If you have ever lived in Mexico or in one of the US-Mexico border states, you have probably seen a paletero pushing his little cart. We even have paleteros here in Madison, Wisconsin!
A paletero sells paletas. But what are paletas? They are basically ice pops, popsicles or whatever you would call something similar. The word paleta comes from the word palo (Spanish for stick). This little stick holds some delicious and refreshing frozen fruit that you can enjoy on a warm summer evening.
I have been looking for paleta molds for a few months. I went to every kitchen supply store in Madison and some in the Twin Cities. But I wanted molds that used the traditional wooden stick. I finally had to order them from World Market. They work great, but I really like the smooth, rectangular form of Mexican paletas. But these are just as delicious.
This recipe is from the book, Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas by Fany Gerson. If you can, take a look at her recipes. They will cool you right down just thinking about them!
I used the recipe for agua de Jamaica that I’ve already posted, but you could use your own. But I like the tart flavor of mine.
Paletas de Jamaica con Frambuesa – Hibiscus and Raspberry Popsicles
2 cups agua de jamaica
2/3 cups sugar
3 – 4 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen
Combine the agua de jamaica with 1/3 cup sugar in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Set aside and cool completely in the refrigerator.
In a glass bowl, mix the raspberries and the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar. Mix well and let them sit for about 30 minutes. I like to stir the raspberries a few times during the 30 minutes to help release some of their juice.
After 30 minutes, divide the raspberries and their juice into your popsicle mold. Then, pour in the chilled agua de jamaica. Snap on the lid, add the popsicle stick and place in the freezer until solid (about 5-6 hours).
When they are ready, take them out and enjoy!
This is a link to some other delicious paletas you can make.