This Jalapeno Mango Coconut Popsicles post is version 2.0 of a post originally published last year.
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to make room for frozen treats in your freezer again. I get a little grumpy when it’s too hot and humid, so this is especially true for me. 🙂
I first made these Jalapeno Mango Coconut Popsicles as part of a popsicle series (originally called Mango Chilli popsicles) around the time I started this blog last year. Looking back on the pictures, I was a little embarrassed by them (and for them!). Luckily, I’ve been wanting to make them again, so decided on a make-over for my old post. I ended up tweaking the recipe, giving them an even more tropical twist with the awesome addition of Coconut!
This is in a way a tribute to my childhood. I think I’ve mentioned before, how much we used to eat mangoes while growing up in Sri Lanka. In that tropical climate, those things grow like weeds, and they are always so ripe and juicy and delicious. I often ate mangoes (and guavas and pineapples) with some salt, pepper and chili powder, which was really the norm for my cousins and myself. And pretty much every other kid I knew. I honestly cannot think of anything as tropical or as nostalgic as the combination of mangoes, peppery heat and coconut! Hence, these Jalapeno Mango Coconut Popsicles!
And having said all that, I first ate mango coconut popsicles in Australia! 🙂 I’m sure any Aussie reading this would know Weis bars, correct? Those babies are insanely good, and took up permanent residence in my freezer once. But since I can’t get my hands on them here in the US, I made my own version!
This recipe however doesn’t have too much heat. The process of candying the jalapenos removes the heat from the peppers somewhat, leaving it with just the flavour of the jalapenos and maybe just a hint of the heat. However you can leave out the jalapenos altogether too if you prefer. Personally, I love it (so does Mr K), and even turned up the heat a little more in our second batch of popsicles. That paradoxical combination of the sweet, fruity coolness of the popsicle and the little pockets of peppery heat, is one that’s sure to surprise you with how well it works!
The last time I made these, I placed thin slices of jalapeno peppers on the outside of the popsicle (see picture above). This time I incorporated it in to the popsicle. This way, not only do you have a more even distribution of the jalapeno flavour through out the popsicle, but the little candied jalapeno slices come as a nice surprise when you do come across them.
And I love the contrast between mango and coconut too! Sweet, fruity mango and creamy, refreshing coconut – there’s no way you can go wrong with that combo!
And it doesn’t hurt that these are pretty to look at either! 🙂 A quintessential summer treat in both flavour and appearance!
I love making my own popsicles! Not only do I get to play around with awesome flavour combos, they can be a whole lot of fun too! Imagine making these with kids? 🙂 Plus it’s healthier since you only use natural ingredients. Not that it would make any difference to kids! I mean the stuff we used to eat, when we were little… I remember filling up plastic popsicle molds with sugar-drinks like Coca cola, Fanta and my personal favourite Portello, and hiding them in my grandmother’s freezer. Do you have a favourite popsicle flavour? 🙂
I will be re-doing a few of my old posts in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned for that! 🙂
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