Mango Popsicles (paletas de mango)

These mango popsicles (paletas de mango) are the ultimate refreshing summer treat. They’re also so delicious and super easy to make, but also a healthier option than store-bought ice pops.

Mango popsicles on a turquoise plate with ice.

What is a mango popsicle?

A mango popsicle is a frozen treat made with fresh mangos and shaped into an ice pop to enjoy on hot days. Paletas de mango on the other hand is the name of how those ice popsicles are known in Mexico.

In my state (Colima) is common to find paletas almost everywhere, in the ice cream parlors called paleterías or in the streets sold by men in small carts while they shout: Paleeeeeetas! paletas de mango, limón, coco, piña, fresa, sandía, paletaaaas! …

Making those treats at home is very easy and both kids and adults love them! They are refreshing, delicious, and the perfect treat on a summer day. Besides, they are absolutely healthier than store-bought ice pops.

So, you should really give a try to this recipe!

What type of mangos to use

The best mangos to use are those fresh and nicely ripe because they’re sweeter, no matter what type they are. You can also make mango popsicles with canned or frozen mangos, especially if you live in a place where fresh mangos are a luxury.

If you have fresh mangos available at your nearest supermarket, find those fat, large mangos that have yellowish-red skin. Tommy Atkins is a variety that can be easily found in the US, while in Europe you find often Ataulfo (Mexican), also known as champagne mangos.

Fresh mangos and a plate with a knife.

Mangos are a good source of protective compounds with antioxidant properties, they may aid digestion and have good levels of both vitamins A and C.

How to make ice pops without molds

If you don’t have or want to buy molds for ice pops, no worries, you can still make this easy recipe. Here’s how:

  • Paper or plastic cups: Use small cups and fill them with the mango mixture. Cover them with cling film and carefully, insert an ice pop stick. Freeze as suggested below. You can even recycle yogurt containers and use them to make your paletas de mango with this method!
  • Shoot glasses: Just make sure your glasses are sturdy enough to freeze. As soon as your popsicles are ready, remove them from the glasses and store them in the freezer.
  • Muffin tins: How cute is that? Fill your muffin’s tin and place a small piece of parchment paper on top to keep the sticks in place while the popsicles solidify in the freezer.
Paletas de mango (mango popsicles) closeup.

Once you have decided which molds are you going to use, go ahead and make yourself this amazing treat.

How To Make Mango Popsicles

Wash thoroughly the mangos and then peel them. Slice the pulp with a sharp knife making sure to get the most of it attached to the pit.

Preparing mango popsicles, cutting the mangos on a cutting board.

Cut 1 1/2 cup of mango pulp into small bites and set aside. You will need that to add some bites of fresh fruit to the ice pops.

Mango popsicles preparation: Diced mango on a cutting board.

Place the remaining mango pulp into a blender. Add sugar and the lime juice. Pour in 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.

Blended mango in a blender to make paletas de mango (aka mango popsicles).

Now, place some of the diced mango you saved before into your popsicle molds. Do not push, just add it loosely.

Mango popsicles prep: Diced mango on popsicle molds.

Pour in some mango mixture filling just about half the mold. Shake the molds a bit so the mixture fills all gaps.

The molds half-filled with mango mixture to make paletas de mango (mango popsicles).

Add more diced mango to each mold and finish with mango mixture to completely fill them. Put a stick on each popsicle and freeze for about six hours or overnight.

How to get popsicles out of the mold

  • Dipping: Fill a bowl or pan that is at least as tall as your popsicle mold with warm water. Dip in the mold for 20-25 seconds to loosen the pops, then remove the mold from the water and gently pull the ice pops. If the popsicles don’t come out, dip the mold for a few seconds and try again.
  • Run under water: Place the mold under running warm water for 20-30 seconds, then unmold the popsicles.
  • Sit at room temperature: If the weather is very hot, they will need about 2-3 minutes. Just make sure to check up to see if popsicles can be pulled out of the mold, otherwise, they will melt and won’t maintain their shape.
A mango popsicle sitting on ice.

How To Store Paletas De Mango

Once your mango popsicles are unmolded, layer them with parchment paper and store them in plastic bags or containers in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.

After that, paletas de mango will develop some hard ice and lose some flavor, so better eat them as quickly as possible.

FAQ

How do you make popsicles creamy, not icy?

If you want your ice pops to be more creamy and not too hard, freeze the mixture for 2-3 hours, just to the point when it starts to firm a bit. Blend again to break the ice crystals and then fill the molds.

How many calories are in a mango popsicle?

This recipe has only 39kcal per popsicle. Since it uses only fresh mangos and little sugar.

Is a popsicle healthy?

Depending on the ingredients used, homemade ice popsicles are healthier than store-bought since the latest has stabilizers and preservatives to make them last longer, and usually contains so much sugar.

How do you keep popsicles from melting?

If you want to bring those mango popsicles to your next beach picnic, make sure to wrap them individually with foil, then place some ice at the bottom of a cooler and add a layer of ice popsicles. Cover with more ice and that’s it. Your treats can last for about 4 hours in the cooler without melting.

Can dogs eat mango popsicles?

Yes, they can! Taita, my Labrador loves them but I always make a batch for her without sugar and without the stick, so I can be sure she will be safe when eating it.

Mango popsicles recipe.

Mango Popsicles

These mango popsicles are the ultimate refreshing summer treat. They’re also so delicious and super easy to make!
PREP 10 minutes
Freezing time 6 hours
TOTAL 6 hours 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 12
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 3 medium mangos (about 1 pound total)
  • ½ lime (juice)
  • ¼ cup sugar (or any sweetener you prefer)

Instructions

  • Wash mangos and peel them. Slice the pulp with a sharp knife making sure to get the most of it attached to the pit.
  • Cut 1 ½ cup of mango pulp into small bites.
  • Place the remaining mango pulp into a blender, add sugar and lime juice. Pour in 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.
  • Place some diced mango into your popsicles molds.
  • Pour in some mango mixture filling just about half the mold. Shake the molds a bit so the mixture fills all the gaps.
  • Add more diced mango to each mold and finish with mango mixture to completely fill them.
  • Insert a stick on each popsicle and freeze for six hours or overnight.
Nutrition
Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 407IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for the recipe, I appreciated especially the FAQs section as I’d love to make those mango popsicles also for my sweet four-legs baby <3