Remember your last day of school in May or June at the end of what was seemingly a long year of homework, tests, term papers, and pop quizzes? The day was both relieving and filled with tons of ideas about what your next 3 months would be all about. Growing up in Florida, summer was all about the beach, summer camp, picnics, boating adventures, snorkeling, and all that included the hot summer sun. We looked forward to the day that you could find those artificial ice pops filled with different colored juice that you pop into the freezer and have as a treat from the sun during the late afternoon hours.
Things are a little different now. There are so many different packaged fruit pop snacks offered in the frozen section of your grocer but when you read the ingredients, it makes you wonder if you should just go to the McD’s drive through for an ice cream instead.
Today, we travel down to Columbia for a homemade frozen treat that will blow those artificial pops away. Paletas de Sandia o Patilla (Watermelon Popsicles) are so easy to make, and with watermelons in full season at the moment, you could make this treat economical for the whole neighborhood.
Recipe adapted from My Colombian Recipes
10 cups fresh watermelon chunks (seeds removed)
1/4 cup of water
1 can sweetened condensed milk
- Place the watermelon and water in the blender (magic bullet) for about a minute.
- Strain out the seeds with some sort of sieve or strainer.
- Pour liquid back into the blender and add the condensed milk, mixing for another minute. Pour mixture into cups.
- Place in freezer for one hour and then add the sticks to the center to continue freezing for another few hours.
- To unmold, place the cups in warm water to separate mold from the cup. Pop out and serve!
Origin: Colombia, Universal
Good For: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Kids, Adults, Monkeys 🙂
Available: Anywhere Watermelon is sold.
Local to South Florida? You can have an ice pop party catered for your next outdoor event by Feverish Pops in Miami, FL. They have a food truck too so you can find them around town if you’re in the right place at the right time.