Raspado Battle: Realeza Michoacana vs. RaspadoRico
Natalie Miranda RaspadoRico in Tempe.
The heat is on, which means it's time to look for those treats that will keep us cool. Smoothies? Been there, done that. Fro yo? Please.
Raspados are a Mexican sweet treat that you're going to wish you knew about sooner. Made with shaved ice and real fruit, think of a raspado as a graduated snow cone. Many raspado spots have been in the Valley for years; others have popped up recently. We tried out one newcomer and one neighborhood staple to see who serves the sweetest raspado around.
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In This Corner: RaspadoRico
The Setting: Open for less than a month, RaspadoRico is bringing a dose of Mexican desserts and snacks to the Tempe area. The well-kept, brightly colored raspado house is a fruit lover's paradise with desserts like a bionico, which comes with melon, apples, grapes, strawberries and bananas, covered in crema, shaved coconut, granola and a scoop of ice cream. They also serve elotes en vaso (corn in a cup), and Tostitos and Takis dressed up in a variety of ways.
Natalie Miranda Piña raspado from RaspadoRico.
The Good: The piña raspado comes with large chunks of fresh cut pineapple piled high on top of crushed ice like that of a snow cone for $3.50. It was a refreshing way to get out of the heat and relax in a clean atmosphere with eclectic Spanish music playing in the background. Sizes run small, medium or large, and a small was good enough to quench our thirst and sweet tooth. Crema can be layered on top for an additional $1.
The Bad: The first spoonfuls of the raspado were pure pineapple bliss. After that it was nothing but watered down pineapple juice. The ice melted so fast and even gave the pineapple chunks a watered-down taste.