The only good thing about the dishwasher crapping out right before a dinner party was that it made us think smart about dessert. Since there's no better way to cut down on the washload than serving foods that don't require plates, we bought a couple dozen ice pops from Paletas in 12South and passed them 'round the table.
With a colorful array of flavors including cantaloupe, chocolate chip, strawberry and honeydew, part of the fun was picking, sharing and trading. Hibiscus made the biggest hit as people discovered the flower petals in their dark pink pops. The cayenne-flecked hot chocolate packed an unpredictable punch on one unsuspecting diner, who said she liked it much better once she "knew what was going on in there."
At $20 for eight, Paletas are a pricier proposition than, say, ice cream, but they're cost- competitive with cupcakes--and you can't beat the clean-up.
What's your favorite Paleta? What flavor would you like to see introduced?
Does anyone know someone who could repair an off-warranty LG dishwasher with a leak at the water intake?