I’ve been absolutely obsessed with testing paleta flavors all summer, partially because of my access to such a wide variety of fresh fruits in Southern California for months on end, and partially just because I have an inner-kid who still remembers the excitement I felt from hearing the jingle of the bell on the paletero’s cart. This mango-peach paleta recipe has been a mega-hit both in my household and with my office mates who got to taste them when I brought them to work for an afternoon snack to share last week.
As a little girl growing up in Chicago, I remember neighborhood kids dropping everything and running outside every time the paletero would ring the little bells on his cart to let you know he was on his way. I’d crane my neck, almost pressing my face against the glass window in the living room to see how far down the block he was so I’d know how much time I had to rustle up enough money and run downstairs to buy a paleta. It was one of the things I looked forward to most when visiting my dad in the city during the summer months. Ice cream trucks weren’t really my thing, but the paletero… he had my number! Unlike the other kids who just handed over their dollar with a flavor already in mind, I would keep my dollar in my pocket while I painstakingly selected which flavor I wanted, weighing my options before I made my final selection. In the end, I usually went with a simple flavor made with natural fruit puree over the wild rainbow-colored one that seemed to be so popular but melted way too fast, or others that had no fruit in them at all.
This mango and peach paleta is one of my favorites to make because it’s a super simple recipe and I love the way the flecks of peach skin make each popsicle look unique. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
- What was your favorite paleta flavor as a child?