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This Miami Ice Cream Shop Is A Cuban Heaven On Earth

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Y’all. If you’re ever in Miami and want a super Miami experience, you have to go to Azúcar Ice Cream Company. Like, where the hell else are you going to find avocado ice cream or guava and white chocolate chip cookies? Answer: nowhere.

Deep in Miami’s Little Havana, you’re going to find the best Cuban-themed ice cream shop: Azúcar Ice Cream Company.

Took a little trip to #azucar #miami #calleocho #azucaricecream #littlehavana

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Spoiler: Celia Cruz has a strong presence.

First, let’s get this out of the way:

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Speaking of Celia Cruz, you have to try the Celia cone.

What’s not to love about malta and leche condensada in ice cream?

Or spring for the Abuela Maria cookie sandwich.

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Those are guava and white chocolate chip cookies.

They have just about every Cuban flavor you could imagine.

Flava in ya ear???#azucaricecream #miami #littlehavana

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There’s even guava syrup to throw on that bad boy because… why the hell not?

Love, love Abuela Maria ice cream from @azucaricecream, of course has to add an extra guava drizzle

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My heart, my taste buds… Come to poppa.

Or you can get guava ice cream if the drizzle isn’t enough.

Guava samples NOW @flavorishmarket ! Come and try it

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And for you avocado enthusiasts, there’s this to fulfill your wildest dreams:

As fresh as it gets….avocado ice cream today at Azucar!!!

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Why isn’t this be a nationwide chain operation?

And it gets better: You can customize the hell out of your ice cream like only Latinos do.

@brickbrick#azucaricecream#awesomedessert

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My body is ready!!

Sadly, you can only find it in Little Havana at the moment.

Every day, even a stranded day, is a gift. #littlehavana #wynwoodartdistrict #azucaricecream #stranded

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Though, tbh, where else would something so wonderful be born?

Don’t believe this is the best ice cream shop around? Just ask Fluffy…

Fluffy loves Azucar Ice Cream! We ❤️Fluffy!

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…or even Celia Cruz.


¡Azúcar!

BRB, going to Miami.

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La Michoacana Is The Mexican Ice Cream Chain With A Very Complicated History

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La Michoacana Is The Mexican Ice Cream Chain With A Very Complicated History

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Anyone who has had a popsicle in Mexico is probably familiar with the La Michoacana brand. It is as ubiquitous as Burger King is to hamburgers or Dunkin’ Donuts is to donuts. La Michoacana stores can be found anywhere — from the smallest villages to the largest cities in Mexico and among Mexican immigrant communities in the United States.

The signature product are their paletas, which come in like a billions flavors such as spicy pineapple, cheese, and mango with chili. Although, at first glance, all La Michoacana stores appear to be alike, important differences indicate that they do not belong to a single franchise. The name suggests a common origin in the state of Michoacán, which stretches from the Pacific to central Mexico.

The story of La Michoacana is an interesting one.

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Although, not all of the estimated 8,000 to 15,000 locations are part of the same company, even though they look alike, they all have a common heritage.

In fact, nearly all of the La Michoacana paleterias have connections to the same small town in the Mexican state of Michoacan — Tocumbo.

Yup, even though there are nearly 15,000 unrelated La Michoacana shops, nearly all of them can trace their roots back to Tocumbo.

Tocumbo is a small town in the state of Michoacan that is well-known across Mexico for its amazing ice cream.

There are many stories out there about the possible origins of La Michoacana.

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One version is that in the 1960s, an ice cream maker from Tocumbo, Michoacán, came to work in the United States, seeking a better life, later returning home where he used his savings to launch an ice cream and paleta-making business. 

A second version suggests that in the 1930s or 40s, Agustín Andrade and Ignacio Alcazar, also natives of Tocumbo, moved to Mexico City, where they worked at a paletería, later launching their own store, La Michoacana. They were said to have brought this business model back to Michoacán, where it was copied by other enterprising ice-cream lovers! 

Of course, in those days, nobody thought about copyrighting the name, and so now, regardless of the true origin of the name, even the smallest of Mexican towns have one or more “Paletería La Michoacana.”

Regardless of which story is true and which La Michoacana chain is the original one, we can all agree Mexican ice cream is the best.

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If you’re an ice cream fan, Mexico is a destination you will love, with an ice paletería on pretty much every corner selling paletas. And these popsicles are legit – made with fresh fruit, sometimes blended with milk or cream (paletas de leche) and sometimes just with sugar (paletas de agua).

Like, if this isn’t my childhood right here.

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When I was a kid, a paleta was a big deal. Summertime meant that the ice cream cart, bell tinkling, would make its way through the neighborhood where I lived. After a frantic plea to mi mama for money, she counted out coins and I raced to the corner where the rest of the kids were already gathered, waiting for the vendor to dig through his icy case for mango, limon, fresa, or the reviled banana.

Hot summer days made those frozen snacks melt quickly, down childish fingers and the side of the hand, down the wrist and almost to the elbow in sticky trails of blood red and pale green. Nips of the cold treat slid in a chilly track from tongue to stomach, giving a few moments relief from the heat and humidity.

And seriously, who doesn’t love Mexican flavors of ice cream?

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From rich and creamy to sweet and spicy, Mexican ice cream flavors and paletas are known for their expansive flavors.

What are your favorites?

The non-brand chain of shops has even expanded into the US.

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Currently, there are stores in Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Arizona, and all over California. But how many of these are linked to the original and how many aren’t?

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

After 50 Years Of Telling Us What To Expect In Life, Walter Mercado Is Being Honored With An Exhibit

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After 50 Years Of Telling Us What To Expect In Life, Walter Mercado Is Being Honored With An Exhibit

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For Latinos, there’s only one famous person that’s been part of our lives since day one. Okay, well aside from Juan Gabriel, it has to be Walter Mercado. The 87-year-old Puerto Rican has influenced our lives in so many ways, and now it’s time to return that love. If you have ever dreamed about getting a personal reading from the greatest psychic icon of all time, your dream is about to become a reality, sort of.

The HistoryMiami Museum is hosting a retrospective on the life and legacy of Walter Mercardo.

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The exhibition titled “Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado.” The show will feature his “costumes, mementos, and ephemera, on display for the first time ever.”

The show’s description states that the show “celebrates the life and career of the beloved Latino astrologer and pop culture icon. For over five decades, Walter Mercado has shared his astrological predictions with style, flair, and mucho, mucho amor.”

The exhibition will also feature a fair amount of history on this eccentric icon.

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While we know he grew up in Puerto Rico, we don’t know much else about his life. This show will hopefully fill in the gaps.

The description states: “Raised in the sugar cane fields of Puerto Rico, Mercado grew up to become a gender non-conforming, cape-wearing, psychic astrologer whose televised horoscopes reached 120 million Latino viewers a day for more than 30 years. One of the world’s most famous astrologers, he is a part of the cultural zeitgeist for Latinos and remains a popular figure that transcends generations.”

And (drum roll, please) on Aug. 2, Walter Mercado will be at the museum for a special public program!

Details about tickets have yet to be revealed, but once they are you know, they’re going to go fast. Everyone wants to get a close look at the Latino icon and his long legacy dictating our lives.

The news is already getting Mercado stans truly hyped.

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The world has been a crazy and uncomfortable place for a while. There is always scary and bad news on the tv whether it is about international crises or the migrant crisis. Fortunately, we have been able to disconnect when Mercado comes on our tv screens.

There is no lack of people willing and ready to buy all of the tickets for this event.

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Honestly, if you are planning a trip to Miami around this exhibit, what are you doing? He is one of the greatest stars of the Latino community. He has been giving people astrological readings on tv since 1970. He has been telling our abuelas what their year has to offer for 50 years and it is our duty to show him some respect.

Let’s just take a moment and think about the importance of such an iconic and necessary event.

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Thank you for the decades of advice and guidance, Walter. You made our lives the exciting and interesting rollercoaster it is. If it wasn’t for your advice, we would not know what to do.

If you could meet him, what would you ask?

Click here for more information.

READ: Let’s Take A Moment To Honor The Life And Legacy Of Walter Mercado Who Guides Us Through Life

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