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Eating Ice Cream South of the Border

Paletas de Michoacán, water or cream based coconut, lemon, guava, strawberry, mango, Kiwi, and pineapple popsicles. And as pictured  above, chocolate dipped frozen banana and other frozen fruit treats. Recipes below  
In the 1990s I spent several summers as a graduate student living in Guadalajara, Mexico studying Spanish. Eating paletas de Michoacán (popsicles from Michoacán) represented one of my favorite Guadalajara memories.  Paletas are indigenous to the region of Michoacán, Mexico. These are water or cream based popsicles made with pieces of fresh tropical fruit like coconut, lemon, guava, strawberry, mango, Kiwi, and pineapple.  Coconut still remains my favorite; it’s like eating chunks of coconut in coconut creamed milk frozen solid. The hot Guadalajara sun quickly softens the coconut treat enough so one can eat it.  Just thinking about it makes one's mouth water.  About five years ago, Mexican street venders like the one pictured above pushing small white freezer carts advertising paletas de Michoacán started appearing on the streets of Harlem and the South Bronx in New York City. Their presence is a good indicator that the population of Mexican migrants had increased significantly in New York City and the variety of ice cream in the big apple has improved.  

Ice Cream and Political Stability

Arundel Ice Cream in Baltimore, Maryland 1920-1950