Taco Bell’s Crunchy Taco shell and New York-based dessert company Milk Bar’s truffles are fusing together to form a limited-time offer — available only at the Taco Bell restaurant in Tustin, California, at 14042 Red Hill Ave., and at the two Milk Bar flagships in New York City and in Los Angeles.
Available as a two-truffle package for $2.99 through Aug. 16, the Strawberry Bell Truffle features a slice of vanilla cake studded with strawberry pieces and soaked in strawberry milk and filled with a sweet corn fudge center. The outside is also coated with a strawberry corn-cake coating, studded with tiny pieces of Taco Bell’s Crunchy Taco Shell, said Christina Tosi, chef and founder of Milk Bar.
“A collab with our brilliant friends at Taco Bell has been on my bucket list for some time,” she said in a company press release. “We white boarded ideas and R&D’ed to seemingly no end, but then the masterminds of our culinary team, led by VP, Anna McGorman, struck sweet gold with this unique dessert that packs such delicious flavor and is a true meeting of minds who love to color outside the lines. We’re pumped for you to take a bite.”
Rene Pisciotti, the executive chef at Taco Bell Corp, called the LTO a friendship-fueled idea made possible by a mutual dedication to innovation.
“Christina Tosi and her culinary team worked closely with experts within Taco Bell’s very own Test Kitchen on this collaboration, and we couldn’t think of better partners to learn from and team up with,” Pisciotti said in the release.
The strawberry and corn flavor combination has been a years-long concept in the works for the culinary teams, as past collaborations at closed-door celebrations sparked the desire to share these same test kitchen creations for fans on a wider scale.
The duo’s first mashup, “Dessert Nachos,” were introduced to close friends of the brand at Taco Bell’s annual Friendsgiving event at Taco Bell HQ in November 2018. The nachos featured Milk Bar’s cookies cut into triangle “chips” and coated with dark chocolate fudge and vanilla cream “nacho cheese sauce,” and topped with sprinkles, chocolate chips, almond-brittle chunks and sweet-and-salty crunchies. The nachos inspired the team to explore additional test kitchen creations, which led to the Strawberry Bell Truffle.
Coming up on a four-year history together, this may not be the end for the two brands’ partnership, according to the release.