In Ecuador, paletas are known as helados, however, thanks to El Chavo del 8, I was aware that they were known as paletas in Mexico. What I didn’t know was that these delicious treats were actually originated from there.
According to my friend, right after Mexico independence, back in the 1800s, ordinary folks had finally access to afford ice. This new access to ice allowed people to experiment it with fruit and have a tasty alternative to beat the heat. I hope this story is true because I really like it!
Making paletas is easy peasy and a fun activity for all ages. Get creative and create delicious frozen treats this summer with these easy recipes.
How To Make Paletas
The secret for a tasty paleta is to use fresh and natural ingredients for the smoothie. From mangoes, cucumber, lemon to strawberry, watermelon and tamarindo, feel free to add whatever you have on hand. Mix it with maple syrup or cane sugar to provide the sweetness. Pour it into a mold and freeze.
Here are basics that you need:
The sky is the limit for paletas! Here are my top three combinations for these Mexican style ice pops:
Tamarindo and Mango Paletas
In a blender, combine 2 cups 1-inch chunks mangoes, 1/4 cup cane sugar, and 1 cup strawberry juice, mix until smooth.
In a blender, whirl 3 3/4 cups hulled kiwis until smooth. Add 1/3 cup cane sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; stir until cane sugar is dissolved.
In a blender, add 3 cups rinsed strawberries until smooth. Add 1/3 cup of cane sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice to berry purée; stir until cane sugar is dissolved.
You can also experiment by adding small chucks of fruits into your combination or elevating the flavor with a generous sprinkle of chili powder.