Ask a kid from the neighborhood and his eyes will surely lit up. Every Filipino kid will surely have a memory of this dessert. Ice candies. These are cold, colorful treats sold in schools, in highways, almost in every community. Kids are specially delighted to see this colorful mini desserts.
This recipe will give you a creamy and smooth kind of ice candy. Buko and milk included will make you ask for more. The starch will make it even creamier. Buko juice will surely make its magic work as a flavor. Buko is commonly used in buko salad. However, people learn that it is also good ingredient for a common ice candy. Well, it doesn’t fail. Buko-flavored ice candies will always be one of the best. Ask a child.
So you want to be transported back to your childhood? Try this nostalgic children’s dessert.
- 1 piece young coconut, scraped into strings
- 2 cups coconut water (buko juice)
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1½ cups evaporated or fresh milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
- In a saucepan, combine cornstarch into coconut water and stir until dissolved.
- Heat the mixture on medium heat until it starts to boil and turn to low and simmer for about 3-5 minutes just until it thickens like syrup. (Adding cornstarch is a method to make the ice becomes smooth and soft).
- Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl, add the sugar and stir until fully dissolved.
- Let it cool down a little bit before adding the remaining ingredients.
- Add in sweetened condensed milk, fresh milk and vanilla extract if desired.
- Stir thoroughly until well blended and add coconut strings and mix well.
- Test the taste of your mixture and add sugar if needed.
- Use a funnel and ladle and pour the mixture into each Ice candy wrapper about 5 inches high.
- If you don’t have a funnel you can use a pitcher.
- Tie the top tightly and trim the plastic if desired.
- Arrange Ice Candy in the freezer and freeze until frozen.
- Serve Buko Ice Candy anytime and enjoy!