- Beth Solka
Sometimes you check out a book that starts a new family hobby. The book Paletas started a wonderful new hobby for our family. The day before my son found this book he was watching a Food network show on Paletas, the delicious Latin-American treats that we call popsicles. The next day my son found this book at the library: Paletas : Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice, and Aguas Frescas by Fany Gerson. It was summertime and we made the key lime popsicles rolled in pie crust crumbs and each popsicle tasted just like a piece of key lime pie. We also made the avocado paletas and even though they sounded dreadful, they were really delicious! Of course we also made the more traditional lemon-lime popsicles.
Recently we came across the Zoku popsicle maker that makes popsicles in 8 minutes. There had been a rush on the popsicle makers and there was only one left on the shelf. We grabbed it and ran for the cash register. I didn’t believe that this thing would really work, but it works fantastically! I also found the Zoku popsicle tool kit so that my son can inject syrups and juices into the popsicles as they are freezing. We have had so much fun with this that I am really grateful to Fany Gerson for introducing these frozen delights to us. I can’t wait until next summer when we can really try all of the other Paletas recipes in this book. Then again, why should I wait until summer?