I can’t say I know much about the differences, if any, between ice pops and paletas. I don’t consider myself an expert at either. “Expert” is in the eye of the beholder I suppose. I’ve been making paletas, especially these Lime Berry Paletas, every summer ever since some wonderful company, I can’t now remember the name of, had the great idea to comp me a set of pop, er, paleta molds. Best freebie I ever got! Who knew some inexpensive, formed plastic, retailing for less than $10 would come to define summer for me?
“Pops” must be those icy treats associated with childhood, comprised of somewhat singular flavors such as “orange”, “cherry”, or, um, “purple.” Paletas, on the other hand come in countless flavor combinations, often containing a wide assortment of fruits, nuts and other ingredients. Even booze! And whereas a pop is often cloyingly sweet and unimaginative, a paleta (a name derived from the Spanish word for ‘stick’) embraces a more sophisticated profile of the sweet, spicy and sour flavors that everybody loves.
If you had a choice, wouldn’t you choose paletas over pops? I certainly would, if not for the same reason that I would always choose gelato over ice cream and would prefer a gateau au chocolate to a chocolate cake for dessert.
This is all well and good yet I know full well this particular Lime Berry Paleta I present here is no doubt one of the least imaginative paleta examples out there. And yet it is sublime. I can’t imagine a single summer passing without enjoying a few batches.
Limes are now a year-round supermarket staple. The best, juiciest limes, however, come between May and October, provided there are no Mexican drug lord lime famines. Summer and limes are linked in my mind due to the dominance of the margarita as a summer cocktail. You will note that it is no accident that the recipe mixture used for these pops, er, paletas, can easily be hijacked to craft an amazing margarita.
And yet here we are with only days left until Labor Day and I only yesterday remembered to make them!
It has been a forgetful summer. I just remembered I have a pair of great-fitting white jeans sitting in my closet I have yet to wear. I have yet to make that quart (or four) of pesto I like to store in my freezer for use throughout the year. I still haven’t scored that killer deal on a full box (or two) of Farmer’s Market ripe summer tomatoes to make into red sauce. I forgot to buy tickets to something (anything) at the Hollywood Bowl this year. I even forgot to go to the beach even though I live only minutes from it.
Not making these Lime Berry Paletas until may have been the worst memory fail of all. Thankfully, unlike the white jeans, I can enjoy them all year round.
I was recently had a lot of fun being interviewed by Foody Direct. The interview was part of their Expert Interview program. I was amused because I don’t really consider myself much of an expert on anything but who was I to tell them they were wrong? Besides, I got to tell them a bit about French Friday’s with Dorie and about my appreciation for good olive oil. Who would pass that up?
Click here to read the interview and let me know what you think.