Copycat Choco Tacos

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Did you hear? The beloved Klondike Choco Taco was recently discontinued. That’s bad news for everyone that feels the nostalgic value of this frozen treat! 

In case you’ve never indulged in a Choco Taco, it’s vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge ripples stuffed into a sugar cone that looks like a taco shell. The edges are covered with melted chocolate and a sprinkle of chopped peanuts. It’s what childhood dreams are made of.

While you may not be able to find Choco Tacos at your local convenience store anymore, you can easily make it at home. Make a bunch—this recipe makes about 14 small treats—and freeze them individually wrapped in aluminum foil for an easy grab-and-go frozen snack for kids and kid-like adults in your life.

Simply Recipes / Micah Siva


Let’s Taco About Making Your Own Shells

Making your own taco-shaped waffle shells is easier than you think. All you need is a waffle cone maker, paper towels, and a 1-inch-thick book. Mix up a quick and easy sugar cone batter, simply cook it until golden, and fold it over the spine of the book into the shape of a taco. That’s it!

This recipe calls for a waffle cone maker or iron. Unlike a classic waffle iron, it has very shallow grids to make light and crispy shells, not big fluffy waffles. If you have a pizzelle maker, that will work as well! Since machine settings vary, make a test batch to find the right temperature to get the shells evenly golden brown.

Don’t Have a Waffle Cone Maker?

That’s okay! Use Daelman’s Stroopwafels, which can be found in most grocery stores like Kroger and Target or online. It’s technically two waffles with caramel in between, but we’re not complaining. Take the stroopwafel out of its packaging, wrap a damp paper towel around it, and microwave it for 30 seconds. This will soften it just enough to mold it into the shape of a taco shell—see step 5 in the recipe below.

Make the Waffle Shells in Advance

The waffle shells are best used the same day, but can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container or reusable zip top bag. To maintain their crispy texture, cool them fully before storing.

Ideas for Fun Variations

  • Sure, it’s called a taco, but you can shape the waffle shell into a traditional cone or even a bowl. 
  • Fill the shells with chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla ice cream.
  • Smear a layer of peanut butter on the shell before adding the ice cream.
  • Swap out chopped peanuts for sprinkles!

Simply Recipes / Micah Siva


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