No more Choco Taco: Klondike to discontinue ice cream treat

Brett Molina

It's ice cream and a taco, and sadly, it's also gone.

Klondike confirmed plans to discontinue the Choco Taco, which takes ice cream, chocolate, peanuts and a waffle cone and morphs them into the shape of a taco.

In a statement emailed to USA TODAY, Klondike acknowledged that discontinuing the Choco Taco, which has been around for nearly 40 years, will be "very disappointing" to fans.

"Over the past 2 years, 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," Klondike said in its statement.

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Klondike has confirmed that it's a wrap for the Choco Taco.

Who created the Choco Taco?

The Choco Taco was created by Alan Drazen in 1983 while he worked for the Philadelphia-based ice cream company Jack & Jill, according to a 2016 story by food website Eater.

At the time, the Mexican restaurant chain Chi-Chi's had surged in popularity, said the report, which helped spark the idea of delivering ice cream in a taco form.

"When you eat a sugar cone, you generally eat the nuts, chocolate and ice cream on the top, and then when you get to the cone, you're (only) eating ice cream and cone," Drazen told Eater in 2016. "With the Choco Taco you're getting the ice cream, cone, nuts and chocolate with just about every bite."

Fans say goodbye to Choco Taco

On social media, fans of the beloved Choco Taco poured one out for the ice cream treat.

"Of everything that has happened over the last few years, the news that the Choco Taco is no more has to be the hardest to hear," said one Twitter user who goes by the handle @DatGuy83.

"RIP #ChocoTaco 😔💔," wrote another Twitter user who goes by the handle @TheLittleTower.

Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.