Food The Tastemakers:

Key Lime Paletas

Recipe by Evan Kalman

Cool it down!

This week Instagram gives praise to summers favorite frozen treat, the ICE POP! What better way to turn our internal temperature down than with the tangy flavor of refreshing lime coupled with this childhood classic – the graham cracker. Evan Kalman from It’s Just Chicken has taken my personal favorite warm weather dessert, Key Lime Pie, and transformed it into heaven on a stick.  Swoon this Key Lime Paleta all summer long!

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PROFESSION : Full-time Change Management Consultant and part-time food blogger.

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Key Lime Paletas

Evan Kalman


Makes about 8 3-ounce paletas:

6 oz (3/4 cup) Key lime juice – from approximately 20 Key limes or 6
regular limes
1 tablespoon Key lime zest
14 oz can (1 3/4 cup) sweetened condensed milk
8 oz (1 cup) plain Greek yogurt
Pinch of salt
2 or 3 cups crushed graham crackers

The Prep

  • Zest limes until you have about 1 tablespoon and add it to a
    medium-sized bowl. In a small measuring cup, juice enough limes until
    you have 3/4 cup of fresh lime juice. Add it to the bowl with the
    zest. Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk, Greek yogurt, and a pinch
    of salt. Whisk again to combine.
  • Divide the mixture among the ice-pop molds filling almost to the top
    and insert a stick into each. Transfer to the freezer and freeze until
    solid, about 5 hours.
  • While the paletas are freezing, prepare the crushed graham crackers by
    pulsing in the bowl of a food processor until they look like coarse
    sand. Set aside in an air-tight container until the paletas are ready.
  • To serve, pour the crushed graham crackers onto a plate. Dip each
    ice-pop mold in warm water for about 10 seconds to unmold. Press each
    side into the crushed graham crackers making sure to coat completely.
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