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Inventing flan paletas: Experiments with La Newyorkina’s Fany Gerson

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How do you invent a new dessert recipe? In this 2018 video from Eater’s Sugar Coated series, master paleta maker Fany Gerson of New York City’s La Newyorkina creates artisanal paletas based on flan, a traditional Mexican caramel custard. Series host and pastry chef Rebecca DeAngelis assists Gerson in the different flan paleta experiments.

Fany Gerson and Rebecca DeAngelis
What are paletas? From Thrillist:

The word paleta roughly translates to “little stick,” which makes sense given how it is served. But unlike American popsicles which are flavored with a mix of sugar syrups and food dyes, paletas are constructed from whole ingredients like fresh pureed fruits, nuts, herbs, and spices, explains Fany Gerson… This results in a wide range of flavors beyond things like “grape” and “orange.” Gerson notes that at her shop, they have “anywhere between 40-50 [paleta flavors]; some have chunks, others are spicy, a few are filled.”


The varieties of paletas are expansive. Sure, you can snag a standard strawberry or watermelon paleta, but they also come in flavors like tamarind, spicy pineapple jalapeño, and cajeta-canela: a Mexican cinnamon ice pop stuffed with goat’s milk caramel. Gerson’s personal favorites include flavors like passion fruit-coconut and hibiscus raspberry. Each flavor is super refreshing and has none of the artificial flavors of most standard popsicles.

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Follow @lanewyorkina on Instagram. Find Fany Gerson’s book Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas on or in your local bookstore.

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