Chaco tacos in NYC?
August 1, 2011 10:55 AM   Subscribe

Chaco tacos in NYC? I must have one. But where?

I love chaco tacos. But since moving to NYC two years ago, I can't seem to find them anywhere. Not on ice creams trucks, not in bodegas, no where! I live in North Brooklyn and am willing to travel if you can tell me for certain that you've seen them somewhere recently. Not "oh I think maybe I saw some last summer at this place in Coney Island". I'm hoping that there is someone who loves them as much as I do and has a reliable place to pick them up.

Also, I know there are recipes to make them yourself online, but I don't want to make them. I want to buy the real thing.

Hope me!
posted by greta simone to Food & Drink (27 answers total)
Choco Taco. Not Chaco Taco.

Best bet is at an ice cream truck near a playground. Otherwise, call up Good Humor and ask them where they sell Choco Tacos in your neighborhood.
posted by darkgroove at 11:02 AM on August 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

Choco Tacos are now made by Klondike. They have a website that includes a zip code product locator.
posted by xingcat at 11:13 AM on August 1, 2011

That zip code product locator either doesn't work or they're not sold anywhere -- I tried zipcodes for San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Phoenix and they all came back "The Zip or City State code is either invalid or no data is available for it."
posted by brainmouse at 11:16 AM on August 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Choco not chaco, yes, thanks for the correction.

Also, I tried 8 different zipcodes so far on the website, and it says there is no data available for those zipcodes, so again, back to the hive mind to see if anyone has laid actual eyes on things.
posted by greta simone at 11:16 AM on August 1, 2011

Response by poster: eyes on *the* things
posted by greta simone at 11:17 AM on August 1, 2011

I have seen them at the C-Town on the Lower East Side but that was at least 2 summers ago.

Meanwhile, depending on your level of desperation, there are 4 Wal-Marts in Jersey that appear to have them in stock right now.
posted by elizardbits at 11:23 AM on August 1, 2011

(according to their "check local store availability" thingy, I mean.)
posted by elizardbits at 11:24 AM on August 1, 2011

Sorry, thought that would work. They're available at Wal*Mart, and a search for NY, NY gives these results:

Walmart# 3520-Secaucus
400 Park Pl
Secaucus, NJ 07094
(201) 325-9280

Walmart Supercenter# 3795-North Bergen
2100 88Th St
North Bergen, NJ 07047
(201) 758-2810

Walmart# 5752-Garfield
174 Passaic St
Garfield, NJ 07026
(973) 330-3550

Walmart# 3469-Linden
1601 W Edgar Rd
Linden, NJ 07036
(908) 474-9055
posted by xingcat at 11:25 AM on August 1, 2011

Do you have Aldi there? If so, call and ask as they have been spotted in some branches. Otherwise WalMart appears to be your best bet.
posted by Lyn Never at 11:25 AM on August 1, 2011

I'll look at my corner stores and get back to you if I see anything.
posted by hermitosis at 11:28 AM on August 1, 2011

3 Waldbaums locations out on the Island

a multitude of tri-state area locations

(see other locations by clicking the "not your location" thingy)

I have become weirdly invested in this.
posted by elizardbits at 11:39 AM on August 1, 2011 [2 favorites]

I bought a box at Stop and Shop two weeks ago, out in CT. It looks like there are two S&S in Brooklyn, if that works for you. You can probably call them first to be extra sure. (S&S store locator.)
posted by cobaltnine at 11:42 AM on August 1, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks for the answers so far. I'm hoping to find something in the city so that I can buy a load of them and get them home before they melt. So, I'm willing to go as far as Harlem or so, but I can't really get to NJ and back in a reasonable amount of time, and I don't think I'm willing to get a car for this venture. And I have a feeling there are some hiding in some bodegas somewhere that won't be listed on the website. If you find me some, I'll buy you one!
posted by greta simone at 11:56 AM on August 1, 2011

If your local grocery carries Klondike or Good Humor but not Choco Tacos, ask them to get them. I have had great luck getting hard to find products by asking the store to carry them. It is likely just a matter of the store asking the distributor to carry them.
posted by AugustWest at 11:58 AM on August 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

In this 2009 news story, Frank Bruni, a former NY Times food critic, apparently got his choco taco from a Mister Softee truck. I couldn't get the Mister Softee truck locator or online store to work, but you might have better luck.
posted by rube goldberg at 12:16 PM on August 1, 2011

From the Klondike site here:
posted by aninom at 12:35 PM on August 1, 2011

Hm, also:

WALDBAUMS 133-11 20TH AVE COLLEGE POINT NY 11356 (718) 359-2394

WALDBAUMS 2149-2151 RALPH AVE BROOKLYN NY 11234 (718) 444-7245
posted by elizardbits at 12:38 PM on August 1, 2011

You might want to try and make your own.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:42 PM on August 1, 2011

Apparently, you can get them on Amazon -- if you're willing to pay ~$50.00 in shipping.
posted by mhum at 1:44 PM on August 1, 2011

I'm in Chicago and I've recently bought them at Target and Wal-Mart.
posted by Hop123 at 1:56 PM on August 1, 2011

Get an insulated lunch cooler and go as far as you need to get them!!

Also, I'm in Dallas and they have them in Blockbuster video stores, in an ice cream freezer of single serve snacks. I don't know if they have those in the NY stores.
posted by CathyG at 3:03 PM on August 1, 2011

I just bought a box at the A&P in Riverdale last night. Is there an A&P near you?
posted by cestmoi15 at 4:45 PM on August 1, 2011

Apparently, you can get them on Amazon

That seller has terrible feedback, though.
posted by elizardbits at 5:45 PM on August 1, 2011

It's certainly not a bulk source, but I've ordered them at Taco Bell.
posted by duien at 6:18 PM on August 1, 2011

I know I bought some -- out of curiosity, having heard of them but never gotten to try one -- within the last six months or so. I don't remember where, but I'm 90% sure it was my usual store, Fairway in Brooklyn (Red Hook). It's also possible it was the Key Food in Park Slope (11th Ave-ish), or possibly the Key Food in Prospect Heights (Vanderbilt & Sterling).

I should be at Fairway tomorrow, I'll post an update if I see them. Good luck!
posted by bah213 at 7:18 PM on August 1, 2011

I saw a sign for them on the ice cream truck in Washington Square Park Wednesday.
posted by mlle valentine at 1:26 PM on August 5, 2011

A month late, but I just saw them right this second at the Sonoco station convenience store at 47th and 11th Avenue
posted by Mchelly at 12:52 PM on August 29, 2011

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