The Choco Taco is dead, but here’s where to eat Choco Taco desserts in Boston
As old-school ice cream fans already know, Klondike is ditching the beloved Choco Taco, a nearly 40-year-old ice cream truck staple; The internet is sad about it. (Some suspect just a publicity stunt – hoping.)
Is a Choco Taco greater than the sum of its parts? The sugar cone shell and nuts are a little soggy, and the ice cream and chocolate are a little mediocre, after all, but put it all together and the result is magical – or at least nostalgic.
Choco Taco-related desserts are already a staple at a small handful of restaurants and ice cream parlors in Greater Boston, and a few others are offering limited-time specials as a farewell to the beloved treat. Here’s where to eat Choco Tacos — either the real ones or the fun ones made by local pastry chefs and ice cream parlors — in Boston and nearly, while supplies last.
Local versions of Choco Tacos that will be available forever(ish)
1702 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Open since 2016, this popular ice cream shop offers small-batch flavors like black sesame with raspberry jam, cold brew coffee nuggets and salted caramel crackers, focusing on local, seasonal ingredients and dairy from Mapleline Farm in Hadley. The shop has a long-running Taco Tuesday special, with its own version of a Choco Tacos from noon to 10 p.m. (or sold out) every Tuesday. They are currently available on a first-come, first-served basis, and flavors change every few weeks. (Keep an eye on Instagram for updates.)
Next Tuesday, August 2, the flavor will be s’mores – a chocolate waffle cone with malted vanilla ice cream and flambé marshmallow sauce, dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in graham cracker crumbs . $8.25 each.
Special orders are also available for bulk purchases, with several flavor options available, including vegan horchata; there is also the option to create a custom flavor. Additionally, Honeycomb Creamery hosts events, with one option being a staffed ice cream taco stand.
The Paddle Inn
27 State Street, Newburyport
In Newburyport, the Paddle Inn – from the team at Trina’s Starlite Lounge – has been serving its own Choco Taco, by chef Suzi Maitland, for years. Available nightly, it’s a homemade tuile taco shell with vanilla ice cream, Mexican chocolate, and cookie crumble, priced at $10 for two tacos.
Also on the menu: mai tai popcorn, Caribbean fingerlings, BBQ pulled pork pupusas, bourbon bacon burgers, and more. Non-Choco Taco desserts currently include rotating ice cream and peach and rhubarb cake.
Local chocolate tacos that are limited time specials
94 Derby Street, Hingham
Pastry chef Kate Holowchik, aka Lionheart Confections, has been making her own version of Choco Tacos for years at various local restaurants and her own pop-ups. “I love them because I started making them at Yvonne’s, showing people that simple desserts and pastries we grew up with can be given a makeover too,” says Holowchik. “Not all desserts have to be elaborate and dumplings. Plus, you can’t help but smile when seeing and tasting a Choco Taco. It’s this nostalgic quality that takes us back to the days when we chased ice cream with the ice cream truck. »
These days, she’s in the kitchen of Shōjō’s new suburban brother, Nomai, and Choco Tacos have made special appearances on the dessert menu. They will be available again this weekend – Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30. The current flavor is Thai Tea Cookie Dough Brownie with Homemade Shell, Chocolate Magic Shell and Thai Tea Milk Crumbs.
First come, first served; available on site or to take away. Watch Holowchik’s Instagram account for updates on availability and future flavors.
Taqueria Yellow Door
2297 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, Boston, and 354 Harrison Avenue, South End, Boston
Can’t make it to Hingham? Holowchik also makes an appearance at Yellow Door Taqueria with Choco Taco donuts for one night only — Tuesday, August 2, from 4 p.m. until full, $7 each. The vanilla brioche donut in the shape of a half-moon is filled with a vanilla bean pastry cream, dipped in a chocolate-peanut ganache, and topped with a waffle cone tuile.
24 Orleans Street, East Boston
Cunard Tavern chef Anthony Pino is serving a limited number Choco Taco daily throughout summer 2022 for $9 each. Pino’s version includes a homemade vanilla tuile cookie, vanilla bean ice cream, milk chocolate, and crushed and roasted peanuts.
Broadway lamp lighter and CX lamp lighter
284 Broadway, Cambridge and 110 North First Street, Cambridge
Honeycomb Creamery (see above) pops up in Lamplighter Brewing’s two tasting rooms several times in August – Broadway program here; Cambridge Crossing timetable here. Choco Taco lovers might see flavors like s’mores and vegan horchata crunch, but watch Instagram for updates.
Desserts with real chocolate tacos (until they last)
Boston Burger Company
37 Davis Square, Somerville; 1105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge; 1100 Boylston Street, Boston; 133 Washington Street, Salem
The local mini-burger chain is known for its “freak strikes”, its take on the over-the-top milkshakes that have swept across social media in recent years, popularized by Black Tap in New York. Think of a smoothie (or a milkshake for non-locals), then think of another dessert or two to pile on top of it. A whole slice of cake or pie? Sure. A giant handful of candy? Yeah.
A current freak shake on the menu is the “Churro-ly We Can Taco Bout It,” a caramel shake featuring a Choco Taco, churros, caramel and chocolate syrups, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Collect it while you can.
20 L Street, Hampton, New Hampshire; 50 Old Granite Street, Manchester, New Hampshire; 142 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Are you going north? It’s a bit beyond the Greater Boston area, but this trio of New Hampshire burger and whiskey bars has live music — and a boozy Choco Taco hit… while supplies last. . It’s frozen hot chocolate enriched with Jim Beam vanilla, plus vanilla ice cream, chocolate frosting, crushed sugar cones, whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a Choco Taco.
Not a fan of Choco Tacos or looking for something similar to fill the void once supplies are gone? Here’s a guide to some of the best ice cream sandwiches and other frozen treats in Greater Boston, from ice cream stuffed cannoli to ice cream stuffed donut sandwiches.