Cool it!


TREATS These aren't Popsicles. Popsicles you outgrow. These are paletas. (pah-leh-tas). They hail from Michoacán, Mexico, though you can now find them in Mexican neighborhoods across the U.S. Look for storefronts or sidewalk carts marked Paletería La Michoacana , then take your tongue on a tropical vacation. Paletas are rustic and sophisticated: sweetened milk, cream or juice studded with nuts or fruits (such as kiwi, pineapple, mamey, guanabana, tamarind, banana). Feeling brave?Try mango con chile: frozen heat. Brain freeze?Bring it on!
—Lawrence Downes

Ten mom-and-pop popsicle shops, from coast to coast. Don't miss the rice pudding on a stick!

Paletería La Michoacana (407 S. Broadway, Yonkers, N.Y.; 914/709-0439)
Las Paletas, Gourmet Popsicles (2907 12th Ave. S., Nashville, Tenn.; 615/386-2101)
Paletería Chihuahua (1103 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kans.; 913/371-0865)
El Paraíso Original (1934 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, Tex.; 210/737-8101)
La Paletera (5021 Kostoryz St., Corpus Christi, Tex.; 361/857-2042)
Tortas Paquime (4344 W. Indian School Rd., Suite 1, Phoenix, Ariz.; 623/848-8616)
La Palma (2884 24th St., San Francisco, Calif.; 415/647-1500)
Paletería El Paraíso (207 W. Hueneme Rd., Oxnard, Calif.; 805/488-8207)