What are paletas?
Paletas are a Mexican-style ice pop. They’re made mainly of fresh fruits or creamy ingredients mixed with water, milk, condensed milk, or other liquid-based ingredients, to create a mouthwatering experience.
Paletas Morelia uses fruits, a bit of water (or other ingredients such as yogurt) to make a blend. They pour this blend into molds and chill it to perfection. Some of their paletas are frozen half-way and then filled inside with ingredients such as condensed milk and dulce de leche.
The story behind the handcrafted gourmet pops
The search for the perfect Mexican paleta would make the five founding friends behind Paletas Morelia experts in making the refreshing frozen treat themselves.
They set out on a journey through South America to perfect their paleta game. They studied paletas, gelato, sorbet, and ice-cream making in Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Argentina, and other countries. While indulging in hundreds of the Mexican-style pops, the friends noted the do’s and the don’ts of paletas.
Then, back home in Brazil, they went to work, setting up a makeshift home lab mixing, freezing, tasting and repeating until the toughest of judges–their kids–gave them a thumbs up.
They even made sure to study the freezing process, and how that impacts the experience.
In October 2016, Paletas Morelia opened their first Florida store in Coral Gables. Morelia’s popularity soared. This allowed the young business to expand to seven more stores in South Florida.
They’ll offer their handcrafted gourmet pops at The Doral Yard when we open later in 2020.
Paletas Morelia is also keeping kids and families smiling abroad with six locations in the Dominican Republic and one in Mexico.
The name + logo
Morelia is the capital city of the state of Michoacán in Mexico. This is where it’s believed that the paleta was invented. The original idea was to add fresh fruits to ice to help keep people cool during the high-temperature weather.
Paletas Morelia found a home in Miami where year-round sunny skies, a welcoming start-up ecosystem, and a culturally diverse community screamed for ice cream.
La Catrina – The logo represents equality, union, and culture. “Our logo resembles a Mexican Catrina, which is a symbol of the ‘Day of the Dead’ in Mexico, but it is a tradition full of life.”
The best part about the menu at Paleta Morelia is you make it your own. Create a go-to personal paleta you order every time or let your imagination loose and customize a whole new paleta each time you visit Paletas Morelia. They even have take-home kits to make any quarantine day sweeter, while you dip and top paletas any way you want.
Our fave gourmet pops at The Doral Yard
Try the signature S’ mores Topping on the paleta of your choice. It’s liquid marshmallow fluff, torched and topped with graham crackers.
Not into toppings? Try their cookies and cream or Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cup–find the treat deliciously embedded in the middle of the pop.
However, why not try a little of everything? If you can’t decide what to get, try their “Do it Yourself Kit.” – It comes with four or eight paletas, four or eight dipping sauces, and four or eight toppings.
What surprised the founders the most
One of the founding friends, Alex Kassab, spoke to us on behalf of the entire Paletas Morelia team:
What is one thing that has surprised you the most about your culinary venture?
The food and beverage business can be a grind. What keeps you going?
How To Order + Locations
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