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20 Latino Ice Cream Spots In LA You Should Definitely Try Out When You Visit

There are countless choices out there for ice cream and it doesn’t have to be limited to summer. Oh, and ice cream has become really cool these days. Gone are the days of your plain old waffle cone and ice cream replaced with creations we could only dream of when we were younger. Here are 20 Latino-owned ice cream spots you should check out the next time you are in Los Angeles.

1. Elado Ice Cream

With a big selection of ice cream sandwiches and cakes, you can’t go wrong at Elado Ice Cream. They specialize in ice cream cakes which means they have mastered different ways to add ice cream into almost anything. From ice cream cupcakes to sandwiches they’ve got you covered. This ice cream joint has two locations in Pico Rivera and Anaheim, California. 

2. La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor

Just a glance at these treats and you’re ready to make the drive to get your hands on one of them. Say hello to La Michoacana, this ice cream parlor takes a page right out of some of your favorite Mexican treats and combines them with ice cream. From the mangonadas to the chamoy paletas, it’s all here in its ice cream glory. There are multiple locations across southern California to choose from.

3. Crescendo Ice Cream LA

It’s an ice cream experiment that went terribly good and that’s just the start of it at Crescendo Ice Cream. This ice cream business doesn’t have a store at the moment but are frequently seen at various food and dessert festivals across SoCal. They specialize in nitro ice cream which is ice cream made with liquid nitrogen that melts quickly in your mouth.

4.  Ice Cream Garden

Ever wanted to plant and grow your own ice cream? Well now you can. Well not really but this is as close as you can get thanks to Ice Cream Garden, which serves your treat right out of a plant pot. It’s one of the craziest ice creams you’ll ever see and it looks delicious. They have pop-up shops and cater across the LA area. 

5. Mateo’s Ice Cream

For fans of paletas you can’t go wrong with Mateos’s Ice Cream located in the Westchester district of South L.A. This Mexican ice cream shop has been serving up tasty treats for decades and is famous for its pomegranate popsicles. This is a hole in a wall that foodies can’t miss whenever in the area. 

6. Cascada Refrescante

If you’re a fans of mangonadas this is your spot. Cascada Refrescante is a juice bar located in Buena Park and has some of the most refreshing smoothies and ice cream your eyes will ever lay on. All of their smoothies and juices come with an array of fruits and toppings you won’t find anywhere else. 

7. Paleteria la Mexicana

La Mexicana’s special brand of paleta invites customers into their shop to enjoy flavors more colorful and numerous than any other shop you can imagine. Located in Long Beach, this paleta shop is a Latino haven with its fruitful selection and tasty popsicles. 

8.  10 Below

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Who would ever guess that smores and ice cream would be the perfect combination? Well say hello to 10 Below. There are multiple locations on the east coast and just recently a new store opened in LA. 10 Below specializes in ice cream rolls with flavors like nutella, key lime pie and their famous rainbow unicorn.

9. Horchateria Rio Luna

There are many imitations of the concha ice cream but few do it justice like Horchateria Rio Luna does it. With an array of concha flavors and ice cream this is junk food heaven for the Latino in us all. Also try out the horchata selection while you’re at it, it’s just as good as the ice cream.

10.  Drips and Swirls

One of the biggest trends in ice cream right now is charcoal soft serve because of the unique almond flavor. Drips and Swirls are one of the original ice cream shops to start the fad and have quite a loyal following of fans because of flavors like pina stawberry and charcoal water mango. Located near downtown LA, Dips and Swirls even has a happy hour Tuesday-Friday 3-6 p.m., which gives an even better reason to check it out. 

11.  Zury’s Raspados

Growing up raspados were a big part of most Mexican childhoods and it’s no surprise many of us still crave these icy treats. Zury’s Raspados has brought your childhood back with their diablitos raspados that look as good as they taste. With multiple locations in LA, they offer mangonados, tostilocos and array of Mexican treats. 

12. Rico Tejuino Los Reyes

Located in Lincoln Heights, Rico Tejuino Los Reyes is mom and pop shop that you’ll keep coming back to. Most LA locals will tell you this is best place to get paletas and their specialty ice cream flavors of tamarindo and fresca. Make sure to arrive early as lines are usually out the door for this little gem. 

13. La Flor De Michoacan

It’s not hard to find paletas when in L.A. but finding one you’re going to keep going back to is another question. La Flor De Michoacan is the ice cream shop that you’re going to wanna tell your friends about. Their specialty is the Kiwi Strawberry paleta and their chocolate dipped paleta with almonds. This hole in a wall is located in Huntington Park and is worth the visit if you want to taste a huge choice selection of paleta flavors.  

14. Paleteria Michoacana

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Paleteria Michoacana is a Mexican’s ice cream dream with its selection of paletas and raspado flavors you might not find anywhere else. Located in Westlake, this ice cream shop has you covered from juices to elotes and everything in between. Check out the chicle raspado, according to many reviews it’s one of their best sellers.

Read: These Are Some Of The Most Outrageous Ice Cream And Sorbet Flavors From Mexico

15. Peddlers Creamery

Waffle Nacho Sundae anyone? Yes you read that right and it looks as delicious as it sounds. Say hello to Peddlers Creamery. an ice cream shop on literal wheels that moves around downtown Los Angeles. Their nacho sundae is one of their most famous items along with their ice cream pie bars. 

16. Pazzo Gelato

Gelato is like the brother of ice cream but still deserves all the love. At Pazzo Gelato, located in Silver Lake, finding new ways to deliver gelato is their mission. Whether its using the waffle cone as a spoon or even whipping up an ounce of bagel gelato. Yes, there is a such thing as bagel gelato.

Read: 19 Dessert Tacos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

17. Raspados Nayarit

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Paletas dipped in a mangonadas is the perfect marriage and this little gem located in East L.A. hits all of the right notes with this treat. Raspados Nayarit is a hole in the wall shop that any local or visitor in L.A. can appreciate. It’s diablito selection is one of the best on the eastside of Los Angeles with a good selection of paletas to go along.

18. Paleteria La Reyna De Michoacan

The Pico Rivera area in L.A. is filled with countless ice cream shops but few stand out like La Reyna De Michoacan. Their chocolate dipped paleta with almonds is their specialty and with an array of flavors this shop is a must for all ice cream lovers.

19. Helados La Michoacana

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If you’re a fan of fruit in paletas filled with fruit than Helados La Michoacana is your spot. Located in San Bernardino, this fruity and delicious hole in the wall is the perfect compliment to a hot summer day.

20. Churrito Loco

Churrito Loco is in category of its own thanks in part to its creativity and food nostalgia overload. I present to you the Mazapan ice cream with a churro cone that can make any Latino want to get in the car and head to this little gem. The Moreno Valley ice cream shop should be on your to-do list this summer thanks in part to it’s churro cone and its array of Mexican candy toppings.


READ: These Are Some Of The Most Outrageous Ice Cream And Sorbet Flavors From Mexico

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We Just Created The Latino Thirst List To Include Your Favorites And Here It Is

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We Just Created The Latino Thirst List To Include Your Favorites And Here It Is

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Sit back and get ready to take a tour of some of the hottest Latino celebs to grace your screen — a lot of them picked by you in these comments, lovingly organized in list form by us. Thank you/you’re most very welcome.

Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars, né Peter Gene Hernandez, stormed onto the music scene back in 2010 with the release of his “Doo-Wops & Hooligans album, which brought us hits like “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade.” Jump to 2014 and the release of “Uptown Funk,” and it was clear that this man had swag for days. Like, literally, so much swag just drips of him and his smooth moves that we don’t know how to handle it.


Jesús “Chino” Miranda

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If you’ve never heard of Jesús “Chino” Miranda, then you have been severely missing out. This walking statue of perfection is part of the wildly popular Venezuelan reggaeton duo Chino Y Nacho. Though he has gotten rid of his flowing locks of hair, this Venezolano will still make your heart melt when you catch a glimpse of his beautiful smile. ?


Ricky Martin

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All the way from Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin has been driving women and men crazy with his gyrating hips long before he had the U.S. dancing to “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” Now a father to twins, he’s the perfect example of Latino men aging like fine wine. Every year gets better and better, and we will continue to be here for this man.


Tristan Wilds

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You might think that Tristan Wilds got his big break thanks to Adele’s music video for “Hello,” but this Dominican slice of heaven has been in the game long before that. Do you remember a little movie called “Red Tails” or the CW revival of “90210“? Either way, Wilds has proven to be a damn good actor with a smile that could light up all of Hollywood.


Rafael Amaya

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Don’t look at Rafael Amaya straight on unless you are ready to deal with his sultry eyes piercing through to your soul. This Mexican telenovela star has made quite the name of himself as a telenovela tour de force. From his uncredited appearances on “Ugly Betty” to playing Aurelio Casillas on “El Señor de los Cielos,” there is never a time when women and men don’t swoon over this 6’2″ drink of water. ????


Thiago Silva

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This Brazilian-born futbolista might look like just another boy next door, but don’t let that fool you. Thiago Silva is all over the place, literally, playing fútbol for the Brazilian national team, as well as Paris Saint-Germain. The best part about this sexy af athlete are those plump and pouty lips. Like, who wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a Silva kiss?


Mauricio Ochmann

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Another Mexicano from the “El Señor de los Cielos” cast, Mauricio Ochmann has the kind of attitude and temperament suitable for a future hubby. Not to mention he was the total heart throb in “7 Mujeres 1 Homosexual Y Carlos.” Those puppy dog eyes are enough to make us weak in the knees and fall into his oh-so defined arms. Plus, who doesn’t love a good-looking straight man who is totally down for complete and total equality for the LGBTQ community? Answer: NO ONE.


Oscar Isaac

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Guatemalan-Cuban actor Oscar Isaac is just the right amount of no-f*cks-given rolled into a very handsome package. Not only has he proven his acting chops over and over again in movies like “Ex-Machina,” this dude has so many other talents. Remember when he showed the world the best way to eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? Sorry, I seemed to have lost the ability to breathe.


Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony, a prolific scorer in the NBA, is the 6’8″ puertorriqueño dreamboat the New York Knicks needed when he was traded over from the Denver Nuggets in 2011. But it isn’t his reliable shooting record we care about, no. We are here for this rugged good looks and those ever-so-sexy tattoos he has creeping up around his jersey.


Aarón Díaz

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This studmuffin all the way from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has always had a way of stopping people in their tracks and taking the breath right out of ’em. Even when Aarón Díaz is posing with his adorable daughter, dude knows how to put those hypnotizing eyes to work. We are all still trying to figure out why in the hell Kate del Castillo let this prime hunk of man out of her life.


Laz Alonso

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Laz Alonso, a first generation Cuban-American, has been heating up screens both big and small. Not only did this Cuban vision of beauty play Fenix in “Fast & Furious” (still waiting for him to handcuff me, if we’re being honest), but he’s also been in “Avatar” and, most recently, “The Mysteries of Laura.” ? *sets DVR for a show I’ve never heard of*


Édgar Ramírez

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What is it with these hunky Venezolanos all over the place?! You might recognize Édgar Ramírez from “Joy,” where he acted alongside Jennifer Lawrence. Does he have great acting skills? Sure. But can we take a minute and just admire the sexual appeal that comes from being a hairy and buff Latino. Seriously, there is nothing better than finding that perfect, cuddly teddy bear, even if you have to stand outside looking through his window. #NotPersonalExperienceOrAnything ?


Romeo Santos

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Every girl, guy, dog and cat just could NOT get enough of Aventura, especially the Dominican-Puerto Rican Romeo Santos. Not only can we not stop looking at his trademark dimple, we also just want one or two hours holding his muscle-bound arms. Just imagine how great it must feel to have him hold you like you were the only person in the world. ? Tell me that you love me / And you need me ? Please!


Alexis Sánchez

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If you’re not a football fan, get ready to start caring. Arsenal fans really lucked out when Alexis Sánchez started to grace their pitch in 2014. This Chilean dreamboat is everything you could ever want in a futbolista fantasy. How can you NOT watch an Arsenal game when you get to keep your eyes on those rippling shoulders and perfectly styled hair? Seriously. #TeamAlexis or GTFO.


Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez

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Yes. Gingers exist in every race and ethnicity, and Mexican pro boxer Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez is one of them. The World Boxing Council middleweight champion has been killing the boxing game just like he is knocking us all out with his chiseled jaw and shredded abs. Tbh, it’s a little hard to watch him in the ring. Not because we don’t like his boxing style or kickass performance, but because we just don’t want to see that pretty face damaged.


Laith Ashley De La Cruz

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If you’ve never heard of Laith Ashley De La Cruz, well, now you’re welcome. De La Cruz is one of the hottest Latino Instagrammers, with more than 70,000 followers. This Dominican model first made his appearance in Barney’s “Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters” campaign celebrating the beauty of trans models. De La Cruz was only one month into his transition when he was photographed by Bruce Weber. But, like, for real. Those lips are perfection!


Kid Cudi

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Kid Cudi is probably what all your dreams are made of. Not only does the man know how to get you and all your amigos dancing and vibing, he is also the most adorable musician on Instagram. The best part is this Mexican-American singer doesn’t take himself too seriously, and he isn’t so self-involved that he just fills his social media with selfie after selfie. Instead, this man sticks to giving the fans what they want… a good mix of sexy selfies and sexy performance photos. #Range


Michael Peña

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We all fell in love with Michael Peña when he played Cesar Chavez, and he sure knew how to scare the hell out of us in “The Vatican Tapes” as Father Lozano. Tbh, he was probably the main reason you went to see “The Martian.” Every time this Mexicano hits the big screen, we are all reminded that the “boy next door” look never looked so good. It’s a good thing we don’t live in his neighborhood or we would seriously never get anything done. *peers through blind*


Miguel

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Seriously. Can anyone, ANYONE, point out a moment in his career when Miguel didn’t ooze sex appeal? Didn’t think so. So, instead of trying to figure out if his sexuality and appeal have any restrictions, let’s just sit back and stare intently at this gorgeous smile and beautiful hair. Maybe if we stare heard enough he’ll eventually Adorn us with some of that loving. ?


Adam Rodriguez

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Adam Rodriguez is the professor we ALL wish we had while we were in school. Attendance would be high and consistent af if this Puerto Rican/Cuban papi was the one dropping all that knowledge. And that adorably cock-eyed smile just makes it all the better, amiright? Does anyone know if the “Jane the Virgin” sex bomb does private tutoring? I promise not to kiss his sweater. ?


Mario Lopez

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Since his “Saved By The Bell” days Mario Lopez has cornered the market on sexy Latinos in mainstream media. And while he might always have a clean-shaven look, his swole arms and come-over-here smile are EVERYTHING. Ahem, did I mention I love the Dodgers? This picture had no sway on that opinion.


Pedro Pascal

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The whole world collectively cried when this Chilean heartthrob was (spoiler alert?) violently killed off on HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones.” It’s like the creators of the show just wanted GoT to lose all of the sexiness he brought to the television screen. Thankfully, Netflix jumped on the opportunity to have this man up their sexy Latino content with his role in “Narcos.”


Prince Royce

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Is there anyone left who hasn’t fallen head over heels for this Dominican singer? Seriously. Those lips and smile are enough to make any woman or man drop everything and hang on every last word he sings. Plus, it’s not easy to out-sexy Jennifer Lopez like Prince Royce did in the “Back It Up” music video. All you need to do is call and I will be there to stand right by you, boo!


Ezequiel Lavezzi

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Hebei China Fortune is definitely fortunate (?) with the addition of this smoking Argentine vision of beauty. While he is drop-dead gorgeous in his soccer uniform, his fashion sense makes him the best dressed player to ever grace your computer screen. Like, what was Paris Saint-Germain even thinking by letting this guy go? Though, you can’t really blame him for going after the offer to make him the richest soccer player in the world.


Richard Cabral

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You no doubt know about this man from his Emmy-nominated role on “American Crime,” but this dude has a past that would make most people scared. The former gang member has really been able to turn his life around and, in turn, has become an inspiration to millions. It also doesn’t hurt that Richard Cabral is so damn fine! There is something about a skinny dude with long hair and tats that gets your attention.


Al Madrigal

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Al Madrigal gave all Latino Jon Stewart fans someone they could finally relate to. As the senior Latino correspondent, he was able to give his reporting that Mexican twist we didn’t even know we were missing. As his career has grown and we’ve watched him report story after story, we have slowly and surely fallen in love with this adorable goofball’s cute looks and sense of humor. #TeamAlMadrigal


 Javier “Chicharito” Hernández

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No sexy Latino list is complete without everyone’s favorite futbolista, Chicharito. This man has brought so many people over to the world of fútbol (this writer included). From his playful smile to the funny videos he’s been part of, there is nothing this guy can’t do. There’s just one question: When are we going to Germany to watch our favorite Mexicano fútbol star take on Europe?!


READ: Here Are 11 Sexy Latino Men with Their Kids to Give You All the Feels

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Accurate Information Is Crucial Now More Than Ever And This Organization Is Making It Available En Español For Our Family Members

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Accurate Information Is Crucial Now More Than Ever And This Organization Is Making It Available En Español For Our Family Members

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At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, one thing was abundantly clear: Spanish-speaking communities were being kept in the dark. Politicians, including Joaquin Castro, have voiced their concern that the federal government is not doing enough to warn Spanish-speaking communities. Here’s what one organization is doing to combat that.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is organizing to get information on COVID-19 to Spanish-speaking communities.

The COVID-19 response has left a lot to be desired by many in the U.S. The federal government has been criticized as being slow to admit the full scope of the pandemic. President Trump has been criticized for downplaying the threat and, most recently, celebrating protests against lockdown measures in certain states endangering American lives. Through it all, the federal government has been criticized for not offering all of the resources about COVID-19 in Spanish.

LULAC has started #AyudaEnEspanol to offer more resources to Spanish-speaking communities during the pandemic.

Spanish is a major language spoken in the U.S. Major American cities are filled with Spanish-speaking and immigrant communities. These communities are being left behind due to a lack of information and resources in Spanish about the COVID-19 crisis. In 2015, the population of Spanish speakers in the U.S. surpassed the population of Spain.

The lack of information being given to the Latino community is having serious consequences.

In New York, Latino and Black communities are being disproportionately impacted by the deadly virus. According to The New York Times, COVID-19 is killing Latino and Black people in New York City at twice the rate of their white counterparts.

“There are clear inequalities, clear disparities in how this disease is affecting the people of our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told The New York Times. “The truth is that in so many ways the negative effects of coronavirus — the pain it’s causing, the death it’s causing — tracks with other profound health care disparities that we have seen for years and decades.”

People are spreading the news to get essential Spanish-language COVID-19 information out there.

Danny Trejo is just one person putting their name and platform behind the movement. LULAC, in coordination with Hornitos Tequila, is pushing to make sure that all Spanish speaking people in the U.S. are given the proper information about COVID-19. It is crucial that our communities know how to protect themselves from this virus as it continues to spread across the globe.

#AyudaEnEspanol’s sole purpose is to help and protect our vulnerable communities in the face of a deadly pandemic.

“#AyudaEnEspañol is about helping millions of Spanish-speaking Latinos with practical, needed information that can be accessed by multi-generational households in both Spanish and English,” Sindy Benavides, LULAC National Chief Executive Officer, said according to PR News Wire. “The program provides COVID-19-related assets that will help save untold numbers of lives and reduce suffering in our community, which has already been impacted beyond measure.”

Share this resource with all of your Spanish-speaking family members to make sure they are as safe as they can be during this time.

READ: The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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