Mexican Spiced Rice Paletas

Keep cool on a hot summer day with these delicious Mexican Spiced Rice Paletas made with jasmine rice for a perfectly thick and creamy texture.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 10
Ready in TOTAL TIME 15 mins (+ 4 hours freezing time and 10 mins cooling time)


  • 1 cup Minute® Jasmine Rice
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


  • Homemade Mexican horchata-inspired paletas are exactly what you need for a hot summer day; or any time of year for that matter! They turn your favorite refreshing drink into a cool treat. To make this dessert we suggest you use our Minute® Instant Jasmine Rice.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice with milk (instead of water) according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Stir in cream and condensed milk, return to boil, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Reduce heat to medium-low, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Let cool completely.

    Step 3

  • Divide among 10 ice pop molds. Freeze for 4 to 6 hours, or until completely frozen.

Paleta Frozen Treats

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, spike these paletas with a splash of Amaretto, coffee liqueur or rum.

Life Hack

Don’t have a popsicle mold but you’re 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. The mix 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!