Mexican paletas + Brazilian flavors = frozen glory

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Photo by KATHY TRAN

Brothers Adrian and Andrés Lara traveled to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

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The Laras knew paletas. Their grandfather owned La Gladis, a paletería later called Manhattan Paletas, in Mexico City, and their dad grew up working there. But they found on that trip that Brazilian popsicles are next level.

Popsicles dipped in chocolate and nuts, filled with condensed milk or chocolate ganache, popsicles filled with booze.

That spawned the idea to open their own Brazilian-style paleta shop, Picolé Pops, in the Bishop Arts District in November 2017.

All of the popsicles are made in-house, and they come in fruity or creamy flavors such as açai, hibiscus, avocado and peanut butter.

Filled paletas include banana with Nutella, passion fruit with condensed milk and mint with chocolate ganache.

Any of them can be dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with unlimited toppings such as nuts or crushed Oreos for $1.

The Laras and their partners already are working on a second Picolé Pops location in Deep Ellum, and that store will have booze-infused popsicles. It’s expected to open in April.

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