Here’s another Philippines homemade ice block flavour that is quite popular, mango ice candy. What is so good about making ice candy is you can use any fruits that is in season and very economical if you have a large family. Making this mango ice candy is like just making a large batch of smoothie without the ice. You can add more sugar if you want a more sweeter version and adding more mango make the flavour more intense.
MANGO ICE CANDY
350g mango flesh
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup cream
2 cups (500ml) fresh milk
1 tspn mango essence
25 pcs ice candy plastic casing (size: 1 1/2 x 10)
*used AUS Measuring Cups & Spoons
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender.
2. Blend the ingredients till the ingredients are well combined.
3. Pour in a large bowl.
4. Place a funnel spout inside the opening of the Ice Candy plastic casing.
5. Stir the mixture before ladling. Pour in a ladleful of the mango mixture. Make sure that you are holding the spout and plastic casing connection tightly so that the mixture won’t spill.
Tip: If the plastic casing overflows, tip the funnel back to the bowl while holding the connection tightly as you tip the excess.
6. Make sure that you have approximately 6-7cm empty gap from the opening of the plastic to make room for the knotting. Twist the plastic just on top of the cased mango mixture, leaving a little bubble is normal. The Ice Candy has to be firm but not too tight. If it is too tight, it might leak when you freeze it or worst the plastic will rip.
7. Pinching the twisted part with your thumb and forefinger, wrap top end over your thumb and tuck it under towards your inner palm and swing it underneath back to your thumb and forefinger.
8. The wrapping around your thumb has to be tight, slowly withdraw your thumb while you insert the top end part of the plastic through where your thumb has been. Pull it well till you have a tight knot.
9. Practice makes perfect! You can practice with water first and try knotting some trial Ice Candy plastic casings.
Once you have done all your Ice Candy, place them in a flat surface in your freezer lying down. You can stack them on top of each other (maximum is 3 layers), but don’t put anything else on top of them as you don’t want them to burst inside your freezer. When your Ice Candy are fully set, serve it whenever you need something sweet or just to cool off from the summer’s heat.
- You can buy the plastic Ice Candy casings in most Filipino Shops. If you have relatives or friends going back to the Philippines ask them to bring some back. The plastic Ice Candy casings varies in thickness, just use whatever you prefer.
- I bought the mango essence in Yuen’s Sunnybank.