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Costa Rican Ice Cream Recipes For An Endless Summer

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Nothing like ice cream on a hot day- and Costa Rican ice cream is the best! Recipes for the most popular ice creams in the country.

About Costa Rica Ice Cream

It’s no surprise that ice cream is wildly popular in Costa Rica. Given the tropical climate and lots of hot days, you will see everyone from kids to seniors enjoying a scoop of ice cream on a sizzling day.

Ice cream in Costa Rica (helado in Spanish) comes in so many flavors you can’t even name them all. You will find creamy ice cream (crema de…) and water-based ice creams (nieve de…)

You can find Costa Rican ice cream both made in a house and sold in pulperias and markets. this is called Helado Casero.

You can also find ice cream in grocery stores and on street corners- you can get an ice cream cone for as little as $0.50 USD.

One of the most popular ice cream shops is called Pops, and you will find everything there from milkshakes to fruit salads. We love this Costa Rican fruit salad recipe.

Street vendors will often sell what are called “copos“- Costa Rican snow cones with powdered milk and sweetened condensed milk and occasionally a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Check out: Costa Rican Dessert Recipes

Popular Flavors of Ice Cream

The most popular store-bought ice creams and ice cream treats are sold by the Dos Pinos brand, the national dairy brand in Costa Rica. Popular flavors include:

  • Trits (cookie ice cream)
  • Vanilla Caramel
  • Vanilla with Chocolate Chips
  • Tiramisu
  • Baileys
  • Guayabita (a popular Costa Rican guayaba and chocolate candy)
  • Nepolitan
  • Coconut
  • Cremoleta (vanilla ice cream center with a popsicle on the outside- you have to try it!)

Homemade ice creams are generally made inside a Dixie cup with a popsicle stick. You will find mostly fruit flavors and a few cream. Popular flavors include:

  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut
  • Coconut Cream
  • Strawberry
  • Rompope
  • Fruit
  • Blackberry
  • Guanabana
  • Guava
  • Passion Fruit
  • Kiwi

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How To Make Costa Rican Ice Cream

Generally if you want to make Costa Rican ice cream, you just take a favorite homemade juice recipe and freeze it in a Dixie cup. However, here is the official recipe:

Printable recipe below:

Ingredients

  • Fruit of your choice
  • Water or milk
  • Sugar
  • Dixie Cup
  • Popsicle sticks

Related post: Guide To Costa Rican Fruit

Instructions

  1. Blend your fruit with water. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Add sugar and blend again, adding milk of you want.
  3. Pour the liquid into 12 Dixie cups.
  4. Add a popsicle stick to the middle of the cup (does not matter if it is not straight).
  5. Freeze at least overnight.

For a complete guide to Costa Rican drink recipes, many of which you can use for these drinks, check out this post.

Related post: 14+ Costa Rican Cocktails and Alcoholic Drinks

Additional Costa Rican Ice Cream Recipes

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Yield: 12 servings

Costa Rican Ice Cream

Costa Rican Ice Cream

Nothing like ice cream on a hot day- and Costa Rican ice cream is the best! Recipes for the most popular ice creams in the country.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb Fruit of your choice
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups milk (optional)milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Dixie Cup
  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions

  1. Blend your fruit with water. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Add sugar and blend again, adding milk of you want.
  3. Pour the liquid into 12 Dixie cups.
  4. Add a popsicle stick to the middle of the cup (does not matter if it is not straight).
  5. Freeze at least overnight.

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