Mango Float

THE PHILIPPINES

Tiramisu, but make it mango? Sign me up!

SUBMITTED BY

Alex

When calling for mango dishes from around the world, I had so many submissions to make mango float that I just had to include two Filipino mango recipes in the series. This mango float recipe comes from Alex, who lives in the Philippines.  

Alex describes the mango float as a dessert similar to a tiramisu since it has alternating layers of graham crackers, whipped cream, and mangos. He says every Filipino knows this dish by heart since the Philippines is considered the mango capital of the world. Their pride and love for mangos resulted in many delicious mango dishes, including sweet and savory dishes. The versatility of mangos also made it easy for them to create lots of unique mango dishes.  

Mango float was created when graham crackers were introduced to the Philippines during the American occupation. Since there was a surplus of mangos, the obvious creation was the mango float, which only has three simple ingredients.  

In the Philippines, whenever there is an occasion, including birthday parties, baby showers, weddings, and Christmas, mango floats are always present as a dessert. During the Christmas season, mango floats are made so much that the price of mangos actually significantly increases due to high demand.  

Alex describes the joy and comfort he gets when eating mango float, and he says it always reminds him of home, and he feels the comfort of being a kid again. He remembers his mom and sisters gathering around the table, making mango float together. Although they did not have much money and could only use a few mangos in the recipe, it was the best mango float he ever had.  

I tried the mango float, and I was surprised by how easy it was to make! It was the simplest dessert I have ever made. Even though there are minimal ingredients, the flavors are complex, creamy, and delicious. The condensed milk, vanilla, the spiced flavor from the graham cracker, and the sweetness of the mango make this dessert a definite crowd-pleaser. These ingredients are easy to find no matter what country you are in, and the dish is so simple and delicious, you just have to try it!  

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Ingredients
  

  • 5 ripe mangoes or more as needed
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½, 400 g box graham crackers

Instructions
 

  • Peel the mangoes, slice in half and then slice the cut halves lengthwise into thin strips. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream in a medium bowl until double in size. Add condensed milk and vanilla extract; mix until well combined.
  • Put a layer of graham crackers at the bottom of an 8-inch square glass baking dish or any similar container, filling the gaps with trimmed crackers. Spread 1/3 of the cream mixture evenly on top of the crackers and then top with a layer of mango slices.
  • Place another layer of graham crackers, cream mixture and slices of mango; repeat the process one more time, ending with slices of mango.
  • Refrigerate the mango float overnight to set completely before serving.
Course: Dessert
Region: Asia
Keyword: Crowd-pleaser

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