Paletas Betty Storefront
The store in Chandler is where all of the paleta production happens. There's also a smaller store in Tempe.
Paletas Betty Kitchen
Here's the main work area inside the (spotless) kitchen.
The paletas are made using fresh, whole ingredients. In the case of the Amanacer flavor, that means pineapple, raspberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup. The name of the paleta is the Spanish word for sunset.
The preparation of this refreshing pop starts with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Raspberries are delicately sliced in half.
The lemon juice is poured over the sliced raspberries, which sit in a small bowl until they're needed.
Cutting the Pineapple
Fresh pineapples are cut into 8ths.
Most of the pineapple is put aside to be blended.
Measuring the Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is poured into a measuring cup. Some paleta flavors, like the fresa con crema (strawberries and cream) or nuez (roasted pecan) have a milk or yogurt base instead of simple syrup.
The pineapple that isn't pureed is cut into small cubes so the paleta will have two different textures.
The Fun Part
The pineapple (along with some simple syrup) is blended up using a giant immersion blender.
In go the chunks
The chunks are poured into the pureed pineapple mixture.
The pineapple mixture is ladled into the signature molds, which have a bite mark on the top corner. The molds are horizontal, not vertical like many paleta shops. This allows the shop to make multi layered pops like the naranja (orange vanilla cream), which has a creamy bottom layer and an orange top layer.
Here come the raspberries
Raspberry pieces are delicately placed into the pineapple mixture. The key is to evenly distribute them throughout the pop. This would be really difficult (or even impossible) to do with a vertical mold because they would either sink to the bottom or float to the top.
Ready for the Freezer
The pops are ready to go into the freezer and will be ready in approximately an hour.
Here is the final product: an icy, refreshing pineapple paleta with pops of fresh raspberry.