In my rush to finish posting on Buenos Aires, I completely missed a very important gastronomic highlight – Argentinean ice cream. I’ve always said that best ice cream I’ve ever had is Freddo which was the original cult ice cream of many, many years.
Freddo was a family business that started in 1969 with its’ first counter in Barrio Norte and has been serving locals since then. The company was sold in the early “noughties” and have expanded because of this. Aside from the modern interiors and brand-new flavours, they have also created a line of Kosher and gluten-free ice cream and are even served in Aerolineas Argentinas business class in-flight menu.
Recently, there have been a few contenders in the competitive ice cream game with ice cream counters copying Freddo’s style and opening on almost every street corner. I always ask myself how Argentines stay sexy with their diet of red meat and ice cream. Could there be an Argentine paradox in the making?
One of the new kids on the block worth mentioning is Volta. Opened in 2002 by the original family who started Freddo, Volta has created the concept of an all-around cafe that specializes in ice cream but also includes excellent coffee, chocolates and pastries. On our recent visit, we had the dulce de leche (caramel) and chocolate amargo (bitter chocolate) and were pleasantly surprised at how good they were.