Crazy Bomb Cups owner Cindy Lopez eyed the chance to give Rio Rancho a new kind of dessert option with a zesty kick, expanding her establishment to the City of Vision earlier this month.

Crazy Bomb Cups features over 60 toppings for its ice cream and sorbet, including Mexican candies like Mazapan, which is made of sugar or honey with almond meal, and tamarind, a sweet-sour fruit, as well as chamoy sauce, a spicy-sweet-sour Mexican condiment, to drizzle over fruit. The shop also features 15 milkshake flavors that can be ordered in mason jars and breakfast items like bubble waffles and miniature pancakes.

“There’s not that many options as far as ice cream and anything like that, so that’s why we decided to take it to the city of Rio Rancho,” Lopez said.

Crazy Bomb Cups, an Albuquerque-based dessert shop, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Rio Rancho location on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Courtesy of Jaime Gallardo, Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Crazy Bomb Cups first opened in 2019 at its main location in east Albuquerque. The Rio Rancho shop held a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 17.

Aside from Rio Rancho’s customer base, Lopez said the new location will also appeal to northwest Albuquerque customers because they can simply drive up Coors Bypass and onto NM 528. She also said she plans to expand her business to a third section of the Albuquerque Metro area sometime next year.

Lopez said the Rio Rancho location’s already seeing more bubble waffle and mini-pancake sales than the Albuquerque location.

“It just seems like everybody (in Rio Rancho) loves those,” she said.

Citing Rio Rancho’s growth in recent years, Lopez said she wanted to provide the city with something new and be a part of that continued growth.

She also said she liked the surroundings of the Rio Rancho location, which will be in the Hilltop Plaza shopping center on the south side of town.

“It’s a lot of traffic, it’s a lot of people, so we said, ‘Oh, this will be the right spot for us,’” Lopez said. “It’s very accessible for everybody.”

Matt Hollinshead | Staff writer