The current trend includes milk teas and pearl shakes. However, long before they enter the market, Filipino kids would crave for ice scramble, which is fondly called iskrambol. Ice scramble is one of the first known snacks in the Philippines, together with taho. This food may be mostly associated with elementary graders, but it can also satisfy the adult’s taste. Have you tried this before? If you are a Pinoy, you may have one of this when you were young.
Basically, ice scramble is a kind of ice-based treat similar to a sorbet. Shaved ice is combined with various flavorings and commonly topped with chocolate syrup. Why such term for this food? It may be due to that this snack is eaten by “scrambling” or mixing the contents and drinking it with a straw.
Iskrambol is a common street food, a favorite among young ones. Iskrambol vendors are commonly found along school vicinities. This is something affordable for the kids, and of course, for those kids at heart. Although some would consider this food unsafe, it is still one of the best snacks for the kids. So if you are someone near an elementary school, you may want to consider starting a small business out of this snack. Put up a stall for iskrambol. All you need is an ice shaver and some toppings to make your product more attractive. In the 1990s, you would commonly see iskrambol with chocolate syrup or mini marshmallows. Nowadays, many variations are available. You can use different kinds of candy sprinkles, fruit-flavored syrups, rice crispies, tapioca pearls, or milk powder. You can also use food coloring and fruit extracts to further attract attention. You can use your imagination to see the many possibilities you can have just with this simple snack. Try making this recipe first before selling your first iskrambol. Enjoy the journey!
Ice Scramble (Iskrambol) Recipe
- 3-4 cups shaved ice
- 1-2 tbsp sugar
- 1 cup Evaporated milk
- 1/2 tsp banana extract/flavoring
- 6-8 drops of red food color for pinkish color
- Optional Toppings: powdered milk chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, mini marshmallows, candy sprinkles, rice crispies
- Mix evaporated milk, banana extract, red food color and sugar in a bowl.
- Add in shaved ice and mix thoroughly. You may also use a blender.
- Place in serving glasses or cups.
- Top it with optional toppings.