By Ryan Yousefi
A new ice cream shop is in town, with flavors, styles, and treats you’ll have to try for yourself to believe.
Back in March, Shane and Dulce Carter realized their dream of opening Cieladito’s, a Mexican ice cream shop located at 7782 Wiles Road. For Dulce, originally from Veracruz, Mexico, providing Coral Springs with her beloved Mexican-inspired flavored treats was a long-time aspiration and about to come to fruition.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 had other plans. Business at Cieladito’s, much like nearly everything else in the world, was placed on hold in the name of stopping the spread of the virus.
“We had some fears going into everything, even before COVID-19, then it hit,” Shane Carter, co-owner of Cieladito’s said. “We opened on March 14, and soon after that, the curfew came into effect.”
Now, four months later, Dulce and Shane are not only open for business but are receiving rave reviews from those customers who have found them.
Currently living in Margate, the Carter’s plan to move to Coral Springs soon. Before opening Cieladito’s, Shane, an Army veteran, worked internationally, while Dulce worked as a licensed massage therapist.
Recently, the couple decided to change careers due to the need they saw in Coral Springs for diverse flavors like the ones Cieladito’s offers.
Dulce received in-depth training on how to create all the flavors in their store, using fresh ice cream from Florida dairy farm milk that contains no hormones.
The ingredients are as fresh as it gets, too. For instance, their coconut-flavored ice cream is handmade from coconuts plucked from trees right here in Broward County. Everything they put into their menu items is of the highest quality they can find.
But the similarities to regular ice cream stop there. Mexican ice cream is different due to the Latin American flavors.
From cups full of flan, grape nut, or guava ice cream, to specialty Chamoyada’s, Mexican-inspired ice with chunks of mango inside — Cieladito’s has a little bit of everything you’ve likely never tried.
We recommended having a scoop of Lucuma ice cream, a fruit native to South America, and a bag of their chili spice dusted Sour Patch Kids.
Shane says since everything changed post-COVID, he and his wife Dulce have continued to commit every resource, time, and effort to make Cieladito’s success. There is a slew of precautions they’re taking inside the store to keep customers safe, including the purchase of a high-end purifier.
Thus far, it’s working — the shop has a nearly perfect Google review score and is talked about on the Nextdoor community website frequently. From comments on the cleanliness of the store to the amazing unique flavors of treats available, Cieladito’s is off to a great start in the Coral Springs community.
Due to the pandemic, Cieladito’s was never able to have a Grand Opening, so they are planning a celebration at the store for Mexican Independence Day on September 16, depending, of course, on what the world looks like around then. If they’re unable to have the September event, one will be scheduled for Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in October.
For now, Shane and Dulce hope Coral Springs residents will stop in and treat themselves with something they may not have ever experienced before. During a time where every day bleeds into the next and life can seem stagnant at times, Cieladito’s is here to spice things up.
“We are so grateful for the support the community has given us,” Shane said. “We look forward to giving the best service possible along with a product that is memorable, and most of all, we look forward to introducing Latin flavors to the community.”
Cieladito’s Mexican Ice Cream
7782 Wiles Rd, Coral Springs
Monday 4–9:30 PM
Tuesday – Friday 1–9:30 PM
Saturday 12–9:30 PM
Sunday 12–8 PM
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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