Esponjado de Mandarina or Tangerine Esponjado

by Erica Dinho on January 19, 2010

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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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Oysterculture January 19, 2010 at 9:54 AM

With tangerines – we have so many fresh ones coming from our CSA that this looks like th perfect way to use them. Thanks for the idea.


2 Tangled Noodle January 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM

This sounds so creamy and refreshing! It’s a rather dreary day today but the thought of having a spoonful of this dessert makes it feel a little brighter.


3 gloria January 19, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Erica esto se ve absolutamente delicioso. Look amazing dear! gloria

Me encantan las mandarinas!


4 Kim January 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM

This looks like the perfect dessert to brighten a dull winter day!


5 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 19, 2010 at 10:30 AM

That looks better than ice cream!


6 Erica January 19, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Thank you guys ;-)


7 Barbara January 19, 2010 at 11:17 AM

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!


8 Amalia January 19, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Erica, a mi esposo le encantan las mandarinas, y esto se ve riquisimo


9 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 19, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Sounds delicious and refreshing! Love your pictures and the beautiful contrast of colors from the tangerine peel!


10 Juliana January 19, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Oh! I can almost taste this dessert…yummie, condense milk and tangerine…very tasty indeed :-)


11 Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home January 19, 2010 at 5:19 PM

The Colombian restaurant by my apartment has such crappy desserts – they need to make this (or really, I need to make this!) I’ve never made a mousse with condensed milk…what a fresh way to use winter citrus – must try!


12 Anonymous January 19, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Mmm…! Está diciendo ¡Cómeme!
Que pinta más buena que tiene.
Un beso.


13 Faith January 19, 2010 at 7:21 PM

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!


14 Devon January 19, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Coming to your blog, I always learn about something completely new. Citrus desserts are my fav and I have never seen this before.


15 shaz January 19, 2010 at 11:48 PM

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 :)


16 Erica January 20, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Shaz-Thank yo so much for the award. I appreciate it!


17 Ivy January 20, 2010 at 12:50 AM

Love gelatine based desserts and this mousse sounds perfect.


18 peanutts January 20, 2010 at 2:15 AM

We get a lot of mandarins here during the chinese new year, can I use that instead?


19 Erica January 20, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Peanutts- I didn’t try Chinese mandarins.


20 Chef E January 20, 2010 at 12:56 PM

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…


21 Maria January 20, 2010 at 5:21 PM

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!


22 Joanne January 20, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Yum! i love citrus desserts because they never taste extremely heavy the way some desserts can. This looks fantastic!


23 Erica January 20, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


24 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen January 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

It looks so wonderful and creamy! I have never had a tangerine flavored dessert – besides of course tangerines themselves.


25 Soma January 24, 2010 at 12:05 PM

OMG this sounds and looks so beautiful. I love anything citrusy. Really like it that you added the zest too.


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