I never thought I’d be teaching my kids about our Mexican culture through Ice Cream. I recently took a trip to a local neveria y paleteria, ice cream shop, because I wanted them to see that there was more to ice cream then buckets of generic flavors. The experience of tasting and visiting an authentic Mexican ice cream shop is one they won’t soon forget.
Growing up we use to wait by the door for the sound of the bell ringing from our paletero man. He would walk by every afternoon pushing his freezer cart full of different paletas. We learned our paletero’s name and he became part of our childhood.
I wanted my kids to experience at the very least the variety of flavors and types of ice cream found in a neveria y paleteria.
A neveria typically has ice cream freezers set up with containers of various flavors much like what the kids neveria use to already seeing. A paleteria or paletero only carry popsicles usually made of natural flavors. So when my friend mentioned this local shop during our visit in California, I knew it was a treat to be able to experience both!
See what the kids learned on our trip to the neveria y palerteria.
What are your favorite ice cream flavors?
Read more of Ruby’s writing at Growing Up Blackxican including where this ice cream shop is located!