Surprise Sweet Taco Treats

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time:
Cooling Time: 1 hrs
Yields: 6 servings


Surprise Sweet Taco Treats are perfect when you are looking for a quick ice cream dessert. Paula Marchesi of Lenhartsville, PA created this colorful, tasty ice cream treat that uses waffle ice cream bowls, chocolate ice cream dipped in NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels and topped with colored, flaked coconut, walnuts, whipped topping and cherries. A 1st Prize winner sure to please kids of all ages!


  • 1 3/4 teaspoons water, divided
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • 1 1/4 cups flaked coconut, divided
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring
  • 2 cups DREYER’S or EDY’S® SLOW CHURNED® Chocolate Light Ice Cream, softened
  • 6 waffle ice cream bowls
  • 6 tablespoons frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 6 maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels


PLACE 1 cup morsels in shallow bowl. Drop scoops of ice cream into morsels and roll to coat. Place on baking sheet and freeze until firm. (May be done in two batches.)

COMBINE 1 1/2 teaspoons water and green food coloring in a large, resealable plastic bag. Add 1 cup coconut. Seal bag and shake to coat evenly with color. Combine remaining water and yellow food coloring in a small, resealable plastic bag. Add remaining coconut. Seal bag and shake to coat evenly with color.

ice cream balls in waffle bowls. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup morsels and walnuts. Sprinkle with green coconut. Top each bowl with a tablespoon of whipped topping. Sprinkle with yellow coconut and remaining mini morsels. Top with cherries. Serve immediately.

Grand Kids delight!

by J. Jan , BLYTHEVILLE, AR on May. 2007

The grandkids loved these. They thought it was so much fun.

Great idea!


I made these for our Vacation Bible School fundraiser lunch, which had a "Fiesta!" Mexican theme. Everyone went crazy over them! Great idea and easy to make.

Taco bar

by K. Kelly , SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA on Apr. 2006

This was very good and so much fun for my kids. I set it up sort of like a taco bar so they could choose their own toppings. We had a blast!!

Surprise Sweet Taco Treats

by A. Alycia , Wyandotte, MI on Oct. 2005

It is really easy and quick. It is very good too!

not bad at all

by J. JOEL , FORT DODGE, IA on May. 2005

These were a bit on the different side, but the kids enjoyed them none the less.

Suprise Sweet Taco Treats 2

by A. Anonymous , Idaville, IN on Apr. 2005

It was kind of good, I didn't put in all the ingredients though because I'm allergic to some of that stuff, like walnuts, etc.