Palette, as we refer to these cold, refreshing treats in Trinidad, or “Likka Sticks”--a popular commercial brand are also known around the world as ice pops, popsicles(US), paletas(Mexicans), granitas and gelatos(Italians), Kulfis(Indians) and mochi by the Japanese.
I wanted to develop a recipe on my own but summer may come and go and I would not have a recipe to share with you. I found this recipe on Epicurious which I really like because it involves making the coconut milk from scratch, just the way I would have done—had I attempted. Recipes like this are rare. The recipe is very similar to coconut ice cream but much simpler to make and they don’t melt as quickly!
Seven hours after I placed the "palettes" in the freezer it still wasn’t frozen. Why, you ask? My kids opened the freezer and checked it umpteen times…and their dad did the same…I don’t know who was more excited…
That Sunday night around 9:20 pm, I heard my husband call the kids downstairs to the kitchen for dessert(what kinda parent does stuff like this)…I evaluated the situation instantly. He was so eager to try the palettes, he used the kids as his excuse…..A few minutes later I followed to see what they were up to….there they were eating hot brownies (who makes brownies for their kids at 9 pm at night? [me] :-)....) and scooping out the “palette” with the back of a spoon…
Me: What are you doing, it’s not ready!
Hubbie: It’s ice cream…[ and continued eating..]
Me: No, it’s not....!
Hubbie: It tastes like it..
Me: Gimme some…!
Hope you have better luck waiting for it to freeze……
Coconut Palette (popsicles)
2 cups fresh coconut milk
3 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar, or to taste (I used raw brown sugar)**
1 (3 inch) piece of cinnamon
Dash vanilla (optional)
**Sugar may be substituted with condensed milk, but I used sugar because it contains less calories which means I can enjoy this treat with a little less guilt.
4. Let cool to room temperature, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve.
5. If using conventional molds, pour the mixture into the molds, snap on the lid, and freeze until solid, about 5 hours. If using glasses or other unconventional molds, freeze until the pops are beginning to set (1 1/2 to 2 hours), then insert the sticks and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours.
Happy 50th Independence Day to sweet Trinidad and Tobago and Happy Labor Day weekend to the Americans....also wishing all students, teachers and parents a super productive, sane, happy (try) and safe school term...May God grant us all the serenity....
With love and best wishes,
Source: Adapted from a recipe on Epicurious by Fany Gerson