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Yummylicious Ice Candy

Ice candy is one of the most favorite summer treats of Filipinos. It is frozen juice(or smoothie) in a plastic like pop ice. The only difference is that ice candy is home made from fresh fruits, though there are some that you can buy from sari-sari (variety) stores that are made from artificial fruit flavoring. 

In the Philippines, ice candies come in different flavors. Most common are orange, mango, buko (coconut), avocado, melon, grape and chocolate. They are in these little plastic bags, the end of which you nibble on to sip or bite the frozen fruit juice.

My mother used to supply ice candy to our school cafeteria since I was in grade school until I was in high school. So yes, I grew up enjoying ice candy all year round. I don’t remember any time when our freezer didn’t have ice candy. And after I graduated from college, my parents started their sari-sari store in Batangas. There they sold ice candy the whole year…the flavor depends on what fruits are in season.

Yesterday while I was cleaning our pantry, my daughters saw the ice candy plastic bags that my mother-in-law sent us last year…and came after that was their request that I make ice candy. We always have fruits in our refrigerator, so there’s really no way I could say no. 

To make ice candy, you will need ice candy bags (which I haven’t seen in Oriental stores here in Texas so ours came directly from the Philippines), funnel, a blender if you want it smooth in texture, and fresh fruits or juices, depending on the flavor you wish to make. Yesterday, I made avocado, strawberry and chocolate.

Ice candy is a frozen delight that my daughters enjoy a lot! Ryan & I love it too! Such a wonderful treat for the whole family!

Yield 16-18 pcs for each flavor

Avocado
  • 1 cup avocado (3 ripe avocados)
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose cream
  • 2 ½ cups fresh milk
Strawberry
  • 10-12 pcs. strawberries
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose cream
  • 2 ½ cups fresh milk
Chocolate
  • ½ cup Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose cream
  • 3 cups fresh milk
  • ½ cup condensed milk


Procedure:
1. For each flavor, place all the ingredients in a blender.
2. Blend the ingredients until smooth.


3. Pour in a large bowl. Prepare the funnel, ice candy plastic bags, and a plate to hold the ice candy.


4. Place the funnel spout inside the opening of the ice candy plastic bag.



5. Stir the mixture before scooping a little more than ¼ cup of the mixture. Pour into the funnel. Make sure that you are holding the spout and plastic tightly so that the mixture won’t spill.


6. Twist the plastic just on top of the filled part then make a tight knot. A little bubble is normal. The ice candy has to be firm but not too tight so the plastic won’t rip.
* It can be hard for first timers, but practice makes perfect! You can practice by knotting some ice candy plastic with water in it. 

   

7. Once you have done all your ice candy, wash them one by one to remove all the sticky spill. I also trim each plastic and just leave about an inch above the knot.


8. Place them in a flat surface in your freezer. You can stack them on top of each other in a maximum of 3 layers but don’t put anything else on top of them. Freeze  overnight or until hard enough. Serve and enjoy!


33 comments :

  1. Look great. My daughter loves smoothies. But I'm curious what is the main difference between freezing a smoothie and an ice candy. Is it that you don't add ice to the candy ingredients?

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  2. Hi! Tnx for dropping by!
    You're right...that's the main difference --- Ice isn't needed in making smoothie ice candy. But what makes Filipino ice candy different from pop ice, popsicle or any other frozen delight is the platic casing used.

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  3. delicious and healthy treat for summer

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  4. That is SO interesting! I've never seen anything quite like this before, but I just love it. Great idea for our hot summers!

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  5. Looks very cute and delicious:) I think I would love all of them, especially chocolate one :D

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  6. Hei, this used to be so popular during my younger days at Malaysia although you can find this at certain places. Ours is more of the Malaysian version, like green or red beans with milk, or with asam boi dropped inside.

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  7. Your Ice Candy looks so delicious. This would be such a special dessert to serve or just enjoy for an afternoon treat. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

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  8. Great recipe! My favorite would be the chocolate, of course.

    Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday.

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  9. These look so good!!! I'd love to make some for my girls... love the fact that you can use fresh fruits!!!

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    1. I found some on e bay this week! Eating my ice candy now :)

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  10. Wow! This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to the It's a Keeper Thursday blog hop! Be sure to come back next week and link something new!

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  11. where can I buy the ice candy plastic.

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  12. You can find it in some Asian Stores...

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  13. I just LOVE the name of this post. They do look yummylicious! I love the wholesome ingredients. They look so pretty too!

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  14. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING..

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  15. thank u so much for sharing.

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  16. where do you get the platic bags??

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    1. My mother-in-law sends it directly from the Philippines. But you can buy it at amazon.com. It's quite expensive though.

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  17. Hi tina I so love this blog site of yours...thank you so much for sharing all this awesome recipes....I just have one question is it ok to use thick cream(sterelized cream) instead of all purpose cream? Reason being is that I can't seem to find one over here in Toronto...and some say mixing cornstarch into the mixture makes it smooth/soft and not as hard as a rock when u bite into them...any input would be greatly appreciated :)

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    1. Hi Sheng,
      Yes, you can use thick cream. The only difference is that it has more fat content compared to all purpose cream.
      My mom used to make ice candy with cornstarch, and it's true that it makes the ice candy soft and smooth. But when you use cornstarch, you have to boil your ice candy mixture and then allow it to cool down before putting it in ice candy bags. That for me is so time consuming, that's why I don't do it. I've made a lot of ice candy already and based from experience, as long as you don't add water into your ice candy mixture, it won't be hard and icy. Though it's not as soft and smooth as that with cornstarch, I must say it's soft and smooth enough. :)

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  18. Hello again..thank you so much for the input..will definitely try both ways and see which one comes out better...god bless you and your whole family and more power to this awesome blog of yours

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    1. You're welcome! Hope you'll keep on visiting PiTCC and share it with your friends! God bless!

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  19. I'm planning on making these in Popsicle molds since I can't find the plastic baggies. Do you think the avocado will keep its green color or will it oxidize to brownish? Thanks.

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    1. I've tried making avocado popsicles before but they were gone in less than 3 days. I'm not sure if it will lose the green color if stored for a long time.

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  20. hi.. can i use evaporated milk instead of fresh milk? :)

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  21. Hi tina love your blog site so much, just wantnto ask something with regards to using cornstarch in ice candy, can you give the exact measurement since im selling ice candy and want to try mango flavor with cornstarch. Thank you so much :)

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  22. Sorry forgot to mention my name, its cheng here who wishes to have your exact measurement for mango falvor ice candy with cornstarch. Thanks again and Godbless u more!

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    1. Sorry, Cheng...I haven't made ice candy with cornstarch myself. It was my mom who used to make that when she was selling ice candy when I was in grade school. I can no longer remember the measurement. All I can recall is that she would dissolve a few Tbsp of cornstarch in water then mix it in boiling water and simmer for a few minutes, then she would allow it to cool down and that's what she would use as base for her ice candy. If she's still alive, I would gladly ask her for you...but she passed away 5 yrs ago.
      Personally, I don't like the thought of adding cornstarch so I don't do it. To make the texture soft, I don't use water in my ice candy, just milk. But I know that if you are making ice candy for commercial purposes, using all milk won't be practical.

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  23. hi im rochelle i like your blog?i just want to ask is that ok if i use any kind of cream?tnx for your help..GOD BLESS

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  24. i found Ice Candy bags and Puto molds on Ebay,

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