Ice candy is a popular summer food in the Philippines sold in “sari-sari” (variety) stores and by street vendors. This sweet and cold treat is loved by kids of all ages and will bring back childhood memories. It’s creamy and comes in various flavors, from mango and avocado to coconut and fruit salad – the perfect antidote during hot and sunny days. In addition, this recipe is super easy to make and requires only four (4) ingredients. But if you’re wondering what’s the best flavor, go for Chocolate Ice Candy – a sure hit for kids and Chocolate lovers!
Whether you want extra income or make treats for your little ones, this Chocolate Ice Candy recipe will deliver. Making Ice Candy is also a great and fun activity you can enjoy with your kids since you’ll only need a few ingredients to make this delicious snack. You can enjoy Ice Candy as a snack or dessert after a meal. In summer, you can sell Chocolate Ice Candy or make this icy treat for your kids and their friends. This recipe is so affordable that you can easily make it at home. You’ll only need condensed milk, brown sugar, flour, and cocoa powder.
If you want to make your Ice Candy more chocolatey, you can opt for Milo or Ovaltine for a nostalgic feel, bringing back flavors of the past. But before we get started, let’s talk about where this recipe came from. Since Ice Candy is a unique Filipino summer treat, finding its origin is difficult. Nonetheless, some speculate that the Filipino-style Ice Candy was inspired by the American popsicle or ice pop. Considering the strong ties of the Philippines with the United States, it’s more likely that the American popsicle was recreated by innovative Filipinos, giving birth to Ice Candy.
Although Frank Epperson accidentally created and discovered the popsicle in 1905, this frozen treat became globally popular and successful. However, there are many differences between popsicles and ice candy. The American frozen treat often comes with a wooden stick for holding and in colors blue, red, and white. It’s also available in Western flavors, like cherry, grape, and orange. Meanwhile, Ice Candy is frozen in a plastic bag where kids directly eat it. Ice Candy is also more straightforward since the ones sold in school or sari-sari stores are often distinguished by color.
Some of the kids’ favorite colored Ice Candy comes in blue, red, and green. Aside from that, Ice Candy has various flavor options, such as mango, avocado, melon, ube, and chocolate. Some even turn favorite Filipino desserts into Ice Candy, like fruit salad, buko pandan, mango graham, and coffee jelly. That’s why learning to make Chocolate Ice Candy is the simplest way to master this recipe. Afterward, you can start making different flavors of Ice Candy to your liking. So, if you want to try this recipe with your kids, prepare all the ingredients and packaging.
If you’re in the Philippines, you can purchase a specific Ice Candy plastic bag from stores, especially in the market. You may even find this packaging in ethnic shops overseas. It’s narrower than most bags, similar to plastic tube bags. You can use cocoa powder, Milo, or Ovaltine for this recipe. Also, never skip the flour, as it will make the mixture slightly thicker. After boiling the mixture, let it cool before packing. Freeze and enjoy your Chocolate Ice Candy while on the go!
Chocolate Ice Candy Recipe
- 1 standard casserole of water approx 6L
- 1 big condensed milk
- 1/4 kilo cocoa or you can convert into Milo or Ovaltine more expensive
- 1 kilo brown sugar
- 50 + pcs. Ice candy cellophane “Ice Candy wrapper”
- 1/4 kilo of flour for thickening purposes
- Boil the water in casserole.
- In separate bowl, mix the cocoa powder (note: Use hot water), don’t put it yet into the caserole.
- Mix the thickening flour in separate bowl (note: use cold water).
- Put the brown sugar into the boiling water.
- Stir continuously while boiling.
- Add the mixed flour and cocoa to the boiling water in caserole.
- On low heat, add the condensed milk, it may overflow.
- Taste it. you may more ingredients if needed depending on your taste.
- Let it cool before packaging.