After proclaiming the excellence of Monarca paletas on this board last week, I am faced with having to make an embarrassing admission. A couple days ago I headed over to my favorite paleteria to procure a variety of my favorite flavors--rice pudding, banana, coconut, etc. Expecting the usual fresh and creamy excellence that in my experience had previously characterized Monarca's product, I was instead subjected to a freezer-burned parody of paleta perfection. The paletas I sampled on this occasion lacked almost any semblance of creaminess, presented an odd texture that made me feel as though I were licking frozen sand, and contained "fruit" chunks that were unrecognizable to my eyes and taste buds. Ice crystals were pervasive on the surface and inside the bars. This batch was a disappointing, inedible mess.
Hopefully this debacle will prove to be an isolated incident, and Monarca will soon return to its former glory.
Monarca Paleteria is located on Clark near Lunt in Rogers Park.