Battle of the Dishes

Paletas Betty vs. AZ Pops: Who's Gonna Freeze Out the Competition?

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In This Corner: Paletas Betty

The Setup: With Valley locations in downtown Chandler and Tempe, Paletas Betty shops are set up to grab and go. The simple spaces, each with a counter and a freezer display case, make it easy and quick to get a frosty fix. The paletas run at just under $3 per pop.

The Good: The Mexican-style popsicles come in both creamy and fruity consistencies, both of which can hold up to a car ride in the heat without melting down all over your lap or car seat. With more than 10 south-of-the-border-inspired flavors like arroz con leche (rice pudding), zarzamora (blackberry lavender) and sandia (watermelon and fresh mint) made from fresh ingredients, you won't find popsicles like this just anywhere.

The Bad: Though the texture and consistency of Betty's paletas are nearly perfect, the flavors could stand to be stronger. But we're not really complaining, they're super-tasty.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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