Last Updated on October 10, 2022 by Jim Edwards
There’s nothing more rewarding on a hot summer day than biting into an ice cream sandwich or dessert. Choco Taco by Klondike used to be one of the most delicious ice-dessert in the US. Made with vanilla ice cream in a sugar-coated cone taco and topped with a hard chocolate and peanut coating, Choco Taco was a dessert that not only satisfied your appetite but also your sweet cravings.
Many people thought it to be overpriced and too nutty for their taste; however, most people who tried it fell in love with the soft vanilla ice cream and crispy texture of the sugar-coated shell. It was perfect for serving guests and children and was mainly enjoyed by fans during the hot summer. Choco Taco was available in 1ct and 4ct pack sizes and was one of Klondike’s signature ice-cream desserts.
The number of fans buying Klondike products began to increase over the years, and the company could not match supply with rising demand. In order to ensure every Klondike product was available nationwide, the company discontinued Choco Taco. The news was not well-received online, and many signed a petition to bring the frozen dessert back. The company listened to the fans and replied that Choco Taco would eventually return to stores in the coming years.
Choco Taco – History and Background
Choco Taco was invented by Alan Drazen, the Senior Vice President of the Jack and Jill Ice Cream Company, in 1983. It was first sold to customers from ice cream trucks and convenience stores. It was later marketed in supermarkets and was called “America’s coolest taco.”
Choco Taco was not only famous in the USA, but Klondike’s parent company, Unilever, also marketed Choco Taco in Italy and Sweden. Through its subsidiary Algida, Unilever introduced Choco Taco as Winner Taco in Italy and through its Swedish subsidiary, GB Glace, in Sweden. Even though Winner Taco was discontinued in Sweden and Italy in 2000, it returned to stores after two years of fan campaigns in 2014.
The structure and recipe of Choco Taco have changed over the years as it incorporated a crispier shell and new packaging. In 1999, Klondike released a cookie and cream version of Choco Taco called Klondike Cookies & Cream Choco Taco. It had cookie pieces and was even sold at some Taco bell restaurants.
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Choco Taco Ice Cream – What Did It Taste Like?
Choco Taco Ice Cream dessert consisted of a reduced fat vanilla ice cream that was artificially sweetened for a delicious flavor. The ice cream consisted of a chocolate fudge swirl inside the taco for a creamy surprise. The soft ice cream was placed inside a waffle cone taco that was deliciously crispy and lightly sugared for a crunchier taste. It was milk-flavored, which is why it complemented the hard chocolate and peanut topping on the Choco Taco. Many people thought the peanuts and chocolate coating of the Choco Taco was its most outstanding feature. The chocolate was of high quality and had a distinct bitter cocoa taste and lovely sweetness that paired superbly with the light vanilla ice cream. Overall, Choco Taco Ice Cream was a one-of-a-kind dessert that people of all ages loved to enjoy because of its fantastic taste.
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Why was Choco Taco Discontinued?
Even with a significant number of fans of the frozen dessert, Klondike was forced to discontinue the product in July 2022. As the company faced a sharp incline in demand across its brands, it had to make tough decisions to ensure the availability of its remaining products.
When the news was shared publicly, fans of the frozen dessert were heartbroken and wrote to the company to bring back their favorite dessert. The founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, also tweeted to Unilever (Klondike’s parent company) that he was willing to buy the rights to Choco Taco to ensure it didn’t melt away from future generations’ childhoods.
After seeing the online reaction to the news of discontinuation, Klondike retracted its statement and said that Choco Taco would return to ice cream trucks and grocery stores in the coming years.
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Choco Taco Nutritional Information and Ingredients
The nutritional information for one serving of Choco Taco has been mentioned below:
|Total Fats||12 g|
|Saturated Fat||9 g|
|Trans Fat||0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|
|Vitamin C||40 mg|
Ingredients used to make a Choco Taco have been listed below:
Nonfat Milk, Cocoa Powder, Sugar, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Corn Syrup, Dry Roasted Peanuts, Coconut Oil, Cream, Corn Syrup Solids, Whey, Bleached Wheat Flour, High Fructose Corn Syrup, & Molasses.
Less than 1% of the following: Milk, Palm Oil, Cocoa, Soybean Oil, Mono and Diglycerides, Caramel Color, Natural and Vanillin (Artificial Flavor), Modified Tapioca Starch, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Locust Bean Gum, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Salt, Chocolate Processed with Alkali, Lactic Acid, Corn Oil, Vitamin A Palmitate, Carrageenan
Choco Taco – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How many Calories are there in a Choco Taco?
There were 250 calories per Choco Taco.
How old is Choco Taco?
Choco Taco was established in 1983 and was almost 39 years old at the time of its discontinuation.
Was Choco Taco kosher?
Choco Taco was certified as a kosher dessert.
The Legendary Choco Taco
While investigating ice cream truck treats across the board, The Ice Cream Show learns about the origin story of the “Choco Taco”.
Klondike Choco Taco was one of the most iconic frozen desserts released by the company. It consisted of a smooth, light vanilla ice cream with a chocolate fudge swirl.
The exterior of the dessert was a sugary cone taco topped with hard chocolate and peanuts.
Most people thought the peanuts were the highlight of the dessert as they added a nutty crunch and tied together the dessert wonderfully.
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