See the tart and the sweet elements? Mmmm. Credit: CVI Crapcam

What: The Strawberry and Cream Popsicle

Where: La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor, 27765 Landau Blvd., No. 106, Cathedral City

How much: $2.39

Contact: 760-507-8477

Why: It’s tart and sweet.

Not too long ago, I was at a party. It was a poolside potluck sort of affair, and a couple of gents arrived with a plastic shopping bag full of popsicles. Various party-goers started grabbing the frozen treats—and the raves began soon thereafter.

“Where did you get these?!” someone gleefully asked.

“La Michoacana, up near Landau and Vista Chino,” one of the gents responded.

For some reason (Lack of hunger? Brain lapse?) I didn’t try a paleta (popsicle) that night, but the raves were fresh in my mind when I recently found myself running errands in the Landau-Vista Chino area. I decided to stop by.

La Michoacana has a lot of frozen treats on offer, but I was there for the popsicles. The paletas de crema caught my attention—especially the fresa con crema, known by gringos as strawberry and cream.

I ordered one … and I was very, very glad I did so.

There was a big chunk of strawberry right at the very top of the paleta; I bit it off, and got a mouthful of tart fruit. Then I licked a cream portion, and my taste buds got a nice dose of sweet. Then I managed to get a bite that was, more or less, 50-50.

Wow.

The combination of strawberries and cream is common for a reason: Tart strawberry and soft cream, both sweet in their own ways, complement each other splendidly—and the paleta is an excellent illustration of this. It really was a perfect dessert: delicious, fun and the perfect size. Plus, it’s delightfully cool on a warm day.

I missed out by not having one of these popsicles at that party. Learn from my mistake, and check out La Michoacana.

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. A native of Reno, Nevada, the Dodgers fan went to Stanford University intending to become a sportswriter—but fell...