Tropical fruit popsicles or paletas {Helados de fruta}

Tropical fruit popsicles or fruit ice pops

These homemade tropical fruit popsicles or paletas de frutas are made with papaya, pineapple, banana and orange juice. In Ecuador, every tienda or little corner store sells some type of helado or paleta or ice cream. The most common one are helados de palo – translates as ice cream on a stick – or popsicles. There are usually many different flavors: vanilla, chocolate, coconut, strawberry gelatin, fruit, etc. One of my favorite things to do when I was walking home after school on a sunny day was to have one of these yummy helados, sometimes I would save my school recess snack money so that I could buy them.

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Fruit popsicles - Helados de frutas
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Yield: ~ 15 fruit popsicles

Fruit popsicles - Helados de frutas

Recipe for homemade tropical fruit popsicles made with papaya, pineapple, banana and orange juice.


  • 10 oranges, juiced, about 4 ½ cups of juice
  • 1 large papaya, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 6 bananas, peeled and diced
  • Sugar or honey to taste, adjust based on sweetness of fruit


  1. Combine the diced papaya, pineapple and bananas in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in the freshly squeezed orange juice, add sugar or honey if needed.
  3. Fill the tin molds or popsicle molds with the fruit salad mix and place in the freezer for 3-4 hours or until frozen.

Fruit popsicles, helados de fruta o paletas de fruta Tropical fruit popsicles

These ice pops were usually made in tin cups and the stick was made from caña brava – a type of local bamboo. I was lucky enough to find very similar tin cups at the Spanish Table in Seattle. Small paper cups are also good molds for these fruit popsicles. I’ve also used the regular plastic popsicle molds as well to make these fruit salad paletas.

Helados de frutas tropicales
These helados de fruta or fruit popsicles were inspired by an Ecuadorian drinkable fruit salad called come y bebe. Come y bebe – which means eat & drink – is a tropical fruit salad made with diced papaya, diced pineapple, diced bananas, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Making popsicles from fruit salad is a fun and refreshing way to get kids to eat some good fruit and stay cool during these hot summer days. You can also use other fruits, such as mango and berries, to make these fruity popsicles. The quantities in this recipe are for about 15 popsicles.

Step by step preparation photos for tropical fruit salad popsicles

 Fruit salad popsicle preparation 


Fruit popsicle recipe Paletas de fruta 

This post was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by Layla Pujol


  1. Nathaly says:

    Me encantan los helados así, pero no puedo encontrar los vasitos de metal. Donde los conseguistes no los venden en el internet?

  2. Good idea! delicious and healthy. Thank you for inspiring us to keep a lot of our culture

  3. I wish I were your next door neighbor. Or, better yet, your daughter! You inspire me as I sit here — mouth watering — and decide to make these for my family. Yesterday’s strawberry lemonade was welcomed eagerly, as will be tomorrow’s helados. I’m sure you can imagine how tantalizing these pictures are for us in Texas, where triple digit temperatures began in earnest this week (sigh).

    Muchas gracias, mi amiga!

  4. Desde que vi aqui lo del Come y bebe lo hago muchas veces…y esta buenisimo, lo que no somos mucho en casa es de helados pero con el calor que esta haciendo ufff cualquier cosa fresquita va bien!bs

  5. I like very much your recipes. Me parece una forma muy sana de refrescarse en verano. En Venezuela también se usan los helados de paleta caseros. No los he visto aquí en España.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for keeping this page. Your recipes inspire me to cook ecuadorian food for mi husband and son.

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