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Panchito’s Ice Cream opens a second Lexington store

The Mangonada, with mango ice cream and mango chunks, is topped with a sweet and sour sauce and chili powder. It’s the best-selling item at Panchito’s Ice Cream.
The Mangonada, with mango ice cream and mango chunks, is topped with a sweet and sour sauce and chili powder. It’s the best-selling item at Panchito’s Ice Cream. Photo provided

Panchito’s Ice Cream has opened a second store in Lexington, at 481 West New Circle Road, Suite 155, serving traditional ice cream as well as specialty treats from noon to 10 p.m. daily.

Owner Argelia Fabian said both Lexington stores (the other is at 1388 Alexandria) make about 30 flavors of milk and water-based ice creams daily. Popular flavors include mango, strawberry, lime, butter pecan, and pineapple, she said. Their most popular item is the Mangonada, which has mango ice cream with mango chunks, topped with chamoy, a sweet-and-sour sauce, and tajin, chili powder.

For more information, call 859-433-9312 for the West New Circle store or 859-699-5938 for the Alexandria store. Panchito’s also will be at the Bluegrass Fair, and you might spot its ice cream trucks at Jacobson or Cardinal Valley parks.

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▪  Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, behind City Hall at the corner of Main and Rice streets in Wilmore on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, will have locally grown strawberries, spring greens, asparagus and other seasonal vegetables, local honey and eggs, vegetable garden transplants, perennials and trees.

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