Have you tried paletas (Mexican popsicles)? Paletas are popsicles made with real fruits and a few other basic ingredients. There are two varieties, water based and cream based. Most of them are made with water, like watermelon, pineapple and guava. Some are made with milk and cream. Just like today’s recipe, these strawberry pops are creamy and sweet. They are unlike most fruit pops which are frozen solid like ice. Instead they are little soft that you can easily bite into. It is almost like eating ice cream on a stick. OH YEA!
I had my very first paleta at my in-laws’ home many years ago. Paletas are sold by street vendors in heavily populated hispanic neighborhoods. My in-laws live in South Los Angeles and that is the house where Bryan grew up in.
I asked Bryan if he can point out a few cool things of living in South LA. “Fireworks and street vendors.” Yup, we used to play fireworks in the front yard on 4th of July. Kids come out to the streets and pop all different kinds of fireworks. Fun, but at the same time, dangerous. It was quite an experience. For street vendors, they go around the neighborhoods with their little carts. You can get all these tasty stuffs, like cold paletas, hot sweet corns, and crispy chicharron (fried pork skin).
Paletas are no doubt Bryan’s favorite! Strawberry, coconut, watermelon and mango are some of the top picks. Nowadays, you can easily find paletas in most grocery stores in Los Angeles. We no longer need to wait for the street vendors to come around. And of course, you can make them at home too! Get a taste of the street food at the comfort of your home!
Paletas de Fresas (Mexican Strawberry Popsicles)
- 8 ounces fresh strawberry (rinsed and hulled)
- 1½ cup whole milk
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Set aside 3 strawberries.
- In a food processor or blender, puree the rest of the strawberries. Strain the mixture through a strainer into a large bowl. Discard the seeds.
- In the same food processor or blender, add ½ cup milk and sugar. Process until the sugar has dissolved completely, about 1 minute. Add to the puree.
- In the same food processor or blender, roughly blend the reserved 3 strawberries into ¼-inch pieces. Pour into the puree.
- In the puree bowl, add the rest of the milk and heavy cream. Mix well. Fill the popsicle molds with strawberry mixture. If using molds that contain sticks or hold wooden ones in place, put on lids and freeze. If using open cup molds, freeze until beginning to set, about 2 hours, then insert the sticks and put back in freezer.
- After about 8 hours, popsicles are ready. If the popsicles are stuck in the molds, dip the molds in warm water for 10 seconds or so. Remove molds and serve.
- The strawberry pieces will give the popsicles a beautiful look and little texture. If you don’t really care for that, just puree all the strawberries together.
- For storage: Place a wax paper around the popsicle and put in a Ziploc bag. They can be kept for at least a week or two in the freezer. (Maybe even longer.)
Amy Tong says
These look so good!!! I love a softer texture on my pops. Love your description of “ice cream on a stick”. 😀 hehe…I love street vendors, too. I miss the chili lime corns that I used to have near my Hollywood office. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will definitely try them out.
I love those corns too!!! But yea, street vendors are awesome! Just make sure you have to run fast enough to catch them before they are gone! 😉 Enjoy!
Loved the strawberry paletas! Can I substitute mango for strawberry?
It should totally work! Love mango paletas too!
It totally *is* like ice cream on a stick – sounds and looks wonderful!! I’ve never had paletas and I know I’ve been missing out. My husband, who loves things on the creamy rather than icy side, would especially adore these. Loving the strawberry flavor – if only I can stop eating all the strawberries I bring home, I might be able to do something creative with them like you have here!
LOL! I know fresh sweet strawberries are so hard to resist! But if you ever get a chance to have some strawberries laying around, you guys will enjoy these creamy pops!
These look incredible! I’ve never tried Paletas before but I am a fan of all frozen desserts and ice creams. The strawberry is so refreshing and perfect for summer!
Thank you Kelly! These are creamy and softer. Absolutely perfect for summer!
Kathleen | HapaNomNom says
I’ve never heard of or tried paletas! This is definitely on my ‘must-do list’. They sound wonderful – thanks for expanding my horizons 🙂
You are very welcome! These sweet fruity pops are absolutely delightful during summer. Enjoy!
I love how creamy you described it to be. I’m personally a big fan of popsicles, but more on the creamy side than fruity, so this is perfect! This shade of pink is so appealing to the eyes haha
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Thanks a lot! Creamy pops sure win my heart!
Lavender Bee says
I’m so excited sitting here with a bounty of strawberries trying to figure out what to do. What better way than to make rich strawberry paletas that tastes like pure strawberry ice cream. Whipped it up in no time with a handy high speed blender which left no seeds, the mixture tasted heavenly. They are now taking a spin in the freezer, I can’t wait. You have some enticing popsicle recipes that I will try soon.
Thank you so much, Lavender Bee! I can’t wait for you taste them. Let me know what you think. Yes, I do have a few different popsicle recipes. They’re refreshing & easy to eat, which are perfect for summer parties! ??
Karen Forbes Thompson says
Made a double batch of the strawberry paletas yesterday. Since I don’t eat added sugar, I added Erythritol. I served them to 5 other people. I forgot they were sugar free until they were 1/2 way through eating. Mentioned this to them and they were shocked. Such a wonderfully creamy, strawberry-filled treat.
I just used the same proportions with fresh-squeezed orange juice. Hope they turn out just as tasty.
Thank you so much for sharing your yummy recipe.
Karen Forbes Thompson
Hello, I have a question, do I use heavy whipping cream for the strawberry popsicle recipe?
Yes, heavy cream is the same as heavy whipping cream. I used 1/2 cup for this recipe.