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FOOD NEWS: CHOCODILES COMING TO A STORE NEAR YOU!

Hostess Brands LLC is re-introducing Hostess Chocodile Twinkies, which will be available in convenience stores and other retail outlets nationwide for the first time.

With production and distribution in the past limited to the West Coast, Chocodiles developed a cult-like following, said the company, especially on social media pages and auction sites, where Hostess said the chocolate-covered Twinkies have sold for as much as $30 for a box. The "urban legend" now will become a permanent part of the Hostess family.

"In the past, Chocodiles seemed to be shrouded as much in mystery as in chocolate, inspiring an obsession among fans that was truly the stuff of legends," said William Toler, President and CEO of Hostess Brands, Kanasas City, Mo.LLC. "Now, fanatics will once again be able to satisfy their cravings and a new generation will be able to experience the magic for the first time."

As part of the Summer of Twinkies, Hostess is offering a variety of Twinkie flavors in addition to Chocodiles, including Chocolate Crème, Strawberry Crème and Banana Crème.

Apollo Global Management LLC and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. bought Hostess Brands out of bankruptcy in March 2013 for $410 million.

FOOD NEWS: 7-11 GIVING AWAY FREE SLURPEES TODAY:

Today brings up the annual struggle:  Are you willing to sacrifice a few hours of your life to save $1.50? It's July 11th, which is 7/11 . . . and every year on this day, 7-Eleven gives out small Slurpees for FREE.  They're available from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. . . . but you'll probably have to wait in a line to get one.

TEXAS RANGERS ROLL OUT THE "TANACO"

The latest absurd concession offering from the Texas Rangers should likely elicit an “¡Hay Caramba!” from any individual who bellies up to a stand and orders a certifiable gastronomic gutbomb. The Rangers rolled out — and by “rolled out,” it is implied that a hand truck may be of good service to a fan when bringing it back to his or her seat — “The Tanaco,” a taco-nachos hybrid that is two feet of South of the Border goodness. For a paltry $26, fans at Globe Life Park in Arlington will be able to feast upon — and presumably share with everyone else in their section — a feast that boasts the following mind-blowing characteristics, with comments from Casey Rapp, operations manager for Delaware North Cos., the outfit that handles all the food and concessions services at the Rangers’ home ballpark It’s loaded with 12 inches of beef and 12 inches of chicken, then topped with pico de gallos, sour cream, lettuce, cheese, and jalapenos. Rapp says they were unable to find a tortilla maker that would produce 2 foot long taco shells for them, so they had to come up with a creative way to make one themselves. They took two pizza sheets, bent them in half, lined them up, then laid the dough over them. CHECK OUT THE TANACO HERE

 

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