What's more fun and satisfying on a hot day than a frozen treat on a stick? It's time to get into the spirit of the season with cool paletas!
If you haven't heard of paletas, they're a popular Latin American popsicle made in various flavors. The more traditional ones are made with fresh fruit like, coconut, watermelon pineapple, mango, berries, tamarind, or passion fruit. The fruit is sometimes blended with milk, condensed milk, or cream, to make milk popsicles (paletas de leche) or the fruit is mixed with sugar and water, to make water popsicles (paletas de agua).
There are other variations such as avocado, chili, chocolate, rum, and dulce de leche among others. Paletas are very easy to make at home and the best thing is that you don't need an ice cream maker to make them, all you need are popsicle molds or small paper cups and wooden sticks.
In Colombia and other Latin American countries, almost every kid grows up eating paletas. Traditionally in Colombia, paletas are sold by vendors called paleteros, who sell the paletas out of a small cart that they push around the city or you can buy them in neighborhood tiendas (convenience stores). Every time I talk about paletas it reminds me of my childhood in Colombia, when we would wait for the paletero cart to come by the house or outside the schools on a sunny day. I would save some of my lunch money so that I could buy paletas at the end of the school day.
Today I want to share with you one of my favorite summer treats, my mom's Paletas de Limón (Lime Popsicles) recipe. These popsicles are creamy, sweet, tart and absolutely delicious. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!