Helados – Skim Ice

Helados – Skim Ice

Helados / Ice cream and Skim Ice / Freeze Pops or Flavored Ice are a welcome treat. You can hear their bell or the music they play as they pass by in the street. These cold treats that are sold in the streets of Dominican are perfect for the hot Caribbean days.

Helados/ Ice cream

A Bon Helados Street Vendor pushing his cart.
A Bon Helados Street Vendor pushing his cart.

Helados vendors push or ride a cart that is brightly colored, usually yellow, around the streets of Dominican Republic. You usually can hear their distinctive bell before you actually see their cart.

The Helado Street Vendors usually sell both Popsicles that are fruit and cream types. Many have fresh-scooped Ice Cream as well either served in a cone found in bags hanging on the side of the cart or in a cup with a little plastic spoon.

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Inteliperra enjoying a Helado in the park.
Inteliperra enjoying a Helado in the park.

Skim Ice

The Skin Ice Street Vendors usually walk the streets wearing a blue suit with a blue freezer bag on his or her shoulder. Many of these Skim Ice vendors push a little cart. Some of these carts have a large black and white penguin that serves as the freezer.

There are many flavors of this refreshing Popsicle, ice pop, cool pop or freeze pop type of frozen flavored ice including Fresa, Chinola, Mango, Guanabana and Uva among others. Most of the flavors are very intense and are almost like eating the fruit itself except without the seeds and much more refreshing on the hot Dominican days. Give a skim-ice a try and help out one of these small entrepreneurs with their little business.

Whether you decide to have an ice cream cone or a little pouch filled with frozen ice these treats are perfect for a hot Dominican day.

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