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Paletas
Photo credit: Ed Anderson 2011

As a girl in Mexico, Fany Gerson loved cooling off with paletas--refreshing ice pops sold in every local village. As a New York transplant, she decided to bring her favorite frozen treat north, selling her La Newyorkina paletas ($4) every Saturday at the foodie-friendly Hester Street Fair.

And now, with her second cookbook, Paletas ($11), Gerson's bringing her beloved treats to your kitchen.

Paletas are easy to make at home with an ice-pop mold, though a paper cup will do in a pinch. And with fresh ingredients like fruit, yogurt, nuts and even chiles, they're probably unlike anything your freezer has ever seen.

Our favorite recipe is the cool and creamy avocado pop (click here to view the recipe), but we also love the totally decadent Mexican-chocolate flavor and the sweet heat of the spicy pineapple pop with serrano peppers.

While paletas are clearly the stars of the show, Gerson includes other summer-ready Mexican treats like cantaloupe horchata, limeade with chia seeds, and gorgeous shaved ice and granita made with berries, tamarind, coconut or eggnog.

La Newyorkina at the Hester Street Fair, Hester St. at Essex St.; 917-267-9496 or lanewyorkina.com

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