The Paleta Bar - Sweet, Salty, & Spicy
It has been almost a year since my last post! As a result, I am pressing pause on my longtime projects and posting a quick review of an impulse purchase I made in the meantime.
I recently visited The Paleta Bar in Midland, TX to treat myself to an indulgent snack, and boy, I was not disappointed. I came in with a photo from my friend depicting a red and white smudged plastic cup with a mysteriously coated straw sticking out of it. I didn't know what it was, but I could assume it would have the delicious combination of salty, spicy, and sweet that I appreciate from good Mexican candy. I showed the photo to the man behind the counter and he immediately knew what it was and shared what was in the cup.
I ordered the paleta mangonada which I believe is the drink version of the paleta con frutas, tajin, y chamoy. This, as you may have figured out already, is a paleta bar dipped in tajin and chamoy and covered in fruit. There was also a mangonada fruit juice added to the cup to produce the liquid 'drink'.
Here is the drink in all its glory:
The price was a little bit high for a drink at around $10, but I think it was adequately priced for the area and the over-the-top presentation. The drink part was delicious and flavorful; the paleta itself, covered in tajin and chamoy was extremely refreshing; the pineapple was at its peak sweetness, and the candy-coated straw added a fun element to eating/drinking this treat.In addition to paleta drinks, you can also order paleta on their own. They come in fruit, nut, and classic flavors which you can then get dipped in chocolate or chamoy followed with solid or powdered toppings.
When I went, the location was poppin, so I imagine my admiration of this item is not unique. Paleta is also not a new phenomenon, but this type of presentation is, so I hope this post pushes you in the direction of trying something that is new to you this week!