Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes


    popsicles, 3 ounces each

Appears in

Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor

Muy Bueno

By Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

Published 2013

  • About

We love paletas (popsicles) probably as much as our kids do. These simple recipes demystify the popsicle-making process. If you make some of our aguas (Mexican coolers) then you can easily make popsicles. And if you plan ahead during hot summer months, you can always have some paletas ready for that scorching day when all you want is something cold and refreshing. I also love an ice cold paleta after a spicy dinner. Adding chunks of fruit to any of the following paleta recipes makes it that much better. Below are some of my favorite recipes for limón (lime), coco (coconut), sandia (watermelon), jamaica (hibiscus), and horchata (rice and cinnamon drink) paletas.


Lemon-Lime Popsicles/Paletas de Limón

  • Juice of 6 lemons
  • Juice of 6 limes
  • cups simple syrup
  • Peel of 3 lemons, grated
  • Peel of 3 limes, grated

Watermelon Popsicles/Paletas de Sandia

Coconut Popsicles/Paletas de Coco

  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • cups simple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons coconut extract

Hibiscus Popsicles/Paletas de Jamaica


In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for your chosen flavor. Fill six popsicle molds (see note). Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.