Paletas Morelia specializes in handcrafted gourmet pops at The Doral Yard. They make their pops with 100% natural ingredients.  Incredibly, they offer over 1 million different combinations on their completely customizable menu. 

Handcrafted gourmet pops at Morelia Gourmet Paletas

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A selection of gourmet pops at The Doral Yard, which will be handcrafted daily by Morelia Gourmet Paletas
Paletas Morelia specializes in handcrafted gourmet pops at The Doral Yard. They make their pops with 100% natural ingredients.  Incredibly, they offer over 1 million different combinations on their completely customizable menu. 

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 menu 

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

A paleta with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup is broken in half to show how the peanut butter cup is deliciously embedded
Sink your teeth into a paleta with a Reese’s peanut butter cup deliciously embedded in it. (Morelia Gourmet Paletas )

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.

A cooking torch toasts a s'mores paleta will be one of the gourmet pops at The Doral Yard, created by Morelia Gourmet Paletas
A cooking torch toasts a s’mores paleta at Morelia Gourmet Paletas (Morelia Gourmet Paletas)

 

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?

We’ve learned a lot these past four years. Initially, we thought that the majority of customers were going to walk in, buy our paletas and leave. However,  we were surprised that a lot of guests like to stay and share 20-30 minutes of quality time with their family, friends or colleagues. It’s an extension of their lunch, dinner, or spare time when they enjoy a delicious treat and have great conversation with someone they care about.
Also, it’s amazing to witness the experience of a new customer from out of state or even abroad, from the initial curiosity of what Paletas Morelia is about to tasting our paletas, and then saying “You need to bring this immediately to where I live.” We’re working to expand the concept to other states in the U.S!

The food and beverage business can be a grind. What keeps you going? 

One of the most rewarding and pleasant experiences we have on a daily basis is when we see people enjoying our ice cream experience and the smiles we get when they take that first bite. We work hard every day to improve our experience and make it better. The nice thing about our ice cream concept is that you can enjoy the exact same combination of flavors over and over again.  Or you can come up with over a million different combinations.
We love capturing the guest experience and posting it on social media. It’s very rewarding to see someone walk into any of our stores and ask for the same paleta they saw on Instagram or Facebook. One example is our signature s’mores topping made with marshmallow fluff that we torch and top with graham crackers. People love seeing us torch the paleta with fire and savor the delicious smell that lingers in the store. Plus, it’s great content for “the ‘gram.”

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