If you live in Miami, you’ve witnessed how steamy the city has been the past few months. What better way to cool off than with some refreshing, natural ice-cream?! Being my summer go-to snack, I’m always looking for new flavors and toppings. Technically, summer began June 21, but in Miami, it started before Spring Break. Below are three delicious ice-cream shops I’ve visited this summer. Allow me to convince you to give them a whirl.
These popsicles have become my favorite little treat! Morelia Gourmet Paletas, located right on Miracle Mile, creates handcrafted ice-pops daily. You need to try these!
Their motto is simple:
That’s right, it’s as easy as 1,2,3… literally.
First: Pick your paleta flavor (This may be the hardest part!). They offer three different types: fruit-based, cream-based, or filled. For those craving the healthier treat, choose from their wide selection of fruit-based options, including kiwi, coconut, and mango. If your tooth is a little sweeter (like mine!) go for their cream-based choices: cheesecake, cookies & cream, or s’mores. Don’t drool just yet — their “filled” options are even sweeter with fillings like nutella or condensed milk… I told you this would be the tough part!
Second: If you want to take this paleta to another level dip the chosen one in white or dark chocolate… or both!
Third: At this point, you might as well go crazy with toppings like crushed oreos, peanuts, pistachios, coconut flakes… you name it, they’ve got it!
After about 15 minutes of debating I decided on the chocolate paleta, dipped in white chocolate and topped with rainbow sprinkles. Using the word ‘delicious’ simply doesn’t do it justice. I’m pretty sure the chocolate paleta tasted so good because they used two different types of chocolate: one type from Belgium and the other from Brazil.
With a huge ice-cream cone on top of the locale, this artisanal ice cream shop is hard to miss. One of my favorite things about the Azucar Ice-Cream shop (besides the ice-cream!) is its location. Perfectly situated right on Calle Ocho, you can always feel the Latin vibes and buzz in the air. Azucar is known for their Latin flavored ice-cream. Some of the most popular ones are: cafe con leche (coffee and milk), platano maduro (sweet plantain), coconut flan, and Maria cookies. Yes, they even have a Maria cookie flavor! I tried the Berry Good Fandango flavor, which is a mix of berries, and it is absolutely delish. If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend you pull over and try the guava or cuatro leches (four milks cake) flavors!
In the beginning of the summer, Diamond PR celebrated their 10 year anniversary in Aruba and this little creamery was the first thing I noticed when we walked into the lobby of the Aruba Marriott . This small shop prepares their gelato daily with only the freshest ingredients. Known for their gelato popsicles, tasty toppings, and more than 15 different flavors to choose from, it was definitely a tough choice… but I went ahead with one of my favorite flavors: Dulce de Leche! The texture of the gelato was so smooth, rich and creamy that I actually went for seconds before we left. That was by far the best gelato I’ve ever tried. I’ll definitely go back for more the next time I visit the Happy Island.
Born in Argentina but raised in the 305, Maria considers herself a Miamian at heart while cheering loudly and passionately for the baby blue and white flag. She spends her weekends trying out new restaurants, jamming to Spanish music, or strolling down dog parks with her two adorable shih-tzus: Casey and Pipa.