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Frozen Treats: Homemade Mongo Bean, Yam & Coconut Ice Candy and more.

Updated on July 11, 2013

Freeze 'Em Good Homemade Ice Candies

Ube-Macapuno (Purple Yam-Coconut) and Mongo Bean ice candy ready for freezing
Ube-Macapuno (Purple Yam-Coconut) and Mongo Bean ice candy ready for freezing | Source

Nutritious! Fun and delicious!

There is not much rain cooling our surroundings and conditioning our heads this springtime and that means taking a cold shower is not enough either. Most days are hot and humid and immediately we thirst for a cold pop, ice cold water or a cold cold beer. Did someone say "ice cream"? Ice cream yes, when a tub is on "sale" it sounds perfect for a snack-on dessert waiting in the freezer. If not, it is too expensive. One cool way of cooling off under a hot and humid weather is having fun in your kitchen creating homemade ice candies! Yes! Ice Candies!

Back when I was a young girl, my ma makes ice candies as frequent as her frozen ice candy sales runs out. It is always hot in the Philippines and selling ice candies in her store are like "hot cakes" competing with her thirst-quenching cold Coca-Cola and RC Cola softdrinks! My pa has a tall, strong, fruitful avocado tree just beside the gate and is visible to the neighbourhood customers who come to ma's store. The avocado tree bears great large fruit that dangles like jumbo-real-jumbo Christmas bulbs (I've never seen such Christmas bulbs this size but that is how I see my pa's avocados, in full greens and dark purples); and becomes abundant around the fruiting season from May to September which gives my parents so much to harvest, to share with close family friends and to sell in the store both as fresh whole organic avocados and into frozen avocado ice candies. Ma also makes mongo bean ice candies as an alternative choice. I would help her pour them in small and large narrow plastics, tying up tightly. "Ice candy" is how we commonly call a popsicle back home.

Especially with little children at home, the possibilities of making popsicles, icycles, frozen treats are endless. There is the variety of fruit juice frozen treats- a mix blend, mango, fruit berry punch, peach, pineapple, and even milkshakes. One great idea is to mix bits of chunky fruits into the juice blend, thus giving it an exciting texture and colour while savouring its interesting burst of additional vitamin C flavours. Remembering my grandma, she also had milk with sugar frozen in plastics and we loved it!

This hub presents to you a quick and simple homemade frozen treats anyone could make at home- the "Mongo Bean" and "Purple Yam-Coconut" ice candies:

Simple Mongo Ice Candy

Mongo Bean Ice Candy
Mongo Bean Ice Candy | Source

MONGO ICE CANDY

(other names - mungbean, mung, green bean)

Mongo bean is a good source of protein and other vitamins. It is very low in cholesterol and low in saturated fat as well as sodium.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry mongo beans
  • 1 ½ cup fresh milk
  • ½ condensed milk of a 300 ml can
  • ½ cup sugar

Procedure:

  1. Boil dry mongo beans in medium heat until tender. Remove water and let cool.
  2. Once cooled, add cooked mongo beans into a blender with 1 ½ cup fresh milk, ½ condensed milk and ½ cup of sugar.
  3. Blend together. I would suggest to leave some texture. Or blend until fine if you desire a smoother ice candy.
  4. Taste the sweetness. It should not lack of sweetness. Take note that once the treat passes through freezing temperature, the sweetness tend to lessen.
  5. Use a funnel with a tip opening large enough for the creamy ingredient to slide down into the plastic. You may use whatever container you have to freeze your treats like the popsicle moldings or any ice tray.
  6. Tie or Seal tight.
  7. Yields 12 or more. Freeze and enjoy.

A Yummy Combination

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PURPLE YAM & COCONUT ICE CANDY

(Ube & Macapuno)

Purple yam is a source of fiber, calcium, iron and protein. It is zero in cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat. Coconut on the other hand is a high source of iron, fiber and manganese. Other nutrition sources we could benefit from it are calcium and protein. Raw coconut that is used in this presentation is very low in cholesterol and sodium, however, the saturated fat is high.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of 11 oz. (312g) or half pack frozen purple yam
  • 1 pack of 11 oz. (312g) or half pack frozen shredded coconut
  • ½ cup coconut powder
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups fresh milk
  • ½ condensed milk of a 300 ml can
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 drops of vanilla extract

Procedure:

  1. Defrost the pack contents in microwave using defrost settings for 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. In a separate dish, put aside ½ cup or a handful of shredded coconut to add on for texture later.
  3. In a blender, add yams and shredded coconut with 1 ½ to 2 cups fresh milk, ½ condensed milk, 1 cup of sugar, ½ cup of coconut powder, and 2 drops of vanilla extract.
  4. Blend well together. After blending, add on the half cup of shredded coconut that you had set aside to give it some texture.
  5. Taste the sweetness. It should not lack of sweetness. The coconut has its natural sweetness while the yam is without. Take note that once the treat passes through freezing temperature, the sweetness tend to lessen.
  6. Pouring the creamy mixture into plastic is a bit tricky. The coconut produces grease and makes your grip slippery. Use a large bowl to hold and catch any excess and mess. The textured creaminess will tend to block the tip of the funnel. Use a funnel with a much larger opening or add more milk for a smooth flow. You may use whatever container you have to freeze your treats like the popsicle moldings or any ice tray.
  7. Tie or Seal tight.
  8. Yields 12 or more. Freeze and enjoy!

Yummy Mango & Pineapple Flavour

Mango Ice Candy with 100% mango puree and pineapple juice
Mango Ice Candy with 100% mango puree and pineapple juice | Source
Mango Puree with fresh mango bits, Strawberry Cream with fresh strawberries, Berry Fruit Punch with strawberry slices, Mango-Avocado Duo with scraped fresh fruit pieces.
Mango Puree with fresh mango bits, Strawberry Cream with fresh strawberries, Berry Fruit Punch with strawberry slices, Mango-Avocado Duo with scraped fresh fruit pieces. | Source
Sweet Corn cool treat!
Sweet Corn cool treat! | Source

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Theswe look delicious, healthy, and refreshing all at the same time. I will have to try them.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      These ice candies are new to me! Mango bean and purple yam-coconut! Wow! You are right - not only these will be tasty but also nutritious! The recipes are quick to make and the photos looked attractive! No wonder your family did very well with selling them! Your childhood memories added interest to this engaging hub! Well-done! Rated it Useful,Beautiful and Interesting. Socially Shared.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals, yes they're yummy! It is hard to stop eating after one ice candy, but we need to reserve for the next craving, hehe! I like the jackfruit and mango too and I might try making this one day. Enjoy!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hello ishwaryaa22! There is this tiny "red" mung beans that we add on to our "Halo-Halo", a Filipino classic favourite, creamy fruit salad dessert with ice cream and crushed ice. I love the taste of this red mung bean as well. I got to make this too. Frozen desserts that we can make ourselves and not costly at all. Thank you so much for admiring this hub, voting and sharing! Enjoy the rest of your day!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      These are certainly interesting ideas. Thanks for sharing your recipes. While I know I can get mung beans at my health store, I have not seen purple yams before. But maybe if I look around I can find some. If not, I guess I can try golden yams. I think my kids will like these.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you! You will find purple yams in the vegetable rack display, should be right next to the golden "sweet" yams/potatoes. What I got was the cooked and frozen one in a package as I was looking for grated coconut, I spotted on a pack of yam. You will find this in the supermarket fridges, even at the Asian markets.

      If you are challenged about tasting purple yam, try a Filipino tropical ice cream made of Ube (purple yam). This is my favourite of all ice cream flavours!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I wish I had one right now! This is such a great treat for those hot summer days that are just around the corner. I would love the taste I am sure. Thanks for sharing.

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      Angelme566 5 years ago

      Oh my you this hub makes me saliva drop...i know this is so delicious and nutritious and it is very affordable..I will give this a try..thanks for sharing this.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Angelme566! If you like avocado try that too.

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      SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

      I enjoyed these simple Filipino ice candy when I was young.I think I'll go make me some for my grandchildren...as well as for myself.:)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi SilentReed! Thank you. In fact, I just finished tying up Mango-Pineapple flavoured ice candies. I am excited for my friend to try them.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Look so yummy and although it doesn't really feel like summer yet where I am right now and that I am trying to avoid sweet stuff these days, I wouldn't mind having one or two. This hub draw forth nostalgia for me! I would vote delicious but there is none. (:

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awe, these ones look so yummy! It's kinda new combination to me, I should give it a try =)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thanks BeyondMax! Just adding mango too! They are really delicious.

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Wow, we had 'ice pops' when we were kids, but they were just made of fruit cordial and water - I've never come across anything so unusual as the recipes for ice candies you give here! Bookmarked for when we finally get a few good days of hot weather here in the UK this summer - they all sound divine! :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Redberry Sky! Some moms make milk and sugar into ice freezies. I had this during childhood. It was a trick since I didn't really enjoy drinking milk from the glass.

      I just made plain juice freezies from Del Monte's Four Seasons Juice Drink, 1.3L can. The cold juice is refreshing itself. It has the mango, guava, orange and pineapple flavours in one; lots of vitamin C. I wish I had some ripe guavas so I could have blended the fruit with it.

      Thank you for bookmarking the hub. Please feel free to share. Have a nice day!

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Hi coffeegginmyrice - shared! (sorry it took a while, there was no 'share' buttons on this hub for a couple of days - I think they're doing a redesign so there are bugs in the system).

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Ohoho! Thank you Redberry Sky!

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      mattdigiulio 5 years ago

      Yam and coconut is a great combination. I'll get into this soon. Voting up. Matt

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thanks Matt! You won't regret it! I would also recommend Avocado & Coconut! Just like a tropical ice cream combination. :)

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      nala 4 years ago

      Good idea matadora

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hey nala! Thanks for dropping by. You gotta try some!

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      Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany

      Oh my! My mouth is watering. I used to make some of these iced candies at home in my home country. Thanks for reminding me. I can´t eat that here now in Germany as it is freezing cold winter again.

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