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Growing up in Los Angeles, our summers were pretty much on par with the rest of the country. We played with the sprinklers and hoses, spent all day outside playing with kids in the neighborhood or in car rides to the beach. The one most vivid difference, for me anyway, was that distinctive bell approaching down the street and a man yelling “Paletas! Raspadias! Dulces!” and each kid ran to attack the man with the white push cart selling delicious, sweet, icy treats. I can recall the refreshing sweetness and the stickyness as the paleta melted down my fingers. My mom and grandmother didn’t mind these sweet breaks, because most of these treats were made with the freshest fruit available and sometimes, they would surprise us by making them for us.
The neighborhood I live in now, doesn’t have the guy with the push cart but I wanted my daughter to experience the same thing I did, so I decided to make a series myself. This was my first experiment and my family went nuts over it. Hope you like it!
Paletas de Sandia con Pepino (Watermelon Cucumber Mexican Popsicles)
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups watermelon (or.. how I measured it- I filled my blender and blended it down to fit the cucumber)
1 cucumber, chopped, skin on
1/2 lime, juiced
2 dashes of salt
- Combine sugar and water in a pot. Cook on Low- Medium, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside.
- In a blender, combine watermelon, cucumber lime and salt, blend on low for about 30 seconds. Add sugar mixture.
- Blend on high for about 2 minutes.
- Strain into a pitcher
- Pour into paleta molds (popsicle molds). Insert popsicle sticks (tip: wet ends in warm water for about 30 seconds and insert. These help weigh the sticks down to stay put!) This made 10 for me.
- Freeze 4-5 hours.
- Take out and enjoy.