Story by Jenny Paulson – Paleteria Y Neveria Durango is Pueblo’s only artisanal Mexican specialty ice cream shop, where you’ll find an amazing selection of locally produced, South of the Border style treats including Paletas, Trolles, Esquimales, Chamoyadas, Mangonadas and Aguas Frescas – perfect for the summer months.
All of the over 50 varieties of fruit flavored popsicles, ice cream, treats and drinks at this friendly little shop, located just East of Pueblo in Blende, at are self-made by Martin, the owner, influenced by his heritage from Durango, a state in Mexico, and a country that has at ten thousand Paleteria Y Neveria’s, translated as Mexican ice cream and popsicle parlors.
Delicious homemade-style Mexican frozen treats, were introduced to the local market by this popsicle and ice cream shop in Pueblo, founded almost ten years ago, long before their popularity soured throughout the United States, especially in California, bordering Mexico, the country where it’s almost impossible not to come across a Paleteria.
Those who have reviewed Pueblo’s almost perfect 5.0 (4.9) star Paleteria Y Neveria Durango, say the selection of ice cream is so impressive that they have a hard time deciding what to order from the variety of gourmet flavors, and some decide to mix it up, playing with inventive combinations of their raved about homemade ice cream that comes in traditional to exotic flavors including rose petals, pistachio, almond, corn, eggnog, grape, guanabana, lime, lemon, coconut, caramel, guanabana, piña colada, cheesecake, cherry, pistachio, piñon nut, pecan and more.
Some of their other menu items at Paleteria Y Neveria Durango are more ethnic and include flavor combos that us gringos might not consider when it comes to frozen dessert choices, but those of Latino heritage embraced this shop from the start for their more traditional Mexican choices – including the ever popular Mangoneada, a colorful Mexican sweet, sour and spicy fruit drink made with chamoy sauce (made from pickled fruit), mangos, lime juice, and chili powder, served in a plastic cup, decorated with a stick of tamarind.Latinos enjoy the unique, but traditional Mexican
Troles, a unique to Pueblo water based snow textured Mexican ice cream, comparable in some ways to shaved ice or Icee’s, addictive to even non-Latinos, who try this authentic summer drink it and return for more. Trole is a unique water based snow texture ice-cream made with ice and fruit, sold in a rainbow of sweet, spicy and tropical flavors.
The all-popular Paletas, that are all the rage throughout the U.S. now), nick named “Summer on a Stick,” are milk or water-based non-dairy popsicles, popular for Latinos (some of whom who may eat them on an everyday occurrence), and becoming more known by non-Latinos alike. They are a sort of fresh, handcrafted ice pop that are sold in a myriad of flavors here and all over Mexico.
The owner takes his making of these labor intensive artisan frozen treats seriously, creating them with stainless steel Paleta molds, in which he pours his ice-cream base and all-natural ingredients (including real fruit chunks such as strawberry, pineapple, mango and sometimes nuts), then he inserts wooden sticks, freezing and packaging them with a professional Paleteria Y Neveria Durango logo. Stock up on Paletas, so you have plenty of them in your freezer for those hot summer days, especially if you have kids.
Paleteria Y Neveria Durango also has a great variety of Agua Frescas (sweet Mexican fruity drinks absolutely raved about in reviews), Fruit Cups, Banana Splits, Chilindrinas, Esquimales, Tostilocos, Nachos, and other treats and candies.
While cities in Mexico might boast a Paleteria Y Neveria parlors on every other corner, but Puebloeans, because of our rich cultural diversity, are lucky to have one totally authentic Mexican speciality ice cream and popsicle shop, along with easily find non-Americanized Mexican food and treats at authentic Mexican deli’s, markets and restaurants – that serve what most Latinos already know about and what us Gringo’s need to learn about!
This place is closed in the winter months and opened this year in May, because the owner thought it was too cold in April. For more information, check out Paleteria y Neveria’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Paleteria.Neveria.Durango.
Durango/Paleteria Y Neveria Durango, 2403 Santa Fe Dr, Pueblo, Colorado; (719) 543-1285