Summertime in Argentina means one thing: helado. Similar to gelato and served in a cone, cup, cup-cone, or by the kilo, ice cream has such a strong devoted following, it might one day become the national religion. Natural and preservative free, most ice cream makers still make their helado the old fashion artisanal Italian way, managing to spark a South American-wide obsession.
Even though the Porteño palate customarily preferred of a strict helado diet of dulce de leche, chocolate, and, well let’s be honest, more dulce de leche flavored ice cream, several heladerías are changing the game and expanding their sweet gelato horizons. Creameries in Buenos Aires have begun experimenting, turning to traditional Argentine dishes and ingredients for inspiration to churn out innovative flavors and create contemporary combinations. With the warm weather shining down on the Southern Hemisphere’s ice cream capital, here are three Argentine helado spots to lick up some new flavors essential to summertime this season.