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Mexican Ice Cream/Paleta Flavors and Explanations in English

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Paleta is a delicious treat, but what are its many flavors? Read on learn to more.

Paleta is a delicious treat, but what are its many flavors? Read on learn to more.

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)
  • Almendra—almond
  • 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)
  • Betabel—beet
  • Cacahuate—peanut
  • Cajeta—goat-milk caramel
  • Camarón—shrimp (yes, shrimp!)
  • Cereza—cherry
  • 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
  • Elote—corn
  • Frambuesa—raspberry
  • Fresa—strawberry
  • Fresas Con Crema—strawberries and cream
  • Frutas Secas—dried fruit
  • Galleta Oreo—Oreo cookie
  • Grosella—gooseberry
  • Guanabana—soursop (flavor not very strong but sweet and sour)
  • Guayaba—guava
  • Hierbabuena—mint
  • Higo—fig
  • 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
  • Mandarina—tangerine
  • Mantequilla—butter!
  • Manzana—apple
  • Maracuya—passion fruit
  • Medias de Seda—a cocktail made of tequila, condensed milk and grenadine
  • Melon—melon (cantaloupe)
  • Miel—honey
  • Nanche—a type of light-green fruit with a strong, tropical flavor
  • Naranja—orange
  • Nata—cream
  • Nescafe—coffee
  • Nuez—walnut
  • Ostión—oyster (um, yeah, oyster)
  • Pera—pear
  • 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)
  • Plátano—banana
  • Queso—cheese (think cheesecake, not blue or cheddar!)
  • Rompope—eggnog
  • Ron Con Pasas—rum raisin
  • Sandia—watermelon
  • Tamarindo—tamarind (sweet, sour and a bit pungent)
  • Té verde—green tea
  • Toronja—grapefruit
  • Tuna—don't worry! "tuna" means cactus fruit (which is delicious)
  • Uva—grape
  • Vainilla—vanilla
  • Yogurth—yogurt
  • Zanahoria—carrot
  • Zapote Negro—a type of fruit with a chocolatey, date-like dark-brown flesh (I love it!)
  • Zarza Con Queso—blackberry cheesecake
  • Zarzamora—blackberry

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