Mexico is a hot country and sometimes Mexicans just want to cool off. They have many cool snacks to choose from, including ice cream sandwiches and popsicles. Many Mexican dessert recipes include tropical fruits, chocolate, or cinnamon. There are men selling these cool treats up and down the Mexican streets, a bit like ice cream trucks in the summer in the United States.
Paletas - The Refreshing Mexican Popsicle
Popsicles are popular in Mexico. Paletas, which mean "little shovels" in Spanish, can be found in Mexican grocery stores. They come in regular shapes, but their flavors are what differs them from American popsicles. Some paletas include milk and tropical fruits, while others are full of more ice and more flavors that are tart. Some flavors that are not very common in America are chili, and cucumber.
If you like spicy food, you would probably love the chili one. You can make paletas yourself. They are healthy and low in fat. If you prefer to buy them, you can get them from street vendors in Hispanic neighborhoods. There is a California based company called Palapa Azul, which makes paletas for everyone to enjoy. You might even come across them at Wal-Mart!
Mexican Fried Ice Cream More Solid than Most Ice Creams
Mexican fried ice cream is another mouth-watering treat. It is somewhat Americanized. You can find fried ice cream at Mexican restaurants in the United States and also at festivals. The ice cream used is more frozen than majority of ice creams. The ball of ice cream is rolled with different items such as cookie crumbs and then cooked in the deep fryer at a very low temperature. This allows the ice cream not to melt. Once it is fried, toppings can be added. Cinnamon is a common topping. Fried ice cream has become so common that it is also served in Chinese and Japanese restaurants. They add different flavors to the ice cream. You might find it green tea flavored.
Mexican Ice Cream with Cajeta Sweetened Caramelized Milk
If you are eating regular vanilla ice cream, cajeta makes a tasty topping. Cajeta is made from sweetened caramelized milk. The liquid is slowly cooked and turns into a thick syrup. There are other ways to make cajeta apart from using sweetened milk.
Cajeta can also be made with juice, cow's milk, or goat's milk. It has different names in different Mexican communities. Some of these names include leche quemada, crema de cajeta and dulce de leche. The Hershey Company even makes cajeta. It is a great addition to ice cream on a hot Mexican afternoon.
The above refreshing treats are easy to make yourself. You can find out more about the variety of flavors and have a go at making some. If you have children, they usually love to help with these sweet Mexican recipes, whether you are making Mexican fried ice cream, cajeta, or paletas. They also love to eat the final results! These cold Mexican snacks are ideal on a hot day but are great at any time of the year.
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