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Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas

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From the pure, radiant flavors of classic Blackberry and Spicy Pineapple to unexpectedly enchanting combinations such as Sour Cream, Cherry and Tequila, or Strawberry-Horchata, Paletas is an engaging and delicious guide to Mexico’s traditional—and some not-so-traditional—frozen treats.   Collected and developed by celebrated pastry chef Fany Gerson, this sweet little cookb ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Ten Speed Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great little cookbook on Mexican ice pops (paletas), shaved ice (raspados) and aquas frescas (cool drinks). There are some pictures, but not for all. The majority of the recipes are for paletas. The author is a pastry chefs who has begun to sell these and some other Mexican treats at her own food place in New York (La Newyorkina).

Some recipes are quite tradiitonal, some are new. Many different types of flavors, some quite surprising. Fruits, berries, vegetables, flowers, spices, alcoh
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational-nf
I have now an alarming number of friends who run. ON PURPOSE, with no one threatening chasing them, like as a hobby or something. I wish I was that girl, if for no other reason than my ass would probably look better in jeans. But instead I'm the girl with the new hobby of making these popsicles! This book is so pretty and the results, especially with fresh fruit, oh my god, so good. My ass remains untoned, but oh well. ...more
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever found a recipe so delicious that you licked the spatula, and once finished were even tempted to lick the blade of your food processor? That's my experience with Fany Gerson's Paletas.

I swooned when I first saw the cover. Sweet, icy, Mexican desserts? I'm sold! Aesthetically, the book is beautiful, but it's the quality of the book's recipes that really makes it stand out!

I first made Paletas de Aguacate (avocado ice pops) and found the blended result so delectable that I spent abou
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Summer and food
Recommended to David by: Amazon
I've preped three different pops using platic popsicle molds from whole-foods and was pleased with the outcome and originality. Though a bit more high-maintenence, the Spicy Pineapple Paletas were a crowd-pleaser. The Avocado pop was a hit on the beach though I don't think I used enough simple syrup in the recipe - and these melted a little more easily than the others. Last night I prepared the Caramel Paletas and while I've not reached in the freezer yet to try them the mix tasted wonderful and ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
These look delicious.
And easy.
And the book is pretty.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it

Chia Limeade on regular rotation in my house!
Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I only made the quick coconut ones, but they were easy and super yummy. I'm going to make them again without the toasted coconut to make them even easier! ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
Fany Gerson, I am a big fan of yours! The colors, the photos, the recipes. This book is like a mini-vacation or spa!

I have both this and its successor, Mexican Ice Cream. If you can only get one, I recommend this one as I think it has a wider variety of popular recipes. Pineapple popsicles with serrano chiles and lime juice? Strawberry-horchata shave ice? favorite is the hibiscus cooler recipe, which is a summer drink. Hibiscus is SO good for you, helping to lower blood pressure, cool
really disappointing will expound later
rice paleta y the chocolate paleta are garbage recipes
lime paleta n horchata de arroz recipes are mediocre
i liked the flavor of the rompope (tho she tells us to steep the canela for such a short time it hardly comes thru but the custard flavor was still pleasant) but it still didn't achieve the texture i'm used to in paletas
i'm going to try the banana n avocado before i quit her paletas for good
Breon Randon
More than I bargained for.

This is one of the better recipe books I’ve read, as the author gave us plenty of fresh deserts, paired with lots of local history. I look forward to trying many of these. Will probably buy this and make my way through it next summer.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok book. Some recipes are obvious.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hosts a really nice collection of unique ice pop recipes and drinks. Relatively culturally accurate and unique.
Alexander Moriarty
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of mouthwatering sounding flavor combinations I can’t wait to try! Break out the ice pop mold—even in an Alaskan winter.
Erin Stuhlsatz
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I'm not super excited about frozen desserts, so there were only a couple recipes that I'm really excited about: horchata drinks and avocado popsicles! ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
some good recipes
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
These recipes are SO good. Yum.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook, reference, bio
Forget about those insipid flavoured sugar water freezies and popsicles you used to eat.

Paletas and shaved ice are full of fruity goodness on the whole. And aguas frescas? If you've never even had a basic cucumber, lime juice, sugar, water and ice agua fresca you are not quenching your thirst properly in the hot summer heat. And so many more to try.

This book is a delightful collection of cooling recipes.
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In my family's opinion, nothing could be better in the summer than a popsicle or paleta. Gerson offers recipes for 24 different paletas, 11 for raspados or shaved ices, and 12 for aguas frescas or cool drinks. We have tried strawberry, blackberry, grapefruit, and yogurt with berries. We loved them all. Today we're debating whether to make coconut or watermelon, and I hope to try them all eventually. I'm so glad summer is nearly here again.

Update: now in midsummer, we have made the watermelon and
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
There will have to be a fuller review to this later on. There is just too many yummy recipes in this book that I must try.

The author includes a little bit of history about Mexican paletas, raspados, aguas frescas, etc., plus some tips for each recipe.

The photography is delicious-looking. Almost wants to make you reach for the paletas pictured.

The one drawback for me was the hardcover-children's-book look of this book. Recipe books should always be on glossy pages that can be wiped down. The boo
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
OMG! This book was a completely frivolous buy. I don’t know what I was thinking? You see, I bought this ridiculously expensive stainless steel popsicle maker, and I wanted some recipes I could make with it. I definitely got that with this book.

This book has crazy recipes like spicy pineapple and avocado. I think several of them are pretty healthy for you too. For instance, I’ve already made the blackberry yogurt pops with were yummy, yummy. Most of these recipes are easy to make too.
I am very
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: craft-cook-books
The author put together this book the same year she opened a paleta business in NYC. I thoroughly enjoyed the 17 page introduction -- telling about her memories of these treats while growing up in Mexico and their history and locale. Having visited Mexico once (driving down to Mexico City and city surrounding), I can draw vivid mental images through her descriptions.

Alas, I will probably never make a paleta. However, I was cheered to find that a very few recipes can be located through google.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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My opinion: OMG...I loved this cookbook! This cookbook screamed fun and tasty treats perfect for Summer. I was concerned a bit at first because the recipes were pretty boring and I have seen them in numerous places, but then they took off and had some really unique concoctions that appeared simple to prepare, even for the most novice chef. This would be the perfect topper to any Mexican meal or for a lovely sweet treat. I loved the ones that had drink fl
Just - The romance reader
I feel a bit torn only giving this book a 3. It's not that I disliked it or have any complaints. The recipes are interesting, don't seem too challenging and the photos are gorgeous. I simply didn't find much of anything I really craved. I like popsicles, but truthfully I rarely eat them, so that's probably my main reason for a lack of temptation, not the recipes themselves. If you're an ice pop or popsicle lover then I definitely recommend this book. ...more
Charlotte Dungan
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got this one for Christmas. Some of them look really healthy and tasty. I'm excited to try them out!

UPDATE: we made the watermelon pops today and they are delish. Next up are the coconut pops! My only complaint is that it's a lot of work and mess to make these for the small yields. Definitely double or even quadruple if you have enough molds (or store the liquid in the fridge), especially if you have to share with little popsicle hooligans.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I made 3 recipes from this and would've made more if I hadn't had to return it to the library. worth it for the avocado pop alone, but I wanted to try the eggnog, mexican chocolate, and spicy pineapple ones, too. If you have a hand blender and molds these are so easy and good.

I'm not into making aguas frescas or granitas so much, but I'm not going to rule it out in future.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I have about six recipes in here that I go to over and over again. The greek yogurt berry paletas are wonderful and I make the watermelon paletas weekly during the summer. Also, the cucumber lime agua fresca is a constant in our house during cucumber season - it's the perfect way to use up bumper crops. ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This is a great little book with simple, easy-to-follow and tasty ice recipes for summer. The only thing wrong with the book is that it doesn't reside on my shelves permanently. Must look into finding a copy.
Interesting taste combinations; lots to try out. There are pictures for each taste combination, which was fun, too.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Mainly just the recipes, with a little background at the beginning. Nice pictures spread throughout. I haven't made any of the recipes yet, but I did have one of the paletas from one of her carts this past weekend in NYC. It was quite good and I'm hoping the homemade ones will live up to them. ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another well-researched and well-done cookbook by Mexican dessert afficionado Fany Gerson about the Mexican frozen treats paletas (popsicles with and without cream), fresh fruit drinks, and shaved ices. My only complaint is that it was so short, and I wished that there were more recipes.
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