There seems to be a new trend hitting the streets of Toronto – the Paleteria. A Mexican frozen treat, it’s similar to an American popsicle, but made with natural ingredients. Using a water base, Paleteria is a combination of fresh fruits, some sweet and some sour. A few variations contain cream, but the majority of popsicles are vegan, made with fruit purée and/or coconut milk. The word, “paleta”, comes from the Spanish word for “stick”.

After a decent line wait to have tacos across the street from Seven Lives at their sister restaurant, we decided to reward ourselves for the effort with the enjoyable Mexican dessert. Seven Lives offer other frozen treats besides Paleteria, such as Dole whip floats, sorbet creations and soft serve. I found the soft serve to be too grainy, but it was also vegan, which is not really my thing to start with. If I am going to enjoy soft serve, I want the mouth feel of real cream.

The way to go here is the Paleteria. There are about a dozen rotating flavours, such as: kiwi-watermelon, lychee-apricot, blueberry-cheesecake, prickly pear, mango, dulche de leche, and hibiscus. There are also traditional flavours like chocolate, peanut butter and more.

The shop is bright with pink and blue walls, and the lines are no where near what they are for the tacos across the street. I thought the popsicles were a delightful treat, with authentic flavours. There is no better way to beat the heat on a warm day.


Happy dining,

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