Paletas are one of my favorite summer treats. A good paletaria can make a killing on a hot summer night, and when you think about it, paletas are just fruit whirled with water or milk and a little sugar.
These paletas are just as good but very different from the last batch of paletas I made. First of all, these were made with milk and not ice, so they're creamy. They've also got a little more depth of flavor because there's a little more going on here. However, these were equally delicious and just as refreshing for a warm day.
Piña Colada Paletas
1 c. milk
1/2 c. 1-inch chunks pineapple
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. coconut extract
2 T. rum (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste batter for balance, add more coconut extract if desired.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze upright at least 3 hours, or overnight if possible. To serve, hold popsicle mold under warm running water for about 30 seconds, turning frequently. Paleta should release from popsicle mold. Enjoy!
- The rum is totally optional and doesn't affect the final outcome here at all. However, it's a nice little surprise and makes you feel better at the end of a long day.
- You could add extra coconut shavings to this if you wanted. I'd add about a teaspoon and work my way up from there.
- For the milk-phobic or intolerant, just mix together all the ingredients without the milk and pour the filling into the molds. It won't yield 6 popsicles, but it's the same product. It won't be as creamy, but it's a good alternative.
- There might be a few pineapple chunks leftover, and that's okay. Basically it all depends on your preference; many people like pieces of fresh fruit in their paletas, others do not.