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Azucar Ice Cream Company

  • 1503 S.W. 8th St. Map It
  • Little Havana
  • Café
  • Fodor's Choice

Known for

  • Abuela Maria ice cream
  • Flan ice cream
  • One-of-a-kind frozen indulgences

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

Balmy weather and sweet-tooth cravings are tempered at this ice-cream shop specializing in homemade Cuban-style scoops. More crafty than churning, flavors are inspired and derived from ingredients at nearby fruit stands, international grocery shops, and farmers' markets. A daily rotating menu fuses classics with innovative options (honey, Pinot Noir, lemon basil, Champagne grapefruit, rose, etc.), as well as creations that nod to its culturally rich location (café con leche, flan, and the signature Abuela Maria—made with Maria cookies, cream cheese, and guava).

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1503 S.W. 8th St., Miami, Florida, 33135, USA

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Published 07/06/2017


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Sep 14, 2016

Try the “Abuela Maria” Flavor!

My spouse and I enjoyed dessert at Azucar Ice Cream on a Saturday afternoon in early July 2016. (“Azucar” means “sugar” in Spanish.) Azucar Ice Cream is a Cuban ice cream shop that is located in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, on SW 8th Street (or “Calle Ocho”, which means “Eighth Street” in Spanish) between SW 15th and 16th Avenues. The shop is open from 11:00 am daily to at least 9:00 pm (later on weekends). What makes

Azucar’s ice cream “Cuban” is because they feature Cuban ingredients and flavors, such as mantecado (Cuban vanilla), guava, corn, avocado, café con leche, dulce de leche, plantain, sugarcane, sweet potato, flan, and mamey (a Latin fruit related to the persimmon that looks and tastes like chocolate pudding!). Their products use all-natural ingredients, some from their neighbors on Calle Ocho like El Nuevo Siglo and Los Pinarenos Fruteria. They can turn almost anything into ice cream thanks to their training at Penn State's Ice Cream University and the Frozen Dessert Institute of St. Louis. Their Abuela Maria flavor, for instance, is inspired by the Cuban snack that consists of galletas Maria tea biscuits, cream cheese, and guava paste mixed into vanilla ice cream. You can sit at one of two or three tiny high-top tables, or on benches near the front windows that are topped with guayabera (a pleated linen fabric most often made into men’s shirts)-covered cushions wrapped in plastic, just like at your “abuela’s” (“grandmother’s”) house. A blackboard on one wall lists all the many flavors from which to choose (probably close to 50 varieties, and you can add additional toppings or have it put into specialty cones or sundaes. A freezer offers take-out ice cream in larger pint quantities. Staff is friendly and accommodating, offering miniature samples of flavors to prospective buyers. Azucar Ice Cream opened in July 2011 and has been pleasing customers with its yummy ice cream and sorbets ever since!

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