La Michoacana de Paquime, I will be the first to admit, was my first experience with homemade Mexican ice cream. Found in Albuquerque, it’s in a relatively small shop that also offers popsicles and a lot of savory Mexican fare.
I was nervous about the language barrier, since I don’t speak Spanish, so I did a quick google search so I’d at least know what the different flavors meant. (Especially an issue when you’re gluten-free.) I had absolutely no reason to fear – my server was easygoing and happy to serve me in English.
I tried several flavors and thought that two flavors in a small for $2.75 was an awesome deal. I went with a medium, and my husband went small. If you want an even smaller dish, you can pay $1.40 for a baby, and the sizes go up to $8 for a pint.
There’s plenty of seating inside, so be sure to come rain or shine, winter or summer. Here’s what I thought of the flavors, with the caveat that I’ve only had Mexican ice cream a couple of times at most:
Guava – This wasn’t particularly creamy, but the guava flavor is super tasty! This reminded me of a typical, premium strawberry ice cream in terms of its texture. The fruit chunks were awesome.
Piñon (pine nut) -Wow! This was a super creamy base, with almost a hint of bubble gum in the sweet base, with pine nuts. It was also a touch of fruitiness. This was so good! Truly excellent. It reminds me vaguely of pina colada. I bet their pistachio is great too!
Chocolate – This was very smooth, with a light chocolate flavor. It’s creamy and not overly sweet. This is a good one for those wanting traditional flavors.
This place is great! One word of warning – there isn’t a public bathroom. So come prepared.
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