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Variety of snow cones with different toppings on a red background.



We all look forward to the long, warm summer days, but in the thick of them, when the sun is beating down, and the temperature climbs toward three digits, all we want to do is find a shady spot and – quite literally – chill. Here are a few places to stop by first that will help you cool down on those hot New Mexico summer days ahead.

Paleta Bar

Paletas – Spanish for ice pops – are a perfect treat for a summer day, particularly if you’re looking for something on the healthier side. They’re light and low in sugar, especially if you choose a fruit variety like strawberry, mango, or lime. You can have them dipped in white, milk, or dark chocolate and covered with many classic toppings, from nuts to sprinkles to crushed cookies. It’s the perfect light yet indulgent treat for a hot summer day.

Bahama Buck’s

This establishment takes snow cones to a whole new level. Their shaved ice is so fine and light that it melts instantly on the tongue. They call it “the greatest sno on earth.” (Get it?) Their flavor varieties are funky and delicious, including Gummy Bear, Sour Patch Kids, and Bomb Pop. They also offer a healthy menu of smoothies that include Greek yogurt and optional protein powder. Though you’ll never know you’re eating healthy with flavors like Acai Berry Breeze, Mango Tango, and Bahama Colada.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Fewer calories and a more expansive, innovative flavor variety than ice cream – what’s not to like about this sweet shop? Their flavors include Banana Pudding (that comes with Nilla wafers!), Sweetarts, Blue Raspberry, Cinnamon Bun, and Dulce de Leche. Best of all, many of the menu options are low-sugar, low-carb, and they offer several vegan options, as well. This is a great way to indulge this summer without any of the guilt.

ChocGlitz & Cream

If you really want to indulge, this is the place for you. Candy and ice cream: need we say more? Try the ice cream cookie sandwiches and chocolate-dipped bananas. Or how about a scoop of honey lavender ice cream?

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