It’s been a long time since I first stepped foot inside Azucar Ice Cream. However, it wasn’t until after my third visit that my infatuation with their Mantecado flavor took hold.
Mantecado is a little more than just a Cuban Vanilla. The flavor profile leans towards a cinnamon-y egg nog. I’m pretty sure my fascination with Mantecado is rooted in my late grandfather’s love of it too.
There are plenty of ice cream flavors to satiate every palate. The best part is that they make the ice cream; no cutting corners here.
Other than their original location in Little Havana (1503 SW 8th Street), Azucar now has an outpost in Dallas, Texas (269 N Bishop Avenue) and their second spot in Miami at Downtown Dadeland (8845 SW 72 Place). Of course, it helps to be near one of them when your sweet tooth starts tingling.
Original Azucar Ice Cream post on BurgerBeast.com
February 10, 2012 – I felt right at home when I waltzed (yes, I said waltzed) into Azucar Ice Cream Company in Little Havana. The decor, particularly the “Guayabera” wrapped seats with the plastic that everyone’s Cuban grandmother had on their furniture, is perfect.
Flavors & Sizes
Once you take a good look at the flavors, you’ll realize some real thought went into creating the flavors or some drunken nights or both. All the flavors are made in-house with natural flavors.
You can get the ice cream served in either a small, large sugar cone or homemade waffle cone (available in chocolate). There are toppings to be had, but I didn’t see one person ask for them; this ice cream is best-appreciated solo.
Their Featured Desserts include the Havana Sundae with platano maduro, dulce de leche ice cream, and caramel. As odd as that combination sounds, I’m attracted to it.
What To Get & What I Love from Azucar Ice Cream Company
The 1st couple of times, I had the Abuela Maria (guava, cream cheese, maria cookies mixed with vanilla ice cream), their signature flavor. I can’t imagine ice cream can get any better than this. I’ve sampled pretty much every flavor (yes, you can test the flavors here), and the lemon sorbet is killer too.
Marcela loves the Beam Me Up (Bourbon-Heath bar), and I’ve had the Cafe con Leche (vanilla ice cream, a shot of express & hot fudge) the last few times I’ve visited. I love that one. There’s also seasonal ice cream and limited edition flavors like Besitos (vanilla & pink meringues) & Red Hot Lover (banana & red hots).
For your first visit, I suggest you hit up the Abuela Maria first and work your way from there. There’s no bad one in the bunch which means bringing folks to share with might be a great idea.
One last thing, azucar is sugar in Spanish and the catchphrase for the late great Salsa phenom Celia Cruz. She said it best, Azucar!
Azucar has Made my Dreams come true, Coke Ice Cream!
March 1, 2012 – It’s been almost a month since I’ve been frequenting Azucar Ice Cream Company in Little Havana. There is now a limited-time-only Coca-Cola flavor ice cream.
The Coca-Cola-infused vanilla ice cream is topped with Coke syrup. How was it?
Creamy, delicious, and just enough Coke to remind you what you’re having is a winner in my book.