Monday, March 26, 2012

Mais Queso and Ube Macapuno Ice Candy

It's now summer in the Philippines, and it's that time of the year again when I feel like I really want to go there so I could enjoy summer the way I used to. Just like here in Texas, the scorching heat of the sun back home can be annoying, but our weekly beach picnics,  the deliciously refreshing coolers that my mom used to make and our vacations in Batangas and Bulacan (where my brother and I got to bike and play kites as much as we wanted) always made summer time so enjoyable and memorable for me. I don't remember any dull moment during my summer vacations...it was always fun, I tell yah. Even when I was just home playing with my dolls or reading my books, there was always this excitement within me because of the thought that when afternoon comes, my mom will always surprise me with a delicious treat.

For this month's Kulinarya Cooking Club Challenge, our wonderful hosts, Arnold of Inuyaki and Jun of Jun-blog, want us to share Ice Candy or any frozen treats that remind us of summer in the Philippines. Back when I was a little girl, my mother used to supply ice candy to our school cafeteria so she used to make ice candy all year round. This is the reason why I've always considered ice candy as my most favorite Pinoy frozen treat, summer or not summer that is. So even though I've already featured a number of ice candy flavors here on PiTCC like strawberry, avocado, chocolate, buko and sweet corn, I still chose to share ice candy for this month's KCC Challenge. But this is no ordinary ice candy...the flavors I chose to feature are two of the most famous Magnolia ice cream flavors when I was growing up. They were actually my favorite flavors back then. I'm talking about the Mais Queso (Corn & Cheese) and Ube Macapuno (Purple Yam & Coconut Sport).
I know this may sound intriguing for non-Filipinos...but I tell you, these two combos are really good. For those who liked the other ice candy flavors that I've featured before, Mais Queso (Corn & Cheese) and Ube Macapuno (Purple Yam & Coconut Sport) are two flavors that you should also try. They're definitely delicious and refreshing! If you can't find ice candy plastic, just use any popsicle mold you have...it won't really matter. :)
Ingredients:
For Mais Queso
Yield 20 pcs.
  • 1 *14.75oz. can cream style sweet corn
  • 1 cup finely shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 *7.6oz. can Nestle  table cream
  • 3 cups fresh milk

For Ube Macapuno
Yield 20 pcs.
  • 1 cup Halayang Ube
  • 1 cup sweetened macapuno
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 *7.6oz. can Nestle  table cream
  • 3 cups fresh milk

Procedure:
1. For the Mais Queso, place sugar, cream and milk in a blender. Blend until sugar is dissolved. Add corn and cheese. Using a big spoon, mix until well combined.

For the Ube Macapuno, place ube, sugar, cream and milk in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add macapuno. Using a  a big spoon, mix until well combined.
2. Pour in a large bowl. Prepare the funnel, ice candy plastic bags, and a plate to hold the ice candy.
3. Place the funnel spout inside the opening of the ice candy plastic bag.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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. 
7. 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. 

Don't forget to check what other Kulinarya Cooking Club members came up with for this month's theme...
 

40 comments:

  1. Oh! This brought back childhood memory, I love Ice Candy :)

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  2. You never run out of fun things to do back home. It is indeed more fun in the Philippines. I love the extra special flavours of ice candy you've made. I like both. Very delicious!

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  3. Beautiful colors! The cheese and corn flavor combo sounds unique and yummy.:)

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  4. How fun and I love all the beautiful photos!

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  5. yes it is getting into the season of frozen treats. I have seen sweet corn ice cream before, but it used cream cheese instead of cream. I have always wanted to try it. Both of these ice candies look tasty.I have some push pop containers just waiting to be used. Have a great day!

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  6. nice cliks.........n this luks really yumm yumm......
    Maha

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  7. looks yummy... can i ask, where did u buy that ice candy wrapper? thanx

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    1. My mom-in-law sent them...they came all the way from the Philippines. :)

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  8. Can ice cream get anymore exotic? These are too brilliant :D
    Love it!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. Love both flavors! Though leaning more on mais queso. When in Manila I can't get enough of Selecta queso flavor; I'm a hopeless cheese person love munching on chunks of queso haha!

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  10. Aw memories :) My favorite was the mais queso (which always sounds weird to everyone else when I tell them what's in it) but I haven't had it in forever! Thanks for the post. I've got it bookmarked and I'll be buying some popsicle molds to make it soon

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  11. perfect party treat for kids. Also looks so cute with all that spring color!

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  12. I remember eating these when I was a little girl visiting Taiwan. Love love love this frozen "candy".

    This is always a great refreshing idea for hot summer.

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  13. Both these ice candy treats look wonderful. your recipe seems easy to make but I am not familiar with 2 things. will google it.

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  14. Ice candy ( we called that "agogo" back home :D ) ! With different flavors ! Looks really refreshing ! I'm drooling here ! hahaha

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  15. I love the mango queso and ube macapuno! And they look so pastel-pretty!

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  16. This looks really nice! These are classic "Philippine summer" flavors, and I'm glad a lot of the KCC members' creations paid homage to the golden days of childhood summers!

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  17. lovely colourful post looks wonderful

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  18. You're so talented! What beautiful treats. Children must follow you around! Your kitchen seems like such a happy place.

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  19. We have a similar one. Looks delicious always these treats are nostalgic.

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  20. All of my favorite flavors put into great ice candy flavors. I still by Sweet Corn and Queso ice cream every now and then. :)

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  21. Ube Macapuno Flavor is a great idea!!!! I bet ubos na yang ice candy nyo!

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  22. Ube ice candy is such a delicious idea.

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  23. Tina! Ohhh is that time of year that you start posting delicious summer treats? I totally enjoyed it last year and I wonder if you are having more and more delicious recipes waiting to be shared. ;-) The flavors sound very Asian and I love to try both!!!

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  24. I absolutely love the flavors you have created!

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  25. So cute! It's a really great treat for hot summer day.. too bad here summer is gone .. :)

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  26. Those were the days my mum used to make this for us and sometimes we even buy from our neighbours who sell them for side income. Ours is more of typical Malaysian flavours like assam boi, green and red beans and just coloured red syrup for the basic ones.

    As shared before, yam is my fav and anything made with this, I am all in for loving it. Love the beautiful pics of yours Tina.

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  27. WOW,,,,You amaze me with this recipe,yum purple on the ice,you are so talented and very creative and yes the season is getting hot here,I'm ready for this ice candy :)
    Ridwan

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  28. Wowwwwww..what a great recipe! I think my kids would love this too! Wonderfully done, and photos are mouthwatering!!!! Will have to pin it!!!

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  29. omg...wow super duper...u r killing me..kidus always love this one..i also love this...i am drooling here

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  30. Wow, Tina. This is like having my Magnolia ice cream favorite flavors in a form of ice candy. Amazing, Tina! :)

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  31. I know my son would go crazy with these candies! They look delicious!

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  32. Ube is one of my new favourite flavours - I've plunked in into cupcakes and cookies, but never in freezie form. And never with coconut! So excited to try!

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  33. Love the pastel colors -- perfect for Easter!! Love the flavor combos, too. very Filipino!!

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  34. that mais con yelo flavor is my all time favorite! i love that ice candy :)

    great job tina!

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  35. Hi there! I have never worked with ube before. I was curious to know if you have to make haleyang ube before making the ube macapuno ice candy or would it work the same with just the grated ube on it's own? I was trying to save myself some time, because I wanted to try making all the different flavors that you have so it's a wonderful array of colors. If not, I can just suck it up and make the haleyang to make sure it's authentic. Thanks in advance for your help!

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    1. Hi Tracy,
      It's ok not to use haleya, but you still have to cook the grated ube. I prefer making the ube into halaya instead of just cooking it in water and sugar so the ice candy will be creamier.

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