Mais Queso and Ube Macapuno Ice Candy

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It’s now summer in the Philippines, and it’s that time of the year again when I feel like I really want to go there so I could enjoy summer the way I used to. Just like here in Texas, the scorching heat of the sun back home can be annoying, but our weekly beach picnics,  the deliciously refreshing coolers that my mom used to make and our vacations in Batangas and Bulacan (where my brother and I got to bike and play kites as much as we wanted) always made summer time so enjoyable and memorable for me. I don’t remember any dull moment during my summer vacations…it was always fun, I tell yah. Even when I was just home playing with my dolls or reading my books, there was always this excitement within me because of the thought that when afternoon comes, my mom will always surprise me with a delicious treat. Among my favorites are halo-halo, mais con yelo, and of course, ice candy! My mom used to make ice candy in all sorts of flavors… from the simple chocolate or kalamansi to the more unusual ones like guyabano and kaymito.

I’ve already featured a number of ice candy flavors on my blog before like strawberry, avocado, chocolate, buko and sweet corn…but I love them so much that I know I won’t ever run out of flavors to share. This time, the flavors I chose to make are two of the most popular Magnolia ice cream flavors when I was growing up. They were actually my favorite flavors back then. I’m talking about the Mais Queso (Corn & Cheese) and Ube Macapuno (Purple Yam & Coconut Sport).

I know this may sound intriguing for non-Filipinos…but I tell you, these two combos are really good. For those who liked the other ice candy flavors that I’ve featured before, Mais Queso and Ube Macapuno are two flavors that you should also try. They’re definitely delicious and refreshing! If you can’t find ice candy plastic, just use any popsicle mold you have…it won’t really matter. :)

Mais Queso and Ube Macapuno Ice Candy

Ingredients

  • For Mais Queso (Yield 20 pcs.)
  • 1 *14.75oz. can cream style sweet corn
  • 1 cup finely shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 *7.6oz. can Nestle table cream
  • 3 cups fresh milk
  • For Ube Macapuno (Yield 20 pcs.)
  • 1 cup Haleyang Ube
  • 1 cup sweetened macapuno
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 *7.6oz. can Nestle table cream
  • 3 cups fresh milk

Instructions

  1. For the Mais Queso, place sugar, cream and milk in a blender. Blend until sugar is dissolved. Add corn and cheese. Using a big spoon, mix until well combined. For the Ube Macapuno, place ube, sugar, cream and milk in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add macapuno. Using a a big spoon, mix until well combined.
  2. Pour in a large bowl. Prepare the funnel, ice candy plastic bags, and a plate to hold the ice candy.
  3. Place the funnel spout inside the opening of the ice candy plastic bag.
  4. Stir the mixture before scooping a little more than ¼ cup of the mixture. Pour into the funnel. Make sure that you are holding the spout and plastic tightly so that the mixture won’t spill.
  5. Twist the plastic just on top of the filled part then make a tight knot. A little bubble is normal. The ice candy has to be firm but not too tight so the plastic won’t rip.
  6. It can be hard for first timers, but practice makes perfect! You can practice by knotting some ice candy plastic with water in it.
  7. Once you have done all your ice candy, wash them one by one to remove all the sticky spill. I also trim each plastic and just leave about an inch above the knot.
  8. Place them in a flat surface in your freezer. You can stack them on top of each other in a maximum of 3 layers but don’t put anything else on top of them. Freeze overnight or until hard enough. Serve and enjoy!
http://foodipino.com/2012/04/17/mais-queso-and-ube-macapuno-ice-candy/

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 Mais Queso and Ube Macapuno Ice Candy

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