Gallery: Behind the Scenes: Making Paletas at Paletas Betty, Chandler AZ

Paletas Betty Storefront
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
Paletas Betty Kitchen

Here's the main work area inside the (spotless) kitchen.

Amanacer ingredients
Amanacer ingredients

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.

Lemon juicing
Lemon juicing

The preparation of this refreshing pop starts with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Slicing Raspberries
Slicing Raspberries

Raspberries are delicately sliced in half.

Slicing Raspberries
Slicing Raspberries

The lemon juice is poured over the sliced raspberries, which sit in a small bowl until they're needed.

Cutting the Pineapple
Cutting the Pineapple

Fresh pineapples are cut into 8ths.

Pineapple Slabs
Pineapple Slabs

Most of the pineapple is put aside to be blended.

Measuring the Simple Syrup
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.

Pineapple Cubes
Pineapple Cubes

The pineapple that isn't pureed is cut into small cubes so the paleta will have two different textures.

The Fun Part
The Fun Part

The pineapple (along with some simple syrup) is blended up using a giant immersion blender.

In go the chunks
In go the chunks

The chunks are poured into the pureed pineapple mixture.

Molds
Molds

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
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
Ready for the Freezer

The pops are ready to go into the freezer and will be ready in approximately an hour.

Finished Paleta
Finished Paleta

Here is the final product: an icy, refreshing pineapple paleta with pops of fresh raspberry.