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Mangonada, Elote Ice Cream, Paletas @ Fru-ta in Santa Rosa


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Mangonada, Elote Ice Cream, Paletas @ Fru-ta in Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong | Jul 1, 2010 11:09 PM

Last weekend I spotted a sign promoting “natural homemade ice cream”. I made a u-turn on Stony Point Road to check it out. Pulling into the parking lot, this next sidewalk sign pointed the way to Fruta, and bingo, nieves y paletas estilo Michoacan.

The shop, Fru-ta, is tucked behind Starbucks and next to the taqueria. It opened a couple weeks ago and the neighborhood kids are already flocking here.

The paletas, ice creams, sorbets, and frozen yogurt are all made in house. Fresh fruit flavors will change with the seasons. The scooping cases have three dozen flavors. The friendly staff are very generous with samples. Not only letting me taste everything I wanted to try, but making suggestions of their own favorites and pushing more on me. So far I’ve tasted:

Chongos zamoranos
Rom y pasos
Chocolate chip
Natural yogurt
Peach yogurt
Raspberry yogurt
Pecan (nuez)
Strawberry and cream
Blueberry yogurt

All good, some great, with amazing selection and quality across the board. The elote, made with fresh corn cut off the cob, has a pulpy texture and tastes of fresh corn and cream. Also loved the cajeta and mamey, as well as the frozen yogurt flavors that burst with tangy berry-ness. Single scoops are $1.50 in a cup, sugar cone, or waffle cone.

I didn’t pay that close attention to the toppings, but there are several to choose from, including a rich cajeta sauce and Hershey’s chocolate sauce.

I was also offered a sample of an agua fresca, horchata de coco. Enriched with a bit of coconut milk, I liked this version of the rice water drink.

Some cute little mini-paletas, 50¢, for kids caught my eye.

To give a sense of scale, here’s a little one enjoying a mini-paleta.

The place has been popular in the recent heat wave, so many of the flavors listed here were sold out. The fruit bars (paletas de agua) are $1.50 and the ice cream bars (paletas de leche) are $1.75 each.

I settled on a Rom y pasas (rum raisin) paleta. Quite rummy and intensely flavored.

I liked Fru-ta so much, I went back on Monday to try one of the house specialties, Mangonada, $3.50. Mangonada is a cup of frozen mango puree topped with sour plummy Chamoy and salty chile powder. The first spoonfuls had too much chamoy coating the mango, but I soon figured out that scooping against the side of the cup reduced the amount of sauce clinging to it. This is one of the most popular orders at Fru-ta.

Happy National Ice Cream Month!

2770 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

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