In season 2, episode 6, Cozy Rainbow Podcast answers the question: Why are Choco Tacos being discontinued? Listen along to the kid-friendly explanations and hear more fun facts about Choco Tacos on the episode.
Choco Tacos – Cozy Rainbow Podcast
Choco Tacos are a sweet, delicious dessert. The ice cream treat is shaped like a taco, hence the name “Choco Taco.” A sweet, waffle-cone like crust surrounds a sweet, white, fluffy ice cream center. The edges of the “taco” are dipped with chocolate and nuts.
The shell of a Choco Taco is similar to an Italian cookie, called the “pizzelle.”
The word pizzelle means “little pizza.” To make a Choco Taco at home, the hardest part to replicate would be the taco shell. Try making fresh pizzelles, and laying them over a CLEAN book spine immediately after taking out of the oven.
Dash, a budget cooking brand, sells a Pizzelle Maker for about $15.
The most unique part about a pizzelle cookie is the intricate, lace-like pattern.
Pizzelles are known to be paired deliciously with ripe summer fruit, gelato and a dash of powdered sugar.
To create a chocolate hardening sauce, known as “Magic Shell,” it’s easier than you think. All you need is coconut oil and chocolate. Corn syrup is an optional third ingredient, that will make the magic shell just a bit more decadent.
Magic Shell chocolate sauce is created by melting coconut oil, chocolate and corn syrup in the microwave in short intervals (15-30 seconds at a time) on 50% power. Give it a stir and pour it onto anything and it will harden in about 30 seconds.
A man named Alan Drazen created the Choco Taco in Philadelphia in 1983.
Alan Drazen would sometimes embellish the truth about how he invented the choco taco by saying he was on a trip to Mexico, got stranded in the desert and saw it in a mirage.
A representative from Choco Taco’s owner, Klondike, offered up only this meager explanation: “we have experienced an unprecedented spike in demand across our portfolio and have had to make very tough decisions to ensure availability of our full portfolio nationwide.”
The co-founder of a popular social media site, Reddit, offered to buy the rights to Choco Taco in a tweet. In February 2022, Klondike collaborated with Taco Bell and served the ice cream taco for $2.99 in select stores only in Los Angeles, California and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Choco Tacos were previously served on the Taco Bell menu in 2015.
The ice cream company Klondike is sold in the US, Canada and Greater Caribbean. The Klondike bar comes from a Swiss company called Isaly Dairy company. Switzerland is known for their dairy industry and, of course, swiss chocolate.
Klondike is owned by Unilever, a company that also owns Breyers ice cream.
Klondike’s website has a “contact us” page, where you can speak with a live representative. Although they do ask to not receive personal information from people under the age of 13!
This week’s creative challenge is to create an ice cream dessert. For more information, please visit the creative challenges page!