Azucar in Little Havana features ice cream with flavors inspired by the owner’s Cuban-American roots. Matias Ocnermocner@miamiherald.com
If you are exploring the magical spots of Calle Ocho, the temptation of Azúcar’s ice cream will stop you in your tracks.
This Little Havana ice cream shop is an experience for all the senses. Its colorful interior, Latin atmosphere and the range of colors, textures and flavors of ice cream, not to mention the warm climate of Miami, are why both tourists and locals stop by Azúcar.
The woman behind Azúcar is Suzy Batlle, a former banker who had a passion for sweets but no idea how to run an ice cream shop.
“I loved ice cream from a very young age, but for 22 years I worked in a bank, until the financial crisis of 2008 arose and I was forced to think about doing something else. That’s how my kids led me to the idea of opening this ice cream parlor,” said Batlle.
Her children were key to creating Azúcar, but so was her Cuban grandmother, who traveled throughout Latin America in search of flavors to make the ice cream. She is Suzy’s inspiration for ensuring that each of their ice creams has a Latin flavor.
“Our grandmother was a treasure to us, her passion was ice cream. As children we enjoyed all the creations she made: the intense mamey, a sweet pink guava, or a creamy avocado ice cream with condensed milk.”
Here is Azúcar’s secret to success: knowing how to combine fruits and vegetables to create authentic flavors of ice cream and sorbet. They use natural ingredients and the most exotic fruits of Latin America and seasonal vegetables from the markets of South Florida farmers and Redland producers.
When you visit Azúcar, have no regrets and ask for a ripe plantain ice cream and guarapiña (sugar cane with pineapple), a sorbet made of juicy mangoes or indulge in a cone of caramel or coffee latte any season.