This is an easy and inexpensive summer treat! You can prepare these paletas, or frozen popsicles, at home for the whole family to enjoy.
Paletas of all flavors, and especially these cucumber lime popsicles, are among my favorite frozen treats. As a kid, I was lucky enough to live in places where real-deal Mexican paletas could be found. The most common flavors were lime, mango, watermelon, melon, coconut, tamarind, hibiscus flower (jamaica), pineapple and pecan. These days, the variety of flavors is mind boggling! And exciting!
As kids, we also enjoyed homemade agua de limón (limeade), fresh fruits with cucumber, and jicama sprinkled with chile powder. During our cross country trips from California to Mexico every summer, my Mom always packed a couple gallon bottles of store-bought agua de limón in the cooler. It was inexpensive and ready to go. For today's recipe, I combined two of my favorite flavors from childhood, agua de limón and cucumbers with chile powder.
2 cucumbers peeled, seeded and diced
4cups limeade store bought or homemade
2 limes juiced
1/4cup Chile limon powder plus more to add to popsicle molds
Add half of the cucumbers, 4 cups of limeade, juice of 2 limes and 1/4 cup chile limón powder to a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
Add some chile limón powder to each popsicle mold. Then add some diced cucumber to each one. Depending on how big or small your popsicle molds are, you may not need all the cucumber.
Pour in the cucumber/lime drink 3/4 of the way into the molds. Add a few pieces of cucumber and a little more chile limón powder to the bottoms.
If using plastic molds that include the sticks, insert them now. If using wooden sticks, freeze the paletas for 90 minutes, then insert the sticks. For best results, freeze overnight.
Before serving, let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with chile limón powder.
My best tips for preparing paletas is to make sure you have plenty of room in your freezer. If your freezer is overcrowded, it may delay your paletas from freezing properly. Don't be impatient and give them time to freeze.