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GAME OF CONES
Few cities can still claim to be eating ice cream outdoors with autumn in full swing, but thankfully
Miami’s year-round recipes for Latin-themed sweets put the extra spice into something nice.
T E X T BY R O NY M O
A zucar Ice Cream Company and every denizen of Miami-
Dade County owes a huge debt of gratitude to Penn State
University. Without guidance from the world-renowned
Berkey Creamery, Suzy Battle would have never perfected the
cardiologist recommended (in moderation) Avocado, chef-inspired
Lemon-Basil and bartender-approved Sangria flavors. She inherited
her passion from her granny who made ice creams and sorbets on
a daily basis using only premium ingredients and a strong work
ethic. Battle took note and sources the majority of Azucar’s
produce locally and works tirelessly to give her products the literal
taste and texture of the city; 1503 SW 8th St.; 305.381.0369;
AzucarIceCream.com. Fruits & Fruits earned its healthy reputation for squeezing juices
and blending protein-packed smoothies, but there’s a little something
for those who have earned a cheat day, too. If the benignly named
Colombian Fruit Salad is anything like Sofia Vergara’s character on
Modern Family, then Colombian-izing anything means to take it to
its most extreme limits. This exceptionally edible version of fruit
cocktail combines fresh-cut fruit that’s never frozen or packed
in syrup, endless scoops of gelato and ANY topping your devious
mind can come up with. The staff has a high tolerance for crazy,
so if your sweet tooth isn’t satisfied, pour on rich condensed milk.
Throat feeling a little scratchy? It probably needs an exaggerated
66 dollop of honey to carve caramel-like ribbons through your creamy
concoction. More into savory than sugary? Requesting a handful
of shredded cheese will fix that problem; 13838 SW 56th St.;
ColombianFruitSalad.com. Paletería La Michoacana makes their all-natural Mexican-style
popsicles from 75% fruit, 25% juice and a pinch of seasoning.
That may not impress everyone, but read the list of ingredients on
commercially made packages of popsicles and you’ll sound out so
many words you’ll think you were competing in a chemistry spelling
bee…propylene glycol monoesters, anyone? Crossing the threshold
from the street to the entrance is akin to jumping through a portal
to Monterrey and the voyage doesn’t stop there. Try their range of
unfamiliar yet unforgettable flavors like Tequila-Lime, Cucumber-
Chili and Rompope (rum-custard). There’s also the hard-on-the-
imagination but exquisitely soft-on-the-palette, Nopal Cactus.
Bring cash, but not too much, as ordering all the aforementioned
desserts barely warrants the attention of a $10 bill; 1058 SW 1 St.;
YTuPaleta.com. Tasting any of these great treats might make you so happy you’ll
break into song and dance. In this case, Modern English’s new wave
hit Melt With You would be especially appropriate. But you gotta try
it for yourself. It’s almost guaranteed you won’t end your adventure
anything but satiated.