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Chocodile Twinkie // is a confection created by the Hostess Brands company. The confection was known only as "Chocodile" prior to 2014.The package describes the snack cake as a "chocolate coated sponge cake with creamy filling." The Chocodile is Twinkie shaped, and sold in packages of two.
The Chocodile mascot was formerly Chauncey Chocodile, but Hostess has removed him from packaging and their web site in recent years. Since the late 1990s, Chocodiles have no longer been sold on the East Coast of the United States. Hostess had only a few West Coast factories making them, and to ensure the products' freshness, Chocodiles were sold only on the West Coast.
There has been debate over whether a Chocodile is a chocolate-covered Twinkie or a facsimile. The debate arose from the seeming "texture difference" between the Twinkie and the Chocodile. During a taste test and debate in Vacaville, California, opinions were split among those taking the test, as to whether the taste of the cake was the same. This issue was resolved during a show on the Food Network where it was confirmed by Hostess that the Chocodile was in fact a chocolate-covered Twinkie. This has caused consternation for some who continue to swear the cake is different. In actuality, it's the chocolate that makes the difference. Due to the chocolate coating, the cake tends to stay more moist, leading to the slightly different texture when compared to a normal Twinkie.
In 2014, Hostess Brands reintroduced the cake as "Chocodile Twinkies". The new cakes are 1.45 oz. each, and are labelled as "Fun size" as the original Chocodiles were 2 oz. each.
In popular culture
The Chocodile is also frequently referenced in the webcomic Modest Medusa and in the popular television series American Dad!, as Roger the alien's favorite snack. Chocodiles are sold on the West Coast and in a few areas on the East Coast: Alexandria, Va., Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA. The series takes place in the East Coast state of Virginia.
Chocodiles are also mentioned in the show The Venture Brothers in the episode Handsome Ransom. Captain Sunshine is seen eating one, and Hank Venture mentions that he appreciates being given them as his bodyguard, Sergeant Hatred, does not allow them.
They are even mentioned in the show Total Drama Island Episode 6: The Sucky Outdoors when the Screaming Gophers won the challenge. During the celebration scene in the hot tub, Owen vomits, then asked Izzy to pass the "Chocodiles".
Chocodiles were also shown in the hit movie Boyz n the Hood as Ricky is shown eating one walking home from the grocery store.
Cordelia eats a Chocodile in Angel, Season 4, Episode 7, "Apocalypse, Nowish."
The Chocodile is referenced in Psych Season 2, Episode 5, And Down the Stretch Comes Murder when Shawn Spencer jokes that the Chocodile was invented by the fictitious Choco Indians.
The Chocodile is referenced in That '70s Show Season 3, Episode 11 Who Wants It More? as a non-sequitur when Leo offers the snack to Hyde (as the gang searches for U.F.O.s). Kelso then asks "What's That?" pointing to the sky, and Leo says, "It's a Twinkie wrapped in chocolate, man."
The Chocodile is referenced in Lie to Me Season 1, Episode 12 Blinded. Dr. Cal Lightman asks a convicted rapist, Andrew Jenkins, what would it cost to divulge information on a copycat rapist, Jenkins replies "A box of Chocodile a week".
A Chocodile is mentioned and eaten by Kirstie Alley in Summer School (1987 film)
Chocodiles is a reoccurring product in the web-comic Modest Medusa.