Paletas & Popsicles – July Giveaway!


July GiveawayThis giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to our winner, JAMIE KNUPP! Stay tuned for our next contest!

Happy July, everyone… and what happened to June?! I can’t believe how fast the summer is flying by. And it may just go down in history as one of the hottest summers on record. How are you keeping cool?

If only there was a Paleta cart in front of the house…

Paletas are the Mexican version of popsicles – made with a variety of fruits, spices, nuts and even flowers. They are so refreshing, easy to make, and they are a healthy alternative to many other frozen treats.

A Paleta sounds pretty good right about now, doesn’t it?

So enter our July contest for a chance to win this wonderful cookbook – Paletas, Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice  & Agua Frescas, by renowned pastry chef Fany Gerson. We’ll also throw in a set of six Tovolo (PBA free) popsicle molds!

Here is how you enter:

Respond to this post and tell us about something you like to eat (or drink) on a hot summer day when it is too hot to cook. 

Will choose a winner randomly from all the answers on July 15th!

Good luck and stay cool! (contest ends 7/14/13).


  1. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    Cold ham and potato salad with iced tea!

  2. Paula Israel says:

    a tomato (warm from the garden) sandwich with aioli

  3. liz l says:

    diet coke pops

  4. Allyson Becker says:

    Give me a lemonade on a hot day, and I am one happy lady!

  5. Tracie says:

    On a hot summer day, I love to eat a yummy fudgesicle!!!!!

  6. Blessie Nelson says:

    I love to sip a nice cool iced lemon tea!

  7. Merry says:

    Experimenting with homemade lemonade is my favorite thing this summer! I recently made a version with mint and watermelon that was very refreshing!

  8. Ida Yu says:

    I absolutely love fruit popsicles – strawberry and citrus are my favorite flavors!

  9. Amy L says:

    I like to eat fresh fruit and greek yogurt on a hot day

  10. Charlotte says:

    I find coconut water to be most refreshing

  11. Alex says:


  12. Jamie Knupp says:

    I’m all about a nice cool salad on a hot summer day, following by ice cold lemonade

  13. Denise says:

    Hibiscus iced tea with gin and lime. Also, ginger ice cream.

  14. Vicki says:

    Watermelon and more watermelon! And then after that, a tall glass of iced tea while lounging in the shade. And then after that ice cream with lots of “stuff” in it like marshmallows, nuts, peanut butter cups, toffee bits, etc. I am after all my father’s daughter.

  15. Danica says:

    I love a local sparking water called Talking Rain – in lemon zest flavor. So good right out of the fridge.

  16. Mami2jcn says:

    I love fruit salad and lemonade!

  17. Carla Pullum says:


  18. have some wonderful palenta recipes waiting for the molds

  19. chacha says:

    YOGURT CHIPS – PUDDING POPS with coconut -Juice Pops – Fudge pops -Yogurt pops Shall I keep goingggggggggggg

  20. Kristen says:

    Riesling + tonic – refreshing and delicious :)!

  21. Patricia Sakel says:

    On a hot day I love frozen coconut fruit bars!

  22. Andi Houston says:

    I had my first mango + chile paleta a few weeks ago from a Mexican grocery store. So good!! I’d love to make them myself for my kids, who love spicy + sweet.

  23. Julie says:

    Water is always a good drink on a hot day but yesterday a vodka and lemonade is what hit the spot! 🙂

  24. Michelle says:

    Phew, I am so glad that “to drink” was included in the offering of how to keep cool. I have a favorite drink that I rarely make and will be tackling this summer in a “cooking illustrated” sort of way and that is Sangria, both red and white. I very much fancy this libation. As a close second, due to ease and crispness is the classic Vodka, soda, lime….as long as it is a new local favorite vodka distillery (Singing Whale).

  25. Sarah says:

    I go for the spicy foods on a hot day– there’s nothing better than grilled flank steak tacos with a spicy slaw, or just a nice horseradish-y Bloody Mary.

  26. Marie says:

    Wow – a popsicle mold! Haven’t used one of those since I was a kid and we made them with kool- aid! 🙂 On the hot summer days (and not hot days) we grill out a lot. but add pineapple and seasonal fruits to the grill menu. Some nights we will just have a quick wrap with some grilled chicken and veggies!

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