If you are a fan of our Mango Chile Margarita….these pops are for you. If you love traditional Mexican Mangonadas or Chamangos….these pops are for you. If you have ever bought a piece of vero mango candy from an ice cream truck… these pops are for you.
I have a special place in my heart for those sweet and sour little candies. They remind me of my mom's dad- my grandpa John. When I was six or seven years old, he spent a couple of weekends building my sister and me a play house in the backyard. He was a carpenter and had beautiful leathery hands that were the product of a lifetime spent working with lumber. He would take a break in the afternoons and I would watch him take out his pocketknife and cut a slice of melon or mango over his knee. He would top each slice of fruit with the tiniest pinch of salt before devouring it over the grass.
I blame my Tajín addiction on him.
A couple of notes:
Chamoy can be found at your local Mexican and Latin American markets. Look for it near the bottled salsas. It is a liquid sauce made from apricots and mangos and has a sweet and sour profile. You will see different kinds of this magical sauce- some with added chiles for a little heat and some more mild. The sweetness of the mango and orange juice in this recipe, mixed with the sourness of the Chamoy, makes for the perfect mouthwatering frozen treat. You will want to pour the Chamoy around the rim of each popsicle mold and let it drip to the bottom. This will give you the awesome coloring on your final popsicles. [see below]
My favorite part of these pops is the final dip in Tajín before you enjoy them. The more Tajín you use, the more sour and salty your pop will taste. This part is totally up to you. Start with a little bit and add more to taste.
1. Add the Mango, Lime juice + OJ to your blender, blend until smooth
2. Pour a little bit of Chamoy down the edges of each popsicle mold
3. Pour the mango mixture (in the blender) down the center of each mold
4. Place popsicle mold on top and add popsicle sticks
5. Pop your mold in the freezer for 6-8 hours
6. When you are ready to enjoy, remove mold from freezer and run lukewarm water over the bottom half (to loosen the pops)
7. Sprinkle Tajín on each pop before serving
words + photos by R. Simms