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Easy Recipe for Making the Well-Liked Filipino Dessert Mango Float

Updated on September 24, 2012
Mango Float
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Mangoes from the Philippines
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Mango Float, also commonly known as Mango Refrigerator Cake, is one of the most popular Filipino desserts in the Philippines for some obvious reasons:

  • It is simply yummy!

It tastes like a cake but has a richer and thicker consistency that leaves one asking for more squares of mango float.

Also, its texture is almost like that of an ice cream. It feels smooth and chilly on the palate and does not have a spongy texture that cakes have.

  • Its ingredients are quite affordable.

If you have coins to spare for some mangoes, Graham crackers, all-purpose cream and condensed milk, then you will be able to make a mango float.

Any other ingredients like chocolate syrup for the toppings are all optional. Your mango float would still be complete and perfect even without them.

It’s a no-brainer. You will need a rectangular pan or any rectangular plastic containers in which to place all the ingredients as well as a refrigerator with which to freeze the mango float before serving.

  • There are plenty of sweet mangoes grown in the Philippines, which also grows the sweetest kind of mango and fruit in the world!

Modesty aside, the Philippines grows the sweetest kind of mango and fruit in the whole world. I did not say this but the people behind the Guinness Book of World records did in 1995.

Called the Manginera indica, the Carabao Mango from the island of Guimaras in Western Visayas in central Philippines was listed as the sweetest mango and fruit in the world.

You can tell a Carabao Mango from other kinds of Mangifera indica or tropical mango by its exceptional aroma, firm flesh that is said to be free of fiber, and thin seeds.

Carabao Mango is so plenty in my country that it exports it, together with bananas and pineapples, to parts of Asia and even as far as the United States and Canada.

Ingredients for Mango Float

There are four basic ingredients for making your mango float:

  • Grahams crackers or any plain crackers in honey or chocolate flavors
  • all-purpose cream
  • condensed milk
  • sliced ripe (yellow) mangoes

People in non-tropical countries where mangoes are scarce or even considered a luxury may want to use peaches instead of mangoes.

There are no exact measurements in the ingredients and you are actually free to add more or less of them.

If you like mangoes a lot, then you would want to put in plenty of sliced mangoes. If you do not want your float to be too sweet, then you can cut down on your condensed milk.

Still, if you want some suggestions in terms of measurements, I suggest the following proportions:

  • 1 pack of 200-grams Grahams crackers in honey OR any crackers in honey or chocolate flavors
  • 3 tablespoons of crushed Grahams crackers in honey OR any crackers in honey or chocolate flavors
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose cream
  • ¾ cup of condensed milk
  • 2 cups of sliced ripe (yellow) mangoes

Steps for Making Mango Float

1. Filling

Chill the all-purpose cream.

Once the all-purpose cream is chilled, then mix it with the condensed milk in a bowl.

This concoction will serve as your cream filling.

Note: The cream filling will set quickly if the chilled all-purpose cream is whipped prior to mixing with condensed milk.

2. Layers

The crackers should be the first layer of the mango float.

Lay down about eight pieces of Grahams crackers or any crackers in honey or chocolate flavors in a rectangular pan that measures about 8 x 13 centimeters.

The cream filling should be the second layer.

Pour a part of the cream filling on top of the crackers.

Note: You can also add in finely chopped mangoes in the cream filling.

Sliced mangoes should make up the third layer.

Put in some small slices of mangoes on top of the cream filling.

3. Semi-Finished Product

Stack up as many layers of crackers, cream filling, and sliced mangoes as desired.

The top layer, however, should be the cream filling and the sliced mangoes.

The crushed crackers are then sprinkled on top of the sliced mangoes.

4. Finished Product

Chill the product. Serve it cold.


You now have your mouthwatering mango float. Enjoy!

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      7 years ago

      Hi! I just want to thank you for posting traditional filipino dessert recipes. Nothing can be better than desserts done the original way.:)

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      Ronald Smith 

      7 years ago

      I simply Love Mango made by my wife which by the wife that I married there in Cebu And I and I love their country and all their food there including Fish soup that's her most favorite of all , Us American's have Pork but in the Philippines it cooked quite different it is quite Mind blowing to see a Whole piglet cooked over an open fire, the first time I see how they did this I was at Malabuyoc, and it was not a Piglet it was a full grown Hog it served about 25 people and then we put the rest to use giving some to our Guests and then we put away the rest in the refrigerator there in Cebu. I could share many more great experiences while I was their ; I gone over so far 3 times and each time I go its like a fresh new experience again finding out more as a discovery that will last a lifetime

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      Hui (蕙) 

      8 years ago

      Amazing fruit and amazing food. I so love mango. I'll try it following your recipe.

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      Katharine L Sparrow 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love mangos! I will definitely try this, and I'll let you know how it comes out! Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Absolutely delectable ! I must try this one day to surprise my family.

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi kerlynb, what a fabulous recipe, I love mangoes and this looks and sounds delicous!

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Erin Boggs1 

      8 years ago from Western Maryland

      this is a recipe that I will be trying.

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      Maddie Ruud 

      8 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I'd forgotten all about mango float! I spent 4 years with a Filipino guy, and these always went fast at family gatherings. The relationship didn't work out, but I've kept my love of Filipino food. I'll have to serve them to my partner (who is Irish-American) and see what he thinks. I'm sure he'll love them!

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      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @Rehana Stormme Thanks for dropping by :) Hope you find the time to whip up another mango float :)

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @suzettenaples LOL :) You made me laugh there. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rehana Stormme 

      8 years ago

      Absolutely yummy! I've had mango float before and it was divine! I'm surely going to try this when I'm free! I love mangoes! The video was really helpful too. Voted up and useful!

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      oh! I just learned the correct spelling of the plural MANGOES. Thank you, Kerlynb, ESL teacher from the Philippines. I'm never too old to learn!

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      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @suzettenaples Hello! This one is really quick and easy to prepare :) If you don't have Philippines mangoes there, I'm sure Mexican mangoes would do. One hubber from New Jersey who is originally from the Philippines said that she also substitutes peaches for mangoes.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      kerlynb: this looks delicious and I can't wait to try it. I'd love to eat a Phillipine mango some day. I have eaten mangos in Mexico and now that I am in Florida, we have them here, too. They are a wonderful fruit. This receipe looks easy enough for me! Another great hub!

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      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @SilentReed Enjoy your mango float :)

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      Too bad mango is not in season and are a bit more expensive.But looking at these picture is making me hanker for some.I think I'll put it in the marketing list for tomorrow and if some are still left after the kids and I have gorge ourselves,perhaps I'll make this mango float desert for dinner or a midnight snack ;)

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @lcbenefield LOL, I too am crazy for mangoes! We call it mangga in the Philippines and it's just so popular here :)

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @Robin Oatley Thanks so much for dropping by my hub. Do give this recipe a try. It's quick, easy, simple, and cheap. Oh, not to mention it's heavenly! :D

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @Philippinewander Hi Steve! I'm like 100% sure your three daughters would like this cheap yet yummy treat :)

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      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @asmaiftikhar Hello! Give it a try. I can already see you saying "Yum-yum!" after your first square of mango float :D

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      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for sharing this wonderully, enticing recipe. I am crazy for mangoes. I cannot wait to try this out.

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      Robin Oatley 

      8 years ago

      I'd never heard about Mango Float before, but after reading your hub I just have to make this! So thank you for writing this hub, I'm voting it up and useful.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for the follow. Wow 50 Hubs in 3 months; that's incredible. I actually had 7 other hubs written but they told me they were too personalso I deleted all but one. I wish you much success here!

      That mango float sounds really good; I hope I remember when I move to sa Pilipinas...

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      8 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks a lot dear for this recipe and i would try it .lovely sweet hub.voted up!

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @inaniLoquence Awww, mangoes are a luxury in SG :(

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      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @MonetteforJack Hello! Glad to hear from you again! The vid? LOL!!!

      From what I know Guimaras has the Carabao Mangoes, the sweetest kind, they say. So sweet are the mangoes from Guimaras that Australia only imports from Guimaras and no other places in RP.

      Pangasinan, though, is the top supplier of mangoes in the Philippines. Not so sure though what kind of mango Pangasinan produces :(

      Peaches? Love them :) But as you know, we rarely have peaches here in the Philippines :(

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      8 years ago from Singapore

      I also make Mango Float occasionally but fresh mangoes are real expensive here so it's a luxury. Makes me wanna make one right now. :D

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      8 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Kerlyn, I voted up and everything! It is funny with the video, I mean the music, it's something else, hahaha! Very entertaining and useful.

      I thought Pangasinan have the best Carabao Mangoes? I remember also the Piko Mangoes, sweet! Sadly, I can't find those here in the oriental stores in NJ. The mangoes sold at NJ are what Pinoys call the Indian Mangoes.

      I am going to try your recipe but I will use canned peaches. They have similar consistency in texture and taste as mangoes. Thanks for such an entertaining and useful hub, Kerlyn!


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