Never had a paleta? Get ready for a real treat! These Mexican ice pops are made with fresh fruit, nuts, spices, and other ingredients for a colorful and flavorful frozen dessert on a stick. San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez came up with these irresistible Tart Mango Paletas, which are made with fresh mango chunks and a little lime juice and sugar. Our test kitchen loved these popsicles, saying that the creamy sweetness of the mango is balanced perfectly with sweet-tart flavor of the sugar and lime juice. Best of all, these Tart Mango Paletas are as simple as can be to make. All you need is a blender and six (2 1/2-oz.) plastic frozen pop molds. First, puree all of the ingredients in a blender. Then pour the liquid into the molds and freeze. Be sure to freeze the popsicles for at least 3 to 5 hours, or even overnight, to make sure they are frozen completely. Kids and adults will love these refreshing popsicles. Instead of the usual popsicles or ice cream, serve these refreshing Tart Mango Paletas at a Cinco de Mayo party, backyard barbecue, or any warm-weather gathering. When the weather gets warmer and days get longer, you'll be looking for these frozen treats to keep you cool. You and your guests will be very glad you did!

Johnny Hernandez


Credit: Wynn Myers; Prop Styling: Lauren Smith Ford

Recipe Summary test

15 mins
5 hrs 15 mins
Makes 6


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Process 2 1/2 cups fresh mango chunks (from 1 1/2 [1-lb.] mangoes), 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (from 2 limes) in a blender until smooth.

  • Pour mixture evenly into 6 (2 1/2-oz.) plastic frozen pop molds. Top with lids, and insert pop sticks, leaving 2 inches of each stick exposed. Freeze paletas until firm, 3 to 5 hours or overnight.

Test Kitchen Tip

To release paletas from molds, hold each mold under warm running water for about 10 seconds.