Special Buko Ice Candy: A Pinoy Favorite Summer Dessert

Eduardo Joven
Eduardo Joven | Feb 26, 2016

Many people are finding their own way to cool down their temperature. As a matter of fact, this Special Buko Ice Candy has become a hit and fantastic cooler. Not only that it is literally cool, its flavor is without a doubt delightful and tasty.  

If you are into this ‘ice candy craze’, then you can get a taste of this cooler in sari-sari stores, street corners and eateries. Each store has a unique variation of buko ice candy. Some are mixed with sago while other is gulaman. This special buko ice candy has a full cream evap milk to give it a creamy taste and vanilla extract that gives a smooth and almost savory flavor.


  • 1 piece young coconut, scraped into strings
  • 2 cups coconut water  (buko juice)
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1½ cups evaporated or fresh milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)


  • In a saucepan, combine cornstarch into coconut water and stir until dissolved.
  • Heat the mixture on medium heat until it starts to boil and turn to low and simmer for about 3-5 minutes just until it thickens like syrup. (Adding cornstarch is a method to make the ice becomes smooth and soft).
  • Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl, add the sugar and stir until fully dissolves.
  • Let it cool down a little bit before adding the remaining ingredients.
  • Add in sweetened condensed milk, fresh milk and vanilla extract if desired.
  • Stir thoroughly until well blended and add coconut strings and mix well.
  • Test the taste of your mixture and add sugar if needed.
  • Use a funnel and ladle and pour the mixture into each Ice candy wrapper about 5 inches high.
  • If you don’t have a funnel you can use a pitcher.
  • Tie the top tightly and trim the plastic if desired.
  • Arrange the ice candy in the freezer and freeze until frozen.
  • Serve the special buko ice candy anytime and enjoy!

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