Choco Taco, the ice cream snack of American summers, is discontinued

The Choco Taco, an ice cream snack topped with nuts and chocolate that for decades was a top choice in the ice cream truck or convenience store freezer, is being discontinued, its creator confirmed this week after weeks of rumors about his impending demise. .

Klondike, which is owned by Unilever and makes the Choco Taco as well as several other ice cream products, confirmed the shutdown Monday on its website and in response to several disappointed questions from fans on Twitter, some of which were profanity.

“Unfortunately the Klondike Choco Taco has been discontinued,” such a response Lily. “We have experienced an unprecedented increase in demand across our portfolio and have had to make some very difficult decisions to ensure the availability of our full portfolio nationwide. We are truly sorry for any disappointment!”

To the many Choco Taco fans, who mourned his loss en masse on social media on Monday, it tasted like summer or childhood or a cherished memory, even if they hadn’t had one in years. And it was inventive in its own way when it was created by Alan Drazen in Philadelphia in 1983, according to a 2016 story of the snack in Eater that called it “the most beloved and innovative of all cream novelties.” American ice cream”. ‘”

“When you eat a sugar cone, you’re usually eating the nuts, chocolate, and ice cream on top, then when you get to the cone, you’re [only] eat ice cream and cone,” Mr. Drazen told Eater. “With the Choco Taco, you get ice cream, cone, nuts, and chocolate with just about every bite.”

The company’s confirmation ended what had been a confusing time for lovers of summer treats. Rumors had swirled throughout the year that the Choco Taco was no more, as people said they couldn’t find them on their local shelves. But on several occasions from December to Last weekKlondike reassured fans on Twitter that even though it released four packs of Choco Taco last fall, single servings would still be available at all the usual places.

But on Monday evening, confirmation of her disappearance was reported by The Takeout, a food-focused publication.

Snopes, the website that aims to debunk baseless myths and rumours, published an article on Monday calling the Choco Taco shutdown ‘untrue’, before having to reverse the trend hours later after Unilever confirmed that was true.

“When we initially addressed the rumor, we called it ‘false,’ in part because we didn’t want to believe it was true,” Snopes wrote.

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian was among those who hoped he might find a way back.

In one of his answers To disappointed Twitter users on Monday, Klondike offered a small hope to Snopes writers, Mr. Ohanian and other fans.

“We are working hard to find a way to bring Choco Taco back to ice cream trucks in the years to come,” he said.

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