At Saveur, we take our poolside refreshment very seriously. And with the blazing summer heat nearly upon us, it’s time to rip off the pool covers and break out the ice pops. But don’t just grab a Fla-Vor-Ice from the freezer in the garage—try your hand at making some of our favorite Mexican-style paletas instead.
Paletas are delicious frozen treats that have a wide flavor range, from light and fruity to creamy with a bit of spice. Impress your friends by whipping up a few paletas de pina, (pineapple ice pops) in the cabana, or pulling out a paleta de arroz con leche—a frozen take on rice pudding. But before you begin, make sure you stock up on right popsicle sticks and popsicle molds for the job. To accompany your frosty Latin-American delights, consider whipping up a pitcher of refajo or one of our favorite cocktail granitas for a boozy refreshment.
From tamarind-chile to strawberries-and-cream, here are our favorite Mexican paleta recipes to try this summer.
The flavor of ripe summer strawberries is front and center in these creamy treats, which are brightened with just a touch of fresh lemon juice. Get the recipe for Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas y Crema) »
We love the combination of spicy ancho chile powder with sweet-sour tamarind. Get the recipe for Tamarind-Chile Ice Pops (Paletas de Tamarindo y Chile) »
With just two ingredients—puréed pineapple and sugar—these paletas are unbelievably simple to assemble. Get the recipe for Pineapple Ice Pops (Paletas de Piña) »
Sweetened condensed milk, rice, vanilla, and cinnamon combine for this frozen take on rice pudding. Get the recipe for Rice Pudding Ice Pops (Paletas de Arroz con Leche) »
A unique blend of mango, lemon juice, and ancho chile powder makes up one of our favorite Mexican treats. Get the recipe for Mango-Chile Ice Pops (Paletas de Mango con Chile) »