Keep cool on a hot summer day with these delicious Mexican Spiced Rice Paletas, made with jasmine rice for a perfectly creamy texture.
Homemade Mexican paletas are exactly what you need for a hot summer day — or any time of year for that matter! Inspired by horchata, they turn the refreshing drink into a cool treat. To make this dessert, we suggest you use our Minute® Instant Jasmine Rice.
Prepare rice with milk (instead of water) according to package directions.
Stir in condensed milk and cream. Return to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Reduce heat to medium-low, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Allow to cool completely, about 10 minutes.
Divide mixture among 10 ice pop molds. Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until completely frozen.
What is a paleta exactly? Paletas are a type of Mexican popsicle and can be made from a wide variety of fresh flavors. Some paletas are made from fruit and other flavors common in Mexican cooking, such as cinnamon and even chili. These refreshing frozen treats are normally sold by street vendors but they are easy to make at home and you won’t even need an ice cream maker!
Our version of paletas recreates the delicious and refreshing taste of your favorite horchata. For a fun variation, add seasonal, chopped fruit to the mix before dividing up into the molds. For a more adult version, you can even spike these paletas with a splash of Amaretto, coffee liqueur or rum.
Serve these paletas for a treat after any meal, from a quick yet elevated Mushroom Risotto dinner to a simple Microwave Egg Fried Rice. They even make for a wonderful treat to bring to a Taco Tuesday get-together.
If you are looking for a vegetarian dinner option, try our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan.
Don’t own a popsicle mold but dying to try these? No problem! You can use a rectangular-shaped bread or cake tin, instead. First, line it with plastic wrap for easy removal. Then, pour the mixture into the tin and place it in the freezer, without the sticks. After about 30 min, when the mix has thickened but not solidified, place the sticks in so that they stand upright. Allow the mixture to freeze for the remaining time, though it may take longer to freeze as it is in a larger container. Use a knife to cut the pops from side to side, remove and enjoy!