This recipe for Mexican flag paletas or popsicles is made with fruity layers of kiwi, lime, and strawberry. These fruity layered popsicles are easy to make and perfect for these hot summer days. They are also a great treat to enjoy while watching the World Cup soccer matches, especially if you are supporting Mexico. The flavors of each layer can also be customized and adjusted based on your personal preferences and the fruits/ingredients you have available.
Ideas for each layer:
Green layer: Kiwi, honeydew melon, green prickly pear, green grapes, avocado, cucumber
White layer: Lime, white honeydew melon, guanabana or soursop fruit, chirimoya, coconut, or non fruit options like creamy cinnamon or vanilla milk, or yogurt with honey
Red layer: strawberries, watermelon, raspberry, cherries
I used kiwi for the green layer of the popsicles, however you could also use green honeydew melon, green prickly pears, green grapes, or even try less common flavors like avocado or cucumber. I used lime for the white layer, it becomes white-ish when it’s frozen. My kids love lime (or lemon) paletas or popsicles, and they like it quite concentrated (ie very sour), so I used a decent amount of limes for the lime layer. Given that limes are quite expensive now, an alternative could be to make my quick blender limonada or limeade recipe that yields ~2 liters of limeade with only 2 limes – the only thing is that it will have a slightly bitter flavor due blending the entire lime. Or you can also use store bought limeade.
Other fruit ideas for the white layer include white honeydew melon, guanabana or soursop, cherimoya, coconut. You can also make the white layer using flavors like cinnamon milk, creamy vanilla, or even yogurt. For the red layer, I used strawberry puree, other options are watermelon, raspberries or cherries. If you’re running short on time, you can take the shortcut route with any of the layers and use store-bought fruit juices instead of the fresh fruit purees – however, given all the delicious summer fruit available it’s worth it to go the fresh from scratch route.
These Mexican flag paletas or popsicles can be made using any regular popsicles molds you have, or you can also use small paper or plastic cups. I used 5 oz paper (dixie style) cups, it’s very easy to remove the popsicles since you just have to peel off the paper.
Step by step preparation photos for kiwi, lime, and strawberry popsicles