Growing up, horchata disappeared by the gallon soon after my folks brought it home from the grocery store. The Mexican rice milk drink mixed with cinnamon is as sweet as it is refreshing, leaving cartons without a fighting chance. It's gone trendy with drinks like RumChata being all the rage.
Now, it's hard to imagine a Pavlovian salivation greater than the one provoked by the ringing bell of the paleta man. But that's exactly what happens when hearing about a new parlor in Anaheim serving up horchata ice cream topped with churros!
The delicious dessert comes to OC by way of Elado Ice Cream. The Mexican-style shop opened in late May, bringing a Pico Rivera favorite closer to home. The flavors offer everything from Mexi cajeta to mainstream rocky road.
Best of all is the horchata ice cream served with churro bits. The sweetness of the drink translates perfectly with every scoop. It take a few minutes to warm up the churros, but the addition is well worth the wait. Chopped into bite sized portions that are never tough or chewy, they are drizzled with caramel syrup. As the ice cream begins to melt, the brown sugar from the churros swirls in like Cinnamon Toast Crunch in a cereal bowl of milk.
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Elado's horchata ice cream dissolves into greater decadence with every bite. So kudos to Elado for already being a good neighbor--now, try to make some churro paletas...
Elado Ice Cream, 732 N. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim; instagram.com/eladoicecream
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