Cue “Taps,” Because this week, the world lost a legend. Not a person, but an edible legend. That legend? The biggest food crossover event of the ’80s: the Choco Taco. That’s right, once the current supply runs out, they will be gone for good. And honestly, I’m kind of sad. You can bet your butt I’m gonna pour a cup of chocolate sauce out for our fallen frozen friend.
Truthfully, I have actually never had a Choco Taco. I always meant to try one, though. They had them at the summer camp I worked at, every community pool I ever swam at, every grocery store, and, obviously, every ice cream truck I’ve ever seen. They were even at Taco Bell for a short time! But for some reason, I always taco’d the talk and just never walk-o’d the walk. And now it’s too late. There are a great many things I would doo-ooo-oooo to be able to try this iconic Klondike product, but, alas, I have realized that it doesn’t matter what you would doo-ooo-oooo for a Klondike bar (or in this case, taco) if it no longer exists. Guess I waffled for too long.
For those of you who have no idea what a Choco Taco is, it’s essentially a hard shell taco made of waffle cone that is filled with ice cream, and then dipped in chocolate to seal in the ice cream. The ice cream also contains chocolate swirls and the chocolate-dipped part is flecked with chopped peanuts. Overall, it’s a genius work of chocolatey art, if not a little tricky to eat without making a mess.
So what happens now? How will we all cope in a Choco Taco-less world? Well, first of all, I have to assume that there may still be some left in stores, depending where you are in the U.S. But once they are truly gone gone, we’ll all just have to fend for ourselves. What could ever replace the glory of the Choco Taco? Personally, I’d love to see a Choco Puffy San Antonio-style Taco. They could cover the flaky fried shell in cinnamon sugar and then fill the middle with vanilla ice cream and dip it in chocolate. Now that’s a dessert I would make sure to try before it was discontinued (though not sure how well it would pack and travel). But until that exists, we all have to fly our flags at half mast to recognize the end of a frozen novelty era.
(Choco Taco is survived by many other Klondike brand ice cream bars, I just live for the melodrama.)