We used Gaby Camacho's recipe for cucumber paletas with lime and chile, and they are intensely fiery and refreshing. The popsicles include habanero chile powder, which settles and concentrates towards the tip, making for a scorching beginning which is then tempered by cucumber ice as you work your way down. The addition of lime juice is invigorating, and little sugar and salt round out the flavor.
We would definitely make them again, although next time we might go a bit lighter on the habanero (we are wimps!) or experiment with other chile powders in our spice cabinet, such as ancho, chipotle, or cayenne. We would also use one or two more cucumbers than the original recipe calls for, as we found that two cucumbers yielded fewer than two cups of juice.
• Get the recipe: Paleta de Pepino con Limon y Chile (Cucumber Ice Pop With Lime & Chile), by Gaby Camacho for San Francisco Chronicle
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