Durian Ice Candy Recipe

Durian is very abundant in Davao and this is what we are known for. But even as a child, I had wondered why others labeled it as a fruit that "smells like hell but tastes like heaven". I happen to think otherwise.

Have you been in close proximity to durian before? If yes then you would know what I'm talking about. It's aroma is very prominent but personally, I think Durian smells wonderful! Yes! I think it smells good and it tastes great. And when Durian is in season, I'm usually in a happy mood because it only costs 20 pesos per kilo, very cheap as its price can go up to 60 to 90 pesos per kilo when off season. This is the time also to make Durian into a lot of things. Ice candy is one. My ice candy recipe here makes ice candy that is smooth. I even put it in a mug, crush it using a fork and enjoy it like I'm having durian ice cream on a hot afternoon. Really, it's that good. :)

this is Puyat, one of Durian's many varieties
1. Separate the meat from the seeds and crush using a fork.

2. Heat water in a deep pot and dissolve sugar and salt.

3. Add the Durian and stir. Let boil.

Do  not cover because your durian ice candy mixture will bubble and overflow. The creamy bubbles remind me of Blugre's durian gatchpuccino which I love a lot. Coffee and durian is such a great pair.

I was actually in a dreamy state when I was stirring this Durian ice candy concoction.

4. Stir to prevent overflowing. Simmer for 10 minutes until the durian is thoroughly incorporated.

5. Combine milk and cornstarch. Stir till cornstarch is thoroughly mixed in.

6. Add the cornstarch mixture in the pot stirring as you pour. Continue stirring for about 2 minutes. Then simmer for 3 minutes more. Turn off heat then let cool.

7. Pour the mixture in ice candy wrappers with the help of a funnel. Place ice candy in the freezer and use the highest cold setting to achieve a very smooth consistency. Please check this link to know how to tightly close your ice candy wrappers.

I usually use 2 sizes of ice candy wrappers at home, one is 1 1/2" x 10" ice candy wrappers for my son, the other is 3" x 10" ice wrappers for me filled half way. I use bigger wrappers for myself because the mixture is easier to pour on wider ice wrappers and because i usually crush the ice candy in a glass and enjoy my ice candy like it's ice cream.

8. Serve frozen and enjoy! You may be wondering why my ice candies have different colors. Well, I used another variety of durian when I cooked the other batch. Durian's meat color ranges from light yellow to yellow orange.

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