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Saturday, June 24, 2006

LP 11: Summertime Coolers and Memories of Summer

Wow! After a long hiatus from blogging, this is my first time to participate in the Lasang Pinoy Series. Thanks to JMom for the invitation.

As the title implies, it's about what I used to indulge in during those summers when I was younger (and now I am sharing with my children).

In the LP 10, it had the same theme, and Tina posted about the same thing I made last night and which I am posting about today -- ice candy. This is just one of those delicious and thirst-quenching ways by which Filipinos (kids especially) try to beat the summer heat.

I made chocolate (using my untouched-for-months Nesquick) and melon. I have to share one technique that I have learned from I-can't-remember-who on how to make the ice candy (that's what we call the equivalent of icee or ice pops in the US) easy to bite (I still remember the first time I tried making ice candy, it was so hard that it was annoying to eat it!). It just involves boiling the water (that you are going to use for the mix) first then adding a little bit of cornstarch-water combination to the boiling water, like making it thick as in soups, but not too thick. Let's say for a big pot of boiling water, you add half a cup of cold water in which you have dissolved 2 tbsp of cornstarch. I have long been wondering about how it could bring about the desired effect, and in my "scientific" kuno mind, it seems that the complex starchy colloidal suspension hinders the lattice formation via the strong hydrogen bonds that form when water turns to ice, such that, instead of ice-like consistency of the ice candy, it becomes like packed snow. Once I mastered to do the trick, I even tried selling ice candies in our subdivision when I was in high school. Bad thing was, I did not use a tray, so the sticky substance oozed out of the plastic with small holes, that it stuck to the gadget of the freezer door, nasira!

Anyway, back to making my chocolate ice candy, I just poured Nesquick into 1 liter of the cooled-to-RT pre-boiled water, tasted as I went along, making it a bit sweeter than I could tolerate, because I had to add milk by taste, and of course, I had to provide allowance for the freezing. You know how ice makes sweet taste less sweet, and how heat tends to amplify the sweetness.

For melon, I did not add milk, because in recalling how chilled melon+condensed milk resulted in a bittery mettalic taste, I did not attempt to add milk here; just sugar. So, 1 liter of the same water, plus 1/4 melon processed in a blender, plus sugar to taste and a bit more, then I poured the whole thing into a bowl and added melon strips (kinayod).

After an hour, my younger son was eager to try it, but I could not give him any because it was not yet solid. I told him to wait til the next morning, which was today.

He woke up very early and asked for these ice candies first thing.

As you can very well see in the right photo, he still had that bed-head, but already was excited with the frozen goodies, and upon tasting, finally exclaimed, "Oh, I know these! I had these in the Philippines!"

Another memory from my childhood days is the Palitaw...it is one of those things I learned to make (experimented with) during the boring summer days, when I always looked for something to do aside from watching TV or reading or biking or trekking. But I will post on that next time (my photos are all ready).


  1. i love ice candy manang! nakaka miss nga 'cause i don't remember the last time i had a bite :)

  2. Manang, I'm glad you were able to join us in this round of LP. We love ice candy too, but I haven't been able to find the right size plastic containers yet. Wherever did you find yours?

  3. Oh yes! Melon ice candy brings back a lot of memories for me. I remember our neighborhood sari-sari store selling this! Sometimes it would just be a milk ice candy, or coconut juice. Yum!

  4. Hi Iska,
    Alam mo ba description ng mga byenan ko nung pinatikim ko sila? "To-die-for" was how they described it to their daughter (we had our 4th celebrated at my SIL). They fell in love with the melon ice candy.
    I requested those when my BroIL went to PI for vacation last year.
    Nagbenta rin ako nun, nasira yung gasket ng freezer kasi ala akong pan, eh nag-leak kaya dumikit yung rubber! sira ang freezer! Yung mga anak ko rin nun, I made them sell the ice candies, siguro 20% sold, 80% they ate. :))

  5. i remember din my mother also used to make ice candy during summers for us kids and then we would sell them to the neighbours'kids! extra dough bagah for the summer. hahaha!

  6. ate mas masarap pa yan kung merong yabo noh? pinong-pino ang ice candy at nanonoot ang tamis. by the way where did you get your ice candy plastic?

  7. Hi anonymous,
    Ano yung yabo??
    I asked my sister to send me some of the ice candy plastic when she went to the Philippines.

  8. yabo= yn yung nilalagay para lumambot yung ice kendi. Cassava starch ata yun..... basta pag pumunta kayo ng palengke, tanungin nyo kung saan yung yabo (pronounced as [yabu])

  9. beehard44,
    ah yun pala ang yabo. Well, I have been using cornstarch dissolved in water, baka same effect lang. I would not know where to find yabo here. I do have tapioca flour/starch, which I think is the same as cassava starch. Ma-try nga sa susunod.

  10. samjrmagbanua7/18/2012 9:23 PM

    tapioca is kamoteng kahoy in tagalog( its also known as or casava)
    yabu is also known as casava flour. ^^
    Im planning to make an choco ice candy to sell, manang.
    but i dont know the measuring and procedures.
    can u help me pls?
    thx ^^

    1. samjrmagbanua7/18/2012 9:32 PM

      add nio po aq fb manang kng ok lng, samjrmagbanua or jan jan magbanua jr.

  11. THANK YOU!!!

  12. NEED HELP! I'm usually using cornstarch for our ice candy. Someone from palengke suggested na YABU daw try ko kasi magiging parang ice cream daw so bumili ako.1 small sachet is 10 pesos (maliit lang yun, parang yung sachet ng Mik-Mik).
    I made Buko Pandan Ice Candy kahapon, na-excite pa ako kasi first time gagamitin yung Yabu. I dissolved 1 sachet of Yabu in 1/2 cup hot water tapos hinalo ko sa isang kaldero (about the size of rice cooker)ng tubig at asukal tapos isinalang ko sa stove, constantly stirred it hanggang matunaw lahat ng ingredients. I set it aside to cool down before ilagay sa plastic. Pero I think, I made a mistake... nung tumigas na yung ice candy, naging parang "Ice Popsicles" yung consistency (which was really good) pero yung goal ko sana maging parang medyo ice cream yung dating. Someone please HELP ME! pano ba gamitin yung YABU?? Thanks! :)

  13. Same question paano gagamitin yung yabo or yabu?


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