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Strawberry Crema Paletas (Mexican Ice Pops)

You have fresh strawberries, cream, and some cheap Ikea ice pop molds that you just found in the closet. And even though it’s October, it still feels like summer outside.

What do you do?

Perfect for summer! Strawberry Crema Paletas! | International Desserts Blog

Make strawberry paletas!

Perfect for summer! Strawberry Crema Paletas! | International Desserts Blog

Mexican paletas are fresh fruit ice pops made with fruit, sugar, and either water or cream. Super easy. Super delicious. Just add sugar to sliced strawberries, puree in a blender, add cream, pour into ice pop molds, and freeze.

Perfect for summer! Strawberry Crema Paletas! | International Desserts Blog

These strawberry paletas are a tasty farewell to summer. (Or a hello, if you’re in the southern hemisphere.)

Now that I know I’ll make more of them next summer, I’m looking at new ice pop molds…trying to decide between these (silicon), these (wooden sticks), these (simple) or maybe these stainless steel beauties. (I may have to pick up this paletas recipe book, too!)

Any ice pop mold recommendations?

Tips:

  • Paletas often have chunks of fruit in them. If you want your chunky, use a potato masher or pulse strawberries in a blender. If you want smooth paletas, push fruit and sugar mixture through a mesh strainer before mixing in the cream.
  • I had strawberries on hand, hence the strawberry paletas, but you can use whatever kind of fruit you have in your kitchen. Make things interesting by adding herbs (basil is an awesome addition to strawberry paletas) or spice (how about mango + chili powder).
  • The recipes I found online suggested using heavy cream. You could, however, use half-and-half or milk.
  • I had white sugar on hand, so that’s what I used, but you could any kind of sugar (next time I’m going to try raw sugar). Just make sure the sugar is completely dissolved before pouring the mixture into the ice pop molds.
  • Don’t have popsicle molds? Make mini-popsicles with shot glasses or an ice cube tray.
  • If your strawberries are sweet, you can reduce the added sugar.

Perfect for summer! Strawberry Crema Paletas! | International Desserts Blog

Strawberry Crema Paletas (Mexican Ice Pops)

Strawberry Crema Paletas (Mexican Ice Pops)

Yield: 6 paletas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Creamy ice pops made with fresh strawberries and a splash of lemon.

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 cup hulled strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • fresh lemon juice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Hull and slice strawberries. Place in deep bowl. Add sugar.
  2. Using a potato masher or electric blender, mash strawberries. If desired, squeeze a bit of fresh lemon into the strawberry mixture. If you want your paletas smooth, push strawberry puree through a sieve.
  3. Add cream an stir. Make sure sugar has fully dissolved.
  4. Pour strawberry cream mixture into popsicle molds. Place in freezer for at least 3 hours.

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