ESTABLISHED by Hayden Lomax and Jeremy Schmid in 2012, Paleta manufacture a range of gourmet ice blocks. Available in seven variants including Feijoa & Pear, Passionfruit & Lime, Mango, Boysenberry Smoothie and Raspberries & Cream, the range is hand made in small batches at The Officers Mess in Fort Takapuna.
Paleta’s sophisticated ice blocks are currently available through Moore Wilson’s and Farro Fresh with its Raspberries & Cream option picking up a Cuisine Artisan award earlier this year.
Lomax says the brand’s offering differs to others on the market as they are made with whole bits of fruit and are similar to the paletas found on the streets of South America.
“Fruit is the main ingredient. We don’t pasteurise any of our mixes so none of the flavour is lost. They are natural, have no colours and less sugar than your regular ice block,” he says.
Lomax believes the range has been so successful as consumers are willing to pay more for premium and high quality products. The duo is currently working on new formats and flavours with a multipack option for grocery potentially in the pipeline.
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