A popular Raspa stand from the Rio Grande Valley, known for its non-traditional goodies, has opened its first location in Corpus Christi.
Iced Cube Corpus Christi offers fully loaded snow cones (raspas), corn cups, hot cheetos cups, mangonadas, maranadas and chamoyadas in its drive-through restaurant on Saratoga Boulevard.
The restaurant opened in Corpus Christi on August 15th. The restaurant is one of six locations in South Texas and the city’s premier location.
Rebecca Venegas, co-owner of Iced Cube Corpus Christi, said she and her husband Raul were inspired to open the restaurant after discovering a shortage of valley-inspired raspas in the Coastal Bend area.
“Real raspas really added flavor to shaved ice with flavorful syrup, and I just couldn’t find this type of raspa in town,” Venegas said. “In the 10 years that I’ve visited the city for work, I just couldn’t believe that there was nothing like what we are now offering in Corpus Christi.”
Unlike most ice cream parlors and takeaways in the area, Iced Cube decorates its desserts like a lively, ornate bouquet and is filled to the brim with a variety of sweet toppings with every order.
Toppings include freshly cut mangoes, cucumbers, watermelons, strawberries, bananas, chamoy, hot cheetos, and imported Mexican gummy candies.
“We try to make every raspa worth every penny of your hard-earned money. We don’t want any of our customers to get away with it,” said Venegas. “We tell our employees that if the raspas don’t look Instagram-worthy, it’s better not to walk out the door because they shouldn’t just taste good – they should look good too.”
The restaurant’s goodies include banana split raspas, ice cream sundaes in a cup, raspas with oreo motifs, and raspas with fruit cups. Many goodies have interesting names like ASAP Rocky, Post Mangon, Monster Dilly, Views Raspa and Parti with Cardi.
Ice cream lovers who may not be interested in the restaurant’s menu options can also create their own raspa preparations using the store’s available ingredients.
According to Venegas, some items on the Iced Cube Corpus Christi menu are different from the menu in the other locations in the valley.
“We will soon have an expanded menu. We are constantly evolving to meet the needs and wants of the community,” said Venegas. “But in the meantime we try not to overload our employees.”
Since the ice cream parlor opened, according to Venegas, residents of the Corpus Christi region have appeared in droves and formed long queues in the thoroughfare of Iced Cube.
“We are so grateful to Corpus Christi because the result was absolutely amazing,” said Venegas. “We feel so blessed to be accepted by this community. It really is a foodie town.”
WHEN YOU GO:
What: Iced Cube Corpus Christi
Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: 5017 Saratoga Blvd., Suite 113
For more information, please visit the Iced Cube Corpus Christi Facebook and Instagram page at @icedcubecc
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