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WALKING DESSERT TACOS {Portable Dessert Snack Bag Bar}

Walking dessert tacos offer an opportunity to take your snacking on the go. Messiness minimized, a walking dessert taco lets you enjoy your sweet treat while mingling with your friends. Did I mention that eating while walking cancels out any and all of the calories consumed!?!

close up of pretzels with chocolate sauce and sprinkles

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

PORTABLE SNACKS

Actually, walking isn’t necessary. You are just fine sitting right where you are.

Since walking tacos became a hit at fairs in the Midwest, they have only gained popularity coast to coast. New York might have the models and the fashions. California shines with the stars.

But count on the Midwest to deliver the practical and tasty!

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picture of snack mix spilling out of bar onto a table

WHAT ARE WALKING DESSERT TACOS?

If you are unfamiliar with a walking dessert taco, then a quick explanation is in order. Let’s skip why it is called a taco. The more I think about it, the less that makes any sense, so let’s start with the word taco.

In essence a taco is a way of taking a few ingredients and stuffing them into an edible container. Kind of like the fastest way to shovel food into your mouth with worrying about eating the packaging in the process.

Ever have one of those days?!?!

But you don’t eat the bag a walking taco comes in unless you have a taste for foil packaging. So forget that explanation.

From a marketing perspective it is a stroke of genius! Anyone who sees a sign saying “Walking Tacos Sold Here” feels compelled to check it out. 

What happens if you putting jumping beans in a walking taco? Does it become a skipping burrito? Maybe, maybe not. But people will want to find out what is going on regardless.

overhead picture toppings for walking dessert tacos

PORTABLE PARTY DESSERTS

In any event, a walking taco involves opening a snack sized bag of chips, pretzels, etc. Instead of reacting with “why are there so few chips in here?”, you take advantage of the extra space by adding in a bunch of other tasty ingredients.

Then you may feel an urge to get up and walk around with it. Well, don’t worry about making a mess. You can eat and keep your hands clean at the same time. Then, go figure, you can even put one foot safely in front of the other.

Keep your head on a swivel though. Walking desserts can be treacherous if you happen to wade out into traffic!

WHAT DO I SERVE ON A WALKING DESSERT TACO BAR?

The best way to tackle dessert walking tacos is to set up a station. Let folks create their own dream dessert out of a wide range of delicious ingredients.

Here are some suggestions to get you pointed in the right direction. (This step is important if you happen to start walking! You don’t want to get lost!)

For a walking taco dessert bar, set out the foil and or plastic bagged snacks. Individual snack bags of popcorn, pretzels, neutral flavored chips, and even thin pita or bagel chips. Then set out cups full of fun toppings and other goodies to add to the bags.

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There are a few ways to go for setting up the walking taco dessert bar.

TAPAS TIPS & TRICKS

  • You can set out individual bowls filled with treats.
  • You can serve toppings in a cupcake pan.
  • If you have an Asian market handy, then see if they have bento boxes. Those come in handy because they have various size compartments to place different sized ingredients. They also look much more elegant that cupcake and muffin tins. If you are trying to go all “fancy-like” with the presentation, you can’t do without them! 
  • If you are feeling particularly crafty, then take some party cups and glue them and/or tack a row of them onto a 1”x 6” x 2’ board. Then fill another set of the same type of cup with your snack ingredients. Put them in your ready-made cup holders. People can easily pick up and pour from the cups. No serving spoons required!

IDEAS FOR WALKING DESSERT TACO TOPPINGS

  • Roasted Peanuts
  • Chocolate Chips
  • M&Ms
  • SnoCaps
  • Gummy Bears
  • Jelly Beans
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Junior Mints
  • Poppycock
  • Banana Chips
  • PB pretzels
  • Bark Thins
  • Marshmallows
  • Sprinkles
  • Coconut Chips
  • Raisins 
mini pretzel with chocolate sauce and sprinkles held in between fingers

SAUCE IDEAS FOR WALKING DESSERT TACOS

For some, a bit of chocolate or candy will not be sweet enough. You can also provide some easy sweet sauces to drizzle over the walking tacos. 

  • Heat up some blackberry or strawberry jelly, it will melt down to a liquid you can spoon over the bag’s contents
  • Heat up some butter, sugar, and a bit of milk or cream in the microwave to make some quick caramel sauce. Make sure you stir and avoid scalding it by watching closely. It cooks fast!
  • Drizzle on some sweetened condensed milk or pre-made Dulce de Leche sauce. You usually find that by the sweetened condensed milk on the baking aisle.
  • You can’t go wrong with peanut butter, caramel, or hot fudge sauce that you can easily pick up by the ice cream in your local market.

Once you have everything set up and ready to go, start experimenting with you favorite flavors! My favorite is popcorn with Sno Caps, sprinkles, and a little chocolate sauce.

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If I am wanting to keep my fingers from getting TOO sticky, I will mix a bag of pretzels, coconut chips, chocolate bark, and some caramel coated popcorn. It’s more like a dessert trail mix, but who’s keeping score?

MORE EASY SNACK IDEAS

Walking Dessert Tacos

Walking Dessert Tacos

Yield: 15 snack bags
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Walking dessert tacos offer an opportunity to take your snacking on the go. Messiness minimized, a walking dessert taco lets you enjoy your sweet treat while mingling with your friends. Did I mention that eating while walking cancels out any and all of the calories consumed!?!

Ingredients

Chips for the Base

  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Pita Chips

Toppings

  • Roasted Peanuts
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • M&Ms
  • Reese's Pieces
  • Junior Mints
  • Caramel Corn
  • Banana Chips
  • Coconut Chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Jelly Beans
  • Gummy Bears
  • Bark Thins
  • Raisins
  • Sno Caps
  • Peanut Butter Pretzels
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Peanut Butter Sauce

Instructions

Set up your walking taco bar

  1. Fill a basket with individual bags of chips, pretzels, or popcorn.
  2. Set up individual cups or bowls of toppings.

To Assemble your Walking Dessert Taco

  1. Open your bag of snack food.
  2. Add in your favorite toppings.
  3. Add a fork or spoon and enjoy your dessert while walking around and visiting with friends and family.

    Notes

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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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