see them all the time. everywhere they sell hostess you'd see chocodiels with big bright orange sticker that said 39 cents on it. I guess now I know why they were always on sale, and why they sometimes seemed a little stale.

Oh and those hostess thrift shops rock!. I remember bakc when I was a kid it was the only place I could find the teenage mutant ninja turtle hostess vinallia filled fruit pie thingy.

mmm thsoe were good, anyone else's vanilla filled pie thingies just cannot compare!

Chestnuts roasted by Chris @ 01/09/2004 08:11 PM EST

Pudding pies disgusting?? no way... they went a little crazy when they filled them with green pudding and slapped a teenage mutant ninja turtles name on them, but they still tastes like a giant bavarian cream donut...well minus the donut part. the real snot in a shell were the lemon fruit pies...those things were scary...

Chestnuts roasted by b r a d @ 01/09/2004 08:22 PM EST

Years ago I put out a contest to my friends to find me the rare choco-diles. To my shock and pleasure they searched all of Dale City and Woodbridge,VA and brought me around 10 boxes. The funny part was that a co-worker would walk past the kitchen and grab a "dile" on his way to the back. On his way back to the front he would grab another"dile". He killed off a whole box in 1 day. We feasted on my loot but he set the record.

Chestnuts roasted by silverdragon @ 01/09/2004 08:27 PM EST

Moonpies hard to find?

Maybe up north, but down here in the south just try not to find them. The Circle K up the street has a huge display of ORANGE (colored and flavored) ones.

That's just wrong.

Matt, please tell me you microwaved them for 30 seconds and drank an RC while eating it. That's the proper way to eat a moonpie.

Chestnuts roasted by Aristan @ 01/09/2004 09:04 PM EST

Expiration dates are a Guideline: The 'Diles wont instantly mold and become green On that date, thats just the date that they should no longer be sold after. A Week is fine, Even Two weeks after the expiration date is ok. When they do in-fact START to smell/taste/feel strange is when they are Truely Dead to the World.

Chestnuts roasted by Stego S. Aurus @ 01/09/2004 09:15 PM EST

There is a Hostess store about 2 miles from me. Used to go there as a kid on Wednesdays half price bread days. Woohoo...Note the lack of enthusiasm. It always smelled so...Hostessy there. Kind of like what heaven might smell like...or so I thought as a kid. We'd get tons of stuff even ice pops funfunfun. It was always a magical place. I haven't been there in years but the outside is the same as it was 20 years ago I am guessing the inside is too. Except for the food, let's hope that's not the same. Oh, and we'd eat expired stuff all the time from there. The worst that can happen is they'll taste a little stale. Frozen Chocodiles ROCK! Just like frozen Twinkies.
Heeloyd, send me some Chocodiles and I'll send you ummmm...I dunno, somthing really interesting.

Chestnuts roasted by Killer Duck @ 01/09/2004 10:13 PM EST

Few things Matt. First, damn you for making me hungry and having no way of procuring snack cakes. Second, what the hell happened to Lando?!? Too much Colt 45? And third, give your expired Chocodiles to stoners. Speaking as one, I know that I'd eat those without hesistation. Stoners don't really care, hell, I seriously contemplated eating a mini fruitcake I found under the desk one night. I didn't, but I thought about it for way longer than I should have.

Chestnuts roasted by Black Zarak @ 01/09/2004 10:33 PM EST

What a coinkydink... I was (very) recently (on multiple occasions) constructively criticizing Hostess and various supermarket chains for the lack of Chocodiles! I had several allies at work, but most people didn't remember Chocodiles. Yea, most of the time a found Chocodile was at the end of itís edible life when you got 'em, but those times you got a fresh one, nothing could compare. Don't know about anyone else, but it didn't take me a while to eat a chocodile.

Chestnuts roasted by brockoli @ 01/09/2004 10:34 PM EST

There used to be a Hostess Bakery Thrift store by the Freehold Raceway Mall many many years ago. It was a paradise filled with cheap eats. A very filty paradise.

Me and my brother would go there, stock up on cupcakes, hide them in our jackets and go to the (very sleazy) $2 theater and avoid the rest of the extremely sleazy stripmall.

Sadly, the Hostess stores stands empty today, and the $2 is not a Work Out World. Sad times indeed.

Chestnuts roasted by Bento Bunny @ 01/09/2004 11:03 PM EST

There's one of those Thrift Store bakeries in Pittsfield, MA. It looked almost exactly like the picture & none of their food is expired.

I wonder if they'd have Choco-diles...?

Chestnuts roasted by Lauren @ 01/09/2004 11:14 PM EST

Damn, I envy you people. Not only had I never heard of Choco-Diles until I started reading X-Entertainment, but I never heard of Hostess/Wonder Bread having a store of their own until I read this article! I've never seen the things at all in southern New Jersey.

Sigh. As interesting as Matt's article is (and it's one of your best - the things you go through for journalism!), I think I'll stick to Swiss Rolls if I want chocolate-covered cake. I lack the ambition and desperation needed to call California for dessert. : 0 )

Chestnuts roasted by starwenn @ 01/09/2004 11:21 PM EST

Soul Coughing "Irresistible Bliss"
There are some audio samples. Someone who knows the record let us know which song mentions Choco-dile.

Chestnuts roasted by ME @ 01/09/2004 11:34 PM EST

matt, i think the answer here is obvious. stick them expired bastards in a cool, dry place for about five years, and then write an article about eating five-year old snack cakes. simple innit?

btw, i've read the nads hair removal article, so don't tell me you haven't had worse.

Chestnuts roasted by n0thingleft @ 01/09/2004 11:59 PM EST

What ever happened to TACO flavored Doritos?

Not TACO BELL flavored... but the original yellow bag Taco flavored!

Chestnuts roasted by Aaron @ 01/10/2004 12:12 AM EST

the only thing i remember about those Hostess cakes what the little cartoons on the back of the 80's comic books. Whichever marvel hero happened to be featured would be dumbfounded on how to defeat the nondescript villian of the moment. Eventually the hero would distract the villian with creamy hostess goodness while sneaking up capture him. And the villian was always happy to be carted off to jail as long as he had a fruit pie/twinkie/cupcake in his maw.

Chestnuts roasted by medevac @ 01/10/2004 01:41 AM EST

As any hostess fan knows, the expiration date doesn't really mean much, kind of a suggestion. (2-3 days late never stopped me..)
Great write up ! thanks
Mark S

Chestnuts roasted by Mark @ 01/10/2004 01:59 AM EST

Too weird-I live in Northern California and I've never seen chocodiles anywhere. Oh well, I'll stick with my lemon fruit pies...

Chestnuts roasted by salaciouscrum @ 01/10/2004 02:03 AM EST

The Hostess comic books ads are somewhat famous now, mainly for their sheer cheesiness. "You Get A Big Delight In Every Bite" has been spoofed many times. One Simpsons comic had a phony ad which stated, "You get a Load of Kreme in Every Seam."
The Hostess ads are right up there with the other famous old comic book mainstays: the Sea Monkeys and the Guy Named Mac Who Builds His Muscles From The Charles Atlas Bodybuilding Course.

Chestnuts roasted by Mars @ 01/10/2004 02:54 AM EST

Yum! to anyone who wants a choco-dile so bad, why dont you just dip a twinkie in chocolate?

matt: did you have to actually ask for the poster? i would be heaps embarrased >_<

Chestnuts roasted by Rachel Cakes @ 01/10/2004 04:03 AM EST

Hmm. Interesting. I work at a grocery store in central california, and we still have chocodiles in what I'd say is an ample supply.

Chestnuts roasted by Flip @ 01/10/2004 06:11 AM EST

Anyone who watches teenage dramas on television these days has a pretty good idea of what it's like living in O.C. (sadly, the television show has corrupted the semantics of the Southern California, and now most people know it as the O.C.). Anyway, if you're familiar with the show, you should have no problem believing me when I say that girls in bikinis would bring me Choco-diles every day after school. And if for some reason they forgot (y'know, shopping at the mall or something), it was never more than 5 minute ride on my Beach-cruiser to the nearest Choco-dile. I, along with many of the other posters from California fall into the group of people whose first thought was "Choco-diles are rare?"

No need to cut and paste it all, but if you go back to the article, center that picture of the wall of bread on your screen, and read the surrounding paragraphs, you can die a happy man (or woman). I will now create a new word for Matt that combines ingenious and brilliant... and that word shall be: Inbrillious.

Aaron, I live in Japan now, and just about the closest thing I can get to "authentic" mexican food is Taco-Flavored Doritos. God Damn I miss real mexican food. That shit's inbrillious.

Chestnuts roasted by Chopstick Sensei @ 01/10/2004 08:28 AM EST

Hey Lauren....you're from Pittsfield? I'm from Pittsfield too. And if B-Dawg is who I think he is, he is too. What a gathering of Pittsfieldians.

Chestnuts roasted by Diabetic Dinosaur @ 01/10/2004 10:35 AM EST

Duuuuuude you so should just eat em...don't fear the reaper...dude.

Chestnuts roasted by The Dude...the REAL one..that Matt dislikes. @ 01/10/2004 11:13 AM EST

Man. I love Hostess cakes. However, none shall ever capture my heart and stomach as the products made by DRAKE'S!! I could eat Funnybones until I violently vomit (I actually did once).

Those are hard to find, mainly a northeast thing (Matt knows what I'm talking about). Have any of you west coast people ever seen them on your end of the country?

Chestnuts roasted by SHANE! @ 01/10/2004 11:24 AM EST

Heiiiiiidi-Ho! Been there, done that, (decades ago, I ate a choco-dile; N.B. singular), bought the Tee-Shirt. [sorry, calm down, only kidding about the Tee-shirt]. There is no way you can do the "dirty pool" trick with a choco-dile- If memory serves, the 'CD' disintegrates at ambient humidity, let alone submerged like a...... so the best you'll do is make the whole pool .000001% darker....... "Chauncey" is also the name of the frog villian from the old Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse cartoons and I always wondered if the 'croc' was ripping CC&MM off........Anyhooo, it does my heart good to see the 'pre'-, 'real'-, and 'late arrival'- Baby-Boomers (plus a 67 year old! god bless he took the time to learn the computer) come out of the old-growth woodwork to comment on choco-diles and join the genX and Y'rs on this absurdly addicting site that I stumbled upon while 'surfing'. I guess I'm not alone. What a unifying forum when you think about it! But it does "gall my stones" to read a GenX'er "reminicing" about the 80's for God's sake, the 80's were just a BLINK ago! They're almost NOW! No? omigod in the 80's I could reminice (too lazy now to look for the dictionary) about the 60's..sheesh. Now that I think of it, you kids born in the 80's are actually old enough to drive cars and go to college! Holey moley! Why, back in my day..... ----To set the record straight (in my mind), the term "East Coast" normally refers to "New Jersey" (most densely populated State etc, etc.) or at least the Middle Atlantic States (Sorry Maine and Florida), and probably one of my first realizations that "Madison Ave" had too much of a "hand" in matters that affect my life was when I noticed the 'flip-flopping' of the name Ding Dongs, and King Dons (I thought I was getting a new product, so I tried it... to my disappointment--exactly the same product. Sort of like Dr. Pepper in the North and Mr. Pibb in the South). Also, did anyone else ever notice that most of those "thrift shops" uncannily resemble airplane hangars from the outside? And were always perched high on precarious hills? For those of you who have never seen/eaten a choco-dile and think you want to, don't get your hopes up. The chocolate covering is not like that of a Ring-Ding or a Yodel, it's more like a waxy mousse (or maybe the one I ate years ago was expired [or already 'folded, spindled, or mutilated' (punchcard reference) also). As for the person manning the 'airplane hangar' in Woodbridge, that person's accent is genuinely representative of those who grew up in some parts of New Jersey or New York (in NJ that accent was strictly limited to the Jersey City/Union City area near the coastline of the Hudson River and Brooklyn/Queens near the East River) in the 50's/60's and alas, that unique dialect is dying out. However, my neighbor from the area still seriously refers to the porcelain convenience as a 'terlet'(first time I heard him I thought he was kidding). To GenZ'rs that dialect will be as obsolete as Latin or Esperanto, so enjoy now and revel in the glory that is the present. (Heckle & Jeckle reference:'squoit of earl'). My experience makes me believe that for better or worse, most people (including myself) from NJ talk like the famous former Professional Basketball player and NJ State Senator (this includes the 'deadpan'), even though I believe he is from Boston, go figure. Serious question: Does Matt himself write all these comments, a la the rumor about a famous Girly Mag's forum? Well as usual, I have squandered a good portion of my day on this insidious, mind-controlling, interactive television set, and I still have stories to tell about Drakes Fruit cakes and their products and commercials, and what life was like with 'tube' TV's with 'rabbit ears' and without remote controls, cars with carburettors and non-maintenance-free car batteries, but I have miles to go before I sleep, and some of my synapses are firing well-enough to tell me it's time to quit, so I hope you have as much fun reading this as I had writing it, thanks for the opportumity--OUT!

Chestnuts roasted by ibinsomniac @ 01/10/2004 12:12 PM EST

Wow that post was a whole lot of nothing

Chestnuts roasted by shane! @ 01/10/2004 12:29 PM EST

Well, I can't say I've seen Choco-Diles recently, but I know I had some about two years ago. There were selling them at small grocerie stories up here in northern Idaho.

Chestnuts roasted by Mr. Mr. Mr. @ 01/10/2004 01:01 PM EST

Matt, this was hilarious! I'd never heard of Choco-Diles until last year on the WB's "Angel."

Cordelia Chase (character on the program) was in sugar-high heaven over the thing. This set off a heated round of "What are Choco-Diles and where do get them?" on the alt.tv.angel newsgroup.

The Californians were the only ones on the newsgroup who had access to the bakery delight.

Chestnuts roasted by Cindy @ 01/10/2004 01:12 PM EST

I'm from Massatwoshits but nowhere near Pittsfield. I've driven past there before but I kept on driving.
Heeloyd I just read your comments about my mural...I usually never go back to previous Blogs...I think I am going to rebuild it a little. If I do I will take pictures and post them on my site. I still have a huge craft thing filled with random body parts waiting for mutation, white and black craft paint and glue sticks. More cow headed aliens in the works :)

Chestnuts roasted by Killer Duck @ 01/10/2004 01:37 PM EST

Wow, I missed a few days since I was busy at work and did I ever have a load to catch up on. Between the 130+ comments on the 49 pieces o' crap and the 100+ on here, reading the blog is becoming a lenghty process as well as reading the 80,000+ word articles. Who am I kidding, I love every word of it!

To add another vote to the mix, I am from Philadelphia and have never heard of Chocodiles before this article. Also, I have never heard of "King Dons", they have always been Ding Dongs here.

I woke up this morning and the little temperature tracker and the new said it was 5 degrees! I don't think I've ever seen a temp that low. Of course, I think it's too cold when it's 50. Christ, I can't wait for the summer!!

Chestnuts roasted by Y2JB78 @ 01/10/2004 02:50 PM EST

If you want to keep the Choco-diles from going bad, put them in a swan-neck flask. Then, they'll never go bad.

Chestnuts roasted by gmfbrown @ 01/10/2004 02:51 PM EST

I thought that I'd add that in Ohio, we have King Dons, not Ding Dongs. On the Choco-dile front, I haven't SEEN them, but I'll have to keep an eye out for them.

Chestnuts roasted by Rob @ 01/10/2004 03:05 PM EST

Twinkies, chocolate fudge, Kit Kat, and cheesecake (especially my Mom's) should be considered the four food groups of snack food.

Try looking at Wal*Mart. I think I've seen them at a big Wal*Mart here in Connecticut. I don't know if the grocery store I work at has them or not.

Chestnuts roasted by ShadowWing the Technorganic Autobot @ 01/10/2004 03:10 PM EST

I know for a fact that I am not made up by someone in another state. No one would make up a Choctaw/Arapaho/Kiowa/Comanche in Two-Dog-and-Half-a-Horse, Oklahoma just to boost thier ego. I ain't that lucky. And now, an out-of-context quote :"He did it! Charlie Brown got it up! And I helped!"

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/10/2004 03:21 PM EST

tee-hee. His mom's CheeseCake.

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/10/2004 03:24 PM EST

I'd never seen or heard of Choco-diles before the article. I don't they are common in Minnesota. However, curious about then today though I took a detour to check the nearest Hostess Thrift Store and there they were. So the any other Minnesotans out there, you can find them! I also grabbed a Peach Fruit Pie, I had no idea they even made peach.

Chestnuts roasted by Emperor_Zorak @ 01/10/2004 03:59 PM EST

FYI- the 7-11's in Fort Collins, CO have an ample supply of chocodiles, for those seeking you may want to check with the bakeries in colorado as well!

Chestnuts roasted by Beka @ 01/10/2004 04:32 PM EST

I work as A vendor for George Weston (Thomas', Arnold, Freihofer, Entenmann's....and so on) You think THAT was a lot of bread? pah! I just finished up a day where i put, and this is the truth, 250 english muffin 12-packs into a stop and shop... fukkin 12-packs...
Oh, and by the way, have you ever seen what happens to a IBC Apple pie when it's 2 months past expiration? i had the pleasure of stepping in one today... not fun. OH! If you can find a George Weston bread terminal (not thrift store) and you can convince them that you're a farmer, they'll give you as much stale product as you want. Serious.

Chestnuts roasted by FuzzyFurryFoxie @ 01/10/2004 04:38 PM EST

oh... reminisce i believe

Chestnuts roasted by FuzzyFurryFoxie @ 01/10/2004 04:41 PM EST

Ohhh and don't trust the date... i've seen hostess product go mouldy a week before the sell by date... i fuckin hate IBC.....

Chestnuts roasted by FuzzyFurryFoxie @ 01/10/2004 04:45 PM EST

Hey Shadow wing... Which Walmart? Madison Or Waterford? assuming it's a super walmart ur talkin about...
I deliver muffins to tha 1 in waterford

Chestnuts roasted by FuzzyFurryFoxie @ 01/10/2004 04:47 PM EST

I once saw a parody ad submitted to Marvel with the ThunderBolts eating fruit pies. 'Twas funny enough that Marvel redid the art to better match the old ads. Just seeing Zemo eat a fried pie was hilarious!

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/10/2004 05:40 PM EST

Can you someday post a list of all the fruits named by Whiskers the Kitten Who Can Name Fruit on Cartoon Network's Fridays? I think he is the only amusing part of that show with the dumb kinds, Zingor, and whatshisname

Chestnuts roasted by We Want Whiskers! @ 01/10/2004 06:14 PM EST

Man I grew up in Middlesex County, NJ. Woodbridge was a place I have been to on many an occasion, the mall in particular. Can't say I've been to the Hostess sto' though.

I live in Hollywood, CA now, and I must say, I see Choco-Diles seemingly everywhere. I think I'm actually gonna buy a package today, and with each bite I take my mind will be filled with the thoughts of what my Jersey brethren be missin'.

Seriously though, I loved the article, especially because it had pictures of home. Between this article, and the one from a while back featuring your trip to Easy Video, it makes me forget how much I miss Jersey.

Keep it up Matt, I love your site. And I think I speak for all displaced Jersey-ites everywhere when I say so. Keep up field trips to exotic locales such as Woodbridge, and you've guaranteed your readers a tremendous experience they will not soon forget.

Chestnuts roasted by Chris of Cali @ 01/10/2004 06:14 PM EST

king, are you from Oklahoma? I tried to make sense out of what you said but it was kind of um...rambling. My sister and brother in law live out there. Did someone accuse you of not being you? If it was me, was I drunk? If not, why wasn't I???
Y2J, Philly has never gone to 5 degrees? Sheit, here in Mass it gets that cold a lot. I feel like you were gone forever. Never leave again, dammit.

Chestnuts roasted by Killer Duck @ 01/10/2004 07:33 PM EST

Thanks, triple F.

Chestnuts roasted by ibinsomniac @ 01/10/2004 07:42 PM EST

They keep throwing us some new ones around here...one of the regional bakeries introduced red velvet "Twinkies" (Twinkalikes?) last summer. The actual cake part was right on the money, but I was a bit disappointed that the filling didn't taste more like the cream cheese icing that usually tops the real red velvet cakes. Anyway, they popped up for a month and disappeared again. What a world...

Chestnuts roasted by Tiny Money Eric @ 01/10/2004 08:33 PM EST

If it weren't for the accessibility of Chocodiles, I would have considered leaving California a while ago. Thanks a lot for that article, man. It's nice to know that there are others out there who enjoy them as much as I do. In fact, I'm gonna pick some up in a few .
(3 for $1.00)

Keep up the kick-ass work!

Chestnuts roasted by natessa80 @ 01/10/2004 09:01 PM EST

FuzzyFurryFoxie and Shadow Wing - now my curiosity is piqued. There's a Super Wal*Mart in Lisbon, too. Which mysterious Connecticut Wal*Mart was meant? The world may never know...

Chestnuts roasted by trajeal @ 01/10/2004 09:38 PM EST

Since someone mentioned Matt's competition earlier without any conflict, here is Seanbaby's Hostess comic page:

Chestnuts roasted by Null Unit @ 01/10/2004 09:43 PM EST

Diabetic Dinosaur, actually I'm in North Adams, but I work in Pittsfield. The Bakery is along the last one minute of my drive in to work. Or those last few minutes before the end of lunch...

Does Wal-Mart have them?

Chestnuts roasted by Lauren @ 01/10/2004 11:16 PM EST

You didn't answer my question, what are all the fruits named by Whiskers the Kitten Who Can Name Fruit on Cartoon Network Fridays?

Chestnuts roasted by Whiskers' #1 fan @ 01/10/2004 11:54 PM EST

I don't watch much Cartoon Network and have no clue who Whiskers the Kitten Who Can Name Fruit is although I am sure he deserves his own show or at least a guest spot on Conan O'Brien. I'll guess anyway since I worry that lack of answers might make you angry enough to eat a cactus. I will guess that said talking kitten talks about pineapples, kiwi fruit, bananas and pears. If he talks about more than that, well, he shouldn't.

Chestnuts roasted by Killer Duck @ 01/11/2004 12:13 AM EST

Seanbaby is Matt's competition? This is new. Aren't they both under UGO supervision? What are they competing over? What, are there not enough eyeballs to go around, and they have to somehow entice their readers to choose one over the other? And what do they get out of it? Ten bucks?
I'll accept it, tho, just because I love the idea of NY and Portland fighting it out in the medium of humor websites. Ain't no party like a West Coast party, cause a West Coast party don't stop!

Chestnuts roasted by G'Tron @ 01/11/2004 01:00 AM EST

You crazy Americans and your crazy food. And the crazy food laws that let you all have some things and us Canadians have other things. I love my ketchup chips, and my chocolate bars. Yes, chocolate bars, not candy bars. And beer. There, I am done with my patriotism for the year. What can I say, I am a keener; I like to get my assignments done early. Eww, back to school on Monday... someone kidnap me and take me to Hawaii where no one will ever find me.

Chestnuts roasted by Gabbylicious @ 01/11/2004 02:47 AM EST

my computer died so i wont be posting much for awhile :(

>:O "pissed off" >:O

Chestnuts roasted by heeloyd @ 01/11/2004 02:57 AM EST

I live in ST. Louis to and we have an abundance of them at our grocery store. As a matter of fact, i had some in my house before i was reading the article

Chestnuts roasted by OtherMatt @ 01/11/2004 03:47 AM EST

Unfairness reigns. Heeloyd has a broken computer, Gabby is Canadian, and I have no Chocodiles!

Chestnuts roasted by Killer Duck @ 01/11/2004 03:58 AM EST

Lauren - The Wal-Mart by Coconuts and Barnes and Noble and what not? Damned if I know...I haven't been in there in about a year. But, for some reason I seem to remember them having gignatic boxes of Ding Dongs(They are called Ding Dongs, at least in MA...) so it is a possibility.

Chestnuts roasted by Diabetic Dinosaur @ 01/11/2004 09:51 AM EST

The Wal*Mart I was talking about (and I'll be there today to confirm) is in Bristol. I'll let ya'all know if I see them. Of course, my main purpose is hunting Transformers, but if I see it I'll post in this entry.

Kingklash, I'm not sure what you meant by that "tee hee", but I'm going to be insulted to save time. Never joke about the Sacred Food! Mankind was put on this planet for the express purpose of making cheesecake. Dirty humor involving the Sacred Food (especially when it involves my MOM!!!!!!) will get you smited. It would be in the Bible but it was written in the one Dead Sea Scroll whose jar wasn't closed tight enough.

Chestnuts roasted by ShadowWing the Technorganic Autobot @ 01/11/2004 10:27 AM EST

The only humor kingklash knows is dirty humor. Take that and he's got nothing.

Chestnuts roasted by Killer Duck @ 01/11/2004 12:03 PM EST

Do any of you remember the short-lived Devil's Food Twinkies? The pacakaging featured a Negroid Twinkie the Kid. They were so damn good, but quickly disappeared. I wonder if they're still available somewhere too??

Chestnuts roasted by EmperorBinky @ 01/11/2004 12:22 PM EST

Wait a minute!

Isn't Mare Winningham the name of an actress?

Chestnuts roasted by sfghsdfghh @ 01/11/2004 01:03 PM EST

I never had a chocodile before, or had seen them that i can remember. so now I will have my eyes peeled every chance i can find to get my hands on spongecake shaped fatteners.

I go to the state fair every year, so they'll probably show up fried and on a stick in the next few years. (I don't know wether to feel hungry or queasy)

Chestnuts roasted by Luke @ 01/11/2004 01:32 PM EST

Um...sfghsdfghh...you're just figuring that out?
Emperor Binky, I remember those!!! They were mighty tasty. I imagine they got pulled because of their spokes-Twinkie. First time I saw them my friend said it wouldn't last long. And yet they have yellow cake and orange cupcakse and no differing characters on those...

Chestnuts roasted by Killer Duck @ 01/11/2004 01:36 PM EST

Duck, I'm sure it has been that cold before, but if it was I have blocked it out of my memory (or it was before I was born). I am just not made for the cold. My friends and I had to wear our coats, gloves, scarves in the bar we were at because it was so cold in there. Of course, that didn't make us leave. I guess our need for alcohol was greater than our need for warmth. I wonder if that makes us alcoholics?

I'll try not to be gone for so long again. Damn work, they should realize I have other commitments when I'm there!

Chestnuts roasted by Y2JB78 @ 01/11/2004 01:38 PM EST


Chestnuts roasted by arangadillo @ 01/11/2004 02:03 PM EST

I distinctly remember both Moonpies and Choc-o-diles being widly available at the Krausers on St George Ave in Rahway NJ in the early 90's. Of course, knowing Krauser's they could easily have been stock from the late 70's. That same Krausers store was where I got 5 plastic Max Headroon candy filled plastic heads -- in 1996....

Chestnuts roasted by Garrison @ 01/11/2004 02:24 PM EST

As to the Choc-o-diles....what about eBay? Throw in a couple of sacks of White Castles and Utz Crab flavored potato chips. Now that's a Jersey meal. :)

Chestnuts roasted by Garrison @ 01/11/2004 02:34 PM EST

Matt, we also have a Hostess Bakery in our town, and we often refer to it as "The Wonderbread Store". Aside from Chocodiles, they also have Ding Dongs and the usual lineup. Not bad when you consider it's cheaper than buying them from the store

Chestnuts roasted by Kool-Aid Man @ 01/11/2004 03:31 PM EST

Dammit I want my Devil's Food Twinkies!!! I mean come on it wasn't THAT bad a mascot. At least he wasn't carrying a 9mm and a 40.

Chestnuts roasted by EmperorBinky @ 01/11/2004 04:01 PM EST

As far as I know, Seanbaby doesn't work with UGO anymore. He's also pulled away from the 80's Hostess Fruit Pies/Mr. T nostalgia racket and concentrates more on the video game stuff he writes for EGM and the frivolous lawsuits for The Wave magazine. A lot of Sean's focus was always on video games and/or the stupidity of the world, while I see Matt's work very differently. To me, Matt's more about finding unusual things that kickstart memories. I still die laughing whenever I read any of Sean's work, but I have a much more emotional response to a lot of what Matt writes.
I type this next to a box of Hostess Crispy Rice Treats, which I didn't even know existed. I should also mention that yes, at least in SoCal there is no shortage of Chocodiles at the Hostess Thrift Store, otherwise known as "The Day-Old Bakery".

Chestnuts roasted by squee4242 @ 01/11/2004 04:09 PM EST

Just saw Seanbaby on the Ultimate Video Game Countdown... wow. I've never seen such palpable disgust for the lines coming out of someone's mouth. He was biting back contempt with every syllable, desperately flailing into cool poses to provide *some* aspect of his personality. Seanbaby is a writer, not a VJ, and he shouldn't be made to act like one. I sure hope Matt doesn't have to go through this crap in the future.
Sushi-X should be the host next year!

Chestnuts roasted by G'Tron @ 01/11/2004 06:18 PM EST

Well, I stopped at that Wal*Mart today and the results were inconclusive. There weren't a whole lot on the shelves. Plenty of Swirly Q's and Devil Dogs, though. Maybe because it's a Sunday. Either way, I wouldn't end thine searching just yet. (They also didn't have the Overload Transformer. Darn it!)

Devils Food Twinkies. I think I tried those once. Not as good as the magic wonder of his Caucasian counterpart, but still awfully darn good. What happened to them, or am I just not paying that close attention?

Chestnuts roasted by ShadowWing the Technorganic Choco-Dile Hunter @ 01/11/2004 07:05 PM EST

My dog is stalking the leftover pizza. It is in a closed box and not moving but he still is expecting it to do something. I love my dog but I think he is not all there between his enormous ears.
If you ever saw me at the mall when it was busy I would be the one climbing a fake tree and quacking loudly.

Chestnuts roasted by Killer Duck @ 01/11/2004 07:17 PM EST

Ok, I KNOW That you will NOT read this... but yet, here is my small little post.

I live in this magical land where Choco*diles are a thing of everyday here... No, actually no. They arent called Choco*Diles, but THEY ARE Choco*diles.

Instead, they are Called Gansitos ("Little Gooses") and This land, my friend, is Mexico.

Gansitos had been done ever since the 30īs here by BIMBO, our Mayor Bread company. How they are different to Choco*Diles? Well, lets explain the them :

Gansitos = Choco*Diles in the facts that :
- Are Sponge Cakes
- Are Chocolate Covered
- Have a Creamy Filling

BUT, Gansitos :

Yeah, think of Gansitos has Bastardized Choco*diles. Yet, every once in a while, Bastardizations of a Nice Cake taste Better.

Trust me, You Need this "Evolution" in Choco*Diles. You need to taste the thing that COULD had been with them...

Yeah, they are THAT Good.

Chestnuts roasted by Imakuni? Neo @ 01/11/2004 11:30 PM EST

I hate you all. I've been on this almost fruitless quest for Moonpies. Matt couldn't have unleashed this six months ago when I was in Indiana and surrounded by the things. I found some at a gas station and I'm too embarrassed to go back. But I found two at the convience store near me and once those run out I'll probably be back to the gas station to buy them out.

I have a feeling all the overtime I'm getting will be going to Moonpies. At least those can be gotten online.

Chestnuts roasted by fangirlx @ 01/11/2004 11:40 PM EST

Hi this is my website in case you wanted to know more about me. Hope Matt will write an article about my talents. Until then...KUMQUAT!

Chestnuts roasted by Whiskers the Kitten Who Can Name Fruit @ 01/11/2004 11:42 PM EST

Fangirl, I used to see Moonpies down south a lot (I travelled down there often and will be going agiain sometime this spring). Check Hometownfavorites.com - they might have them.

Chestnuts roasted by Killer Duck @ 01/12/2004 01:54 AM EST

Wow, so many posts...
I'm pretty sure we have both ding dongs and king dons here in Canada. I have seen them. Never had a chocodile...I want one...I have had chocolate coverd twinkies before...maybe they are called something else here? Who knows...Anyways your articles always cheer me up. So much humor. Anything from Canada you want? i'll send...just lemmie know...
this goes for anyone.

Chestnuts roasted by Allie @ 01/12/2004 03:33 AM EST

I can't think of anything to do with them, except for the completely obvious. Throw six in the freezer for a while, pull them out, grab some toothpicks, and make a Transformers gestalt.

Chestnuts roasted by Jim @ 01/12/2004 11:14 AM EST

Check out the really, really long ramble-gram further up. Some person thinks Matt writes these replies himself. Hoo-boy! If that was true, his thought processes are more disjointed than mine.

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/12/2004 11:32 AM EST

---how you talk about me when I'm making the world safe for fuzzy kittens and gummi worms---

Chestnuts roasted by kingklash @ 01/12/2004 11:50 AM EST

I've found a few sites with Moonpies. I just don't know if I really want to spend a bunch of money for them when my next addiction may be something I can buy close to home. I just have to wait for it.

Whiskers is the cutest thing. Almost makes me want to watch CN on Fridays. Almost.

Chestnuts roasted by fangirlx @ 01/12/2004 12:44 PM EST

I dunno if this has been mentioned yet, but when something has a experation date on it, it doesn't mean that the item isntantly turns to in-edible garbage or something. It just means that the store isn't allowed to sell that item to people after that time period. If they're sealed & everuything they'll keep a bit longer. You might still be able to eat them, but as I write this on the 12th I'm not so sure. Just pop one out, sniff it & see what happens I guess...


Chestnuts roasted by Boglin @ 01/12/2004 02:59 PM EST

I read this page and saw all the Hostess cakes and pies and thought to myself, what ever happened to the Hostess Pie "Boston Cream?" There were two pudding filled pies. Am I NUTS?

He has the Lemon one pictured, we have those where I live along with Cherry, Apple, Blueberry, and the occasional Strawberry, but what happened to Boston Cream!?

It was the best. It was a white flaky pie crust with Chocolate filling and there was another one that was a chocolate flaky pie crust with vanilla puuding inside.

One was Boston Cream, but I don't recall the other one, but I miss those things!

Chestnuts roasted by ??? @ 01/12/2004 09:04 PM EST

Wow...I live in a small town in Missouri of about 2,000 people, and we get them here. Craziness.

Chestnuts roasted by CoryD @ 01/12/2004 11:46 PM EST

The lovechild of Captain Cupcake and Twinkie The Kid? SCANDELOUS!!

Anyhow -- Have a Chocodile party shindig. Nobody's going to notice they're expired; they'll be too busy rippin' into 'em to notice. And seriously, a few days over the experiation date won't kill anyone.

Then you can tell them later and enjoy the look on their face.

Chestnuts roasted by kodekitten @ 01/13/2004 03:33 AM EST

Well, the Thrift Shop in Pittsfield doesn't have 'em (I looked & walked out empty handed).

I'm gonna check Wal-Mart & Price Chopper. Maybe I'll have better luck.

I want my Choco-diles!

Chestnuts roasted by Lauren @ 01/13/2004 07:24 PM EST

-->>..eemm.. i've been a Choco-dile addict scince i was real little ..yeh.. twords Cali they are more plentifull.. and i actually buy 'em quite often..
Coco-dili-0ES.. dammit.. if i'd known Matt had to go thru' ,hell and back i'd have been more than happy to ship him a box.. jesus f8ckin' Mary Chauncy.. .. >v<

Chestnuts roasted by ~tOkK @ 01/13/2004 09:57 PM EST

Another masterpiece, you rock!

Chestnuts roasted by Jay Amabile @ 01/14/2004 05:30 AM EST

If you live overseas, you can buy a pack of Moonpies for $12 with shipping at $95[!?!?]. Hardly an incentive for an international franchise. They do look delicious though.

Chestnuts roasted by F-13 @ 01/14/2004 01:10 PM EST

Devil Dogs... MMMMmmmmmmmmmm
Nothing better than Devil Dogs...

Well maybe Tastycakes TastyKlair pudding pie..

Chestnuts roasted by Fred @ 01/14/2004 05:59 PM EST

After moving to Phoenix for school I've found that some store in the area sale choco-diles a snack never before avilible to me back in Michigan even in the days of my youth. However, in the short time that I've been here (less then a year) the aviliblity of said junk food item has gone down. Stores that sold just six months ago no longer do and show no signs of doing so again but I have heard that they are still avilible at some stores I have yet to visit, I guess it would be worth the look.

Chestnuts roasted by Jay @ 01/14/2004 07:10 PM EST

Thought you might want to know that MoonPies are actually rather common Mardi Gras "throws" (that is, the stuff they chuck off parade floats, including beads, cups and other assorted plastic crap) here in New Orleans. They even come wrapped in festive packaging for the occassion and are usually a mini size that I have only seen in as throws. Although it can be a major pain in the ass getting smacked in the back of the head with one when you've been drunk on Bourbon and cheap wine coolers for about 3 days they do make a rather tasty treat come 4am when the only thing in your house is Bud Light and mustard. If you want I can send you one come February.

Chestnuts roasted by Amber @ 01/14/2004 07:26 PM EST

shoulda asked me! we have TWO hostess stores within a mile of where I live. And I still see chocodiles regularly. But it is the raspberry filled donuts that yank my chain! umnnn dooonut. so soft, so moist, so damply powder sugary, so gooooood. they are the ONLY donuts of their calibur and the only ones that would tee ME off if they went up ten cents darn it! You should check out some old comic books for ads for hostess. The pies and cupcakes had a lot of superman and spider man ads. The cakes help you fight crime!


Chestnuts roasted by annette @ 01/15/2004 04:47 AM EST

ok. after reading the comments I must speak again. First off, for the poster who moved to phoenix. I live in Mesa, we have two hostess stores here. BOTH on Horne in mesa. CHeck the phone book and call em. You never know, they might be selling chocodiles on those days.

second, the picture of the fruit pies showed a lemon pie with a black mark. this is common for our hostess stores. THe black mark means it was sold at the outlet I guess. I still check for buy by date of course. But I have never run into a BAD treat.

Thirdly, windmill cookies. Good, but only if dipped in melted chocolate. you dip them half in chocolate and let them dry. and serve them as treats at upscale parties! they LOOK fancy and the chocolate makes people think they taste good!

fourth. Yes there are/were pudding pies. they used to have chocolate covered ones that had chocolate pudding in them. I would hit the local seven eleven/circle k get a 32 oz (this was before HUGE sized drinks) of dr pepper and give myself a sugar coma with a pie. umnnnnn. dr pepper and pie.

I don't see them any more but the local generic pies that you buy in the freezer at krogers has chocolate pies that are NOT covered in chocolate too.


Chestnuts roasted by annette again @ 01/15/2004 05:05 AM EST

Dudes, i live in Anaheim CA, and i can get chocodile up the street, they are like 3 for 99 cents. freaking come over and enjoy.

Chestnuts roasted by John Taco @ 01/16/2004 12:51 PM EST


Chestnuts roasted by Mos @ 01/16/2004 01:28 PM EST

Likewise I've found them in Kansas City for years. Along with the sighting in St. Louis there is clearly a midwest bakery putting them out.

Chestnuts roasted by Belgand @ 01/16/2004 02:04 PM EST


Chestnuts roasted by Brio @ 01/16/2004 04:35 PM EST

Moon Pies are rare? I recently moved to Alabama, those things are everywhere here. "R.C. and Moon Pies" is apparently the official meal of the south. They have moon pies everywhere you go, you can't twirl a possum* without hitting a stack of them!

*Possum twirling is illegal inside city limits.

Chestnuts roasted by Phil the Scumdog @ 01/16/2004 05:22 PM EST

Brio, I posted a link to Matt's article in the site's message board:


Chestnuts roasted by ME @ 01/17/2004 03:08 PM EST

Chocodile petition from the site Brio found:

Chestnuts roasted by ME @ 01/17/2004 03:10 PM EST

The search for Choco-diles inspired me to seek out another hard-to-find Interstate Brand product. While not as elusive as the Choco-dile, the Dolly Madison Butterscotch Iced Zinger has been almost impossible for me to find in regular grocery stores. I managed to track them down at the local Interstate Brand outlet store. Thanks for the inspiration, Matt!

Chestnuts roasted by Dan @ 01/21/2004 04:28 PM EST

Wow...never heard of a Choco-dile. And King Dongs? Huh? I'm Jersey as well, but I only know them as Ding Dongs. But then, I can't claim to be a conoisseur of Hostess products; I was always a Tastykake girl. Better quality, in my opinion. Chocolate Juniors are the shit! And Butterscotch Krimpets...mmm... Oh, I'm sorry, am I making all of you displaced Jerseyans salivate? ;-) You can all keep your Choco-diles...Tastykakes are just one of the many reasons why I will never leave this state :-D

Chestnuts roasted by RU Hungry? @ 01/21/2004 07:00 PM EST

I had no idea these were so rare! We have them all over here in Los Angeles. Anyone want some? :)

Chestnuts roasted by Coyote @ 01/24/2004 02:06 AM EST

Now, if only Hostess still made the light, raspberry-filled, chocolate cupcakes or the choco-bliss cakes, it would be a much better world!

Chestnuts roasted by jstock @ 01/25/2004 11:37 AM EST

Hey they sell choco-diles at this liquor store down the block from where I live.I did'nt realize how rare they were until I saw your quest for the chocolate covered twinkie.They're like 3 for a buck.

Chestnuts roasted by caliguy @ 01/27/2004 12:17 AM EST

you know if x-e was on the west coast this article would have been alot shorter. you can't walk around san diego without tripping over a chocodile. i see them in the same places that previewed the special "latino" m&m's (dulce de leche flavor)

Chestnuts roasted by clonebot @ 01/27/2004 01:33 PM EST

you know if x-e was on the west coast this article would have been alot shorter. you can't walk around san diego without tripping over a chocodile. i see them in the same places that previewed the special "latino" m&m's (dulce de leche flavor)

Chestnuts roasted by clonebot @ 01/27/2004 01:33 PM EST

there are some chocodiles on ebay
check em out

Chestnuts roasted by The Goat @ 01/29/2004 08:38 AM EST

i cosumed many chocodiles as a child in staten island n.y.fond memories,now they're gone.but,as stated in ghostbusters that a twinkies shelf life was 100 years,so the chocodile should have had no ill effects due to the narrowly missed date on the package...cheers

Chestnuts roasted by dan f @ 01/29/2004 04:43 PM EST

you're the best.

Chestnuts roasted by niswift @ 02/01/2004 12:49 PM EST

you're the best.

Chestnuts roasted by niswift @ 02/01/2004 12:49 PM EST

You've inspires me

Chestnuts roasted by Tony Vacc @ 02/02/2004 06:43 PM EST

You've inspired me

Chestnuts roasted by Tony Vacc @ 02/02/2004 06:43 PM EST

Has anyone tried making your own? I've never eaten one, and I don't currently have the means to try it, but I imagine it should be fairly simple:

1. Melt chocolate
2. Apply to Twinkie
3. Place Twinkie in refrigerator until chocolate solidifies

Chestnuts roasted by Deltoid P. Hamsterlicker @ 02/05/2004 08:01 PM EST


I came across your site (oo-er!) accidentally, and found this section about 'Chocodiles'. Now, if they're what someone from the US told me about, then I might be the lucky one. Here in the UK we have something similar, called Cadburys Mini Rolls; they've been around for years (for as long as I can remember) and are still around, in packs of 6, 10 or 20. I suspect there'll be mass feelings of envy 3000 miles away...!

Chestnuts roasted by Robert Deighton @ 02/06/2004 06:58 AM EST

Oh god . I would steal those cakes from the corner store when i was a kid... They were oh so d e licous. Sounds like your from jersey also. Im gonna contact relatives on the west coast see if they could steal, i mean ship me a few boxes.,.. ty for the info..

Chestnuts roasted by paully @ 02/08/2004 01:31 PM EST

Oh god . I would steal those cakes from the corner store when i was a kid... They were oh so d e licous. Sounds like your from jersey also. Im gonna contact relatives on the west coast see if they could steal, i mean ship me a few boxes.,.. ty for the info..

Chestnuts roasted by paully @ 02/08/2004 01:31 PM EST

Oh god . I would steal those cakes from the corner store when i was a kid... They were oh so d e licous. Sounds like your from jersey also. Im gonna contact relatives on the west coast see if they could steal, i mean ship me a few boxes.,.. ty for the info..

Chestnuts roasted by paully @ 02/08/2004 01:32 PM EST

Choco diles sighted!!! The snack bar at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ is chock full of those things. I think they have been on the shelf since the Carter Administration, but there they are, in all their turd like glory

Chestnuts roasted by Joey @ 02/09/2004 02:55 AM EST

Matt, Cudos to you. What an investigation! Just reading your excursion to locate those delectible treats simply exhausted me. I have been trying to find chocodiles for my husband for quite sometime now. He has needed a choco-fix for so long, and I would like to get his childhood favorite to him before he retires. I do hope you are enjoying your found treasure, and if you should locate a supplier that you can divolge the address and phone number of, please contact me immediately. Also, if you are interested in selling any of the boxes you possess, email me at once. Do you recall the chocodiles that also had a layer of jelly in them? They were great too. I signed the petition, and hope for the desired effect. I can't eat them anymore, as diabetis prevents me. But it would almost be worth it to enjoy one, even at the risk of a coma. Just kiddin. Get back to me on the request to buy some from you. You lucky dawg. Arlene and Tom

Chestnuts roasted by Arlene @ 02/10/2004 02:17 AM EST

This guy is selling them online and on eBay...



Chestnuts roasted by mckinley @ 02/13/2004 01:19 AM EST

:Sniffles: Your story was so inspiring.. Especially since I live in NJ.. I gotta go to that shop and get myself a poster.. Wanna share those chocodiles? LoL if you froze them they would have lasted... =(

PS. Your pretty damn good looking

Chestnuts roasted by CaT S. @ 02/13/2004 11:30 PM EST

Hey in that picture of unknown Hostses goodie syou show not one but BOTH types of Moonpies!!! I beleive the Monn pie is the greasest Cheap deli/superstore bootleg pastry EVER! Their so painfully good. I hope you ate them but I don't think you did as you would have closed down your website sold everything you owned and bought more moon pies with the procedes! And now an observation, I've also seen ChocoDiles here in rbooklyn and some troes have em some don't their one of the more rarer snack foods, while Moon pies are nonexistent here. I've also never seen those lemon fuit pies in my life. Wonder if those are 5,000 cals like the Cherry one's? We have both an Entimens AND Hostess thrift store in Brooklyn!

Chestnuts roasted by Brett From brooklyn @ 02/14/2004 06:16 PM EST

I am absolutely beside myself that I have never heard of the great classic, "Choco-diles!" I was watching the television program, "Unwrapped," on The Food Network, and they featured them. I cannot believe that they have been around for over 40 years (I'm 32 myself, and I've never heard of them! I understand that they have been confined to the West Coast for some time. I WANT A CHOCO-DILE!!!! Can anyone tell me how to order some? I do live in "The Big Easy" of New Orleans. Please e-mail at twilloug@tulane.edu


Chestnuts roasted by T Willoughby @ 02/15/2004 03:31 AM EST

I am absolutely beside myself that I have never heard of the great classic, "Choco-diles!" I was watching the television program, "Unwrapped," on The Food Network, and they featured them. I cannot believe that they have been around for over 40 years (I'm 32 myself, and I've never heard of them!). I understand that they have been confined to the West Coast for some time. I WANT A CHOCO-DILE!!!! Can anyone tell me how to order some? I do live in "The Big Easy" of New Orleans. Please e-mail at twilloug@tulane.edu


Chestnuts roasted by T Willoughby @ 02/15/2004 03:34 AM EST

Check out this Media Kit at Twinkies.com for into about the characters Apparently IBC the makers of Twinkies do not have much about the Chocodiles on their site other than the obscure reference.

Chestnuts roasted by Sky Martin @ 02/15/2004 10:14 AM EST

They mentioned Choco-diles on "Yes, Dear" tonight on CBS. Greg was in a convenience store and was going to buy them for his dying aunt. Just after reading this article, what a kawinkydink!

Chestnuts roasted by Fr8train @ 02/16/2004 08:21 PM EST

CHocodiles....WHERE?!! WHO!!!? :o

I moved from Prov. RI. to Miami back in 1989 and have NEVER SEEN a Chocodile SINCE!

Explain to me what hostess is thinking. I can see the sales/marketing department now...

"OK folks, lets make the WORLDS best tasting Snack cake call is ah...THE CHOCODILE...and...."
"I GOT IT! Sell it in limited markets so we donít make the profit potential on this item!"
"OH and maybe some fans might dedicated WEBPAGES to it!"
Mr.Hostess replys,"GENIUS!"


Chestnuts roasted by ROB in MIAMI, FL. @ 02/17/2004 01:56 PM EST

When I was a kid I used to buy Chocodile for 25 cents each, which at the time meant that buying two chocodiles was CHEAPER than buying a package of two regular twinkies. I used to think Hostess was INSANE. But kept it to myself and quietly spent every loose quarter I could find on them. YUM. You should see how giddy I got when I was able to get my hands on a whole dollar! That meant FOUR of those bad-boys. :D

Chestnuts roasted by Tony @ 02/17/2004 02:27 PM EST

Hey! I just saw a thing on food network about choco-diles. Yes, hostess is still making them, but only for the west coast. They showed the things being made, explained why they only come in singles, and basically raved about the chocolaty goodness. I just thought I'd let everybody know that there's still hope yet in finding you fave treat.

Chestnuts roasted by backgroundmusik @ 02/17/2004 02:31 PM EST

I am doing a project on the company of Hostess. Since you did a page on Hostess Chocodiles, I figured you might know a few things about the company and its history. Thank you for your time and help. You can reach me at jnw20@hotmail.com if you have a reply.

-- Jill W.

Chestnuts roasted by Jill W. @ 02/17/2004 02:44 PM EST

I am doing a project on the company of Hostess. Since you did a page on Hostess Chocodiles, I figured you might know a few things about the company and its history. Thank you for your time and help. You can reach me at jnw20@hotmail.com if you have a reply.

-- Jill W.

Chestnuts roasted by Jill W. @ 02/17/2004 02:44 PM EST

My best Chocodile story (sadly, I have more than one)goes like this: when I was in College, in 1986, my roommate and I bought a bunch of junkfood (including a Chocodile) for a night of binge junkfood eating. Well, we had eaten a small mountain of candy, candy bars and pastries, and I unwrapped the Chocodile. I found, however, that my desire to continue with the binge had abruptly left me completely. I was unable to bring myself to take even one bite of the Chocodile. Nor was my roommate inclined to take a bite either. I carefully placed the Chocodile on top of its shed wrapper and set it down on my windowsill. The Chocodile stayed, undisturbed, on that windowsill for three months and NEVER CHANGED. It never melted, hardened, or grew mold. At the end of three months it still looked and smelled exactly as it had when I unwrapped it. Unable to persuade anyone that it was still OK to eat, I tossed it in the trash when we vacated the apartment at the end of the Quarter. I have never since had a desire to eat a Chocodile from that day to this.

Chestnuts roasted by Rufus Xavier @ 02/17/2004 06:37 PM EST

After watching the 'Unwrapped' about Choco-Diles, I immediately shearched on the web for a place to order them, all to no avail. Next thing I did was place a call to my girlfriend in California, as 'Unwrapped' stated they were still available there. I asked her to look around, and try to find me some, as I was pining for my Choco-Diles for some time. I can now say with pride, that I have a 'Choco-Dile Connection', and am the proud owner of 3 boxes, that she lovingly shipped to me. I ate one box, and the other 2 went straight into the freezer. =D

Chestnuts roasted by Chauncey ;) @ 02/19/2004 06:11 AM EST

You've never seen WINDMILL cookies??? Where have you been?

Chestnuts roasted by Kersten @ 02/21/2004 10:19 PM EST

I was in Riverside,California last week visiting the in-laws with my wife when I nearly caused her to drive off the road.. There it was, The Hostess Bakery outlet at the side of the road. It looked EXACTLY like the picture in the article. I had a vision and made my wife stop the car. It HAD to be the same place. I rushed inside and again, I was convinced it had to be THE MYSTERY SPOT that Matt wrote about. I requested Chocodiles from the weary looking clerk. She pointed them out.....3 boxes of Chocodiles!! I was ecstatic. I had flown 3000 miles from Michigan and I found them... God bless my wife for putting up with my idiocy. For the record, Chocodiles are very tasty

Chestnuts roasted by Jon @ 02/23/2004 06:16 PM EST

Also, I have the phone number and address in case you want some for yourselves....

Wonder/Hostess Bakery #7034
2215 Third St
Riverside, CA 92501

Chestnuts roasted by Jon @ 02/23/2004 06:33 PM EST

Every page in this article, screenshots included, featured an ad for WeightWatchers.ca. Gotta love context sensitive internet ads, all the better to say "Hey Fatty! Quit looking longingly at these pictures of delicious refined sugar delivery systems and get off your ass and take a walk or something!".

Chestnuts roasted by Ummagumma @ 02/24/2004 09:56 AM EST

Me thinks someone pilfered your pics:


Chestnuts roasted by Another Matt @ 02/27/2004 01:40 PM EST

OH MY GOD. I REMEMBER that Twinkie commercial!!

Now if someone can track down the ones with Twinkie the kid and Fruitpie the Magician..

Chestnuts roasted by Adam @ 03/03/2004 07:33 AM EST

I'm so happy that Chocodiles still exist! Your narrative about the outlet store was wicked funny! I'm sure with all the chemicals/preseratives in the snack cakes the expiration date doesn't really matter much! I'm in New England and I doubt I'll ever see another Chocodile :(

Chestnuts roasted by Jen @ 03/10/2004 08:55 PM EST

Hey man, lets watch the Fearless Photog Movie....EH


Chestnuts roasted by Chocodile @ 03/11/2004 09:14 AM EST

Oh, it is so comforting to know that there are other hungry souls out there, yearning for the sweet caress of choco-dilian rapture. My buddy and I, actually, hit our jackpot after only a couple weeks of searching: He's on his way up with a duffle-bag full of Choco-diles, fresh from Los Angeles.

I knew we Californios were the lucky ones.

Chestnuts roasted by atilla @ 03/14/2004 03:28 PM EST

expiration date? what are you talking about???? that stuff never goes bad, i say eat'em up.

Chestnuts roasted by welton @ 03/14/2004 03:57 PM EST

Chocodiles are pretty readily available in my part of California. Anyone interested, I'll look into buying and shipping 'em to you. Email me at ellielbc@yahoo.com.

Chestnuts roasted by ellen @ 03/27/2004 10:42 PM EST

I was watching Boyz In The Hood yesterday and right before Ricky gets gunned down by Chris Tucker, he's snacking on a delicious Chocodile. Guess Hostess don't know....don't show...or just don't care about what's goin' on in the hood....

Chestnuts roasted by buc nasty @ 03/28/2004 09:39 AM EST

Surely someone has already sent you this, but while Googling Chocodiles I found this source!


Chestnuts roasted by K @ 04/10/2004 09:56 PM EST

I just had a chocodile this weekend from a flying J truck stop inAZ. I have seen them around but it is far and few between. Thanks for the article!

Chestnuts roasted by Lil Red @ 04/10/2004 10:54 PM EST

http://www.hometown-treats.com/mw.html is selling boxes of 8 chocodiles for under 5 bucks.

Chestnuts roasted by sarah @ 04/11/2004 07:36 PM EST

My friend and hero Mike!!!
I found the elusive species of Choco-Diles, just a block away from the college where I reside!
Here in Claremont, California, there is a 5 college conglomerate that takes up blocks and blocks, and nearby is a shopping part of town called "The Village". Here, in this small town not 30 miles from LAX airport, is a small Asian market that sells, among other things, Choco-Diles for a mere 35 cents each. I can get them anytime, and they're great when not expired and rotten! When I get my camera working again I can send a pic of the store and its regularly stocked Choco Dile display!!!

Chestnuts roasted by Manalone923 @ 04/15/2004 08:25 PM EST

I live in Northern Oregon and I work at one of the Wonder Hostess Bakery Outlet Stores! We had a ton or chocodiles come through off the routes recently and people were going for them like crazy! I will say I don't really like snack cakes after being around them all day but damn those are GOOD! Cool website!!

Chestnuts roasted by katluvver @ 05/06/2004 02:18 AM EST

I lived in New Jersey in the eighties. I loved chocodiles. I moved and didn't have one until the store down the street from me started selling them. That was 1998. Ten years and I still looked. Now I moved again and can't find any, this sucks. Everytime I go into a store I check out the hostess shelf. I'll wait as long as it takes until I'm shoving a chocodile in my face again, and it will be wonderful

Chestnuts roasted by cman @ 05/21/2004 02:06 PM EST

I saw Chocodiles the other day at the Walmart at the Baldwin Hills plaza in Los Angeles, CA

Chestnuts roasted by Jack @ 05/21/2004 06:07 PM EST

You are InSaNe. Truly.

Chestnuts roasted by customer 1 @ 05/23/2004 12:45 PM EST

I love Chocodiles and I too have been searching for them. I now live on the East Coast and it is impossible to find them. Thank you so much for the story and the hope. My cousin was supposed to bring me some from home but she ate them on the airplane ride. I want a Chocodile sooooo bad!!!!

Chestnuts roasted by Katherine from East LA @ 05/26/2004 04:45 PM EST

Ah well, it is better to have loved and lost than to have eaten an out of date twinkie dipped in chocolat.

Chestnuts roasted by Guy Incognito @ 05/28/2004 07:42 AM EST

Right on Jay Amabile!
Screw that Hip Hop Garbage! We gotta try to keep our rock ALIVE! Screw Billboard top 100! Screw Motown! Who the hell did those guys (The Bomb) think they were with their hot chicks and their BIGGY Smalls, Jay Z and R. Kelly junk? LNOE (Last Night On Earth) are the guys who really are keeping it real with the long hair and the ripped jeans. The Cowboy Hat was Awesome! North Jersey RULES! Long live the South! The Aquarian, RollingRock, AmeriasBest, ZuteWorld, WKNJ & Jay Amabile is all we need! White people are only 72% of the united States but with Jay Amabile on our side I feel like we are 90%. The BOMB and all those chicks can pack up and get out of North Jersey! We don't need em. Hip Hop, Reggae and R&B should be illegal. We need to use Jay and his affiliates to put all that Jungle Music down and Stomp it out!

Later, Straight Edge Daniel (S.E.D)

Ps. All my boys will buy Rolling Rock now!!! JAY AMABILE


Chestnuts roasted by S.E.D. @ 05/31/2004 05:31 PM EST

Looking for cherry Pine Brother's Cough Drops? Try Red Current Grether's Pastilles. I bought them at Trader Joe's and they are the closest thing to Pine Brothers that I've found. They are a damn good replacement.

As with Pine Brothers, these also don't stop you from coughing, but they don't pretend to be cough drops either.

Chestnuts roasted by the ghost of Pine Brothers cough drops @ 06/02/2004 05:45 PM EST

i have to say, i loved those things! and i have often wondered (and argued with my husband) about them. im glad i now have proof they existed. in face, you could send me a few .... :o)

Chestnuts roasted by kira bloodrose @ 06/23/2004 03:32 PM EST

can i buy one from you? even if the expiration date is a bit off...theyre probable still edible!!!! >.<;;

Chestnuts roasted by yvette @ 07/07/2004 10:14 PM EST

Hmm, I've eaten those before. They sell them all the time at this gas station in town. Then again, I live in a town time forgot. They taste okay though. ^_^ Sorry such an incident happend to you!

Chestnuts roasted by Rachel @ 07/13/2004 11:16 PM EST

Just read your article on chocodiles the other day. I am from central Illinois and I was in Wal-Mart. I looked where the hostess products were sold and low and behold there were several boxes of chocodiles. From reading other comments, Chocodiles must be a midwest thing only. Who would have thought?

Chestnuts roasted by Alan @ 09/06/2004 06:35 PM EST


I am a dying man in need of a Choco-Dile...I need the address so I can write to them and have them send me my Choco-Dile, my last dying wish...

P.S. That's all I ever wanted was just one Choco-Dile...Thanks for the address or well the inside number would be even better...


Chestnuts roasted by Joshua Berrios @ 09/12/2004 07:43 PM EST

The key is getting Fresh Chocodiles , then you don't have to worry about them expiring before you get them.

Chestnuts roasted by chocodiles @ 09/23/2004 08:01 PM EST

called that Wonder Hostess Bakery Thrift...they closed down a couple of weeks ago.

Chestnuts roasted by Jim V. in Highland Lakes, NJ @ 10/04/2004 01:46 PM EST

You want the chocodiles? We got em for you! FRESHHHHH!


Right now we have over a dozen boxes ready for purchase. We will continue
to sell chocodiles as long as we can get them, which here, in Arizona is
very easy currently.

What we don't sell... we'll eat!

Marcia Wilbur

Chestnuts roasted by Marcia Wilbur @ 10/09/2004 04:00 AM EST