Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pina-Colada Paletas

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.

PiƱa Colada Paletas
Serves 6

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.


  1. Oh yum - this sounds perfect for a hot summers day... now I just have to wait 6 months for summer to come around :)

  2. I tried making this and even have the same popsicle stick but I'm having problems with the creamier part of the popsicle coming out but the tip (the juice part) not. Has this happened to you? Any tips?

  3. Thanks for the quick response. We'll see if the same thing happens with the strawberry paletas (which I can't wait to try when we're finished with the pina colada)!

    BTW, I really like your blog a lot. Keep up the great work!


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