Once Puerto Rico gets oppressively hot, there is only one food adventure to be had.
small central town of Lares, Heladería Lares scoops one of the most impressive collections
of ice cream flavours to be found anywhere -- on the island or off.
flavours are on offer each day, ranging from standard crowd-pleasers to more
unusual tastes. Corn, sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon, rice and beans,
garlic, avocado, and codfish all get whipped into ice cream, as well as what
seems like almost every available seasonal fruit, including quenepa, which
only exists on the island. Even the oddest of the flavours tastes as sweet and
creamy as ice cream should and has a gelato-like consistency.
Heladería Lares claims to rotate a total of 500 flavours, all of which are the
owner’s original recipes. Despite the shop’s popularity and the queues that
form, staff are friendly and helpful, although they understandably limit the
amount of flavours patrons can try.
was established in late 1958 by Salvador Barreto, and is still run by his
walls of the heladería are covered
with photographs of famous visitors, as well as yellowing press clippings about
the shop, images of the island and local memorabilia. Locals and visitors come to see what food has been turned into the ice cream of the
day, emerging from the parlour to take in the tiny, mountainous town of Lares, cone
or cup in hand.