Mango Gelees

by Maggie Battista on December 3, 2007

in Desserts, Holiday


Recipe number two from my cooking extravaganza was another one I tackled because it seemed like very little input for something truly beautiful. And, yes, it was very easy and I hope you agree the result is beautiful.

I happened upon this recipe in the latest issue of Gourmet magazine. They were smack right in the center of the front cover.


Alas, instead of passion fruit puree, I could only find mango fruit puree/juice. My husband and I are big fans of mango, so I figured, let’s take a chance. The result was yummy, sweet and full of tropical flavor… making you wonder what the heck we’re doing living up in what is becoming a frosty New England when we could be basking in the Florida sun like my husband’s Dad now does year round.

The gelees were a bit too sweet for my taste – I can only have one piece once in a while. But I plan to gift these to children of friends during the holiday season. This recipe makes quite a bit of candy, but I will package only 5-6 pieces in small cute cellophane bags with festive ribbon. A little goes a long way.

(By the way, I rolled them in organic sugar – so it feels like you’re making something slightly healthy for kids. Even though it is, after all, still sugar.)

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • Mandy

    I saw the recipe but I couldn’t find passion fruit puree here too, this is a clever twist to the original recipe. I will definitely give it a try, with maybe less sugar, since you mentioned that it’s too sweet. I heart mango, btw! :)

  • Maggie

    The first few of them are very sweet, as they’re covered in sugar… but now, as I dig in every once in a while, I find them to be very mellow compared to all the other sweet treats I have around at the holidays. All my guests have said the same thing too – as I always serve a few at the very, very end of a meal. I think I will add even more mango puree to my next batch along with a squeeze of lime juice, to up the flavor.

  • Hanne

    Wow, these look great! I love mango too. Did you find that the mango puree was quite sour? I made a tart with passion fruit puree once, and it (the puree) was very sour. Thanks for the idea. I like passion fruit, but I like mango more.

  • Maggie

    Not sour at all actually! I was thinking a touch of lime in the next batch might give them a tart kick…

  • jill

    do you think they could be coated on the top with bittersweet chocolate? I thought I would try that for half of them. If you try to add the chocolate when they are set, will it melt the gelatin? I’m making them today and I am going to try the mango with a little lime.

  • Maggie

    Hmm… I don’t think they’d melt if you let them sit in the fridge for a while. I still have a batch in my fridge (sans sugar, of course) and I am doing some chocolate dipped fruit tonight, so perhaps I will slip a few of these in… Good luck. Let me know how the lime is…

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