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I don’t imagine that there are too many people in the world that don’t like ice cream.  It’s like the national dessert in Ecuador. Here, an indigenous woman and her daughter pause for a break at the Parque getting some cold and sweet refreshment!

Whipped up on the street corner, while you watch, in a copper bowl sitting in rock salt and ice is about as fresh a serving as you can expect.  Want a popsicle or some other novelty, well, we’ve got that too.

It’s everyones favorite and there are vendors everywhere who will serve you up some ice cold goodness if all you do is give them a little smile(and a dab of silver).

Seems like the most popular and convenient way to eat it is also about the cheapest way.  Thirty cents will get you ice cream on a stick, popsicle that is.  The vendors pour the mixture into disposable cups and then poke a stick in it.  Everything freezes and there’s the afternoon treat.

When you hit the vendors up in Parque Calderon for some, you’ll be picking from vanilla, cookies and cream, coconut and chocolate.  Some have a little berry juice mixed in and they’re all home made.  Since they are, choose yours wisely.

Some sticks are not placed in the center since placement is by hand. If your stick is too angled, well, your treat will be a treat for the dogs. They’ll gladly oblige with a cleanup detail leaving not a vestige of evidence that there was a mess on the bricks except for your tears making a puddle near by.