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‘Insanely hot’ Doritos, chocolate-dipped Twinkies and other weird food news

Chocodiles TwinkiesUpdate: How could I forget this one? If you dress up like a cow today and go to Chick-fil-A, you’ll get a free meal. It’s “Cow Appreciation Day” there. And these people are serious about humiliating you having fun – to get the full free meal you have to dress up “head to hoof” in cow attire. Customers who are too “chicken” to go all out get a free entree for wearing a cow-spotted hat, scarf, purse, etc.

Let’s take a quick break from all the wonderful farm-to-fork foodie goodness our Valley produces and focus on some of the more oddball munchies that have hit Fresno recently. First, Friday is 7-Eleven Day (it’s 7/11, get it?) and that means the stores will be giving away free small Slurpees — but only from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. of course. In the days that follow, you can get free snacks ranging from birthday cake-flavored M&Ms to yogurt bars if you download the 7-Eleven app. Details here.

Twinkies is reintroducing Chocodiles to stores. Chocodiles, which Hostess says developed a “cult-like following” are essentially chocolate-covered Twinkies. (I’ve never had one. How are they?) In the past they were only distributed to stores in the West, but appeared on eBay selling for $30 a box. Now you can get them again, along with strawberry creme, banana creme and chocolate creme Twinkies the company will be releasing this summer. (No word yet on where to get these Twinkies, but since Walmart had first dibs on the relaunch of the original Twinkies, they might be a good place to try.) Hostess is also inviting fans to submit new and inventive recipes that use Twinkies for what will become The Twinkies Cookbook.

Doritos, in its ongoing mission to assault your taste buds, has debuted something called Doritos Roulette in Canada. Its a bag of regular Doritos in which a few are “insanely” spicy ones. Iron-tongued Fresnans can totally handle this, I’m guessing, but no word yet on whether Doritos will sell the roulette version in the U.S.

On Sunday, July 20, Wienerschnitzel is celebrating National Hot Dog month and the year it was born (1961) by selling chili dogs, mustard dogs and kraut dogs for 61 cents each. Cheese and tax are extra.

Del Taco is celebrating its 50th anniversary by bringing back three “beloved” menu items from the past. The “Throwbacks Classics Menu” includes a “bun taco” with beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce and a sesame seed bun (isn’t that called a hamburger?), along with a small taco salad and an orange milkshake.

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beth says:

I love Chocodiles and I’m doing the happy dance that they are returning. I have been super sad ever since they disappeared. I am not a huge fan of the plain twinkies, but love the chocodile ones!

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