Say Goodbye to Summer with Pineapple-Chile Paletas

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Andrea Lynn, senior editor of Chile Pepper magazine, shares thoughts and observations from the fiery food world.


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There's no sign at the popsicle haven Las Paletas in Nashville, Tennessee, which makes finding it tricky, but it's worth the sugary reward. The popsicles here are known for their powerful burst of unusual flavors like eggnog and hibiscus but what captured my heart was the sweet and spicy ice pops like pineapple-chile and cucumber-chile.

Mexican-based paletas are made with seasonal, fresh fruit juice with chunks of real fruit sometimes included. The fruity treats are water-based but there are also cream-based paletas in unusual flavors like wasabi, chile-chocolate and caramel.


The sign at Las Paletas in Nashville, Tennessee, showing a selection of available flavors.

These refreshing treats are the perfect way to say goodbye to summer. Paletas with chiles, like this recipe with pineapple and jalapeno, are fruity and sweet with just a hit of lingering heat from the jalapeno.

The cooling refreshment meets the sizzle of chiles. I can't imagine a better way to spend the last lazy days of summer than indulging in these spicy ice pops. Any remaining pineapple mixture that won't fit in a popsicle mold can be poured into a ice tray, with the cubes later added to lemonade or ice tea.