I first discovered the glorious combination of chili and mango at Buford Highway Farmers Market, an international farmer's market in Atlanta. You could spend hours exploring, and I do most every time I visit my mom). In their massive produce department, they sell boxes of cut mango served with a slice and lime and chili powder for dusting. It might sound a little odd, but trust me on it. It's a really popular street food in Central America and Southeast Asia, plus it's got that whole sweet and spicy thing I love so much going on.
I've been dreaming up these popsicles for awhile now, and I'm not sure what took me so long to make them. They took just 10 minutes to whip up in the blender and are such a tasty snack for hot summer days! With the fat from creamy coconut milk, and fiber-rich carbohydrate from whole fruit, these popsicles are much more satisfying than your standard frozen juice pops (and much tastier imo).
They're sweet and tart and creamy, with a really complex spice thanks to the combination of ginger, turmeric and cayenne. They're not hot spicy though, unless you're really sensitive to heat. If that's the case, maybe just stick with the ginger and turmeric, or start with 1/8 teaspoon cayenne and increase after tasting.
You could also try these with pineapple, or a combination of the two. Feel free to adjust the sweetness level of these popsicles as well. I felt like 2 tablespoons was just the right amount, but you could increase or decrease as you like. I would just make sure you use a liquid sweetener versus sugar, which will leave a little graininess in the popsicle.
Chili Mango Popsicles
- 3 cups mango
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until pureed, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
- Divide puree between 6 popsicle molds. Cap and freeze 3-4 hours until solid.
- When ready to eat, run under warm water for 20 seconds to loosen mold.
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