Esponjado de Mandarina or Tangerine Esponjado

I love tangerines so is not a surprise that tangerine desserts are on my list of favorite treats. Esponjado is a traditional Colombian dessert and there are many variations such as passion fruit, lime, coffee and more.

Esponjado has a mousse texture and is light, fluffy, creamy and rich. It is one of those perfect desserts, simple and easy to make, but absolutely delicious. My husband said that this Tangerine Esponjado was one of the best desserts he ever had. Enjoy it!



  • 1 ½ cup fresh tangerine juice
  • Zest from 1 tangerine
  • 1 can (14 oz) condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 egg whites


  1. In a small pot add the water and gelatin. Over medium heat let it cook for about 2 minutes or until the gelatin dissolves.
  2. Place the tangerine juice and condensed milk in a blender and blend for about 2 minutes. Add the dissolved gelatin to the blender and blend for 1 minute more. Add the tangerine zest and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream for about 3 minutes. Fold the whipped cream into the tangerine mixture.
  4. Using an electric mixer beat the egg whites and sugar in a clean bowl until stiff.
  5. Add half of the egg whites to the mixture, gently folding to incorporate them. Don’t overwork the mixture. Add the rest of the whites and fold the mixtures together.
  6. Spoon the mixture into individual serving glasses or bowls and refrigerate for about 5 hours or overnight.
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  1. says

    Anything with condensed milk is a killer dessert. Love your mousse and we all like tangerines around here. I also have some passion fruit puree in the freezer, I bet it would be delicious in this recipe!

  2. says

    I love how this looks so creamy, yet light and refreshing at the same time. I love tangerines too and I’ve been eating them like crazy lately! When I pick up some more I’ll have to make this!

  3. says

    Yum, this looks absolutely wonderful. I love condensed milk, so I’ll defintiely try this one. Also, just left you an award on my blog to pick up. I don’t mind at all if you aren’t into these things and don’t pick it up, just think of it as an e-hug :)

  4. says

    Oh Erica, you have touched a nerve! I could live on that Mojo marinade I made at my son’s, and now seeing this citrus peel just brings back the memory of that, and the memory of zesty oranges, juice squirting, dripping down our chin, an aroma delight I have enjoyed since childhood. The smell would suit me as a perfume…

  5. says

    Oooh, I’ve never heard of this dessert! It sound slike my kind of dessert… creamy and sweet. The tangerine must make this quite refreshing!

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