Mango Habanero Popsicles

by Kate on July 16, 2012

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For the longest time I’ve been saying I would like to make an interesting popsicle. Not your average, ordinary, run of the mill popsicle. No strawberry, grape or orange here. No siree. I wanted something a little different, something unexpected. Then I found out about the Marx Foods Fire on Ice Chile Recipe Contest from fellow blogger, Suzanne.  I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me to mess around with a grown up spin on a childhood favorite. Enter mango habanero popsicles. Oh yeah! So right about now, I’m sure I’ve lost some of you… but wait! Come back, don’t leave so quickly.

The idea of the contest is to create something meant to be served cold using chilies. Marx Foods sent me an assortment of dried chilies to play with. As I feasted my eyes on all the different varieties, I saw the habanero peppers. I remembered I had a few ripe mangoes in the kitchen and thought to myself, “Self, we might be onto something.” Honestly, I wasn’t 100% sure about this creation and there was always the possibility that I’d be going back to the proverbial drawing board. But it does work! It’s awesome.

This popsicle starts off with that cold sweetness you’ve grown to love over countless balmy childhood summers. Juicy, ripe mango tiptoes over your taste buds. Then you’re introduced to Mr. Habanero. Hello there! You feel the warm, prickly heat on your tongue but it’s wonderful. It’s not “oh my goodness, my mouth is on fire!” hot. This is just a warmth that lets you know it’s there, warmth that’s so nice that you go back for another cool bite of this spicy popsicle. You’ll be smitten.



Maddy waited so patiently to try these. Even she went back for more than one bite although after the third she reported, “It’s a little bit spicy, Mommy.”

One Year Ago: Palmiers

Mango Habanero Popsicles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

4 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Mango Habanero Popsicles


  • 3 large ripe mangoes, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped (if you don't want yours too spicy, use half a habanero, taste and then add more if desired)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a slow boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the mangoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Puree the mixture in a blender until very smooth. Allow the mixture to cool.
  3. Pour the mango habanero puree into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine July 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

posted a comment on your jam – we do habaneros in jam , never thought of doing this with a popsicle! will have to give that a try! thanks!


Kate July 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm

As soon as I saw your other comment, I was thinking “well, she may like today’s popsicle then.” Hope you make them! They are really a great treat.


Christine July 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm

yup! liking it for sure! maybe even change up the fruit too! oooooh peach! uh oh, trouble is starting!


Kate July 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Oh I love the sound of peach!! I like the way you think.


Barbara | Creative Culinary July 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’m making popsicles this week…with a touch of booze of course. It’s the perfect time of year and these were a genius match of flavors. I love just that bit of heat, sounds like I would love these!


Kate July 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Thanks Barb! And I cannot wait to see your boozy popsicles. I’m sure they’re going to be magical!


Baker Street July 17, 2012 at 1:54 am

Oh Kate! Maddy is so adorable! These popsicles look so pretty. Vibrant and refreshing. I must get myself some molds right away! 🙂


Kate July 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Thanks An! I’m so glad you like them. They really were unique and tasty!


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Those are so pretty! I love the sweet and spicy!


Kate July 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Thanks Dorothy! They were the perfect combo of sweet and spicy.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

What a great flavor. I love the idea of mango with some heat!


Kate July 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Thanks Erin! It was such a unique and interesting combination. Really enjoyed it!


Amanda@Chewtown July 22, 2012 at 5:29 am

It’s still cold here in Sydney, Australia – but the moment it gets warmer, I’m trying these!


Kate July 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Hope you like them!! They’re wickedly good 😉


nicole July 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm

These seem great and refreshing – I’m surprised your little one tried the Popsicles. the dried habanero even looks a bit like the mango!


Kate August 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Thanks Nicole! I’m so glad you like the recipe. I was really surprised my daughter tried them as well! I love when she’ll try new things, even if she only takes a bite or two.


Randi - Dukes and Duchesses April 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

That flavor combination sounds amazing. I’ll definitely be trying it this summer!


Kate May 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Thanks Randi! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


Tyler Cleverly February 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

loved it!


Kate February 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Oh I’m so happy to hear that Tyler! This is one of my very favorite recipes.


Tyler Cleverly February 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm

me too!


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