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Treats on a Stick

Earlier in the year I served an unusual dessert treat for the Gastronauts Supper Club.  As part of a South American themed evening, I made Roasted Sweetcorn Popsicles.  They were popular on the night so I decided to post and tweet my recipe.  As a result, I ended up chatting on Twitter to @mariapalitos_au, a paleta.
Brisbane business that specialises in a Latin American ice pop, called a

Paletas are ice blocks usually made with a juice or cream base that are a popular Latin American street food sold from carts called palateros.  It makes sense that Australia would have a Latin American population – we share a hemisphere after all.  Until recently though, many communities have kept to themselves and not made a big splash on local culture.  But, that’s starting to change.  You may or may not be aware Latin and South America are hip right now.  Especially the cuisine.  It must be hip, Food Safari had an episode.  Enter mariaPalitos.

I’ve made the jump from cyber to real life and have met Natalia from mariaPalitos at a couple of different markets around town.   Whenever possible they avoid artificial colours and flavours and use organic ingredients in their products.  And the flavours!  The paletas in particular are unusual in their combos: White Chocolate & Basil; Pineapple, Beetroot & Peppermint; Almond, Malt & Cinnamon and, Blueberry Lemonade & Basil (hugely popular with kids) are a few.  The one I tried on a very hot Sunday was Tamarind & Lemongrass.  Tangy, fragrant and sharp, it was a proper grown up’s ice block.  At $4 a pop, the price was right too.

MariaPalitos started out making Paletas and over time have evolved to also produce Hot Chocolate on a Stick and Gourmet Marshmallows.  Back at home, Chief Tester Anthony had a go of the hot chocolate with a Dark Chocolate & Coffee combo.  Simply heat a mug of milk, place your Chocolate on a Stick in the mug and stir!  In a few minutes, your good to go with a steaming cup of delicious real hot chocolate.  There’s lots of great flavours in this range too: Dark Choc with Cloves, Coffee or Anise and, White Choc with Cookies & Cream or Cardamom.

I asked Natalia where the name mariaPalitos comes from and she told me that a palito is the stick inserted in the paletas and hot chocolates.  ‘Maria’ is a tribute to the women in her family who are all named Maria, with the exception of Natalia, though they refer to her as Maria Natalia in jest.  Natalia is slowly building the business through a combination of markets and special orders for events (she provided marshmallows as part of the goodie bags at a recent book launch at Scrumptious Reads).  The attention taken in producing the products is evident in the ingredients and presentation and this flows through to the funky graphics on the stall and website.

Natalia from mariaPalitos

If your looking for something unusual as a gift or want to treat yourself to a little taste of Latin America, you could do worse than to swing past the website or market stall.   The Hot Chocolates on a Stick make nice thankyou gifts without being too showy and it’s never too early to start thinking about catering for that office picnic or family re-union.  Take the pressure off and the heat out by ordering up an ice pop storm.  Natalia can talk with you about flavour combinations and come up with a signature flavour for your special event.

Find mariaPalitos at:

Hawthorne Markets – Hawthorne Park, Hawthorne 4171.  2nd Sunday of every month
Latin Markets – Jubilee Hotel, Fortitude Valley  4006. Last Sunday of every month

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Would you like to win a Treat on a Stick?  TIFFIN has a great mariaPalitos prize pack of 4 mixed Hot Chocolates on a Stick to give away to a reader*. 

To enter:

  • 1. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post, suggesting a new Paleta or Hot Choc on a Stick flavour you’d like to try.  It can be as simple or flavour packed as you like.  The sky’s the limit.
  • 2.  Subscribe to TIFFIN via email or join the TIFFIN fan club via Google Friends.

*Overseas readers are welcome to enter this competition however if you win, your prize will be an Amazon voucher equal to the value of the prize pack.

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* The competition opens 6pm Tuesday 14 May 2013 and closes 6pm Tuesday 21 May 2013
* Both parts of the entry must be completed to be eligible.
* New subscribers will need to activate their subscription via the confirmation email.
* Current email subscribers and Google Friends only need to complete part 1.
* The draw will be random from all eligible entries.  TIFFIN’s decision is final.
* The winner will be notified by email and published on this blog during May 2013.

This is not a sponsored post.  Prizes are courtesy of TIFFIN.

18 comments… add one
  • Claudia Riveros May 15, 2013, 11:50 am

    I've also tried the paletas' MariaPalitos… they are just great! my favorite is White Chocolate & Basil.

    • Fiona Bris-Vegas! May 15, 2013, 6:30 pm

      Hi Claudia – I keep saying I want to try that one but always get distracted by another flavour. Maybe next time. Thanks for commenting – dont forget to subscribe to be in the running for the prize!

  • Mel Kettle May 15, 2013, 3:30 pm

    YUM! I need to try these after hearing you (and others) rave about them. Of course I don't think you can go past Dark Chocolate and Chilli for a stick. mmmm perfect for winter (am currently freezing in Canberra…)

    • Fiona Bris-Vegas! May 15, 2013, 10:10 pm

      Hi Mel – yes, I'm a fan of the Chilli Choc combo myself. I know it's freezing today because I spoke to my team there. Don't forget to validate your email subscription to be in the running for the prize.

  • Louie May 15, 2013, 8:03 pm

    The hot choc sticks look great and are the perfect motivation for me to make it to the other side of the city for the markets. I think dark chocolate and honeycomb would be a huge hit in our house!

    • Fiona Bris-Vegas! May 15, 2013, 10:30 pm

      Louie – what a great flavour combination. It would work well in a paleta too. Don't forget to confirm your email subscription & thanks for joining in.

  • Brisbane Devoured May 15, 2013, 8:59 pm

    YUMMO these hot choc sticks sound fabulous.

    I think a chocolate/coconut flavour (like a Bounty Bar) or chocolate/Turkish delight flavour would be fabulous.


    PS have joined the Tiffin Fan Club

    • Fiona Bris-Vegas! May 15, 2013, 10:31 pm

      Hi Corrie – I like the sound of the Turkish Delight. I know you're a long standing Fan Club member – thanks!

    • Mattheworbit May 16, 2013, 11:15 am

      I'm with Bris Devoured – those two flavours sound AWESOME – i have nothing more to add!! ;).
      PS I Love food on a stick. Especially high quality food on a stick. Even if you have to deep fry a lasagne to get it to stay on the stick, I'm there.

    • mariaPalitos Au May 16, 2013, 11:53 am

      Deep fried lasagna on a stick hmmm I dont see myself trying to make it, but we sure are working on making other treats on sticks… Thanks every one for the comments and the awesome flavour ideas! 🙂

  • happyfox May 15, 2013, 11:49 pm

    I'd like a ginger and lemon combination with dark chocolate

    Following with GFC as Happyfox and posting from the unseasonably cold UK

    • Fiona Bris-Vegas! May 16, 2013, 9:50 am

      Welcome happyfox – it doesn't sound very happy where you are at the moment…. maybe Ginger & Lemon is to stave off that cold. Good Luck!

  • Anonymous May 21, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Dark chocolate, almonds and ginger. And I want it now! Michelle O

    • Fiona Bris-Vegas! May 21, 2013, 10:02 pm

      A classic combo and a nice little zing awith the ginger. Thanks for following and entering – you just made it!@

  • Shannan May 27, 2013, 9:10 am

    I chased these down on the weekend. Yum!! They were great. Looking forward to the next Latin Market. Thanks for the blog! Shannan

    • Fiona Bris-Vegas! May 27, 2013, 7:44 pm

      Hi Shannan – there are endless flavours to keep going back for. I like the Latin Markets too. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Jan Rhoades June 4, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Better late than… Ginger and lemon sound like my kind of anything. Yum!

    • Fiona Bris-Vegas! June 4, 2013, 6:23 pm

      It's never too late to comment but it is too late to win a prize (this time anyway!). I'm actually delivering the prize tonight.

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