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21 May 2014

Avocado, Green Tea & Almond Ice Candy: Philippine Ice Pops

For the past days, my mind had been flying elsewhere. It's hard for me to concentrate in writing (even now) and think of recipes when there is something that is foremost in my thoughts right now. You see, after two years of laying our old dog to rest and after swearing that he will be our family's first and last dog (my husband & kids' first while I grew up with the company of different pet dogs), we, or rather I, opened the door again for another possibility to have a furry family member.

Wounds are healed but still deeply scarred and tears have dried up for our loss. Certain circumstances happened recently and I suddenly found myself confronted with the idea to adopt a new dog again. I was not planning on it, neither was my husband so what started as a farfetched idea blossomed into reality. Here I am, after spending so much time the past days looking (and trying so much to be strong) at the pictures of dogs in the local shelters in desperate need of adoption, I think I finally found the one. We're getting the dog in July. The wait is still long but we are almost finalizing our adoption of our new furry family member. I can't wait for the day to come when we welcome him to his new home.

Maybe because I am happy or maybe because we will have a new dog. The overwhelming desire to make ice candies came up suddenly yesterday. My childhood had been graced with the company of dogs. My siblings and I always had a number of them to play with. We had an avocado tree at our backyard exactly where our dogs were staying. This little association paved way to something wonderful from my memories. Avocados, ice candies, summer, childhood, dogs. Life is simply done of memories that made us what we are now.

Ice candies are ice pops in the Philippines that usually made in the hottest summer months of April and May. They are made of fruit pulp, its juices, water and sugar and sometimes cream of tartar. The most popular is mango because of the abundance. Fresh coconut is another favorite. I remember making ice candies when I was a kid with my sister and aunt and waiting endlessly for them to harden. 

I brought the ice candy bags from the Philippines during my last trip there because I couldn't find them here but you can easily buy them from Amazon if you want to give them a try.
Ifever you try these, have fun! Use real fruits so they will taste better. Buon appetito!

More Philippine desserts:

Tapioca with Rum Caramel Sauce & Almond Jelly (Guinomis)
Mango Ice Candy: Philippine Ice Pop

Avocado, Green Tea & Almond Ice Candy: Philippine Ice Pop

Yields 8 

  • 2 avocados, pulp only
  • 1 teaspoon green tea powder
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • Sugar, honey or any natural sweetener if almond milk is not sweetened
  • 8 ice candy bags (can be bought in Amazon)
12 ice candy bags (can be bought in Amazon)
  1. In a blender, mix the avocado, green tea, almond milk, ice and sweetener if using.
  2. With the help of a funnel, fill up the ice candy bags with the mixture. Tie a knot at the end.
  3. Freeze overnight or until hard.
With the help of a funnel, fill up ice candy bags with the mixture. Tie a knot at the end. Freeze overnight. - See more at: