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March 30, 2009 11:40 AM   Subscribe

Make your own Choco Taco. (kind of previously)
posted by spec80 (28 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Really cool. I love cooking blogs with tons of photos.
posted by Science! at 11:45 AM on March 30, 2009


I miss Choco Tacos. Best novelty ice cream dessert ever.
posted by archagon at 11:55 AM on March 30, 2009


I may have to try this. The only Kafka I have is in .PDF format so I hope it turns out OK with a different author.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:00 PM on March 30, 2009


Choco Tacos are further proof that the best tacos come from trucks, ice-cream vendors or not.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 12:07 PM on March 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


You are stealing food from the mouths of Pepe's children! You probably put creamers in your ice water, too! Curs!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:09 PM on March 30, 2009


Chipwiches are better.
posted by jonmc at 12:10 PM on March 30, 2009


I recall a song by MC Paul Barman where contemplates the accusations he sometimes receives that he has insulted hip hop by being funny in his songs. one of the ways he asks himself this is by asking "Have I made a mockery of a culture like the Choco Taco?"
posted by shmegegge at 12:17 PM on March 30, 2009


From a link off the FPP, check out the Moffle's (Mochi + Waffles) - at the bottom there is a video of a Japanese Moffle making machine! I've always wondered what to do with Mochi (besides glutenous blobs) and this may be it.
posted by stbalbach at 12:17 PM on March 30, 2009 [3 favorites]


Sidebar photographic evidence of hipsters eating choco taco in 3... 2...
posted by kid ichorous at 12:24 PM on March 30, 2009


The Choco Taco is overrated. I want to love it, but alas, I cannot. It is always taunting one with it's potential, but upon purchase and consumption the Choco Taco is invariably stale and lacking.

The best of the best of these ice cream confections is undoubtedly the It's It. Nothing compares. It's presence in a market - like the similar presence of Trader Joe's and In-n-Out - is one of the surest indicators of a refined, genteel civilization in good health and a lively culture.
posted by loquacious at 12:48 PM on March 30, 2009 [3 favorites]


kid ichorous: I made this (at work!) based on a link that came up when y'all were talking about the McGang Bang or the Bacon log or something a month ago. It's a 4lb hamburger patty with two large bacon pizzas for the bun. Season to taste. It's no ChocoTaco, but it's pretty damn tasty.
posted by now i'm piste at 12:50 PM on March 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


That's tampering with the evidence!
posted by kid ichorous at 12:52 PM on March 30, 2009


Make my own Choco Taco? Yes, okay, I will.
posted by Never teh Bride at 12:54 PM on March 30, 2009


I agree with loquacious 1000% except that a FRESH choco taco is amazing, but 99% of the time you'll get a stale shell that tastes like ass.

My wife loves It's Its so much that I got her a case of them Fedex'd for her birthday (the only way the company sells them outside of their market). The shipping was some ghastly cost triple the price of a few dozen of them but it was totally worth it. We savored them for months eating just 1 or 2 a week.
posted by mathowie at 12:58 PM on March 30, 2009


I used to love Strawberry Shortcake bars, but I'm not sure if I could stand the artificial flavor now. If anyone has a home recipe link I'd definitely try it.

I need an It's-It now (oblig. factory video).
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:59 PM on March 30, 2009


The problem with real Choco Tacos and this homemade one is, in both cases, the shell. There's nothing better than fresh malty waffle cone, and neither soggy stale, frozen-for-a-month waffle cone shell nor a dried crepe substitute can possibly compare. Making your own Choco Tacos really necessitates a waffle cone baker, a pizzelle press, or at least the use of the correct batter.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:08 PM on March 30, 2009


I would argue that this is ok, but it's no chocolate tortilla. I've made that recipe, and oh dear lord, it's amazing. I make a ganache instead of using syrup and add a little cayenne pepper to it. Yum!
posted by dejah420 at 1:15 PM on March 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


I don't see any reason why they wouldn't let me stand at that spot after the freezer and before the wrapping machines, do you? I think I could only last an hour or two.

BRB RAIDING NEARBY IT'S IT FACTORY.
posted by loquacious at 1:25 PM on March 30, 2009


Choco Taco: The preeminent dessert taco
posted by no_moniker at 1:30 PM on March 30, 2009


I agree with Loquatious and Mathowie, that the It's It is the ultimate in ice cream confections. Sadly, Nestle has tightened their monopoly on the convenience store freezer making them near impossible to get.

A few years ago, my husband bought me a case from the local distributor. Much cheaper than having it FedExed!
posted by vespabelle at 1:33 PM on March 30, 2009


BRB RAIDING NEARBY IT'S IT FACTORY.

Bring your jacket young man!
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:37 PM on March 30, 2009


I used to love Strawberry Shortcake bars .. If anyone has a home recipe link

ICE CREAM: NONFAT MILK, SUGAR, MILKFAT, CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WHEY, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, CELLULOSE GUM, GUAR GUM, POLYSORBATE 65 AND 80, CARRAGEENAN, ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVORS. STRAWBERRY CORE: WATER, SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, STRAWBERRIES, NATURAL FLAVOR, MODIFIED SOY PROTEIN, CITRIC ACID, CELLULOSE GUM, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, CELLULOSE GEL, RED 40, GUAR GUM, POLYSORBATE 65 AND 80, CARRAGEENAN CAKE COATING: VANILLA CRUNCH (BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, SUGAR, PALM OIL, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, BAKING SODA), SOYBEAN OIL, PALM OIL, RED COCONUT (COCONUT, SUGAR, SALT, RED 3, RED 40). *
posted by stbalbach at 1:52 PM on March 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


God, I weep for the Mint It's It. It was rare, even when you could find ANY It's It. The Plaid Pantry by my old house used to have them, now they are nowhere. If anyone knows where I can get them anywhere in the Portland, OR MSA, memail me!

I like Choco Tacos. I'm kind of sad that Taco Time doesn't sell them anymore. I don't even mind when the shell is chewy and stale.
posted by peep at 2:02 PM on March 30, 2009


peep, I have been trying to construct a comment on the mint It's It. It was the only flavor they had at my school cafeteria snack bar (I know, how cursed am I to have but ONE flavor of It's It at SCHOOL), so I ate them a lot, but I'm troubled, so very troubled, because I just can't understand why I so love that fucked up flavor combo. Mint/molassesy oatmeal should be WRONG, like mint/coffee, but it's so amazingly right... and my head hurts in a way that makes me long for an ice cream headache.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 2:14 PM on March 30, 2009


The Choco Taco was the first time I had a desert that was shaped like a taco and chocolaty in flavor. I knew what I was getting myself into, but I never expected it to be quite that mind blowingly good. I once tried to make my own choco taco but neglected to notice that the shell was really a waffle cone and I just used regular taco shells. Needless to say it was less than stellar.
posted by Memory-Foam-Matt at 6:41 PM on March 30, 2009


Chipwiches are better.
posted by jonmc at 12:10 PM on March 30 [+] [!]


TERRORISM!!!!
posted by Mastercheddaar at 6:01 AM on March 31, 2009


My high school also only sold mint It's Its. Definitely my favorite.
posted by cj_ at 10:54 AM on March 31, 2009


I gotta agree with the jonmc...
Take 2 hot-right-from-the-oven cookies (your favorite kind) and use a butter knife to spread
about 1 or 2" inches of your favorite ice cream flavor to make a great baked alaska sort of result. (lately I prefer butter pecan ice cream sandwiched between 2 hot short bread cookies for the sweet and salty mash-up)
posted by Fupped Duck at 9:05 AM on April 1, 2009


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