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“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” ~Erma Bombeck
“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” ~Mark Twain

Gourmet Popsicles: A Panoply of Colorful La Newyorkina Desserts

Hester Street Fair: A Foodie Gem on Manhattan's Lower Eastside...

Gourmet Chef: Hannah Goldberg of La Newyorkina..

Gourmet Popsicles: Delicious La Newyorkina Paletas via Paul (FB)

This week’s flavors: Fresa Strawberry, Tamarindo Fresco-Fresh Tamarind, Horchata Cinnamon Rice Milk, Mango con Chile-Spicy Mango, Jamaica Hibiscus, Pina con Menta-Pineapple Mint, Nuez Pecan Cream, and Avocado

One of the delights of spending time in Manhattan is the chance to enjoy rich, flavorful food at the drop of a hat. On Saturday, as we leisurely drove down Grand Street on the lower Eastside, on our way to pick up one of the kids from an art class, I looked out my car window and there was my dear friend, Christine, strolling down the street with headphones solidly glued to her ears.

We pulled alongside her to say hello and, in the ensuing conversation, found out that the seasonal Hester Street market/fair was in full swing. Christine suggested that we should check out the wonderfully delicious ice pops sold by La Newyorkina. I remembered reading about them somewhere and they had received positive press. “Be sure to try the Mango with chili pepper flecks,” she trilled as we said our goodbyes. Mango with chili pepper Ice Pop? Hm mm, this might be an interesting taste bud experience to have and so, after picking up my daughter, we all headed to … yes, the Hester Street Fair.

“Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent and sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward.” ~Terri Guillemets
“A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.” ~James Beard

Gourmet Ices: La Newyorkina raspberries in a Paletas Cooler

Hannah Goldberg: La Newyorkina Co-owner...

Fany Gerson: Co-owner La Newyorkina via Paul (FB)...

Gourmet Popsicles: Mango, Mango... Sweet Desserts.

When we stopped by La Newyorkina’s ice pop vending stand, there was a line of smiling customers eager to try this new treat and their reactions after biting into their treats was proof that they were not disappointed. Co-Owner Hannah Goldberg generously displayed the selections of the day for my camera. “We vary our flavors regularly and are happy with the positive reception our ice pops are receiving here,” she enthused. She was the consummate chef/host and gamely smiled for us and encouraged us to check out their website for additional information.

Professional food mavens Hannah Goldberg and Fany Gerson are the brilliant owners and creative pastry chefs behind the La Newyorkina Gourmet Ice pop experience; an unconventional street vending business offering Mexican-style paletas, or ice pops, in exotic and evolving flavors like – Mango con Chile, Guava and Horchata Cinnamon Rice Milk, Jamaica Hibiscus, Pina con Menta-Pineapple Mint, Nuez Pecan with Cream, Fresa Strawberry, Tamarindo Fresco-Fresh Tamarind and Avocado – all inspired by their tasting trips to Mexico.

“Once in a lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold.” ~Judith Olney
“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!” ~Author Unknown

Ice Pops-Paletas: Avocado Treats via Justin (FB)

Ice Pops: A Red Dessert delight...via Justin (FB)

Gourmet Popsicles: Our Just Desserts...

Another important fact about these gourmet ice pops is that they are made from top quality, fresh fruit purees with tons of fresh fruits, vegetables and as in the paleta/ice pop, Nuez Pecan Cream, healthy nuts added to the mix. They are also a hand made labor of love. The end result is a delicious, intensely flavored taste bud delight that will have you begging for more; read a well deserved extravaganza.

Co-Owner, Fany Gerson, a pastry chef and author of the forthcoming “My Sweet Mexico” (Ten Speed Press) was not there when we stopped by but I suspect she would have been equally delighted to share her sweet treats. Fany grew up in Mexico City, worked as a pastry chef in America and spent 1 ½ years studying the influences that have shaped Mexico’s tradition of sweets: native fruits, Aztec kings, Spanish nuns and French chefs. These historic influences and unique flavor combinations have helped shape the thriving business operated by Hannah and Fany.

“The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive.” ~William Ralph Inge
“Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing.” ~Walt Kelly

Ice Pops: Mango Treats via Justin (FB)

Ice Pop Coolers - Raspberry mix via Justin (FB)

Gourmet Popsicles: La Newyorkina Ice Pops/Paletas

I had to try the Mango con Chile and it was a wonderfully heady experience of sweet, fresh mangos with hints of spice and the occasional fleck of pequin Chile. Richard tried the Fresa Strawberry, a rich, brightly hued gastrointestinal treat. We shared both with our daughters. At $4 per pop, you get a sizable, delicioso frozen fruit serving on a sturdy stick that will hug your palate, and fill your mouth with an unadulterated, satisfying taste bud delight. These are definitely sweet creations! Our ice pops were EXCELLENT! They also offer a $1 mini paleta of the day for kids. Saturday’s flavor was Mango.

Visit Hannah and Fany at the HESTER STREET FAIR Hester and Essex Streets, Manhattan: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You may also connect with them on Twitter, on Facebook, and of course, their website.

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”~Ernestine Ulmer

Fran Gerson's Book: My Sweet Mexico

Delicious Ice, Ice Babe via Paul (FB)

Gourmet Popsicles: Colorful, Delectable Treats... via Paul (FB)

Have you ever tried Mexican ice pops? Do visit La Newyorkina and come back and share? As always, your comments are appreciated. Thank You!

Photographs of La Newyorkina Ice Pops/Paletas ~ courtesy of my collection, Paul and Justin on the La Newyokina Facebook Page and La Newyorkina on Twitter.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

44 Comments leave one →
  1. 28/06/2010 5:47 am

    We used to eat these in Tijuana when we’d go down to visit my Dad at work. Tamarind, horchata; great stuff. And the only strawberry anything I really liked. Most strawberry stuff tastes like Kool-Aid.

    But I never got the mango pepper. That’s on the list, right now.

    • 28/06/2010 5:57 am

      Joel my man! Thanks for the 1st post comment… you made my day!
      That mango is to die for and the peppery flavoring is so subtle. I am definitely hooked on paletas now.
      How was the Horchata?
      What a wonderful surprise… I am going right over to support your blog too. 🙂
      Oh yeah, Jerry replied and I need to log onto Triiibes and “thank” him. LOL!

  2. Camera permalink
    28/06/2010 5:54 am

    thanks a lot for the information…

    nice to visit yuor blog…

    see you..

    please visit my blog…

    • 28/06/2010 6:41 am

      Thanks for your visit. Have you ever had a paleta before? Let me know what you think. 🙂

  3. 28/06/2010 2:14 pm

    WOW! I absolutely LOVE this post! I’m going to go make some popsicles for tomorrow right now, complete with tasty, healthy fruit.

    Greetings from Lamb! Thank you for stopping by to show me some bloggy love. It was quite a shock to wake up and discover that I’d been featured on SITS, especially with my face covered in sticky cinnamon! Now I have lots of fun new blogs to explore. If you do try out my face mask, be sure to take a photo and email it to me. I’ll feature you in a post with a link to your blog 🙂

    LambAround’s latest post: My Awkward Family Photo

    • 28/06/2010 7:14 pm

      Hi Lamb,
      Great to see you here and thanks for the visit! The Popsicles were delicious and I’m sure yours will be tasty too. I will definitely aim to test that yummy facial recipe; especially now with your incentive to boot.
      Have a great week ahead. I have paid you a blog visit too. 🙂

  4. richard permalink
    29/06/2010 1:31 am

    delicious treats – and oh, those pictures are just what i need to bring cooling thoughts on these ridiculously steamy days! this blog could easily be a great dessert menu!!!
    very tasty!!!

    • 29/06/2010 11:25 am

      That is right Rich and thank you for the unending blog support! Those treats are the best and Hannah was very gracious. Now, go VOTE for my entry to Oprah Winfrey Network Show : Liz’s OWN Pet Show as I am in the pool of video contestants for my OWN Show! WooHoo!!! VOTE for Me Y’all. TY! 🙂

  5. Bree permalink
    29/06/2010 4:33 am

    What a tasty blog post and those ice pop colors are popping.
    Now I’m hungry and would love that ice ice babe pop.
    Loving this and you should do more food posts as you make them — em, pop!

    • 29/06/2010 11:39 am

      Thank you for your comment and those desserts are very tasty.
      The vibrant colors underscore the exquisite flavors.
      You should write a blog so I can support you!
      Don’t forget to Vote for my video on
      TY! 🙂

  6. 30/06/2010 3:32 am

    This is such a delicious post in so many ways! Thanks for sharing these delights! 🙂

    • 30/06/2010 8:24 am

      Thank you Dori and welcome back! Looking forward to the photos. Yes, these treats are delicious! 🙂

  7. JDaniel4's Mom permalink
    30/06/2010 5:48 am

    These looks wonderful. I love the flavors and your photos. My sock and I would love to check her out. Thanks for stopping by.

    • 30/06/2010 8:26 am

      Welcome Daniel4’s mom!
      I enjoyed your post too and the tips you offered will be a wonderful option for moms who worry about dripping Popsicles.
      Cheers, 🙂

  8. 30/06/2010 5:10 pm

    OMG…my mouth is watering….thanx for that… 🙂
    I was just about to go to bed, now i am hungry again….

    • 02/07/2010 5:15 pm

      Thanks for your comment Kelly; those ice pops are great. Any July 4th plans? 🙂

  9. 03/07/2010 4:14 am

    What an interesting blog you have here! I loved the pics of the streets of New York! Stopping by from SITS.

    • 03/07/2010 6:31 am

      Thank you for your visit Kristy and happy SITS to you too. Any plans to visit NY?
      I had a good laugh when I read your blog post … you are funny! 🙂

  10. 03/07/2010 4:31 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment. Happy SITS Saturday to you! What lovely ice treats! Sure beats the heck out of OJ/Koolaid/AppleJuice in ice cube trays (our summer “make it yourself” treat). These are beautifully crafted and look awesomely good. If I’m ever in NY I’m going to have to check this place out.

    • 03/07/2010 6:21 am

      Thank you for your visit too Magimom! I was introduced to the paletas that weekend and I can’t wait to taste them again.
      I really enjoyed visiting your blog and now I am seriously thinking of getting my kids to unplug for a day or two.
      Best wishes! 🙂

  11. 16/11/2010 2:11 am

    I’m trying to kick my Popsicle habit, LOL!

    • 16/06/2011 6:33 pm

      You don’t need to when you have freshly made delicious desserts in front of you. Live a little 🙂

  12. 16/11/2010 2:16 am

    Oh my. I’m excited for summer again. If they sold those where I live I’d go have a different one every day. That mango chile sounds divine. I’ve had popsicles just like these in Mexico.
    Happy day from SITS!

    • 16/06/2011 6:34 pm

      Thank you and same… I’ll be all over them this summer. 🙂

  13. 16/11/2010 2:46 am

    OMG, YUM! Those look so good…and since I have a really sore throat, I could go for a super cold Popsicle right now 🙂

    Visiting from SITS

    • 16/11/2010 6:40 am

      Love those Popsicles too!
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment…
      Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  14. 16/11/2010 5:05 am

    Those look delicious! Makes me miss summer. Stopping by from SITS.

    • 16/11/2010 6:22 am

      Oh summer will be back… Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment…
      Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  15. 16/11/2010 5:37 am

    Why must you write about these?! Even worse, show pictures of them?! Now, I want to try all the flavors so very badly even though it’s only 50 degrees here today. Even if I could just have the horchata one I would be happy. My heart is filled with unquenchable longing…Happy SITS day!

    • 16/11/2010 6:10 am

      Love those Popsicles too! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment…
      Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  16. 18/11/2010 9:38 am

    Awesome post here!!!!!! I am so inspired!!!YUM!

    • 18/11/2010 2:53 pm

      I enjoyed eating those Popsicles too!
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment…
      Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  17. Jennisha permalink
    25/05/2011 9:39 am

    Hi I am really interested in opening my ice cream shop in the Caribbean and i would like to find out where do u get ur molds and what kind of freezer do u use to freeze them.

    • 25/05/2011 9:04 pm

      Hi Jennisha,
      I am not familiar with ice cream molds for commercial purposes and things like that, but if you are thinking of this as a business, Google commercial ice cream molds and see which retailers it leads you to.
      You may also contact the company I featured here. There is a link to their website in my blog. Reach out to them and they should be able to help.
      Good luck on your business venture.

  18. 08/08/2011 8:56 pm

    Very colorful piece….most detailed I have found yet on La Newyorkina…

    I just shared the Agua de Limón con Chía, Agua Fresca Recipe from ‘Paletas’ book by Fany Gerson on ‘Serge the’.


    • 09/09/2011 7:42 pm

      Ty for you comment Serge, It was a pleasure to sample their delicious treats and I would go back and try them again. 🙂

  19. 09/11/2012 8:43 pm

    Hi Elizabeth, I finally found your review of the Hester Street Fair. I like this tiny fair – the natural and handmade items there. My goal is to be a vendor sometime, maybe even this summer. Oh, and yes, LaNewYorkina makes delectable ice sweets. I had, if I remember correctly, a pineapple cream pop 🙂

    • 09/11/2012 11:20 pm

      I’m glad you found it… Let me know when you become a vendor there and I’ll stop by to say hello. TY! 🙂


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