Buko Ice Candy: A Delicious Summer Treat
Buko ice candy is a Filipino ice pop that is made from coconut and milk. The coconut is locally known in the Philippines as buko. This is prepared by mixing all of the ingredients together and pouring a part of it in a small, long plastic bag that is made for this purpose, these bags are often called ice candy bags. Just like preparing your favorite drink, there are many ways in preparing this treat. It is up to you on what of flavor you prefer, the common flavors that are enjoyed are mango, chocolate, melon and buko. Ice candy is an inexpensive way to beat the tropical heat or to simply enjoy your dessert, to some it brings back a sense of nostalgia.
1. ) In a saucepan, combine cornstarch into coconut water and stir it until it dissolves
2. ) Heat the mixture on medium heat until it starts to boil and turn to low and simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes just until it thickens like syrup. Adding cornstarch is a method to make the ice become smooth and soft.
3. ) Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl, add the sugar and stir until it is fully dissolved.
4. ) Let it cool down a little bit before adding the remaining ingredients
5. ) Add in sweetened condensed milk, fresh milk and vanilla extract if desired
6. ) Stir thoroughly until it is well blended and add coconut strings and mix well.
7. ) Test the taste of your mixture and add sugar if needed
8. ) Use a funnel and ladle and pour the mixture into each ice candy wrapper about 5 inches high
9. ) If you do not have a funnel you can use a pitcher
10. ) Tie the top tightly and trim the plastic if desired
11. ) Arrange ice candy in the freezer and freeze until frozen
12. ) Serve buko ice candy anytime and enjoy
Other Ice Candy Flavors
Few recipes are as easy to make as the buko ice candy. This sweet, cold piece of heaven made with different kinds of juices, flavorings or sweeteners is readily available in every sari-sari store, in flavors ranging from ube to sweet corn to mango. But none was quite as popular as buko ice candy, however there is another flavor that kids and adults alike are always looking for, and it is the chocolate flavor ice candy. For some who have tried to make this at home, it can be as simple as freezing a batch of Milo, but this recipe makes use of cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk, with flour to thicken the mixture slightly. This is a more sophisticated recipe and it will require a bit more patience because you will be boiling it up, but you will be rewarded with a richer taste and texture that will satisfy both adults and kids. Cococa can be substituted with Ovaltine and Milo.
1. ) Boil the water in casserole
2. ) In separate bowl, mix the cocoa powder, you must use hot water and do not put it into the casserole yet.
3. ) Mix the thickening flour in separate bowl, you can then use cold water
4. ) Put the brown sugar into the boiling water
5. ) Stir continuously while boiling
6. ) Add the mixed flour and cocoa to the boiling water in casserole
7. ) On the low heat, you can add the condensed milk
8. ) Taste it, you may add more ingredients if you want to
9. ) Let it cool down before packaging it.
Mango Ice Candy
1. Place 4 cups water in a casserole.
2. Add ½ cup cornstarch.
3. Mix the remaining ingredients and mix well.
4. Heat the casserole on slow fire while stirring the contents. Don’t boil.
5. After 10 minutes, remove from heat. Allow to cool. NOTE: Make sure that the mixture is cool or the plastic wrappers will burst!
6. Use a funnel for easy transfer of the mixture to the ice candy wrappers.
7. Freeze. Serve and enjoy!