Gentle Readers, unless you reside in a cave or Antarctica, you are probably aware that it is too darn hot outside. As we say in the South, it’s not fitting (for man or beast, if you use the full expression). And it has nothing to do with the humidity at this point. But I digress. Thankfully, there’s a simple solution: Locopops. If you are local to the Triangle area (Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh), you must try these.
For everyone else, do a search on “paletas” and see what you can find at your local tienda. Locopops (and paletas in general) feature flavors way beyond red, purple, and orange. And I have a personal love for them, admittedly. When preggles with my youngest, I could only eat the strawberries and cream varietal for weeks. I purchased in bulk.
They come in two main varieties, cream-based or water-based. And they are full of delicious. Even my less than favorite flavors have been interesting, so dive in head-first. Here’s a list of the flavors we’ve tried this week: Mexican Chocolate, Coconut Orange, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bacon, White Chocolate Lemon Peppermint.
I’ll be honest, add traditional, commercial popsicles to the list of childhood favorites The Practical Cook doesn’t care for. Yes, I said it. I don’t like squeezing faux-flavored brightly colored frozen slush up a plastic sleeve, and I’ve never liked the flavors red or purple. Orange I can tolerate, but just barely. If you must paint me with the snob brush, do so, but I’ve always been this way. The Practical Cook’s Mom made popsicles from scratch, so blame her. (I like to make sure she’s still reading. I’ll let you know what she says.)
How do you feel about popsicles, paletas, and Locopops? Post a comment here. I have a feeling I’ll need some back-up on this one.
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Tomorrow, More Snack Reviews.