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Are you in Mexico and wondering what all those ice cream flavors mean? I've compiled a pretty extensive list below of flavors that you'll see at La Michoacana and other neverias in Mexico. I've skipped the obvious ones (chocolate is, um, chocolate) and given a bit of an explanation to what I think some of the exotic fruit flavors would approximate to in terms of flavor. Enjoy, and buen provecho!
Mexican Ice Cream/Paleta Flavor
- Aguacate—avocado (mild-flavored; don't worry, it doesn't taste like guacamole)
- Amaretto—the same (the almond-flavored liqueur)
- Arrayan—green tropical fruit, with a flavor like guava and strawberry together
- Arroz Con Leche—"rice with milk" (basically rice pudding)
- Cajeta—goat-milk caramel
- Camarón—shrimp (yes, shrimp!)
- Chamoy—a sweet-spicy mixture of sweet fruit (like mango or plum) with chile
- Chicle—bubble gum
- Choco Chips—chocolate chip
- Choco Menta—mint chocolate chip
- Chocolate Amargo—bitter chocolate
- Chongos—similar to cottage cheese with vanilla and cinnamon
- Ciruela Pasa—prune (dried plum)
- Crema de Limón—lemon curd (like lemon custard)
- Crema de Naranja—orange curd (like orange custard)
- Duraznos con Crema—peaches and cream
- Fresas Con Crema—strawberries and cream
- Frutas Secas—dried fruit
- Galleta Oreo—Oreo cookie
- Guanabana—soursop (flavor not very strong but sweet and sour)
- Horchata—basically cinnamon rice milk
- Jamaica—hibiscus flower (deep red, floral)
- Jobito (Jovito)—a bright yellow Venezuelan fruit with a sweet-sour flavor
- Leche quemada—scorched milk (an acquired taste...)
- Limon—lime (not lemon, which is rarely encountered in Mexican cuisine)
- Mamey—salmon-colored fruit with a pumpkin/cherry-like flavor
- Maracuya—passion fruit
- Medias de Seda—a cocktail made of tequila, condensed milk and grenadine
- Melon—melon (cantaloupe)
- Nanche—a type of light-green fruit with a strong, tropical flavor
- Ostión—oyster (um, yeah, oyster)
- Piña Colada—pineapple and coconut
- Piñon Blanco—white pine nuts
- Piñon Rosa—pink pine nuts
- Pitaya—dragonfruit (similar to kiwi, but white and with a more perfumey smell)
- Queso—cheese (think cheesecake, not blue or cheddar!)
- Ron Con Pasas—rum raisin
- Tamarindo—tamarind (sweet, sour and a bit pungent)
- Té verde—green tea
- Tuna—don't worry! "tuna" means cactus fruit (which is delicious)
- Zapote Negro—a type of fruit with a chocolatey, date-like dark-brown flesh (I love it!)
- Zarza Con Queso—blackberry cheesecake
Did I forget any? Ask below!
marisol puentes on March 04, 2020:
i want to know the technique in making michoacana ice creams and all the process of selecting fruits and preparing for the base, also if the prepared based is able to be used in a paco jet.
person on June 02, 2019:
this was very useful thx
Student on April 03, 2019:
This is an awesome list of different flavors, I am a Mexican i didnt know hat they are different kind of them cux im here in America and i ususally get America ice cream but i willing to try these different kinds of ice cream, which by the names they are really good, so and support mexican ice cream and their culture.
Missy on February 23, 2017:
Great list! Question: I need gluten free (Celiac's). Are the milk-based recipes made without gluten?
Valene from Missouri on April 26, 2013:
Man, I got a minor in Spanish and have been to Hispanic countries, but I had no idea about the ice cream thing until a Mexican lady I work with took me to a La Chihuahua. Yummm! Sooo many flavors we don't have in "Anglo" ice cream parlors, it's fantastic. Coconut ice cream has got to be my favorite. Also, thanks for the translation, some of these I never knew what they really were, like Guanabana. This hub reminds me I haven't been in a while and need to hit the paletas again!
lisa arana on September 12, 2012:
i'm trying to find a mexican ice cream i tried while visiting friends in chicago it was made with lime and they put chili over it it wasn't a paleta but they did sell it out of one of there little carts it was scoops of ice cream with chili over it and i'm trying 2 find the recipe so i can try and make it for my family to show them how great it tasted thank you i look forward to hearing your comment on this lisa
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 28, 2012:
Nice to have a Mexican ice cream translation. Thanks!
Angiespops on April 25, 2012:
I love love these paletas but i wanna know how to make them. So i can make them for my kiddos*_*
Mario on November 14, 2011:
Te falto el Jovito (ultra similar tu yellow plum flavor, DELICIUSSSS).
Chamoy is Apricot with sweet-spicy sauce sazonated.
RedElf from Canada on June 08, 2011:
The Duraznos con Crema sounds yummy, but I'd love to try the Zarza Con Queso - I think some of the other are a little exotic, but certainly interesting.
Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on June 03, 2011:
PoofyPooch: I totally understand. The stuff we get here in the Bay Area is usually a smaller selection of what you'll find in Mexico, but you'll find a lot of the most popular flavors. And where they have a high turnaround, it's consistently fresh. :)
PoofyPooch on June 02, 2011:
I found these at my local mexican taqueria a few years back and next thing I know, I was going back constantly for more and adding new flavors to try. These are the BEST! I've since moved an hour away and can't find them here locally. So every time I head back out to my old town, I make a point of getting one.
Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on April 18, 2011:
Simone - you can find La Michoacana paletas in a number of Mexican grocery stores in the area. :)
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 15, 2011:
Whaaaaat? Corn ice cream?? And beet-flavor???? That's awesome. I'm really curious to try these all! Great Hub.
ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on April 15, 2011:
tuna is cactus fruit. Thank goodness
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 14, 2011:
I love ice cream! I’ve never been to Mexico, but I enjoyed reading about the wide variety of Mexican ice cream flavors in your hub. Most sound delicious - especially the lemon curd flavor, because I love lemon curd - but I’m not sure about the vegetable, shrimp and oyster versions! I’d have to sample these ice creams in very small amounts.
Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on April 14, 2011:
I'm with you on that! Nanche is pretty good, as is chongos, but my favorites were zapote negro and chamoy. Both delicious!
Lily Rose from A Coast on April 14, 2011:
I come from a Hispanic background and I lived next door to Mexico (San Diego) for many years and I must say that I have never heard of many of these as ice cream flavors! Quite an extensive list, for sure! I don't think I'd touch the shrimp ice cream with a ten-foot pole....just sayin'...