In a small, well lit building on Durango’s North Main Ave barrels of ice cream containing Mexican names and flavors advertise themselves intriguingly. You could get a scoop of bubu lubu (a Mexican chocolate marshmallow cookie), or fresca y crema (strawberries and cream). It’s an cultural education in which your tastebuds do the studying. Edith Torres, who owns Michoacana El Oasis Ice Cream shop with her sister, Yadira Torres and Yadira’s husband Orlando Villagrana explains that of all the homemade flavors, mango con chile is the most popular. 

     If you like your ice cream free of spice, you could try chongos zamoranos (crumbly cheese, animal crackers and cinnamon), nuez (pecan), or gansito (popular Mexican snack cake). “People know these flavors from home. They’re so happy to see familiar ice cream,” Edith Torres says.

     Rows of colorful popsicles are stacked like dominos under glass. The popsicles are made on site, and Edith Torres says people love that Michoacana offers dairy-free options. Within the rainbow of frozen rectangles you will find sandia (watermelon), guayaba (guava), la zarzamora (blackberry), and another favorite, nance (yellow tropical fruit native to Mexico)

     “Everyone likes ice cream.” Edith Torres sums it up.