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Paletas - Mexican ice pops - include such flavors as mango con chile, cantaloupe, corn, chamoy, strawberry and rice. The handmade ice pops are based on flavors traditionally found in Mexico and can be water- or cream-based. The paletería business in L.A. is expanding, reaching Latinos and non-Latinos alike. (Carlos Chavez/LAT)
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Melanie Agustin, 6, enjoys a strawberry and cream paleta at Paletería La Michoacana in downtown L.A. (Stefano Paltera/For The Times)
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Jorge Barragán, front, owner of Paletería La Michoacana, learned to make paletas from his father and mother, Agustin and Maria Elena Barragán. (Stefano Paltera/For The Times)
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Colorful paletas line a freezer at Delicias de México in Garden Grove. The owner says that on a hot day, he makes 500 to 1,000 of the ice pops. (Irfan Khan / LAT)
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Chocolate paletas at Paletería La Michoacana are almost ready for customers. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
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A piece of guava is suspended in a paleta. (Carlos Chavez / LAT)
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Cream-based nuez (nut) paleta - with pecans - is one of the most popular flavors at Paletería La Michoacana. (Carlos Chavez / LAT)
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Cucumber-chile paletas are more spicy than sweet.
Recipe: Cucumber-chile paleta

 (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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