This one is for all pineapple lovers! Cool and refreshing pineapple ice candy is smooth and the perfect treat for hot summer days.
Use canned pineapple!
Fresh pineapple is wonderful but won’t work with this recipe due to it being high in bromelain – an enzyme that breaks down milk protein. Although these enzymes may be great for digestion and more, they will spoil your recipe and create a bitter flavour!
The trick is to use canned pineapple stored in its own juice. Most of the enzymes are killed off in the tinning process (which prevents a bitter end result) and I find that it gives a more consistent result in terms of flavour. Use your favourite brand but I personally like the Great Value and Dole brands.
What is iced candy?
Ice candy is an ice pop-style treat enjoyed in the Philippines. Many countries all over the world have their own version. Flavours can be made with fresh fruit, juice, and other ingredients. The flavour possibilities are endless!
Try out other ice candy flavours!
Ice candy bags
In the Philippines and other countries around the world, these iced treats are made in thin plastic bags. Ice candy bags may be hard to come by if you live in Western countries like Canada and the U.S. I searched and searched for literal MONTHS and finally found a local seller on Facebook Marketplace. I have also found similar options on Amazon and eBay.
What makes ice candy so satisfying is their unique shape. They’re fun to eat and so easy to grab-and-go. To eat ice candy, bite off a corner on the bottom and enjoy all the tropical goodness.
If you’re not into using plastic, I recommend reusable options such as these ice pop molds I found on Amazon. A great sustainable option!
These are perfectly soft & creamy
I love a good ice candy that has the perfect balance between icey and soft. These are the perfect texture. The cornstarch mixture works as a stabilizer which results in a beautifully soft texture.
Make some substitutes for a piña colada version!
If you’re dairy-free or don’t have access to coconut evaporated milk, coconut milk does the job! This will result in more of a piña colada flavour – just as delicious!
I hope you try this recipe out! Ice candy is something close to my heart and I am so happy to share this part of my childhood with you!