MADE IN S.A.: Couple takes new approach when making Paletas

Made in S.A.: Paleteria San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO -- Tucked away in Hemisfair Park, you can find some cool relief from the heat inside of Paleteria San Antonio.

“A paleta is a popsicle. It just has the Mexican name 'Paleta,'" Paleteria San Antonio owner Jose Rodriguez said.

However, these are not just your everyday popsicles.

“It’s real fruit on a stick," Rodriguez said.

Husband and wife Jose and Cecy Rodriguez's downtown location has only been open for four months.

“I make them, my wife sells them and my daughter eats them. That’s why she has the biggest role,” Rodriguez said.

Their artisanal take on the traditional Paleta is getting them a lot of attention.

“What makes them different is that I use actual [fruit] ingredients. I just put a lot of love and care into them,” Rodriguez said.

The business offers traditional fruit flavors, but ads some creative ones.

“I ended up going to 60 flavors all from scratch,” Rodriguez said.

Those include 'Cucumber Lucas,' bubble gum, pickle and even a vegan option of pineapple and celery. 

These wild flavors are created at their offsite kitchen.

Every day they slice, squeeze and pour the mixture into the molds.

They’re then put into a speed freezer, packaged and ready to be sold in store.

Paleteria San Antonio helps people relive the taste of their childhood.

“They’re just very native to the city,” Rodriguez said.

Their piece of San Antonio on a stick is keeping this couple creating new flavors for all to love.

“I just love enjoying [seeing] other people eating them,” Rodriguez said.

(© 2016 KENS)


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