Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Avocado Ice Candy #Recipe by Mia P. Manansala @MPMtheWriter

Avocado Ice Candy

Looking for a cold, yummy treat that’s not too rich and doesn’t require you to purchase an ice cream maker? Then ice candy is for you! Ice candies are Philippine popsicles, but rather than using a mold, the popsicle mixture is poured into thin plastic bags before being frozen. It’s a common street food and you can find it in all sorts of tropical flavors, such as young coconut, mango, melon, and avocado.

Avocado? In a dessert? Yes! Avocados are actually fruits and are commonly used in sweets and drinks in Southeast Asia. The neutral buttery flavor and creamy texture are the perfect base for a dessert full of healthy fats. If avocado isn’t for you, you can likely swap it for an equal amount of fruit puree as long as it pairs well with milk. And if you don’t want to deal with the funnel and plastic bags, the recipe works equally well with popsicle molds.

Avocado Ice Candy Recipe

Yield about eleven 8"x2” bags


  • 3-4 small to medium avocados, ripe
  • 1 14oz can condensed milk
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 3 cups milk*
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch, optional**


  • Thin plastic bags (I use Frozip) or popsicle molds
  • Funnel
  • Blender 


  1. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh into a blender.
  2. Add the the rest of the ingredients to the blender*** and blend until the avocado is completely pureed into the milk mixture.
  3. Using the funnel, pour the mixture into the plastic bags or popsicle molds. Make sure to leave room for the mixture to expand in the freezer. If using the bags, either twist tie or zip them closed.
  4. Lay flat in the freezer and allow to freeze at least six hours or overnight.
  5. Enjoy!

*I used fresh milk, but you can use evaporated milk, powdered milk and water, or a non-dairy milk of your choice. These will alter the flavor slightly, so make sure you choose one that pairs well with avocado.

**I’ve read that cornstarch helps the frozen mixture stay creamy rather than completely icy, but I’ve seen plenty of recipes without it.

***If your blender is like mine and too small to hold all the ingredients, just blend the avocado, condensed milk, sugar, and cornstarch. Scrape the avocado mixture into a large container, preferably with a spout, and whisk in the milk.

Cast of Characters

Scoop the avocado flesh into a blender, add the rest of ingredients, and puree the mixture. Use a funnel to pour the avocado mixture into the plastic bags.

Leave room for the mixture to expand. If using a plastic bag, either twist tie or zip the top closed.

Lay flat in the freezer and freeze for at least six hours. Enjoy!

Have you ever tried a dessert with avocado in it? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. This sounds great, Mia. I've had basil ice cream, which was delicious, but have never had avocado in a dessert. Now I will!

  2. Avocado makes great chocolate pudding.

    1. I've seen recipes for avocado chocolate pudding but haven't tried it yet. I think one of my next experiments will be an avocado chocolate chia pudding. Thanks, Libby!

  3. I think this will be great, Mia, and have printed it out. Will send to my brother-in-law too. He's the king of avocados. Was this recipe mentioned in your book too? There were so many interesting dishes and desserts! Hugs. MJ

    1. I hope you and your BIL enjoy it! This recipe isn't mentioned in Book 1, but I'm developing recipes for Book 2 (Homicide and Halo-Halo), which takes place during the summer. I'm experimenting with lots of warm weather treats to see which ones to include in the book :)

  4. Will have to give this one a try. I used to get an avocado milkshake like drink at a nearby Pho restaurant.

    1. I love avocado milkshakes! This ice candy is basically a frozen version of that shake, so the flavors should be familiar to you. Hope you enjoy it, Lil!