These mango popsicles are the ultimate refreshing summer treat. They’re also so delicious and super easy to make, besides from being a more healthy option to store-bought ice pops.
What type of mangos to use
The best mangos to use are those fresh and very ripe because they’re sweeter, no matter what type they are. You can also make mango popsicles with canned mangos, specially if you living 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 find in the US, while in Europe you find often Ataulfo (Mexican), also know as champagne mangos.
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 those delicious mango popsicles! 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 mango popsicles with this method!
- Shoot glasses: Just make sure your glasses are sturdy enough to freeze. Normally those types of glasses are. As soon as your popsicles are ready, remove them from the glasses and store in the freezer. See our recipe for watermelon paletas using glasses.
- Muffin tins: How cute is that? Fill your muffins tin and place a small piece of parchment paper on top to keep the sticks in place while the popsicles solidify in the freezer.
Wash throughly 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.
Cut 1 1/2 cup of mango pulp into small bites and set aside.
Place the remaining mango pulp into a blender, add sugar and the lime juice. Pour in 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.
Now, 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 gaps.
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 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 the mold, otherwise they will melt and won’t maintain their shape.
How To Store
Once your mango popsicles are unmolded, layer them with parchment paper and store 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 quick as possible.
More frozen treats to enjoy this summer
- Strawberry and chia ice pops.
- Mascarpone and figs gelato.
- Elote ice cream.
- Stracciatella no-churn ice cream.
- 3 medium mangos (about 1 pound total)
- ½ lime (juice)
- ¼ cup sugar (or any sweetener you prefer)
- 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.
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