June 10, 2018



Vanilla no-churn ice cream with swirls of mango puree and lime zest is creamy and luscious. It's a refreshing taste of summer in every mouthful.


Remember when I posted the recipe for Mexican Horchata last month, I mentioned that bad luck seem to occur in sets of threes? I was waiting for number three to manifest in some form. Well, I did not fall into a drainage ditch or get shoved into a pool as predicted, but something incredibly bizarre did happen. Here's how the whole ugly incident went down.

I had a doctor's appointment a couple weeks ago. On the way out of the house, I hastily slipped on a pair of old leather sandals that I have had for years. After arriving at the doctor's office, I proceeded to step out of the car when I noticed the entire outer upper left side of my left sandal had detached from the sole and was flapping loosely. It was barely holding on by a few stitches in the front strap! Panic set in. A quick search of the car revealed no backup shoes, so I limped my way into the building with my left sandal pointed sideways. I couldn't believe what was happening!!

At the check-in counter, I searched my purse for anything that could be used to fasten the side back into place. Found were 2 rubber bands: one whole and one broken. I quickly strung them together, looped one end through a slit of a strap on the right side of the sandal, brought it under the shoe, and fastened it to a slit of the loosen uppers on the left side. It worked well enough to hold the loosened side in place.

BUT!! my doctor's office was on the second floor. Up a long flight of stairs I went. The good news: the left sandal held together. The bad news: the right sandal had come apart in the exact same way!! At this point, I had to laugh at the absurdity. I mean what are the chances?!


To wrap things up, the medical assistant was kind enough to bring me a roll of cellophane tape when I pointed out that I had a shoe emergency. I wrapped that tape around both sandals. They held together fine but looked like sh*t! On top of that, the sandals now crackled every time I took a step because of the tape. I didn't want the noise to draw attention to my footwear, so what did I do for the rest of my appointment? I shook the keys and lab paperwork that were in my hands as I walked to drown out the noise from my shoes! Bwahaha!!!

Moving onto this fabulous ice cream. Since I don't own an ice cream maker, no-churn is the way to go! This ice cream, composed of a vanilla base swirled with a mango lime puree, is not only pretty but also delicious! I'm not a huge fan of yellow, but I love the shade of yellow swirls! The mango and lime combination tastes like summer and is so refreshing!


How do you pick a mango?

You would want the ripest mango you can get you hands on. Since there are so many varieties with varying shapes, size, and colors, the best way to determine ripeness is by feel and smell. A ripe mango should give very slightly when you put pressure on it with your hands. It should also have a fruity smell.

How to cut a mango?

I prefer to peel them with a paring knife or vegetable peeler, then cut my way around the large pit in the center. If you are unfamiliar with working with mangos, I found a good instructional link for various methods of peeling them here.

To ensure the ice cream comes out perfectly, here are some more helpful tips:
  • If using frozen mango chunks, defrost and drain well then pat completely dry with a kitchen towel or paper towels. 
  • Use a powerful blender or food processor to puree mangos until smooth.
  • The  pureed mango should have the consistency of a thick smoothy.
Generally, instructions for no churn ice cream requires freezing time of at least 6 hours. I find the ice cream tend to be too soft at this stage. Freeze overnight or the day before for optimal firmness.You be the judge of yours.

 Other refreshing frozen desserts:




2 cups ripe mango chunks, fresh or defrosted (about 2 large fresh mangos)
1 1/2 rounded tbsp. grated lime zest (3-4 limes)
1/4 cup powdered sugar, divided
2 cups heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract


If using fresh mango, peel and cut into bite size chunks, cutting around the seed. If using frozen mango, defrost and drain well. Pat completely dry with paper towels.

Puree mango in a blender for food processor until almost smooth. Add 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and lime zest. Continue pureeing until completely smooth. The puree should have the consistency of a thick smoothy.

In a large bowl, whip heavy cream until it begins to thicken. Slowly add 2 tablespoons powdered sugar. Continue whipping until stiff peaks form. 

In a separate bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt. Blend well. Fold in about 1/3 of the whipped cream. Gently pour mixture back into the whipped cream.

Pour 1/3 of ice cream mixture into a 9x5x3-inch pan. Drizzle on 1/2 of the mango puree. Add the remaining ice cream mixture, followed by the remaining mango puree. Insert a butter knife deep into the pan. Cut through the ice cream mixture to create swirls.

Freeze at least 6 hours. Overnight or a day ahead is best.

Makes about 8 cups.

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  1. Yay! Time to buy new shoes!!! This ice cream is incredible looking. Love the swirl!

    1. I like how you make lemonade out of lemons, Mimi! I deserve a new pair of shoes after my ordeal ;)

  2. SERIOUSLY! What are the odds? That's crazy! I'd definitely need a triple scoop of this ice cream after an experience like that :). Have a great week, Thao!

    1. A kajillion to one! And I hit it! I have a better chance of hitting a multi million dollar lottery 😆 You have a great week Kelsie!!

  3. this ice cream sounds so fantastic! and haha those shoes adventures (; i was in vegas a few months ago, and everyone at the pool had the same flipflops as me, and someone accidentally took mine. i ended up having to wear my hiking boots that i left in my car (was too lazy to take them out) for the rest of the trip, and it was quite a look (;

    1. LOL! Sometimes laziness pays off ;) You have the advantage of being young and can pull that "I totally meant to do that" look and get away with it! 😄

  4. Hopefully you get some good luck coming your way soon! This ice cream is perfect for summertime. Love the combo of mango and lime!

    1. I sure hope so! I hope it will be in a form of a piece of paper with a dollar sign and lots of digits to the left of the decimal point!! 😂

  5. OH Thao! Your story made me laugh - it is definitely something that would happen to me too!! Thank goodness for ice cream breaks ;) Loving the flavours and you KNOW I am a big no-churn fan!!

    1. I know, Katherine! 😀 Who needs an ice cream maker?! I'm glad you like the story. I was hoping I'd wake up to find that it was just a bad dream...but it wasn't. That's okay because it's something I can look back an laugh at :)

  6. Perfect excuse to go shoe shopping. And hooray for ice cream season--this looks so good!

    1. Thank you, Inger! And, I agree—I definitely needed a little reward after my ordeal ;)