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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Paletas de Fresas con Crema {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Sweet Life}

It's Wednesday!  It's Wednesday!  Yes, Wednesday is quickly shaping up to be my absolute favorite day of the week.  Each week I eagerly await another popsicle, paleta, or ice pop from one of my ridiculously talented friends - and each week I am rewarded with an icy cold treat to beat the heat that's been weighing me down.  This week, we have mi Texan chica...the Queen of Margaritas sharing her beautiful memory-infused paletas with us!

Who's Holding the Stick: Vianney from Sweet Life
Paletas de Fresas con Crema {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Sweet Life} |
Fresas con Crema is one of the most requested desserts at my house.  Thick, tangy crema drizzled over juicy red strawberries who could resist?  The crema is made with media crema, (half and half) sweetened with powdered sugar or regular sugar.  Some prefer it thin drizzled over the top, some as in I prefer it thick served in a glass, layered with sliced berries.  

When we lived further down South in Edinburg, you could pick up a vaso (glass) of fresas con crema at the local H-E-B before you did your shopping.  At every festival, church event or park you would find vendors selling fresas con crema.  We tried them all.  So we thought.

One day I loaded up the girls and set out to pay the water bill.  The day was a scorcher and I was hopelessly pleading my case that we were already out, why not go ahead and run a few more errands.  They were not having it, it was just too dang hot.  As I drive away from Water Department I spotted a drive-thru convenience store.  You can literally drive your entire vehicle through the metal building and an attendant will walk up, take your order and deliver your goods.  What a treat for this mami!
Paletas de Fresas con Crema {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Sweet Life} |
Of course I pulled in hoping to find a cool treat to keep the girls happy and I could finish my errands.  And what do I find scrawled in bright red letters as “today’s special?”  Fresas con Crema. SOLD!

I ordered two, paid and we were off. My girl’s content, I thrilled to be able to mark off everything off my to-do list.  Then I heard the squeals… mom, you MUST try the fresas con crema.  Mom, pull over.

And I did.  And I tasted it. And I made a u-turn and drove back to ask for the recipe.

The owner said his mom used crema Mexican, not media crema.  Crema Mexicans is thicker, tangier and is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the berries.  I’ve used crema Mexican ever since to make my fresas con crema and thought it would make a great paleta.  If you cannot find crema Mexican substitute with thick greek yogurt.        

Paletas de Fresas con Crema
Paletas de Fresas con Crema {#SummerOfThePopsicle Guest Post: Sweet Life} |
by Vianney Rodriguez from Sweet Life (Guest Post)
Prep Time: 5 minutes (+ time to freeze)
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: snack dessert vegetarian nut-free soy-free strawberries popsicles American Mexican summer

Ingredients (6 paletas)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups crema Mexicana
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 6 Dixie cups
  • 6 Popsicle sticks
In a medium bowl whisk together crema Mexicana, milk and powdered sugar.

To each Dixie cup add one slice of strawberry. Add remaining strawberries to crema mixture, stir slowly to combine (try not to mash the berries or the color will bleed into the crema).

Divide the fresas con crema equally between the 6 cups. Freeze for 4-6 hours or until set.

Greek yogurt for crema Mexican
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Thanks Vianney!  You don't know how badly I wish I could reach into the screen and snag one of your beautiful paletas.  While you're busy dreaming of these cold treats, why not head over and pay Vianney a visit at Sweet Life...maybe catch up with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

**Also - stay tuned for an awesome #SummerOfThePopsicle giveaway coming up very soon that Vianney and I are hosting together!  You will not want to miss it!**

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