Rainbow Paleta Bar offers traditional Mexican treats to beat the coming heat – Loveland Reporter-Herald

One of Loveland’s newest candy stores brings a Mexican classic to Loveland residents to beat the upcoming summer heat.

Rainbow Paleta Bar opened just south of downtown Loveland on Saturday, offering a variety of treats, including classic paletas — traditional Mexican popsicles.

Run by mother and daughter Briany Cazares and Brenda Garcia, the new shop offers an array of treats and snacks, from pancakes and ice cream to traditional Mexican corn and, of course, paletas; customers can even customize their own rainbow palette, choosing from a list of base flavors, dip, and toppings of their choice.

Cazares, who is currently a sophomore in economics at Colorado State University, said this was the first time she or her mother had worked in the restaurant industry.

She said the idea came from her mother who took her love for baking and transferred it to making ice cream and eventually paletas.

“I love it,” Garcia said.

Cazares said her mother began taking classes in the art of ice cream making, even traveling to Texas where she learned about confectionery creation from chefs from Mexico.

“She really liked it, and when she came back, she was like ‘let’s open an ice cream shop,'” Cazares said. “There is nothing like it in our area.”

The store opened on Saturday and Cazares said the first few days had been quite busy, but they were managing the influx of new customers.

Dallas Bullock, 8, and his dad Brady Bullock grab their ice cream on Monday, April 11, 2022 at the new Rainbow Paleta Bar in Loveland. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

Loveland resident Sergio Bautista came by Monday afternoon to pick up some paletas and some take-out corn. He said he came on opening day and liked the traditional flavors and style they cook their food with.

“It’s a good place to try,” he said.

As the shop looks forward to its future of helping Loveland residents indulge in their sweets, Cazares said the menu is sure to attract more people, adding “it’s a big menu and there’s a bit of something for everyone”.

“It’s (all) homemade and everything I use is fresh,” Garcia said.

Cazares added that she thinks residents will appreciate that it’s not just a family restaurant compared to a chain restaurant, but that the quality of the product will help pique people’s interest. The store even uses a machine to make the mix of paletas bought and imported from Mexico, which Cazares says requires even more homemade ingredients to work properly.

“The fact that everything is homemade also attracts a lot of people,” Cazares said.

Rainbow Paleta Bar, 261 14th St. SE, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Their menu is also available in line.

Brenda Garcia, left, and her daughter, Briany Cazares, pose for a photo showing off some of their paleta ice cream pops on Monday, April 11, 2022, at the new Rainbow Paleta Bar in Loveland. Garcia and Cazares co-own the store at 261 14th St. SE. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

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