Melon ice candy – a frozen treat filled with shredded cantaloupe and milk, this makes a great treat on a hot summer day!
Typically stored in long, thin plastic bags, this is probably the closest Filipino equivalent to the American Otter Pop (but could also be placed in molds as well).
½ large rockmelon, shredded
1 tspn McCormick Melon Flavor
6 cups (1 1/2 litres) water
¾ cup white sugar
25 pcs ice candy plastic casing (size: 1 1/2 x 10)
1. Using your little shredder tool, put a light/medium pressure while you run it along the length of the rockmelon flesh. Do not dig too deep, the strands should be like fat spaghetti strands. Stop shredding once you see the green lining of the rockmelon, be careful that you don’t include that green lining.
2. In a large bowl, pour in water, melon flavor and sugar. Stir till the sugar is completely dissolved. Add in the shredded rockmelon and stir a couple of times.
3. Place a funnel spout inside the opening of the Ice Candy plastic casing, holding them together tightly so that no mixture can escape. Stir the mixture before ladling so that you get even proportion of melon strands and liquid. Pour in a ladleful of the rockmelon mixture.
Tip: If the plastic casing overflows, tip the funnel back to the bowl while holding the connection tightly as you tip the excess.
4. Make sure that you have approximately 6-7cm (about 4 fingers across *like in the picture*)empty gap from the opening of the plastic to make room for the knotting.
5. Twist the plastic just on top of the cased melon mixture, leaving a little bubble is normal. The Ice Candy has to be firm but not too tight. If it is too tight, it might leak when you freeze it or worst the plastic will rip.
6. As you pinch the twisted part with your thumb and forefinger, wrap the top end over your thumb and tuck it under towards your inner palm and swing it underneath back to your thumb and forefinger. The wrapping around your thumb has to be tight, slowly withdraw your thumb while you insert the top end part of the plastic through where your thumb has been. Pull it well till you have a tight knot.
7. The secret to the tight knot is, do step 6 as near as possible to the top of the melon mixture for a firm Ice Candy.
8. Practice makes perfect! You can practice with water first and try knotting some trial Ice Candy plastic casings.