Mexican Ice Cream/Paleta Flavors - explanations in English

In Mexico and wonder 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 as in terms of flavor. Enjoy, and buen provecho!

A collection of variously-flavored paletas at a La Michoacana in Colonia Condesa in Mexico City.
A collection of variously-flavored paletas at a La Michoacana in Colonia Condesa in Mexico City.
A chongos-flavored paleta (popsicle).
A chongos-flavored paleta (popsicle).
La Michoacana ("the woman from Michoacan"), a popular ice cream shop chain in Mexico. The sign says they also sell elote (corn on the cob) and esquites (corn kernels with mayonnaise, chile and epazote).
La Michoacana ("the woman from Michoacan"), a popular ice cream shop chain in Mexico. The sign says they also sell elote (corn on the cob) and esquites (corn kernels with mayonnaise, chile and epazote).

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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Lily Rose 5 years ago from East Coast

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'...


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

I'm with you on that! Nanche is pretty good, as is chongos, but my favorites were zapote negro and chamoy. Both delicious!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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.


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ocbill 5 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

tuna is cactus fruit. Thank goodness


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Whaaaaat? Corn ice cream?? And beet-flavor???? That's awesome. I'm really curious to try these all! Great Hub.


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Simone - you can find La Michoacana paletas in a number of Mexican grocery stores in the area. :)


PoofyPooch 5 years ago

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.


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

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. :)


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

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.


Mario 5 years ago

Te falto el Jovito (ultra similar tu yellow plum flavor, DELICIUSSSS).

Chamoy is Apricot with sweet-spicy sauce sazonated.


Angiespops 4 years ago

I love love these paletas but i wanna know how to make them. So i can make them for my kiddos*_*


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Nice to have a Mexican ice cream translation. Thanks!


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Valene 3 years ago from Missouri

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!

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