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Jan 30, 2009 12:59 PM

Mango Lollipops--Stefan from Top Chef

Stefan made a simple dessert that got raves from everyone--Mango Lollipops. I found the recipe on Bravo's website...but I'm missing something.

I partially froze the mangoes, but they were still rather soft and juicy to coat well with the chocolate. I put them on a plate covered with wax paper and put them in the fridge.. but they stuck to the paper.

The taste is amazing. The combination of the juicy mango and the mint chocolate is terrific...but could someone help me figure out how to make this so that the chocoate adhere's to the fruit? Thank you so much!

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  1. Hmmm.

    I think freezing the mangoes was your misstep. Once a fruit is frozen and thawed, its cell structure is compromised, and it will ooze liquid.

    Instead of freezing the mangoes, just slice them into cubes, then pat them dry with a paper towel before dipping in chocolate.

    That recipe looks so simple and wonderful! I think I'm going to have to get some mint oil and try that with different kinds of fruit. Strawberries, maybe?

    1. Here's the link to Stefan's lollipops.

      In the comment section, there was at least one correction to the recipe, and I'm thinking that one Tablespoon of mint oil is way too much for 2 ounces of chocolate. DasiyM, did you use that much? Stefan did it in, what, 20 minutes, so it must be doable, and with only chilling the fruit, not truly freezing it solid.

      Agree with operagirl that maybe patting the fruit dry might help. Also, not hot chocolate to dip -- maybe just warm. I think the fruit needs to be cold to create a chocolate shell.

      4 Replies
      1. re: nemo


        I just put a few drops of extract (didn't have oil) in the chocolate. I think you are right about needing to pat it down. I think the fruit needs to be at least partially frozen or it is too difficult to spear it with the skewer. I will also say that the flavors worked amazingly well.
        I'll make it again and let you know if it works better. (also, my squares didn't look near as good as his!)

        1. re: nemo

          wow, those directions are really bad. 10 mangos cut into pieces? that's a lot of mango! And 1 Tbsp on mint oil would be waaaay too much. This seems to be a problem with the recipes Bravo posts. So many of them have mistakes or innacurate directions, it's hard to trust them. This is a simple recipe, and yet so full of problems.

          1. re: cheetobrain

            You are right! I just used 1 mango and melted some chocolate with a couple of drops of extract. I never used mint extract in chocolate before and wow, was it great.

            1. re: cheetobrain

              Haha yeah, 10 mangoes and 2 ounces of chocolate . . . riiiight.