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Burn in Hell Fidel Is a Flavor at Azucar Ice Cream Company


When the death of Fidel Castro was announced by his brother Raúl, much of Miami cheered. The hated dictator who broke up families, imprisoned his own citizens, and essentially placed the island nation of Cuba into a time capsule, is finally dead at the too-ripe age of 90.

This weekend, people took to the streets, and many restaurants celebrated by offering complimentary Cuba Libres to patrons.

Now comes Azucar Ice Cream Company's sweet revenge. The Calle Ocho ice-cream shop has created a flavor to commemorate Castro's demise: Burn in Hell, Fidel!

Azucar, located in the heart of Little Havana, has long served frozen treats with a Cuban flair. Here, instead of finding French vanilla and bubblegum, you'll savor flavors such as café con leche, plátano maduro, and Abuela María, the last named for owner Suzy Batlle's grandmother, who was born and raised in Cuba.

Batlle says of the shop's latest addition: "This ice cream is specifically for Fidel's death. May he burn in Hell is the inspiration."

Burn in Hell, Fidel! features the shop's homemade chocolate ice cream, which is given a huge kick of cayenne. The heat, Batlle says, "is for the Hell that Castro should be in now."

The new flavor costs $4 per scoop and will be a permanent part of Azucar's ice cream line. As the saying goes: Revenge is a dish best served cold — with a kick of heat.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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