Like all great muses, the Twinkie has inspired endless human innovations: deep-fried burger buns, Kelis-destroying milkshakes, and questionable sushi among them. But Hostess has resurrected perhaps its greatest innovation yet with the national launch of the Chocodile.
Chocodiles, or chocolate-covered Twinkies, have long been the most elusive of Hostess snacks. They disappeared from the East Coast almost entirely in the '90s, and before that, they were still a highly regional commodity subject to market demand. The treats even had their own black market going on eBay, where some junkies were paying $30 for a box. Now, Chocodile Prohibition has ended, and Hostess is making them a "permanent part of the Hostess family" nationwide. You can pick up the snack cakes at your grocery store as soon as this week. Just don't tell your snooty European friends.
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and wonders how the alligator community feels about being snubbed for a Twinkie namesake. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.