Recipe #39: ICE CANDY

The scorching summer heat in the Philippines is something that you either love or hate. You love it because a fine weather complements our picture-perfect beaches. You hate it because you don’t like the feeling of heat as you drip with sweat while commuting or walking along the streets of Metro Manila. The oppressively hot and humid weather in the past weeks has been getting worse — no thanks to climate change — and there are no signs of it alleviating anytime soon.

But, hey! We’re Pinoys! We can always find solutions in every problem. We are very adaptable to changes. Ika nga, if you can’t beat them, join them! And the summer heat, despite the temperature rising every year, is no exemption.

So, in order to cool us down, we have concocted different ice-cold sweets that are perfect in our tropical climate. One of which is the Ice Candy. Doesn’t it instantly remind you of your childhood? Don’t we all remember knocking on Aling Nena’s gate every afternoon to buy a stick of this amazing cold and refreshing treat? I’m sure you do!

Ice Candy comes in a variety of flavors, and I know everyone has his or her own personal choice. There’s red mung beans, mango, pinipig, chocolate,  and my favorite — avocado. In fact, even your preferred juice flavors can be turned into Ice Candy.

On this blog post, I am sharing my mother’s Avocado Ice Candy recipe which she made yesterday. Everyone in the family loves this flavor, and I’m pretty sure many of you would love it too. If you don’t like avocado, you can replace it with mango or any fruit that you like. Just make sure that your fruit of choice is in season. If you want to use red mung beans, click here to learn how to make the paste. Ice Candy is very easy and fun to make; you can actually involve the kids in making them. Not to mention, it’s easy on the budget.

Ready? Click below to grab the recipe:

Ice Candy

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Recipe #36: TEA-ROPICAL HOLIDAY PUNCH with LIPTON

What is so exciting about waking up each day?

Aside from being a blogger, I also work as a writer for an American company. Not only that, I’m a full-time student at the UP Open University. I work and study at home, which means that my room (and the Internet) is pretty much the only world I see the entire week.

Lipton
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You can just imagine how crazy it is to carefully juggle my schedule in order to accomplish various tasks in the confines of my small space. That’s why it’s important for me to feel inspired and excited to get out of bed and face my laptop each day.

Coffee helps me to jumpstart my morning. But to keep me up and rolling all throughout the day, I concocted this refreshing fruit iced tea made special by Lipton Yellow Label Tea. I named it Tea-ropical Holiday Punch. Its natural minty flavor makes it also a great alternative drink for the holiday season.

Lipton
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Lipton
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Recipe #28: HOMEMADE MANGO ICE CREAM

I tried something new yesterday. I made an experiment to check if I could make a homemade ice cream without using any special equipment, such as an ice cream maker. Guess what? I never thought it would be this easy.

My mother buys fruits every now and then. This weekend, we had mangoes…lots of it. And avocados. I love mangoes and I’m sure my family does too. However, there are some instances that for some reason, we fail to consume all of them, hence, they are just put to waste. So I decided to make something out of it — a homemade mango ice cream.

Like what I said, we don’t have an ice cream maker at home. However, you can always do it manually. Mango meat is soft and none of the ingredients are hard, so it’s really easy to incorporate everything.

Mango Ice Cream

You may also want to top the ice cream with your favorite fruits. Just make sure that they’re in season. Or you may want to add caramel syrup (perfect with mangoes) just to add some extra sweetness and flavor.

Nutritious and full of yum, this homemade ice cream is surely an awesome and inexpensive way to stay healthy without sacrificing good taste. I hope you’d enjoy this recipe!

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