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Mexican Ice Cream/Paleta Flavors (and English Explanations)

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.

Understanding Mexican Ice Cream Flavors

In Mexico and wondering what all those ice cream flavors mean?

I've compiled an 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, obviously, chocolate) and given a bit of an explanation of what some of the more exotic fruits taste like. 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 a 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