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For people with the surname Paleta, see Paleta (surname).
A paletero
Type Ice pop
Main ingredients Ice or milk, fruit or other flavoring
Cookbook: Paleta  Media: Paleta

Paleta is a Spanish-language word derived from pala ("shovel", "spade") and the diminutive suffix -eta.[1] It has many meanings (the authoritative dictionary of the RAE lists eleven), including artists' palette, spatula, trowel, shoulderblade, blade of a windmill, water-wheel, etc., part of a bull's horn, flat bat for playing games susch as table tennis, and, in Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic,[1] an ice pop usually with a flat stick.

Ice pop[edit]

In the countries where ice pops are known as paletas, the stores, carts, and kiosks that specialise in selling them are known as paleterías, and the sellers are called paleteros/-as. Paletas are also sold in other food shops.

Paletas may be cream- or water-based.

Milk-based paletas are creamy in texture and typically include vanilla, chocolate, rum, coconut, pecan/walnut (nuez), mamey, and arroz con leche, which is a type of rice pudding. Water-based versions include strawberry, mango, lime, cucumber, dill pickle, Jamaica, cantaloupe, watermelon, pineapple, guava, and tamarind. They are made from juices and sometimes include bits of frozen fruit. Most flavors are sweetened with sugar, but some, such as pepino con chile y limón (spicy cucumber with lime), are not.[2]