This post was created in partnership with California Strawberries. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

These mouthwatering pepinos locos will be the talk of your next party. Crisp cucumbers are made into cups, dipped in chile powder, then filled with juicy California strawberries, Japanese style peanuts, tamarind candy, and then drizzled with chamoy and lime juice.

cucumbers, peanuts, tamarind candy, chamoy, and strawberries on a white background

This snack is part of a Mexican party culture where “la botana” is king. Botana means snack, but when Mexicans talk about botana it encompasses all the delicious dishes that one prepares for a party with friends, and believe me there are lots of parties! Botana can be anything from chips, peanuts, and fruit to guacamole, gorditas, and queso fundido.

cucumber cups on a white plate with a dotted rim
a glass bowl with chamoy and a white plate with chile powder and cucumber cup being dipped in

Pepinos locos or crazy cucumbers are perhaps an unusual combination, but for us it has all of our favorite elements lime, chile, sweet chamoy, and fresh fruit. They are incredibly popular with the younger crowd (especially teenagers), but people of all ages enjoy them as well. The addition of strawberries to this Mexican botana makes it an extra special treat.

cucumber cups with chile rim on a white plate with dotted rim

We Love Strawberries!!

We love strawberries in this house we like to add them to our desserts like this carlota de fresa, but we also love to make paletas, salads, pancakes, and even tamales. The best part is that they are not only delicious but healthy! Strawberries are full of vitamins and nutrients. Did you know that one serving of strawberries has a full day’s value of vitamin C?? They are also packed with antioxidants, and potassium, folate, and fiber.

chile covered cucumber cups filled with peanuts and strawberries

California Strawberries:

California is the nation’s leading producer of strawberries. Which means that it’s probable the strawberries you are getting from your local grocery store are from California. California’s rich, sandy coastal soils, western ocean exposure and moderate temperatures are the perfect combination for a year-round strawberry growing season. We actually lived in California for about 3 years and we loved going strawberry picking at our local Orange County farm. California strawberries are so sweet and juicy right of the vine!

pepinos locos on a white plate with chamoy poured over them surrounded by strawberries and limes

The Recipe: Strawberry Pepinos Locos

  • You can add chopped mango for a pop of color and sweetness.
  • I recommend you use tajin chile powder which is widely available in grocery stores.
  • If you can’t find Japanese style peanuts you can add regular peanuts.
close up of pepinos locos, filled with peanuts and strawberries on a white plate.

This post was created in partnership with California Strawberries. THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN FIND THE RECIPE FOR THE STRAWBERRY PEPINOS LOCOS

These vegan coconut paletas (paletas de coco) are super easy to make and have only 3 ingredients. They are creamy, without being too rich, and full of toasted coconut flakes. These were my favorite growing up, now I can’t decide between these and the mango-chile paletas. However, I do think this vegan version is even better than the versions made with cow’s milk. They are definitely kid approved!

This recipe for vegan coconut paletas (paletas de coco) is super easy to make and has only 3 ingredients. They are creamy, but not too rich.

I had a kitchen nightmare the other night. I hadn’t had one in years! A kitchen nightmare is common among professional cooks and chefs. They usually entail something forgotten in the oven, the ticket machine spitting out ticket after ticket, or chef yelling at you. I don’t even know what caused me to have one, but chef was yelling at me. I was trying to explain myself and only digging the whole deeper. You should know, even in dreams, your response should always be, “Yes, chef.” I woke up a little freaked out, only to realize that my sweet two year old was trying to wake me up with kisses. I cannot even explain to you the huge relief I felt.

Sometimes I miss being a cook in a restaurant, but then I see how hard and tirelessly my husband works and how much we miss him, and I forget about it. Sometimes being a mom entails many tedious and repetitive tasks, and a great exercise in patience, but those sweet kisses cannot be replaced with anything. Not even the rush of adrenaline you get from working the line on a busy night, or the first sip of beer after getting your butt kicked on a Saturday. That morning I was really grateful that I get to be a stay-at-home mom/blogger, that is until I had to wipe up some poop off the bathroom floor!

This recipe for vegan coconut paletas (paletas de coco) is super easy to make and has only 3 ingredients. They are creamy, but not too rich.

The Recipe: Vegan Coconut Paletas

I was going to go all out and buy a fresh coconut to make these, since they are so accessible here in Hawaii, but I quickly changed my mind when I imagined trying to crack a coconut with my two kids pulling at my legs. This is the easy version. I used light coconut milk to minimize the amount of fat, but feel free to use full fat coconut milk if that is what you desire. Enjoy!

This recipe for vegan coconut paletas (paletas de coco) is super easy to make and has only 3 ingredients. They are creamy, but not too rich.

Vegan Coconut Paletas

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 (3 oz) popsicles
Author: Dora Stone


  • 2 (13.4 oz) cans Coconut milk, light
  • 2/3 cup Sugar, granulated
  • 2/3 cup Shredded coconut, unsweetened


  • Combine the coconut milk and sugar in a medium sauce pot and bring to a simmer.
  • Turn heat off and let cool in fridge. Once completely cool, strain.
  • Add coconut and mix well. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 5 hours


If you are using popsicle molds without an insert, refrigerate popsicles for 30 min. then insert wooden popsicle sticks. Coconut can be toasted or untoasted.