Mango Italian Ice

Italian Ice is one of my favorite summer treats. So simple, yet somehow luxurious. It makes the perfect little dinner party dessert for steamy summer nights.

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Have you ever wondered why some things are considered elegant and others things not-so-elegant?

Waltzing, elegant.

Twerking, not so elegant.

4-Inch Peep-Toe Stilettos, elegant.

4-Inch Flip-Flop Heels, not so elegant.

Pressed Linen Napkins, elegant.

Folded Paper Towels, not so elegant.

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In my opinion, it’s all about how these things make you feel.

Items and activities that make you feel calm and slightly pampered tend to have an air of elegance.

And so it is for Italian Ice.

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Although it’s just a simple puree of fruit and sugar syrup, Italian Ice offers a touch of elegance to the end of any meal.

It has to do with the little individually sized portions.

The gentle way you glide your spoon across the smooth surface to gather each bite.

It’s the cool refreshing sensation you experience as the sweet frozen fruit melts on you tongue.

And of course the word “Italian” doesn’t hurt; a word we often associate with romance.

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I love dishes that serve up the sense of luxury, especially if they take almost no time to prepare.

This Mango Italian Ice Recipe is one of my favorites. It doubles as the perfect summertime dinner party dessert, and a great kiddie treat!

To make it, simply puree chunks of mango, lime juice, lime zest, and simple syrup in the blender. Then pour into small cups and freeze. The mango provides an extra smooth, almost creamy, texture that gives this Italian Ice recipe a lavish feel.

If you are feeling daring, try adding a tablespoon of fresh dill or thyme to the mixture, for a touch of herby intrigue!

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Be careful not to blend the Italian Ice mixture too long. Over-blended simple syrup and mangoes can produce a thick gelatinous texture that isn’t very appealing. Keep it short and sweet!

Adding fresh herbs to the mixture is a fun way to give Italian Ice extra wow-factor. Just be careful with powerful herbs like rosemary and sage. Make sure to add just enough to balance the sweet and herby flavors. 1 tablespoon of mild herbs or 1 teaspoon for intense herbs.


Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Mango Italian Ice


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the water and sugar in the microwave (or in a small sauce pan on the stove top) until the sugar dissolves into the water. Remove from heat.
  2. Place the peeled and chopped mango into a blender. Cover and pulse a few times to break up the chunks. Then pour the sugar syrup, lime juice, and lime zest into the blender. Cover again and puree until just smooth. Don't over blend!
  3. Pour the mixture into ramekins or small souffle cups. Freeze until hard, at least 2 hours.

More Frozen Fruity Favorites:

Strawberry Basil Italian Ice

Lemon Peppercorn Italian Ice

Mango Lassi Popsicles

Blood Orange Granita ~ Sweet Remedy

Honeydew Mint Ice Pops ~ Hungry Girl Por Vida

Mango Ginger Sorbet ~ Kitchen Confidante

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37 Responses to “Mango Italian Ice”

  1. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — June 5, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    Beautiful recipe, Sommer! Love all the analogies in this post. Any infusion of flavors seems luxurious to me! As you mentioned, this is the perfect frozen dessert on a warm summer night. xo


  2. #
    Tieghan — June 5, 2013 @ 5:37 am

    I LOVE mangos and this is just incredible! The perfect cold summer treat! YUM!


  3. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 5, 2013 @ 6:05 am

    Loving the lime and salt in this!!


  4. #
    RavieNomNoms — June 5, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    How delicious!


  5. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — June 5, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    Stunning, Sommer!


  6. #
    Betty Ann @Mango_Queen — June 5, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    You had me at Mangoes! I’m sold! This will be a favorite summer dessert. The process is so simple, yet I’m sure it will be so delightful. Thanks for sharing, Sommer!


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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 5, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    Italian ice is one of my FAVORITES in the summer time. When I don’t feel like getting all heavy with the ice cream, this is my go-to! I love it’s mango flavored, one of the best fruit flavors :) awesome, Sommer! I can’t wait to take a gander at making italian ice at home!


  8. #
    Maria — June 5, 2013 @ 6:58 am

    Great cool down treat!


  9. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 5, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    Wow, this looks so refreshing! As always, I loove those Villeroy & Boch dishes and you use them so creatively!


  10. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 5, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Ooo, what a refreshing treat for the summer! This looks so delicious, Sommer!


  11. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 5, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    Love italian ice but have never made it. Looks like I need to change that.


  12. #
    Heather Christo — June 5, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    These are GORGEOUS!!!! I love how delicate and vibrant the color is!


  13. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 5, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I love mangoes, this looks so refreshing!


  14. #
    Jenny Flake — June 5, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    These are soo cute! Love those little bowls too :)


  15. #
    Marly — June 5, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    The only way I’d like it better is if I had some right now!!


  16. #
    naomi — June 5, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    This screams summer and is screaming for me to make it!!


  17. #
    nessa — June 5, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    This looks perfect for summer!


  18. #
    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — June 5, 2013 @ 4:23 pm


    I love Italian ice, but unfortunately the store counterpart has ingredients that don’t agree with my tummy. Lemon is my favorite, now I see the secret to making it homemade is the simple syrup! I can’t wait to make it. :)

    Thanks for sharing!! As always your pictures are stunning.

    It was great to finally meet you at FBF Disney!


  19. #
    Gaby — June 5, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    this sounds so refreshing!


  20. #
    Abby — June 5, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    oh, this looks incredible! such gorgeous photographs, and the recipe itself… yum! A must-try this summer.


  21. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 5, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    I want some of this right now. Major craving!


  22. #
    Ruth — June 5, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    This is so AWESOME and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing <3


  23. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — June 6, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    OOOhh! Look at that color! I’ve never had Italian ice, but this is making me want is badly!


  24. #
    marla — June 6, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Ohhhhhh….I bet this has the most wonderful flavor!! XO


  25. #
    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ — June 6, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Looks great! For Italian Ice you mean “sorbetto”?


  26. #
    BusyWorkingMama — June 7, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Wow, the presentation is amazing!


  27. #
    Carolyn — June 10, 2013 @ 4:34 am

    I don’t have any words besides “Yum!”


  28. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — June 10, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Yep. I’ll take two. Okay three, you twisted my arm.


  29. #
    Jeanette — June 10, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    My kids love Italian ice and I love mangoes – looks so refreshing Sommer!


  30. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — June 10, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    These are a definite must for summer!


  31. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 10, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    The perfect ending to a summer meal!


  32. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — June 12, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Oh this is so wonderful :) I love italian ice and yours looks perfect!


  33. #
    Melissa — March 27, 2014 @ 7:58 am

    Anyone tried making this with splenda or another sugar substitute? Does ti change the texture or how it “sets”? I would love to have it but being diabetic i can’t have that much sugar….


    • Celuta Machado — May 1st, 2014 @ 9:08 am

      Maybe you can use agave instead of sugar. The agave, which is made ​​from a Mexican plant, is much healthier and I believe most appropriate for your case.


    • Sommer — May 2nd, 2014 @ 6:25 am

      Hey Melissa, We don’t really use sugar substitutes (except for honey and maple syrup on occasion) but it’s worth giving it a try. It might be slightly less soft, and more icy than this version… but I bet it would still tastes great!


  34. #
    Celuta Machado — May 1, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Thanks for the delicious recipe! I just do it!
    I added a pinch of cayenne pepper and I think that combined very well.



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