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Buko Salad Ice candy

Buko salad Ice candy is a sweet creamy coconut fruit salad turned into a frozen delicious treat. Buko salad is a well known Filipino dessert that makes use of shredded young coconut, a mixture of canned fruits or fruit cocktail that’s then mixed together with a creamy concoction of evaporated milk and condensed milk. Its then made into ice candy by boiling it into water to make a smooth creamy concoction with a little cassava flour to thicken and smoothen the texture. Frozen into a nicely ready to go package overnight and enjoyed any time of the day the next.

Buko Salad Ice Candy

What is a Buko Salad?

Buko Salad is a salad made of a combination of a young grated coconut, fruit cocktail that’s usually a mix of nata de cococ, pineapple, sugar palm, cherries and cream made of condensed milk, evaporated milk, and sugar as needed. There are even some versions of the buko salad with keso or cream cheese for a little sharp taste, some even adding fruits like lychee; apple and any other additions of favorite sweetened fruit some even add canned corn. Some varieties also include Buko melon which is buko salad with bite sides cantaloupes instead of fruit salad, Buko pandan which is not only a popular drink but is sometime made as a buko salad variant made of green agar agar that has pandan flavoring, and Lamaw which is more popular in farming regions similar to the buko salad without the fruit cocktail that’s replaced with biscuits or saltines or even graham crackers, these may also include orange flavored soft drinks served in a halved coconut shells. All in all the Buko Salad is a dessert you can be sure to find in holidays like Christmas and new years, or small gathering and events like birthdays and fiestas. Its quick and simple to prepare that you’d only need to strain and mix the ingredients together to be chilled in the fridge for a few hours to overnight till it gets thick and creamy similar to a fruit salad, some even freeze them to give it an ice cream like texture.

Buko salad has been part of the Filipino food culture that makes you reminisce of gathering with loved ones and memorable holiday parties and occasions that you’ll fondly look back on.

What’s an Ice Candy and why is it a popular summer treat?

Ice candy is a Filipino frozen popsicle that’s sold in a long plastic bag instead of a popsicle stick. These are a popular summer dessert usually sold in neighborhoods by kids or street vendors like sorbeteros, and sari-sari stores. Ice candy is a mixture of milk or evaporated milk, condensed milk or sugar for sweetness, continuously stirred with cassava flour over medium heat to make it thick and not icy when the ice candy hardens. There are only a few ingredients needed to make an ice candy,  water, cassava flour, flavoring like chocolate, ube, mango and any choice of powdered or liquid flavoring, sugar or condensed milk for sweetness. This frozen refresher can also be made by using soft drinks, a vegetable and fruit blend, or the more popularly healthier version of using fruits like oranges, melon, papaya, jack fruit, and for the person who can take it, durian. With such an easy recipe, you can find a long list of ice candy flavors that’s been tried and tested and sold as an ice candy you can easily find being sold by neighbors and even made at home with kids to bite onto to cool off from the summer heat. 

Perfect for summer days after dinner nights when you want a nice icy dessert to round up the day. Perfect for the afternoon when you need to cool off and have that short break!

Buko Salad Ice candy

Course: Dessert, SnacksCuisine: Filipino



A sweet colorful coco-nutty summer dessert


  • 2 liters water

  • 1 can condensed milk (390g)

  • 1 can evaporated milk (300ml)

  • 1 can fruit cocktail (839 grams)

  • 1 cup shredded young coconut

  • 1 cup cassava flour or cornstarch or malting (dissolved in 1 cup water)

  • sugar to taste


  • Drain the fruit cocktail and chop the fruits into tiny pieces. Set aside.
  • In a pot add water and bring this to a boil, add evaporated milk, condensed milk and mix well. Have a taste to check the sweetness, add sugar as needed.
  • Add young coconut, chopped fruit cocktail and mix well. Let it boil in medium heat.
  • Prepare a bowl with cassava flour add a cup of water and mix well till there are no more lumps.
  • Add the flour mixture to the pot. This will give the ice candy a smooth texture. Stir continuously till there are no lumps Simmer for 5 minutes in low heat. Let this cool completely.
  • Once cooled place these in ice candy plastics, use a funnel and wooden stick to place the mixture in. once filled, tie the end and freeze overnight.

Buko salad Ice Candy recipe (tagalog)


  • 2 litro ng tubig
  • 1 lata condensed milk (390g)
  • 1 lata evaporated milk (300ml)
  • 1 lata fruit cocktail (839 gramo)
  • 1 tasa ginayad na buko
  • 1 tasa cassava flour o cornstarch o malting (hinalo sa 1 tasa ng tubig)
  • asukal pampalasa

Paano lutuin

  1. Salain ang fruit cocktail at hiwain ang mga prutas ng maliliit. Itabi. 
  2. Sa palayok na may tubig ipakulo ito at ilagay ang evaporated milk, condensed milk at haluin ng mabuti. Tikman at lagyan ng asukal kung kinakailangan.
  3. Ilagay ang buko, hinati na prutas at haluin ng mabuti. Ipakulo gamit ang katamtamang init.
  4. Ihanda anf cassava flour na may tubig, haluin ito hanggang walang tumpok.
  5. Ilagaya ang hinalong harina sa palayok. Gagawin nitong makinis ang ice candy. Tuloy tuoy ihalo at pakuluin ng 5 minuto sa mababang init.tanggalin at palamigin.
  6. Pag di na mainit ilagay ang mga ito sa ice candy na plastik, gumamit ng funnel at pantusok kung kinakailangan para mapuno ang plastik, itali ang dulo at palamigin magdamag.
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