How to Make Choco Tacos at Home

07/10/2014 at 12:41 PM ET

How to Make Choco Tacos at Home
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Here is why we like the Choco Taco:

1. Its name rhymes.

2. It’s wildly messy to eat, so it’s a good test: If you have fun with it and laugh and genuinely enjoy making a fool out of yourself, you’re in good shape. If you get frustrated and pissed off because your hands are sticky and you’re bothered by the fact that eating ice cream from a taco shell cone makes little sense, you’re due for a yoga class.

3. It’s a way to enjoy a homemade ice cream cone without having to buy a cone mold or a waffle iron. You just need some simple ingredients and books. (Hopefully you have books.)

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This is the perfect dessert for a summery taco party. You can make the shells a day in advance and have guests fill their own; you can make the shells during the party and have your kitchen smell like an ice cream parlor; or you can make them entirely in advance and keep them in the freezer.

Original Choco Tacos are filled with fudge-swirled vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate and peanuts. But it’s your taco party and you can do what you want: Use any kind of ice cream and top it with whatever nuts, sprinkles, or other toppings your taco-loving heart desires. Just don’t forget the napkins!


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Choco Tacos
Makes 6 to 8

For the shells:

⅔ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
⅛ tsp. kosher salt
¼ cup milk
¼ tsp. almond extract
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 large egg whites

For the fillings and toppings:

10 ounces dark chocolate chips
3 tbsp. coconut oil
4 to 6 cups ice cream
½ cup crushed nuts, plus any other desired toppings (like sprinkles)

To make the taco shell batter, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in the milk, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Then whisk in the egg whites. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to form a smooth batter.

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Heat a skillet over medium heat and grease the bottom with butter. Spoon in 3 tablespoons of the batter and use an offset spatula to gently spread it out into a 5- to 6-inch circle. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the bottom begins to brown. Flip and cook on the other side for 1 to 2 minutes more, until slightly brown.

Quickly remove the disk from the pan and carefully fold it over the spine of a book. Press down gently and let it cool. Then repeat the process with the remaining batter.

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To make the chocolate topping, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it in 30 second increments, stirring after each, until it melts. Let the chocolate cool slightly before topping the tacos.

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Let the ice cream soften a bit, scoop it into the taco shells, drizzle them with as much chocolate as you wish, top with nuts, and enjoy!

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If you’re making these in advance, stick them in the freezer uncovered for a few minutes until the chocolate hardens, and then wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them until you’re ready to eat.

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See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

This article was originally published on Food52, a site that brings cooks together to share recipes, ideas and support.

—Molly Yeh

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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