Mexican Ice Cream
What exactly is Mexican style ice cream? We get that question a lot! It is delicious ice cream and sorbet, more similar to gelato, as it has less air and fat than American style ice cream. We make ours using the very best ingredients we can get our hands on: chocolate from Oaxaca, vanilla beans from Veracruz, dairy from a small farm in upstate New York and seasonal produce from small farmers.
The most traditional ice creams in Mexico are called “nieves de garrafa”.
These are made in a metal cylinder (that’s the garrafa) that is placed inside a wooden bucket. In between, layers of ice and salt surround the garrafa.
The ice cream is made by hand using a large wooden paddle.
The ones made without dairy don’t have cream, giving them a texture similar to ice milk.
At our shop in the West Village, we make some ice creams and sorbet this way, with rotating flavors. It’s pretty cool because you often get to see someone making them fresh!
We make another type of ice cream using a batch freezer (ice cream machine).
We always include dairy-free options, as sorbets in Mexico are very popular.
Signature flavors include Mexican vanilla bean, Oaxacan chocolate chunk, horchata and tres leches cake.
Toppings are not your typical sprinkles, but rather delicious ingredients like puffed amaranth, spicy candied mangoes, pumpkin seed brittle and crispy cinnamon-sugar cookies. We also make delicious sauces like cajeta (goat’s milk caramel), chipotle hot fudge and cherry hibiscus compote (not to mention – handmade cones).