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Latin Licks

Get the scoop on Guanatos ice cream.


Jennifer Martiné

El Salvadorans go for naseberry. The Argentineans love dulce de leche. And the favorite ice cream in Peru? Lucuma, a nutty tropical fruit reminiscent of sweet potatoes and maple.

Guanatos has them all. With parlors in Concord and Walnut Creek, owner Oscar Salazar churns out exotic batches (including sweet corn and creamy avocado) that will widen your eyes and tingle your tongue. So before giving into screams of cookies ‘n’ cream, slip your tykes a sample of guava or Mexican chocolate—and watch the borders crumble. Then, get a scoop of tequila for yourself. It’s proof (and zero proof) that Latin licks are the way to go.

Guanatos also offers bowls of tropical fruit tossed with orange juice and dusted with cayenne and chile de árbol, snow cones loaded with fresh fruit pulp and drizzled with lime juice, and jugos verdes (pineapple-based juices made with kale, herbs, and cactus).

No matter what you decide, take some ice-cream bars to go. Salazar’s tequila bar is wrapped in lime sorbet.

For information, visit guanatosicecream.com.


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