People are mourning the end of an era: Klondike is discontinuing the Choco Taco.
It’s an old-school novelty — an iconic dessert many simply aren’t ready to say goodbye to. But as stores clear out their remaining inventory, Boston-area restaurants and pastry chefs are getting creative with the nostalgic ice cream treat.
Here’s a look at where to find Choco Taco-inspired desserts in and around Boston.
Honeycomb Creamery in Cambridge offers small-batch, homemade ice cream, and every week, the shop entices visitors with its own rendition of Taco Tuesday. Currently, Honeycomb Creamery is serving a S’mores Taco, which is a chocolate waffle cone filled with malted vanilla ice cream, homemade marshmallow, dipped in a dark chocolate shell dusted with graham cracker crumbs. Find them at the Cambridge shop on Tuesdays from noon until sellout, or at various pop-ups at Lamplighter Broadway and Lamplighter CX.
1702 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. honeycombcreamery.com
The Paddle Inn
Up in Newburyport, chef and owner Suzi Maitland at the Paddle Inn has created her own original Choco Taco that she’s been serving customers since the restaurant opened in 2016. The dessert, now a staple, features a crispy, tuile shell, flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, stuffed with homemade vanilla ice cream. The $10 dessert comes with two tacos, and is dipped into a Mexican dark chocolate ganache, and topped with cookie crumbs. Maitland told the Globe the restaurant intends to keep the tacos on the menu “as long as we are still doing business.” The dessert has always been a top seller, but Maitland has “definitely seen a pop [in sales] in the last couple weeks,” she said.
27 State St., Newburyport. paddleinnsurf.com
Chef Anthony Pino of Cunard Tavern in Eastie met the moment. He’s serving up a Choco Taco dessert special daily, in limited numbers, through the rest of the summer. At $9, this rendition of the dessert features a homemade tuile cookie, vanilla bean ice cream, milk chocolate, and crushed, roasted peanuts.
24 Orleans St., Boston. cunardtavern.com
Pink Taco Boston
Boston’s Pink Taco has its own version of the discontinued dessert, featuring a chocolate waffle, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, caramelized banana, cajeta, salted peanuts, and whipped cream. Find these $14 treats in the heart of downtown.
374 Congress St, Boston. pinktaco.com