Paletas de Coco (Coconut Popsicles)

Paletas de Coco (Coconut Popsicles)

It’s always summer in the Dominican Republic: Time for some refreshing paletas de coco (coconut popsicles)

I know that it is not literally summer year-round, and that — much as we’d like to pretend they don’t — the laws of nature also apply to our  two-thirds of an island. But for all practical purposes it’s always summer in the DR.

Paletas de Coco (Coconut Popsicles)

For some living on the upper half of the planet, this winter proved to be one of the harshest in years, so we had relatives and friends taking a short exile here from snow, darkness and below-freezing temperatures.

We who live in this tropical island were just grateful for the temporary respite from the heat, but for them our winter was just like summer. Sometimes we overlook some of the simple pleasures of island living just because we are not exposed to the hardships of winter in northernmost countries every year.

But it was warm this week here, the temperatures rose to nearly-summer levels, and I decided to make coconut ice pops for our family.

For those who spent their childhood in the Dominican Republic a couple of decades ago this is a reminder of some of the things we lost, it evokes memories of summer fun, simple pleasures and carefree childhood: Like kids being able to roam the neighborhoods safely, being able to play on the streets, or buying coconut ice pops in baby food jars from neighborhood ladies for a few cents.

Paletas de Coco (Coconut Popsicles)

Let’s welcome the era of smart cell phones and stupid, careless drivers, the era of unparalleled communication and caged, apartment kids, the era of convenience and industrial food.

This is not a rant against modern life, trust me, I like the 21st Century very much, it’s just that unfortunately for every thing that we gain we lose one. Except the summer. We’ll always have the summer.

Nobody can take away our year-round summer.

Aunt Clara
Paletas de Coco (Coconut Popsicles)
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Helado/paleta de Coco coconut popsicle that requires no cooking and one that even your children can prepare. Learn how to make this favorites of kids and grownups alike.
Serves: 6 - 8 popsicles
  • 2 cups of evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • ¾ cup of sugar (or to taste)
  1. Mix milk, vanilla and coconut milk. Add sugar to taste.
  2. Pour the mix into popsicle molds, insert sticks and freeze.
  3. When frozen hard remove from the molds and enjoy instant summer!
We get requests all the time for easy recipes that students can prepare and bring to the classroom for various assignments (why didn't we have this when I was a kid?). I think I am going to start suggesting this one from now on.

Vegans and lactose intolerants can use soy milk instead of milk, and diabetics and those watching their diets can use sweetener instead of sugar, all of which I have tried with success. Something for everyone.
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  • Bella June 9, 2015, 9:28 PM

    These are the best! I could eat them every day!

  • Delores October 26, 2014, 10:40 PM

    Where do I get the molds!

  • victoria July 8, 2014, 5:35 PM

    i made this with evaporated milk that was one month over it’s expiration date and gave the popsicles a slight brown tinge but they were delicious none the less 😀

  • Clarisa July 3, 2014, 4:53 AM

    I will definitely be making these! Brings back so many memories of my childhood in the DR…

  • ducksandbooks July 2, 2013, 6:28 PM

    I’m looking forward to making this with (1/2 the sugar and) vanilla bean paste, so it’ll have cute little vanilla specs in it!

  • Cindy June 10, 2013, 9:46 AM


    Here’s the Coconut Ice Cream recipe that we were talking about yesterday. Dip these in chocolate and they might taste like the Mound Ice Cream that Mrs. Farmer bought.

    Someone in a comment below said that you can add coconut flakes for the texture.


  • Elise June 4, 2013, 1:36 AM

    We have two types of coconut milk available here in the states, one that is pretty rich and comes in cans and another that comes in cardboard type cartons that is more of a dairy milk substitute. Which would you recommend for this recipe? It sounds absolutely wonderful.

  • Larissa May 22, 2013, 1:07 PM

    I love these plates! Who makes them?

  • Nadia Cano September 12, 2012, 2:53 PM

    Los acabo de hacer con mis ninos de 3 y 4 anos y se ven super ricoo..muchas gracias por esta receta tan facil y deliciosa..

  • Jen Z July 17, 2012, 12:42 PM

    I believe that instead of soymilk as a substitute, the milk substitute of coconut milk would work really well. This recipe looks amazing!

  • Hannah May 8, 2012, 2:35 PM


    I was given an assignment this week to make a food for my Spanish Class from the Dominican Republic and then write a recipe about the food. These popsicles were absolutely perfect and my friends loved them! I can't thank you enough.

    • Aunt Clara May 8, 2012, 2:37 PM

      Glad to hear that, thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Alti March 23, 2012, 5:09 AM

    I used to have this after school but they were red taste really good

  • Jenni June 12, 2011, 7:23 PM

    one word…..yummylicious!! Thank you for this recipe, it certainly brings back memories!! :-)

  • jen June 6, 2011, 3:18 PM

    Thanks for this site I've been able to make some dominican desserts for my husband that is dominican thanks to this site. I have a question though besides paleta de coco is there any other types of paletas like banana or something that I can do?

  • Antonia Smith May 6, 2011, 9:42 AM

    Try it

  • Raysa Medina May 6, 2011, 7:32 AM

    Wow… cuantos recuerdos!!!

    Definately, this summer my girls will be treated "real nice"…

    Thnx Tia Clara

  • rene April 30, 2011, 6:55 PM

    can anyone tell me how to make horchata de coco? thanks in advance.

  • Lily April 30, 2011, 6:13 PM

    These were absolutely delicious!

  • Leticia Lopez March 12, 2011, 10:37 AM

    I made these for my dominican husband last night. I think he fell in love with me all over again. :)

    • Aunt Clara March 13, 2011, 4:32 AM

      I guess that we should adopt the slogan "keeping marriages happy since 2001". :)

  • La morena banileja February 24, 2011, 8:46 AM

    Me encanta esta pagina!!! Gracias, por dar a conocer nuestra gastronomia al resto del mundo.

  • Mari January 25, 2011, 8:13 PM

    We love this helado at home. You should try it with some coconut flakes for that extra added texture and flavor.

    • Aunt Clara January 27, 2011, 10:32 AM

      Never thought of that, thanks for the idea, Mari.

  • Dominicana January 25, 2011, 6:50 PM

    Wow, I haven't tried this in years. I will have to make some for my kids. Thanks for the memories.