Monday, July 9, 2012

The Most Delicious Paletas!

Our summer bucket list pull for the other day was "make paletas" idea that made us all very happy!  I had picked up a new set of popsicle molds (Norpro Ice Pop Maker) at a local kitchen store earlier this summer.  Amazon has some negative reviews, but we've had pretty good results.   

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We used the book, Paletas by Fany Gerson, a book we borrowed from the library, to pick our recipes.  Each of the kids picked a flavor that they wanted us to try. Little J picked Mexican chocolate, Sassyfras picked strawberry, and Juiciness picked lime.  

I really like this cookbook.  It has easy to follow recipes and great pictures.  However, I think the flavors are more adult like, but most can be easily adapted for kids.  

Mexican chocolate popsicles

{Mexican Chocolate Paletas}
You can find the on-line recipe here.  We changed it slightly by omitting the additional cinnamon and nuts, but still used the full chocolate amount in the mixture.

Mexican chocolate popsicles

The kids helped measure and mix the ingredients and I did the stove top cooking involved.  These popsicles were so good!

Mexican chocolate popsicles

{Paletas de Limon}
Our next favorite recipe from this book is "Paletas de limon".   We made them once our chocolate paletas were frozen.  We changed them just a little by adding some fresh mint from our sensory garden.

mint and lime paletas

A local paletas store has non alcoholic mojito pops that we love.  So, we followed the book's recipe, but muddled the mint in with the sugar and lime juice and strained it before freezing.  They turned out almost identical, so delish!

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{Strawberries Paletas}
Our final flavor to try was strawberry paletas, recipe here.  My kids love the strawberries and cream pops at our local store.  So, we adapted this recipe by substituting the 1/2 cup of water for 1 cup of heavy cream.   We pureed the strawberries, but didn't strain the mixture...I should have though.  The strawberry pieces were good, but there were too many strawberry seeds.  Next time I'll strain it.

All our paletas turned out tasting fabulous!  I'm so excited to have found this book.  We now have our favorite paletas flavors that we can make at home anytime without breaking the bank!


Leslie said...

Yummo!! that look delish and refreshing!!!
Happy Monday

Christy Killoran said...

Those look great, especially the Mexican chocolate. Are paletas just popsicles?

Anonymous said...

ohh man those look really really good!! I am with Christy are paletas the same as popsicles?

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

I am sure my daughter will love Chocolate flavor :) We also just got new molds, but usually we stick with mixed fruit ones.

Kelly at Little Wonders' Days said...

Christy and Lindsay, yes for a short answer. I think they are essentially what we call popsicles. However, the author of this book takes several pages to explain their significance in Mexican culture. I think one difference is we generally think of popsicles as frozen flavored waters or juices vs. a paleta that seems to be made with the combination of seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices.

Gina said...

That sounds like a really interesting book. And my little guy loves popsicles... or anything frozen on a stick... Thanks!

Naptime Review said...

Those looks so yummy! I love your blog. Lots of great stuff!

Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can ;)

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

The lime paletas sound so delicious and I love your addition of mint. I'm pinning!

Natasha Mairs - Serenity You said...

oh I have got to make some of these!!

would love it if you could share this on my link party -

Charlene Juliani said...

Those look super yummy!! Thanks so much for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy!! Hope to see you again soon :)

Charlene Juliani said...

Ooops that should have said Adventures In Mommy Land :)