Paletas are Mexican ice pops, and they range in flavor from tongue-burning chile-mango to cool and creamy arroz con leche.
mikeinla10 is in love with the fruit paletas from Mateo's Ice Cream & Fruit Bars on Sepulveda, especially the strawberry and pineapple flavors. "It's a complete mystery to me that both aguas frescas and paletas have not become more popular in the US," he says. "In my mind, they should both be as popular as ice cream, doughnuts, froyo, iced tea, soda, etc. Who doesn't want fresh fruit, some sugar, and some water?" BrewNChow likes the leche quemado (burnt milk) paleta with pitaya (dragon fruit) at Mateo's. It's "bomb," says BrewNChow, "and eating it shirtless in the sun was a nice way to kiss winter goodbye."
BerkeleyGirl likes the creative and seasonal paletas at Neveria la Flor de Mexico in Stanton. The pico de gallo paleta tastes like "a frozen bright, spicy and salty fruit gazpacho" and is by far the best thing she's eaten all year. Cucumber con chile and tamarind con chile are mind-blowing, she says. mikester likes them all, but especially the sweet corn flavor.
Mateo's Ice Cream & Fruit Bars [Westside - Inland]
4929 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City
Neveria la Flor de Mexico [Orange County]
7151 Katella Avenue, Stanton
Los Alpes Ice Cream Parlor [South LA]
6410 Rugby Avenue, Huntington Park
Sweet Rose Creamery [Westside - Inland]
225 26th Street #51, Santa Monica
Image source: Frozen pops image from Shutterstock