Unlike their traditional popsicle counterparts, paletas—which originated in Mexico but have inspired a worldwide revolution—are made from whole ingredients like fruit, herbs, and spices. As a result, these sweet treats (whose name roughly translates to “little stick”) don’t require a break from healthy-eating aspirations. Ready to savor? Check out these local spots for re-interpreted pops:
Cielito Artisan Pops, Boca Raton
Sindy Posso, who grew up in a family of bakers, combined her artistic eye and love of cooking to create more than 46 creative paleta flavors, offered weekly at Cielito. All of her pops are made from seasonal fruit cut and peeled in-house every day. Single popsicles or boxes of 6 or 12 pops can be ordered in store or online for curbside pickup or local delivery.
Flavor Faves: The tart and intense hibiscus flower with dragon fruit or the spicy pineapple jalapeño.
Morelia Gourmet Paletas, Boca Raton
Two longtime friends fell in love with paletas and began experimenting with recipes; after training in Argentina, Peru, and Brazil, and once their toughest taste-testers—their children—approved, the first Morelia location opened in Coral Gables in 2016. There are now 17 locations spread across South Florida, the Dominican Republic, and Monterrey, Mexico.
Flavor Faves: The mocktail-reminiscent pineapple mint or the summer-apropos strawberry.
Rosa Ice Cream, Jupiter
The owners of Rosa Ice Cream have collaborated with a laundry list of prestigious chefs around the world in their 35 years working with frozen treats. Their 100% natural fruit popsicles are handmade and free of preservatives, artificial colors, and added sugar.
Flavor Faves: The swoon-worthy passion fruit or the spirited mango chile.