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Over on the Eastside, and in many other Latino enclaves, summer has been synonymous with the ringing bells of those mobile vendors hawking paletas, fruity iced wonders in many vibrant colors and flavors.

While the Westsiders rage with their yogurt wars, it seems that the LA Times has finally discovered these icy treats that us in the barrios have been enjoying for decades.

Paletas come in many different flavors, from coconut and strawberry for the less adventurous, to unique flavors like spiced cucumber and tamarind. They are made with chunks of fresh and real fruits, and cost not much more than a $1.

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These popsicles are mostly sold by mobile vendors in predominately Latino neighborhoods, but many storefronts have opened citywide, usually under the name La Michoacana.

According to the LA Times story, paleteros, those who make and sell these hand-made treats, are hoping to reach out to a mainstream audience. So check out the provided list of local spots in the article and enjoy the refreshing, not-too-sweet desserts.

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