Posted on: July 24, 2013
I really enjoy my interviews that I get to have once a month. It’s fun getting to know a person, learn about their business and sometimes learn a little bit of history. There are a lot of great people in Tempe and I’m lucky to get to know some of them a little better.
This month, I had the opportunity to chat with Betty Alatorre de Hong. Guess what? You know her. Most of us do. She’s the Betty in Paletas Betty, the popular fruit and cream pops store on the northeast corner of Mill Ave and 5th Street in Tempe. Their pops are amazing and there really is nothing better on a hot day – and we have a lot of them this time of year – than leaving with a frozen treat of popsicle goodness. You’ll smile even bigger when you know that all their pops are made with fresh fruit and ingredients.
Paletas are a traditional dessert from Betty’s home state in Mexico. After she moved to the United States, they were something from home she really missed. The paletas are Mexican fruit and cream pops that come in a wide variety of flavors and textures.
If you’ve been to her store, you know that there a numerous flavors to choose from. “We have some traditional flavors like mango con chile (spicy mango) and fresa con crema (strawberry cream) but we also do non-traditional flavors like limon (key lime pie) and pepino (cucumber mint yogurt). “ Her inspiration comes from her travels and the ingredients found at local markets.
Unlike something you buy at the store, the paletas are made from scratch with fresh, natural ingredients. Only seasonal fruit is used and everything is prepared in house. Betty makes sure that her paletas contain as much fruit as possible. “That’s what tastes best,” she says.
Next time you’re walking along Mill Avenue, be sure to stop in and grab a paleta. One paleta I am eager to try is the arroz con leche, which is their rice pudding pop. My grandmother would always make me her homemade rice pudding when I was younger. I’ve never had it frozen before, so I’m really interested in trying out this new twist on a dessert I grew up with.
Paletas Betty is located at 425 South Mill Ave in Tempe and are open from 11am-midnight daily. They also have a store in downtown Chandler at 96 West Boston Street. Their hours are 11am – 10pm.
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