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Mexican ice cream shop La Michoacana to open east-side location
The paleteria will offer fruit pops and other street food snacks
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La Michoacana serves treats like the mangoneada.
Credit:Carolyn Fath

La Michoacana, the Mexican ice cream treat shop at 6712 Odana Rd. that opened early this year, is looking to expand with a second location on the east side.

Armida Ramos and her sister Liliana are finalizing a lease to open at 4512 E. Washington Ave., in the same strip mall with the La Hispana grocery not far from East Towne.

That's good news for east-siders. All the ice cream is made in-house at the Odana location, with Wisconsin milk. Michoacan-style ice cream is made simply with milk or cream, little added sugar and a flavor; the result is soft and a little gooey. At La Michoacana, a generous one-scoop cone or cup is $2.89 and just about all you can eat. Flavors include cajeta (goat-milk caramel), piñon (pine nut), orange and raisin, and gum, along with many others.

Hundreds of colorful house-made paletas -- ice pops -- are stacked neatly in freezer cases. Esquimales are ice pops coated in chocolate and sprinkles. The star of the show may be the mangoneada, a kind of mango sundae topped with spicy-salty chamoy and fruit slices. Ramos says it’s also good made with other ice creams like guava, lime, strawberry or tamarind.

Other snacks served include fresh fruit cups with chili pepper and lime, Mexican street food classics like elote (corn on the cob) and tostilocos -- a sort of kissing cousin to nachos.

To start, ice cream and paletas will be made on Odana and brought to the east side, but eventually Ramos expects to be making products in-house at both locations. She hopes to open the east-side location before the end of August.

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