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

Paletas de mango is a type of Mexican popsicle made with fresh mango. They are often sold by street vendors in Mexico and other Latin American countries, as well as in Mexican grocery stores and specialty shops around the world.

The mango paletas are typically made by blending fresh mango with water and sugar to create a sweet, fruity mixture. The mixture is then poured into popsicle molds and frozen until solid.

Some variations may include additional ingredients, such as lime juice or chili powder, to add extra flavor and spice.

Paletas de mango is a popular and refreshing treat, especially during the summer months when temperatures are high. They are also a healthier alternative to many other types of frozen treats, as they are typically made with natural ingredients (like my watermelon paletas) and contain less added sugar than many other commercial popsicles.

Close-up of paletas de mango popsicles.

Ingredients

  • Mangoes: The main ingredient in these paletas de mango is fresh mangoes, which provide a sweet and fruity flavor as well as a creamy texture.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar is added to sweeten the popsicles. You can adjust the amount of sugar to your liking, depending on the sweetness of the mangoes and your personal preference.
  • Lime: Lime juice adds a tangy flavor to the popsicles and can help to balance out the sweetness of the mangoes. It is optional, but highly recommended for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Water: Use still water to blend the mixture.

How To Make Paletas de Mango

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 cups of mango pulp into small bites and set aside. You will need 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 lime juice. Pour in 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.

Top Tip: Adding water to the mixture helps to thin it out and make it easier to blend.

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.

Top Tips

  1. Choose ripe mangoes: To get the best flavor, choose ripe mangoes that are sweet and juicy. You can tell if a mango is ripe by gently pressing on it – if it gives slightly, it’s ready to eat.
  2. Adjust sweetness: Mangoes can vary in sweetness, so it’s important to taste the mixture and adjust the amount of sugar to your liking. You can also use natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup instead of granulated sugar.
  3. Add lime juice for a tangy flavor: Adding a splash of lime juice can help to balance out the sweetness of the mangoes and add a tangy flavor. It’s optional, but highly recommended.
  4. Use popsicle molds: To get the classic popsicle shape, use popsicle molds. Silicone molds are a good option because they are flexible and easy to remove the popsicles from.
  5. Freeze the popsicles for at least 6 hours: It’s important to give the paletas de mango enough time to freeze completely. This usually takes at least 6 hours but can vary depending on the size and shape of the molds.
A mango paleta popsicle placed on ice.

How To Store Mango Popsicles

Here are some tips on how to store these paletas de mango:

  • Keep them frozen: Popsicles should always be stored in the freezer to keep them frozen. If they are left at room temperature or in the refrigerator, they will melt and lose their shape.
  • Use an airtight container: To prevent freezer burn and keep the popsicles fresh, store them in an airtight container. You can use plastic containers or resealable plastic bags.
  • Separate the layers: It’s a good idea to separate them with a layer of wax paper or parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together.
  • Label and date the container: To keep track of how long the mango popsicles have been in the freezer, label the container with the date you made them or the expiration date.
  • Use the right temperature: Make sure your freezer is set to the proper temperature (0°F/-18°C or lower) to keep the popsicles frozen and fresh.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your mango popsicles stay fresh and delicious for as long as possible.

FAQ

How do you make popsicles creamy, not icy?

Rather than freezing the mixture all at once, freeze it in stages. After the first hour, remove the popsicles from the freezer and give them a stir or swirl to distribute any ice crystals that may have formed.
Then return them to the freezer and repeat this process every hour until they are completely frozen. This can help to create a smoother, creamier texture.

Are paletas healthy?

Overall, paletas can be a healthier alternative to many other types of frozen treats, especially if they are made with natural, whole-food ingredients and consumed in moderation.
As with any food, it’s important to pay attention to portion sizes and choose wisely to maintain a balanced and healthy diet.

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Paletas de Mango recipe.

Paletas de Mango

12 paletas
These mango popsicles, also known as paletas de mango, are the ultimate refreshing summer treat. They are creamy, sweet, and so easy to make!
prep 10 minutes
Freezing time 6 hours
total 6 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients 

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

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 cups of mango pulp into small bites and set aside.
  • Place the remaining mango pulp into a blender, and add sugar and lime juice. Pour in 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.
  • Place some diced mango into your popsicle 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.

Notes

  • To get the best flavor, choose ripe mangoes that are sweet and juicy. You can tell if a mango is ripe by gently pressing on it – if it gives slightly, it’s ready to eat.
  • Mangoes can vary in sweetness, so it’s important to taste the mixture and adjust the amount of sugar to your liking.
  • You can also use natural sweeteners like agave syrup or honey instead of granulated sugar.
  • Silicone molds are a good option because they are flexible and easy to remove the popsicles from.
  • It’s important to give the paletas de mango enough time to freeze completely. This usually takes at least 6 hours but can vary depending on the size and shape of the molds.
Nutrition Information
Serving: 1 paleta | 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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Maricruz Avalos Flores is a Mexican cook and photographer living in Italy where she shares authentic Mexican & Italian recipes that can be easily made at home using easy-to-find ingredients.

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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