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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.

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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Mango Italian Ice

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Freezing Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
This Mango Italian Ice Recipe is one of my favorites. It doubles as the perfect summertime dinner party dessert, and a great kiddie treat!
Servings: 6


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


  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Pour the mixture into ramekins or small souffle cups. Freeze until hard, at least 2 hours.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 165kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 104mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 41g, Vitamin A: 595IU, Vitamin C: 23.3mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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40 comments on “Mango Italian Ice”

  1. Have you tried it with habaneros?

  2. I made popsicles, and ate two in a row when they were ready! I filled 8 popsicle molds with this recipe — 4 Zuku round pops and 4 rocket popsicles. 

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

  4. 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….

    • 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.

    • 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!

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

  7. The perfect ending to a summer meal!

  8. These are a definite must for summer!

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

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

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

  12. Wow, the presentation is amazing!

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

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

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

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

  17. I want some of this right now. Major craving!

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

  19. this sounds so refreshing!

  20. Sommer,

    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!

  21. This looks perfect for summer!

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

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

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

  25. I love mangoes, this looks so refreshing!

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

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

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

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

  30. Great cool down treat!

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. Loving the lime and salt in this!!

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

  35. 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