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Sweltering summer heat can only mean one thing, paletas!!! These cucumber-chile paletas are the perfect cucumber popsicle, not to spicy, sweet, and just the right amount of tart. (You can put lime and chile on almost anything and I’d totally eat it.) We are so happy to be participating once again in Lola’s Cocina Paleta Week. This year there are 10 vegan paletas! So be sure to head over there and check it out and share with #paletaweek.
Paletas are definitely a family favorite treat. Some of our favorites are strawberry, coconut, pecan, mango and tamarind, but there are so many other flavors out there like oreo, chocolate, watermelon, and of course cucumber. The kids love to help make them and they get super excited when they see the paleta mold come out.
Mexico has a history of unconventional ice cream flavors, some of them are even trendy now, but Mexico has been doing it for years. Some of the most popular ones are corn, avocado, arroz con leche, rose petal, and tequila and lime.
The beginning of the paleta industry can be traced to Tocumbo, Michoacan in the 1930’s. Where a family business, la Michoacana, flourished and spread to the rest of the country. You can find a Michoacana in almost any town in Mexico, and without a doubt you will be able to find vegan options there.
To find your vegan options, simply ask for paletas or helado de agua, which means from water. Paletas and helado de agua are made with a water base, and are just as delicious as there milky counterparts. One of the greatest things about Mexican paletas and ice cream is that they are made with local and fresh fruit. What are your favorite paleta flavors??
The Recipe: Cucumber-Chile Paletas (Cucumber Popsicles)
- You don’t have to use a fancy cucumber to make this (a.k.a english cucumbers), a regular one will do.
- Make sure to peel and remove the seeds.
- Our favorite chile powder for this is Tajín, which is now available at most grocery stores.
- Make sure that your pineapple is ripe for extra sweetness.
- You can use any sweetener you prefer.
Cucumber-Chile Paletas (Cucumber Popsicles)
- 2 ¾ cup Cubed cucumber peeled, deseeded
- 1 cup Cubed pineapple, fresh
- 2 tbsp. Sugar or your favorite sweetener
- 2 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
- 2 tbsp. Tajín chile powder
- Place all the ingredients in the blender, and process until smooth.
- Pour into your molds, snap on the lids, and freeze for at least 5 hours.
- After unmolding the popsicles, sprinkle them with some more chile powder and enjoy!!