Have you ever been poolside at one of those swank hotels usually reserved for celeb-utants and their hoard when a member of the hospitality staff appears with complimentary snacks or services? Like offering to clean your sunglasses, or spritz your face with Evian mist — or offering a bite-sized tidbit to refresh your palate?
These mango chillers are inspired by one of those experiences. Not that I rub elbows (or any other parts with Kim-K or the like), but I’ve been to a few resorts where their random-acts-of-kindness have made me feel like I was more than just a middle-aged food-blogger from Boca. They’ve also given me a few ideas. Like these mango chillers! And let me say that on a scorching day – these are a hit!
Peel a couple of ripe mangoes — you can score them into diamonds if you want, but it’s completely unnecessary. They are going to be whizzed to oblivion.
The mango goes into the blender with a bit of lime juice (use a heavy duty blender like a VitaMix).
Look at that golden pulp! Gorgeous.
Add equal amounts of ice as you have mango pulp and blend. You may have to tamp down on the ice, or stop the blending to give it a stir if the blender goes into a tailspin. Just keep working at it until the icy puree is the consistency of a slurpee.
These healthy treats get their sweetness and tang from the fruit, so make sure you’re using the ripest, most perfumed mangoes you can get.
Mango chillers only take five minutes (if that) to make and they’re a great “snack” for the kids and grown-ups alike. Just grab a spoon and chill!
Incidentally, I’ve pictured these chillers in regular glasses, but if I’m honest, I put them in those insulated Tervis tumblers — that way, they stay icy and frozen long enough to enjoy them before they melt away.
Other irresistible ice cold summertime treats:
- peanut butter banana shake
- strawberry daiquiri ice cream
- honeyed peach ice cream with almond streusel
- cool mint cookie chip ice cream
- banana chip crunch ice cream
- pineapple sorbet
On a hot, sticky day, there's nothing better than a simple mango chiller to cool you off!
- 2 ripe mangoes chilled
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 2 cups ice
- a heavy duty blender such as a VitaMix or NutriBullet
Peel and pit the mangoes and transfer the flesh to the blender along with the lime juice. Secure the lid and puree. Add the ice. Secure the lid on the blender and start at a slow speed, gradually increasing until the fruit and ice are pureed into a smooth consistency. If the blender freezes up, or doesn't seem to be making progress, tamp down on the ice or turn off the blender and stir the mixture, then resume blending.
Serve immediately, preferably in an insulated glass.
Recipe can be doubled - depending on the size of your blender.