Thursday, October 6, 2011

Paletas, Paletas, Paletas!

Colombian Green Mango Paleta

As a kid I preferred orange popsicles to all others. Instead of pacing myself and taking a lime one everything now and then, I always rushed through all the orange ones immediately and then slowly slogged through the rest until my mom bought a new box and the whole cycle started all over again. Alas, as an adult, my sweet tooth has somewhat dulled and those bright orange popsicles no longer tempt me like they once did. I'll take a pass on colored sugar water with "natural fruit flavors," but if you show me paleta made of real fruit--bonus points for extra interesting flavors like green mango--you have my attention...

Cajeta and Pecan Paleta

I was thrilled to finally try La Newyorkina's lauded paletas at the Vendy's last week. In flavors like Mango - chile, cajeta with pecans (above), tamarind, fresh coconut, horchata, and pineapple-jalapeno. This pops were bursting with flavor and the mini ones came in just the right size for a small treat (or to try several flavors at once).

The treats from La Newyorkina very much reminded me of the amazing paletas I tried while visiting Lawman's family in Colombia. These ice pops also came in that perfect mini size and besides green mango (served with a teeny tiny salt packet!), there were plenty of exotic fruit flavors to try like lulo, guanábana (soursop), mora (blackberry), cherimoya among others.

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One of the highlights of the trip was discovering Helados San Jeronimo, an ice cream company that makes tiny paletas and ice cream bars just the right size for a sweet cap to a big meal. Their ice cream was incredibly creamy and smooth. The arequipe (a Colombian equivalent to dulce de leche) and coco were my hands down favorites. Alas, as far as I can tell, Helados San Jeronimo doesn't seem to have distribution here in the States. Sigh. I suppose I'll have to book at return trip to Colombia for more research and in the meantime get myself some more paletas from La Newyorkina stat! I hear Fany Gershon makess a mean toasted coconut paleta...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What happened to summer! Delicious. Sigh.