I, like the rest of the internet, was fairly upset last week when Klondike announced that they were discontinuing the Choco Taco, first introduced in 1983.
What’s weird is I’ve never actually even had one! They’ve just been a staple of ice cream trucks for as long as I can remember so it felt like a part of my childhood being taken away.
I apparently wasn’t alone in feeling unjustly nostalgic for them.
It turns out that one restaurant in New Jersey has found a way to keep the Choco Taco alive.
That’s right, fans of the treat should check out Fat Taco on Newark Street in Hoboken. It only makes sense that they would take on such a task, who better than someone who already specializes in tacos?
The taco and tequila bar makes the waffle shells themselves, stuff them with vanilla ice cream, then dip them in fudge and crushed-up peanuts.
Since being added to their menu last week, the Fat Choco Taco has become a hit! Take a look at this video:
I could watch the taco being rolled in peanuts over and over. Excellent dessert porn right there.
One of the Top 50 Candy stores in the US is right here in Jersey
Black River Candy Shoppe in Chester New Jersey was selected in Food Network Magazine's “America’s 50 Best Candy Stores” a couple of years back and the story went viral online earlier this year.
I decided to take a trip down there for myself to see what they had to offer. Right, when you walk in you feel like you are Charlie about to take over the chocolate factory. Black River Candy Shoppe is a cute little candy shop offering hundreds of different types of candy.
They have old-school childhood candy as well as an incredible selection of newer candy varieties. Candy is displayed in old whiskey barrels, and a lot of their candy is sold in bulk by the pound. It is located in downtown Chester right off of Main Street. Check out the photos from my recent visit:
These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
New Jersey's license plate designs through the years