Come Y Bebe – Tropical Fruit Salad

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Last Updated on April 4, 2021 by Chef Mireille

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In Latin America, popsicles are known as paletas. There are two types of paletas. One type is fruit based and the other is milk based. The milk based one starts with a combination of coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk. These are Paletas de Coco. Fruit can be added to make numerous varieties. Some common flavors include passionfruit, mango and papaya.

Then there are juice based paletas. These come from a popular fruit salad called Come y Bebe, which translates as Eat & Drink. The fruit is chopped very small and served in a lot of juice, so that the fruit salad is drinkable. This is especially popular in Ecuador & Colombia. Someone had the ingenious idea to freeze it and juice based paletas were born.

On Wednesdays, I work in Queens. I live in Brooklyn, so it’s quite a commute. A few weeks ago, it was an especially warm day and with my suitcase of supplies in tow, I needed some sustenance to provide me with energy for my 90 minute commute home and I saw this delicious looking fruit salad and bought a cup.

Since I had my suitcase in tow, I take the elevator at the train station, which usually finds me with elderly elevator companions. An older Colombian woman got on the elevator with me and saw me drinking my Come y Bebe. Without request, she started a discourse on the fruit drink. She prefers it without banana because with banana, it is very filling. She just assumed I speak Spanish. Luckily, I do!  She found an interested audience in me, while the other elevator passengers (moms with baby carriages) were probably wondering when she was going to be quiet, as they were rolling their eyes.

Every week the Come y Bebe is different. I guess it depends what fruit is on hand. Sometimes it is in watermelon juice and other times it is in orange juice or mango juice.

This Wednesday was the last class and my students all presented me with hand written notes. Sometimes I get tired of lugging around all the supplies I need for class – hats, aprons, knives, food on the trains and buses as I go to my different job sites. I consider doing more corporate work which is more lucrative, but I could never get such heartfelt satisfaction as I do from these endearing kids. These notes make it all worth it. Inspired by my students who I will miss over the summer, I made this punch that I know they would love.

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Although I had originally planned to make the paletas, time got away from me so I just did the Come Y Bebe, but all you have to do is freeze this combination and you will then have the paletas.

Come y Bebe - Tropical Fruit Punch
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Come Y Bebe – Tropical Fruit Punch

the drinkable fruit salad from South America is the perfect summertime treat!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: beverages
Cuisine: South American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 133kcal


  • 1 cup chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 chopped pineapple about 2 cups
  • 1/3 chopped papaya about 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 chopped bananas
  • orange juice from 7 very juicy oranges
  • 3 1/2 cups mixed fruit puree strained (pineapple, papaya & watermelon)


  • For the fruit puree, combine any combination of fruits in a blender. Puree well. Strain.
  • Add the fruit puree to the orange juice in a large pitcher.
  • Add the chopped watermelon, pineapple, papaya and banana. Stir to combine.
  • Chill in the refrigerator.


Make sure you cut the fruit very small. You should be able to just slurp up the fruit as you drink. A spoon is not necessary.
If the fruit is ripe and sweet, no additional sweetener is needed. However, if necessary, you can add some honey or sugar.
You can use any combination of fruit you prefer.

This should last about 3 days in the refrigerator, but watermelon turns sour rather quickly. If you would like it to last longer, sub another fruit for the watermelon like mango, peaches or nectarines. I would also omit the banana if you want to keep it longer.
With these changes, Come y Bebe will last in the refrigerator about 5 days.


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1487IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Chef Mireille

Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
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  1. Kalyani

    Its so good to read about your adventures.. today I felt as if we were travelling between Queens and Brooklyn… 🙂

    The fruit punch looks so good and inviting ! I especially envy the juicy oranges you get out there 🙂

  2. Srivalli

    Mir, I enjoyed your travel notes and yes I felt I was next to you..:)..wish I got to drink this as lovely to see your students’ handwritten notes…it really makes up for lot of our efforts..

  3. Usha

    Before reading the post I was wondering what come-y-bebe and sound exotic. As always enjoyed reading about the punch and the history behind. It is so sweet of your students to give you those handwritten notes..

  4. Sandra

    Thanks for the recipe for Come Y Bebe! I’ve enjoyed this an d never knew that it is fairly easy to make. Now I need to try this on my own!

  5. Pavani

    Lovely post Mir and as I was reading it I started laughing because I remembered you telling us about your loooooooong walks at the train stations and your elevator ‘journeys’. At least if you find good company like this nice Colombian lady, your commutes might be more memorable. Love those notes from your students. I’m sure you are going to miss them too.
    That fruit punch looks and sounds so refreshing and delicious.

  6. Sowmya

    It’s lovely to read about your travel as also the notes. Refreshing looking paletas! I guess they are the perfect pick me up! Did I mention I love your blog url too?! Shall start prowling all over this site over the weekend!

  7. Priya Srinivasan

    On a really bad day, these cute hand written notes, really brings back that spirit in us and makes all the sweat worth it!!!
    I m loving this be be, baby!! I m going to make it definitely! !

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