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There has been an outpouring of grief on the internet this week by lovers of a certain ice cream treat. The beloved Choco Taco has been discontinued. But as NPR's Wynne Davis reports, all hope might not be lost just yet.
WYNNE DAVIS, BYLINE: When Klondike announced the end of the Choco Taco on Monday, the company cited increased demand for its other products and encouraged people to try some of those instead. No, thank you, say fans like Carissa Procop (ph) of Massachusetts.
CARISSA PROCOP: Choco Tacos are perfect.
DAVIS: She was a really big fan.
PROCOP: Who doesn't like tacos to begin with - and then when they have ice cream, and they're covered in chocolate and also with more chocolate on top?
DAVIS: Procop is one of many people who lamented the loss of the frozen delicacy on Twitter. Drew Huang (ph) of California also joined in.
DREW HUANG: Sorrow and frustration would be the two main emotions that I can think of when I first heard the news.
DAVIS: The last time Huang had a Choco Taco was a few months ago. He says he's still in mourning, but he's also looking at recipes to make his own at home.
HUANG: Do I trust myself to ever make a Choco Taco as good as an actual Choco Taco? No, but, I mean, if I ever want to enjoy a Choco Taco ever again, it seems like that might be the only route from here on out.
DAVIS: But not everyone is ready to give up that easily.
ALEXIS OHANIAN: There is no other ice cream option in that truck quite like a Choco Taco.
DAVIS: That's Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit and the venture capital firm 776. He fondly recalls mowing lawns for money as a kid and spending it on Choco Tacos at the local swimming pool.
OHANIAN: I think like a lot of people, when I saw the news that it was getting ended, I reacted pretty strongly to it.
DAVIS: That reaction - he tweeted at Unilever, the company that owns Klondike, and offered to buy the rights to the Choco Taco. He's totally serious, and he's even done some research on the product.
OHANIAN: Born in 1983, just like me - and so I feel a kind of kinship with this treat.
DAVIS: He wants to share his nostalgia for Choco Tacos with his 4-year-old daughter, Olympia.
OHANIAN: Now that a lot of us have kids, you know, we want our kids to enjoy it, too. And Olympia hasn't had a Choco Taco yet, so got to do something about it.
DAVIS: Ohanian says he's spoken with Unilever, but he doesn't have any news to share just yet. We reached out to Unilever for comment but haven't received a response. In the meantime, Ohanian is optimistic and holding out for the classic.
OHANIAN: It's the real deal or bust. There's no replicating it.
DAVIS: So though Choco Tacos may be gone for now, it's safe to say they'll never be forgotten.
Wynne Davis, NPR News.
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