1509 E La Palma Ave
In Mexico they have a treat called a "Raspado." When this was first described to me, I was told that it was like Mexican ice cream. I later came to find out that it is less like ice cream and more like a snow cone. The main difference between a Mexican raspado and a snow cone are the toppings. Snow Cones in the U.S. tradtionally come with super sweet, syrupy, artificially flavored liquid poured over the top of shaved ice. These are good....until you have a raspado. Raspado toppings are made with much better ingredients like fresh fruit and milk. The result is a decadent shaved ice that is just as cheap as the syrupy goop you grew up with.
My favorite raspado combination is Vanilla, "Nuez" (Nuts, I think it's almond and pecan) and "Coco" (Coconut). A medium set me back $2.50. Other available flavors include strawberry, guava, peach, plum, bubble gum, tamarind, pineapple, mango and more.
(My coconut, vanilla, nut raspado)
(Jugs of freshly made raspado toppings)
Carousel also makes fresh cakes and Mexican sweet bread or "Pan Dulce." These delicious treats are beaked fresh daily and are so cheap that you could easily buy a dozen for the same price as a cupcake at a fancy bakery like "Sprinkles."
The pan dulce here is very good, but the thing I drive 20 miles to get here for is their raspados. Carousel bakery has the best raspados in Orange County. I've taken a few people from Mexico there and they tell me that the raspados here are as good as you can get in Mexico and definitely better than anything else you'll find in OC, even Santa Ana.