I promised a review of new Chocodiles, so here it is.
Are they the same as the old Chocodiles? No, they aren’t. The cake is still the same, but the chocolate coating is less waxy. It also melts very fast. I feel like they taste a little better now. They’re also about 35% smaller then before. Hostess has labeled them as “fun sized”. I don’t know what’s fun about 35% less Chocodile though.
Packaging: The box is the same size as current Hostess Twinkies. I only mention this because I still have a few of the old Chocodile boxes around that I store odds and ends crap in, and I noticed the difference. The box art has changed pretty noticeably though. As far as I can tell Chocodiles aren’t available individually. You either buy a box or none at all. My diabetes doesn’t approve.
Mascot: Chauncy the Chocodile is gone, replaced by Twinkie the Kid (who is a cowboy. I somehow never noticed that) as the mascot. Which would be weird, except…
They changed the name: The product is now called “Chocodile Twinkies”. Yes, really. This is like if Coke bought Pepsi and started calling it “Pepsi Coke.” Or really, it’s more like if DC discontinued Superman and then reintroduced hi as part of the Batman comics in and called him “Superman Batman”. I don’t think Hostess realizes that the best thing about Chocodiles is the name. Conversely, the worst thing about Twinkies is the name. And on the box, the word “Twinkie” is 3 times the size as “Chocodile”. Way to bury the lead, Hostess.
Verdict: Chocodiles are back, and they do taste better, so that’s something. But changing the name to Chocodile Twinkies is pretty disappointing, and makes the whole thing feel like when your parents say they’re taking you to Disneyland, and then they just bring you to the park instead. Actually, I was going to say it’s like your parents say they’re buying you a Transformer, but you get a Go Bot. Except Go Bots were pretty great.
My Chocodile recipe: Freeze, slice like sushi and serve with blackberry sauce and whipped creme.
Real Chocodiles are hatched from eggs. Can a cowboy lay an egg? No. Can a crocodile lay and egg? Yes. Congito ergo sum (lawyer talk in case Modest needs to sick her lawyers on that clerk) “Chocodile Twinkies” are not Chocodiles,
You can’t get real chocodile snow, even if you say please. Chocodile precipitation occurs exclusively in tropical regions.
I remember a reviewer by the name of The Obscure (who, surprise, surprise, reviews obscure stuff and things from his childhood) in his video on Halloween candy explain it like this: (and bare with me if I don’t remember the exact phrasing. It’s been a while since I saw that video) “It’s made that way so you can cram more candy in your mouth.” Also, boxes of full size candy bars are a bit pricy.
My daughter desperately wants to try these (I do too!) so I hope they come out in Oz someday!
Fun fact: in the South, Pepsi IS called “Pepsi Coke!”
In the South, all soft drinks are called Coke…that’s what happens when Atlanta has a “CocaCola Museum & Amusement Park”
I was thinking that too!
In the North too. I had a “Pepsi Coke” in North Carolina.
Fun fact: North Carolinians hate that joke.
You call the Carolinas “the North”? Pshh.
New Hampshah here! We eat ice cream after shoveling a foot of snow off the driveway! (There’s your snow, LockeZ.)
Fun fact: “Superman Batman” was a monthly comic from 03-11. ^_^
Yeah, but it was about the two of them, not about Superman becoming a batman.
Holy crap, I just remembered Batman franchised his identity after the last time he returned to life. Different cities now have their own batmen. Superman could totally become a batman now.
Superman becoming Batman, wasn’t part of the criteria. But since you mention it, I can recount a few times when Clark has worn the cowl. =3
Go Bots were the worst!
The day I finally found these, I almost missed them (as you said, the “Chocodile” is pretty small), but I’m glad I looked carefully. They did not come out by the dolly-full like Medusa’s. I did enjoy them, but I was expecting the chocolate “shell” to kind of crack when you bit into them. I still enjoyed them, but I will need at least another box before I come to my final conclusion.
Eh, Go-Bots were okay. My only real gripe about them is that they’re just simplified Transformers. I want the bigger challenge!
Yes. Go Bots are pretty great! They typically weren’t as complex as the transformers, but I was not ashamed nor felt cheated when I played with my Transformers and Go Bots together.
Some people were too snooty to like them, but I sure liked them. I also really liked my M.A.S.K. toys.
I wants to eats the CHOCODILES!!!!
Fun size? “The only fun I’m going to have with this thing is smearing it all over your door when I leave.”
Actually the Transformers/Go Bots comparison still works since you said they taste better.
You could probably make better chocodiles than Hostess
“They’re also about 35% smaller then before. Hostess has labeled them as ‘fun sized’. I don’t know what’s fun about 35% less Chocodile though.”
It’s basically just a way to con people into paying more while accepting less…
“Chauncy the Chocodile is gone, replaced by Twinkie the Kid (who is a cowboy. I somehow never noticed that) as the mascot.”
“The product is now called ‘Chocodile Twinkies’.”
This is what happens when you use a marketing team with no sense of corporate or product history.
Where can these be found in Portland? I haven’t seen them at Winco. Gonna try Fred Meyer later.
Walmart on 82nd and Holgate has them. It means going to Walmart though.
I still haven’t found any Chocodiles anywhere. Even in Walmart. I even looked when we went to New York for the weekend!
i gotta gree, the new mascot sucks. big time. if they were going to change it, why not pick medusa? she would be perfect and do the job for free chocodiles 😉
I’ve actually sent Hostess two different proposals for Modest Medusa related Chocodile advertising. No response of course, but I wasn’t really expecting one.
Meanwhile, in the police interview room…
Station Commander: (growling) Okay, Dragul, what in the name of Hell IS THIS! *slams Chocodile Twinkies box down on table*
Prince Dragul: A hidden gambit, what else? Did you think I would not have one? Or many? Anything that anyone does to try to fix the situation now will only make it worse! Would any of you gentlemen wish to see a White Choc ‘N’ Nut Twinkie? The production plans have already been drawn up. Are you sure you don’t want to cut a deal?
Station Commander: I’ll tell you what I want… a short break, a coffee and a danish. Interview suspended. *turns off recording, leaves room*
Half the officers in the station: *enter, cracking knuckles* Chocodiles…
I an am avid lover of Chocodiles since my childhood in the 80s. I imagine Hostess linked it to twinkies because, well, it essentially always was a Chocolate-covered Twinkie (confirmed by Hostess itself on the Food Network). These new ones taste just fine (even at fun-size, still 30% of the daily value for saturated fat, though). I’ll take them any way Hostes wants to give it to me. 🙂
That recipe sounds delicious.