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Korea has bingsoo, New Orleans has snowballs, and Nicaragua has raspados. While these can be found throughout Latin America, Nicaraguans have a unique way of approaching them, and Raspados Loly’s has long been the destination for Nicaraguans in Miami craving a sweet, refreshing taste of their homeland. The ice here is crushed instead of shaved with the larger pieces melting more slowly than the finely shaved ice found in other types of snow cones. Additionally, the crushed ice is layered with spoonfuls of homemade fruit jams, including nance, a Central American fruit that grows on a specific variety of palm tree. You can also get your raspado topped with about a quarter inch of dulce de leche, which mingles with the melting ice and fruit jams, making a sort of milky beverage. As if that weren’t enough, you can also opt to bury chunks of Nicaraguan-style pound cake between the layers of ice.

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Nance Jam Raspado

Raspados Loly’s has a variety of homemade fruit jams, but this one is our favorite. Nance is a type of small, yellow fruit native to the Americas. It has a sweet flavor without much acidity. These are stewed in sugar whole, so there are some pits to be mindful of (kind of like cherry pits). But that just forces you to slow down and really savor this as the jam combines with the melting ice.

Dulce De Leche And Pound Cake Raspado

This is Loly’s signature raspado, and it is so much more than the sum of its parts. Crushed ice gets layered with cubes of Nicaraguan-style pound cake and homemade dulce de leche. The giant styrofoam cup gets completely covered with a thick layer of dulce de leche, too. The dulce de leche slowly gets diluted with the melting ice to make a sort of caramel-flavored sweet milk. Every other spoonful gives you a piece of buttery pound cake. It’s one of those desserts that straddles the line between rich and creamy and light and refreshing.

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