Sharing with you the world of traditional kids’ games this past week brought back a lot of childhood memories. The first thing that flashed through my mind were the endless hours on our rusty ‘neighbourhood’ swing. By ‘neighbourhood’ I don’t mean a swing that sits in the middle of a public outdoor playground. It was in our yard and all the kids in the neighbourhood came to our place to join in the fun. I tell you we could easily fit 12-15 kids in that swing and because everybody helped in rocking/swinging..we literally moved the swing a few meters away from its original spot. Another fun thing to do in our ‘neighbourhood’ playground was swimming in our mini pool. For some reason, we never had a power faucet to fill that pool and it took at least a couple of days to fill it. So when the neighbourhood kids came, we all got a bucket, filled it with water, and poured it into the pool. The rule was ‘No fill, no swim’.. quite an incentive, eh?
The third thing that I truly enjoyed from my childhood was the ice candy. There was a sari-sari store near our house that sold mango and buko ice candy for 10 centavos each (now they cost 2 to 3 pesos- just to give you an idea of the devaluation of the Philippine Peso). That would be 4 cents (US $). When I was 5 years old, I went to the store with a 100 peso bill and told the lady at the store. I want to buy ice candy with this, all of this. The lady had to laugh because I obviously was too young to understand how much money I had at hand and how much ice candy it could buy me -not that she would have that many in stock anyway. She had to tell my nanny about it. I think I ended up with just 10 ice candies and she gave me the change.
So I thought sharing with you my favourite childhood snack would be a perfect thing to do after a whole week’s posts on traditional kids games. Ice candy is a treat from my childhood I will never outgrow. So here it is..straight from my kitchen.
Step 1 – Dice one ripe mango.
Step 2 – Mix diced mango, evaporate milk,
water & brown sugar.
Step 3– Fill ice candy bag
with the Mango Milk mixture.
(so much easier to do with a funnel)
Step 4 – Tie the end of the ice candy bag
as tightly as you can.
Step 5– Freeze.
Mango Milk Ice Candy
1 ripe mango
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk (370 ml can)
3 cups water
6-12 Tablespoon of brown sugar
(according to desired sweetness)
16 ice candy bags
- Dice mango.
- Combine evaporated milk, water, diced mango and brown sugar in a pitcher. Stir really well. If you are not in a hurry, chill it for at least an hour to allow flavours to blend well.
- Fill ice candy bag with the mango milk mixture, leaving 1 1/2 to 2 inch allowance to tie the end. (depends on how good you are at tying…)
- Tie the end of plastic as tightly as you can.
- for a creamier ice candy- boil the mixture and add a little cornstarch just before removing from heat.
- for other fruit flavours- replace diced mango with 1/2- 3/4 cup of fruit bits (here are some great flavours to try out: buko/coconut, avocado, sweet corn cream style, cantaloupe)
After a good play or when the weather gets hot, you know there’s a delicious and refreshing treat waiting for you in the freezer. Enjoy!