Avon Teen Opens Authentic Ice Cream Shop
Writer / Heather Chastain
Avon’s newest ice cream shop is bursting with authentic Mexican flavor. Danny’s Mexican Ice Cream is not only locally made, but the business is run by a 19-year old Avon High School graduate.
“Avon didn’t have a really good ice cream shop, and I thought this would be a great idea,” said Angel “Danny” Benitez, the 2016 alumnus.
Just months after graduating, Benitez, then just 18-years-old, opened the shop with his own money.
“I’ve worked since I was 14-15 years old and I just saved my money,” he says proudly.
Benitez began working with his uncle, who makes and distributes Vallarata Mexican popsicles.
“I really liked what he was doing, and I wanted to make my own dreams a reality, Benitez says.
Benitez says the number one question he is asked about his ice cream is, “what makes it Mexican?” The difference is in the taste and texture. Mexican ice cream is creamier and thicker than traditional ice creams. Mexican ice cream uses fresh natural flavors to enhance the taste.
The Mexican ice cream is made in Indianapolis by Benitez’s aunt and uncle. The same uncle who runs Vallarta popsicles. He says they make ice cream just for him.
Danny’s Ice Cream currently carries 37 flavors. He hopes to add more. He has chocolate, vanilla and tropical flavors as well as more unusual flavors like corn, queso and tequila. One Mexican flavor that’s gaining popularity locally, according to Benitez, is called mangonada, a mango ice cream with mango pieces, chili sauce, chili powder and lime. Benitez says it’s sweet and sour, and you can’t find anything like it around here. Other flavors include: mango chili; “it’s spicy with a kick,” and quanabana; “a fruity flavor,” and tamarindo, “it’s kind of sour.” Another popular dish is the churro sundae. It’s ice cream with a churro in the middle. Snow cones, sorbet and Jarrito’s Mexican beverages are also available.
The Facebook reviews on the company’s page indicate customers are enjoying not only the Mexican ice cream but the great customer service. One day, Benitez says he wants to expand into more locations but won’t be interested in franchising.
“I want to keep the personal touch,” he says.
Eager to utilize the newest technology, Danny’s Ice Cream accepts Apple Pay and Android Pay. They also accept cash and credit cards. Danny’s Ice Cream is located at 7730 E US Highway 36. The hours are Sunday-Thursday 12:30 –9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.