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Jul 1, 2010 11:09 PM

Mangonada, Elote Ice Cream, Paletas @ Fru-ta in Santa Rosa

Last weekend I spotted a sign promoting “natural homemade ice cream”. I made a u-turn on Stony Point Road to check it out. Pulling into the parking lot, this next sidewalk sign pointed the way to Fruta, and bingo, nieves y paletas estilo Michoacan.

The shop, Fru-ta, is tucked behind Starbucks and next to the taqueria. It opened a couple weeks ago and the neighborhood kids are already flocking here.

The paletas, ice creams, sorbets, and frozen yogurt are all made in house. Fresh fruit flavors will change with the seasons. The scooping cases have three dozen flavors. The friendly staff are very generous with samples. Not only letting me taste everything I wanted to try, but making suggestions of their own favorites and pushing more on me. So far I’ve tasted:

Chongos zamoranos
Rom y pasos
Chocolate chip
Natural yogurt
Peach yogurt
Raspberry yogurt
Pecan (nuez
Strawberry and cream
Blueberry yogurt

All good, some great, with amazing selection and quality across the board. The elote, made with fresh corn cut off the cob, has a pulpy texture and tastes of fresh corn and cream. Also loved the cajeta and mamey, as well as the frozen yogurt flavors that burst with tangy berry-ness. Single scoops are $1.50 in a cup, sugar cone, or waffle cone.

I didn’t pay that close attention to the toppings, but there are several to choose from, including a rich cajeta sauce and Hershey’s chocolate sauce.

I was also offered a sample of an agua fresca, horchata de coco. Enriched with a bit of coconut milk, I liked this version of the rice water drink.

Some cute little mini-paletas, 50¢, for kids caught my eye.

To give a sense of scale, here’s a little one enjoying a mini-paleta.

The place has been popular in the recent heat wave, so many of the flavors listed here were sold out. The fruit bars (paletas de agua) are $1.50 and the ice cream bars (paletas de leche) are $1.75 each.

I settled on a Rom y pasas (rum raisin) paleta. Quite rummy and intensely flavored.

I liked Fru-ta so much, I went back on Monday to try one of the house specialties, Mangonada, $3.50. Mangonada is a cup of frozen mango puree topped with sour plummy Chamoy and salty chile powder. The first spoonfuls had too much chamoy coating the mango, but I soon figured out that scooping against the side of the cup reduced the amount of sauce clinging to it. This is one of the most popular orders at Fru-ta.

Happy National Ice Cream Month!

2770 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

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  1. I was back at Fruta last Thursday night, can you tell I love this little place? I had a single scoop of mamey ice cream on a sugar cone, $1.75. Having been to Michoacana in Sonoma the week before, I can say that the mamey is definitely superior at Fru-ta with more fruit pulp and intensity of flavor. That said, I like the piñon at Michoacana better. A bevy of riches, we're lucky to have both spots in Sonoma County.

    I hope that Mexican ice cream stores are a new trend for our area. I'll need to find my way to Concord to try the one out there, Guanatos, during National Ice Cream Month.

    Guanatos Ice Cream
    2691 Monument Blvd, Concord, CA

    Michoacana Ice Cream
    18495 Hwy 12, Sonoma, CA 95476

    2 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Sounds great. Given it is national ice cream month, I hope you try the popsicles at Fremont Diner before the month ends, if you haven't already. They don't always have them, but if you are driving by ...

      1. re: rworange

        Thanks, not this month, but sometime soon hopefully.

        Thought you'd like to see Michael Murphy's (M. Bauer's bf) photo at Fremont Diner.

        Fremont Diner
        2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

    2. tried the peach yogurt about a month ago. yogurt interesting and clean tasting. place is family runned and the young guy is quite accomodating and welcomes any friendly comments.

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      1. re: shanghaikid

        Yes, the people running Fru-ta are great. The posted closing time is 9pm, but they stay open as long as customers are coming in. When I left, I said, "You made a lot of people happy today, thank you." And the man behind the counter replied, "I LOVE my job!"

        2770 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

      2. A few months back we got the unhappy news that paleta production had been shut down at our new paleta places.

        I stopped by Fru-ta last week and saw a sign that it will be closed Feb 21 to Feb 25 for remodeling of the paleta production room. Sounds like our popsicles will be back soon!

        Fwiw, I had a new flavor cappuchino ice cream, an intense coffee flavored base with swirls of cream flavored ice cream and nuts. Loved it.

        2770 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

        1. Fru-ta expanded to Petaluma last year, and will soon open a third shop in Santa Rosa.

          279 North McDowell Blvd.
          Petaluma, CA
          (707) 773-1233

          52 Mission Circle
          Santa Rosa, CA