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Sorbetes de Carretón, A Salvadoran Artisan Tradition
Translated/ Edited into English by: Eleonora Valdez
Ice-cream from trolleys (sorbetes de carretón), are a Salvadoran tradition that delight locals and tourists of any age: children, teenagers and adults.
The most famous of the flavors is coconut with strawberry jelly topping. The blog Soy Salvadoreño (I’m Salvadoran) indicates that in order to prepare the special ice cream/sorbet one must create a mixture of fruit, sugar and water or milk. Afterwards, this mixture is refrigerated to reach an ice cream consistency, so it can be scooped in a special red wafer to be eaten, yum!
This consistency is obtained by moving a metal tube from side to side. This metal tube is inserted into a wooden cart. The process and the cart is what distinguish the Salvadoran “Sorbeteros” from your average modern day ice cream shop.
Between the metal container and the cart there is a space containing crushed ice and salt; the movement is what creates the excellent flavor and consistency. The process lasts about three and a half hours of constant stirring for the right consistency.
Some Sorbeteros (Ice cream artisans) have created their own personal style; there are those who over time have diversified their own techniques of mixing flavors like tamarind, vanilla, cashew and other seasonal fruits.
Sampling one of these ice creams from a trolley not only helps beat the heat, but it is also a delectable way to help the artisans who dedicate their time to this craft in order to sweeten the day of a Salvadoran.
The sorbete prices range from $0.30 cents up to $1 or more, depending on the size and type. We invite you to treat yourself to one of these ice creams, consume a 100% Salvadoran product and help the workers dedicated to the art of making our delicious “sorbetes de carretón.”