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The top 5 paletas in Toronto

Paletas are just one of the frozen treats melting hearts in Toronto this summer. The Mexican-style ice pops often feature fresh fruit and embrace seasonal ingredients in their prime. Although the flavours can get complex and even a little crazy, especially when they include chili powder or candy coating.

Here are my picks for the top paletas in Toronto.

Wrestlers
The spin-off shop from La Tortilleria is slinging out Mexican ice pops in flavours like cajeta, pina colada, kiwi-lime, coffee, rice pudding, mango and more. Make the icy treat extra indulgent by having dipped in chocolate and rolled through your choice of toppings, like coconut flakes, Rice Krispies or peanuts.

Seven Lives Paleteria
This Mexican ice cream shop is across the street from the popular Kensington Market taqueria. They have the same owner and this dessert spot serves up tropical popsicles in a rainbow of colours and flavours. Expect to find mango tajin, prickly pear, strawberry daiquiri and hibiscus Chamoy.

Loco Paletas
Hitting the streets in tricked out trikes, this peddle-powered fleet of popsicle purveyors might just pop up in a park or at a street festival near you. On board, you'll find at least half a dozen seasonal flavours, such as strawberry lemonade, strawberry passion fruit habanero and ginger beer peach and lime.

Sweet Jesus
This ice cream shop boasts three locations, but they might be best known for their over-the-top soft serve creations. For something a little lighter, opt for a Mexican popsicle in a rotating roster of flavours, like key lime pie, chocolate peanut butter, strawberry rhubarb and London Fog.

El Patio
Is it a cocktail or a paleta? Ice pops take a bath in Cava at El Caballito. Look forward to flavours like Frutos Rojos-Hibiscus featuring berries and hibiscus, as well as Chamoy peach flavoured with peach, lime and tajin.

Photo of Wrestlers by Hector Vasquez.


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