These Homemade Paletas (Ice Cream Popsicles) Will Keep You Cool All Summer

There is a type of popsicle that once you try it, you can never go back! They are called “paletas” and are a type of creamy popsicle on a stick that originated in Mexico. They originated in Tocumbo, Mexico where fresh local fruit was added to ice pops. The word quickly spread on how tasty these types of popsicles were and pretty soon they were selling like crazy in little paleta carts all over Mexico and spreading to Southern California. Nowadays if you are lucky enough, you can find them at the grocery store in your local area--the most popular brand is Helados Mexico. 

These treats honestly taste like delicious, creamy ice cream with fruit on a stick and with flavors like mango, strawberry, pina colada, mangonada (mango with a hint of chili), they could not be more refreshing on a hot summer day to cool you off.

Today I wanted to share a recipe for creamy strawberry paletas because whether or not you can buy these at your local store--this is a fantastic recipe to have on hand to make with your kids or grandkids this summer to beat the heat. These taste just like the Helados Mexico brand and you can really tweak them to make them just how you’d like them--for example, using organic cream and strawberries, if you’re into that kind of thing.

The Best Popsicle Mold

There is a type of popsicle mold that is far superior to all the others. It is made out of silicone, so the paletas or ice pops slide right out of it and it even has a silicone lid on top whose sole purpose is to hold the popsicle stick in place so that popsicle stays nice and balanced and doesn’t slide off on one side once it starts melting. That struggle is real! You can easily get these on Amazon for a price that seems to consistently be about $18, or you can try to grab one that Target is making from their Hearth & Hand line by Magnolia, which is $12 and has great reviews. The traditional popsicle with a wooden stick is the best for a reason. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a popsicle mold with plastic handles, but these ones are known for the popsicle sliding right off as soon as it starts to melt a bit, whereas the wooden stick has some grab and hangs onto the popsicle as it melts.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get to that delicious strawberry paleta recipe. Have you tried the delicious Helados Mexico frozen paleta treat? What is your favorite flavor? Mine is mango--so unbelievably flavorful and refreshing!

Paletas de Fresas (Mexican Strawberry Popsicles)

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...Read More » Author: Lokness Recipe Type: Mexican

Serving size: 9

8 ounces fresh strawberry (rinsed and hulled)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 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 1/2 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 1/4-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.


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