It’s been a long time since I first stepped foot inside of Azucar Ice Cream. After my third visit, my infatuation with their Mantecado flavor really took hold, where I was either having a couple of scoops of the flavor or a tasty shake.
Mantecado is Cuban Vanilla. It’s actually a little more than that. 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 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). 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, in particular, 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 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
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 sample 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 would 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 Ice Cream Flavors
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. The ice cream is infused with Coca-Cola, then Coke syrup is layered.
How was it?
Creamy, delicious, and just enough Coke to remind you what you’re having, a winner in my book.
Bacon Waffle Cones and Bacon Maple Bourbon Ice Cream from Azucar
November 11, 2013 – I’m not sure if you can even begin to imagine the intoxicating smell of fresh bacon waffle cones being made. The cones taste as good, if not better than whatever you’re thinking.
Then you add Azucar’s new flavor Cochino Borracho, and you’re in salty-sweet heaven. Cochino Borracho is Azucar’s homemade vanilla ice cream mixed with maple, bourbon, and bacon from Miami Smokers, a local smokehouse that supplies bacon to restaurants like Blue Collar and the Federal as well.
Can you say ridiculous bacon? I think I just did.