30 Jun2006


JMom of “In Our Kitchen” is hosting this month’s Lasang Pinoy 11, with the selected topic of “Summertime Coolers and Memories of Summer.” This whole theme of food and ma2childhood memories is an extremely powerful one and I have noticed this throughout the evolution of the Marketmanila blog. As if to validate our strong feelings on this topic, The International Herald Tribune actually had some articles the other day referring to the same issue. When I tried to think back to the summer months and what was considered an absolute treat, it would have to be coffee mangosteen ice cream. Even then, this was a totally special flavor, only available 1-2 months out of the year just after an abundant season of fresh mangosteen, and it was much more expensive than the other more “common” flavors. I can still remember the “hairy” pulp covered seeds of mangosteen which had turned a dark brown from stewing in sugar that would be enrobed in coffee flavored ice cream. Yes, this was a special summertime cooler of the most memorable kind…

Perhaps even better than the store bought flavor, we used to create our own version by buying coffee ice cream the rest of the year and adding this exquisite mangosteen ma3jam from the Lorenzo farms in Mindanao. My mother used to literally hoard this jam and you must have done something good to warrant a large dollop of this precious commodity on your ice cream. Oddly, as a kid, I loved the hairy pulp and more importantly, the crunchy seed within…I used to bite down on the seeds like I had found the treasure within the half gallon of ice cream. I have never noticed this flavor on offer in past decade or more…perhaps it was just too expensive to manufacture and still make a profit on… and for at least 15 years I have not seen any decent mangosteen jam in bottles either. That is, until a few weeks ago when I found some mangosteen jam made by Kablon Farms in South Cotabato. I bought 3 jars before I even tasted it, hoping it would be good and I would therefore have enough… the jam is very good, though a lighter color and slightly sweeter than what I recall from childhood and the seeds are smaller and less pulpy but it is supposed to be made with organically raised fruit. I ran to the nearest grocery and purchased some Haagen Daz coffee ice cream and back home scooped some into a cup, added two huge spoonfuls of mangosteen jam, closed my eyes and turned back the clock by 30 years…yes, memories of summer indeed.



  1. CecileJ says:

    Ahhh, yesss! Coffee Mangosteen ice cream from Magnolia! I had to turn back my clock a bit longer than you, MM! Oops, my age is showing…

    Where can I buy the Magosteen Jam from Kablon Farms?

    Jun 30, 2006 | 3:24 pm


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  3. frayed says:

    Coffee mangosteen ice cream was a favourite of our grandmother’s (she pronounced it ‘mangostan’, not sure why). As a kid, I never understood why she liked it because we always preferred chocolate, mocha or vanilla but now I do. Your photo looks really good too

    Jun 30, 2006 | 5:55 pm

  4. sasha says:

    Hi MM,

    I’ve never had that combination but I remember having coffee ice cream with fresh mangoes. It’s very weird but I loved it!!! I still have it occasionally and it takes me back to my childhood too…hmm feel like having some right now!! :-)

    Jun 30, 2006 | 7:02 pm

  5. gonzo says:

    speak for yourself, frayed (we’re related), my favourite ice cream since childhood was always coffee. coffee mangosteen, coffee ice cream with crushed barquillos, coffee with chocolate syrup etc …to this day whenever i go past an ice cream stand, whether it is Fruits in Ice Cream, Haagen Dazs, or even when abroad, the choice for me is coffee, nine times out of ten.

    Coffee and mangosteen was actually a pretty good pairing. Nice move by magnolia (back in the days when you could actually taste the ice cream flavours and not just the sugar).

    Jun 30, 2006 | 7:06 pm

  6. misao says:

    wow! i didn’t knew such a flavor existed… must have been really good to be born in an earlier decade.:D

    i love fresh mangosteen. i haven’t tasted the jam… where can i buy some, that i may discover this concoction?

    Jun 30, 2006 | 7:36 pm

  7. millet says:

    yes,my hubby and i have parallel fond childhood memories of coffee mangosteen ice cream, and we love selecta’s coffee crumble, but we’ve never thought of putting some jam on it. it’s too simple i feel stupid for not having thought it before..and here we were pining for it. and yes, the almond-like seeds were a prized find. we still do get the lorenzo jam here in davao, though – some supermarkets carry it a few months each year, after a heavy mangosteen season. when the harvest is lean, the lorenzos keep the mangosteen jam for themselves and for gift-giving. i should send you a few jars next time i see them on the shelves, MM.

    Jun 30, 2006 | 9:10 pm

  8. mita says:

    I’ve been dreaming about coffee mangosteen ice cream for a long time now…thanks for featuring this. My first taste of mangosteen was in the ice cream and for a long time I thought it was a nut! That’s a great alternative with the preserves…never knew someone actually made it. I hope they don’t export all our mangosteens now that it’s become some kind of super food.

    Jun 30, 2006 | 9:28 pm

  9. Marketman says:

    Hoard those jars of Lorenzo mangosteen jam! I didn’t realize they still made them! As for the Kablon, I bought mine at the stall nearest the rice vendor in Market!Market! at PHP105 a bottle…a steal if you ask me. Now I hope you all don’t buy the remaining bottles and they don’t re-stock before my three bottles run out!

    Jun 30, 2006 | 9:34 pm

  10. JMom says:

    omg, MM I can only dream of what coffee mangosteen must tast like! I will have to add mangosteen jam to my list of ‘must buys’ when I visit the Philippines again :-)

    Jun 30, 2006 | 10:19 pm

  11. juls says:

    MM, when I was still in grade school coffee mangosteen was one of my favorite flavors, along with marzapan de pili (sorbetero). anyway, i thought the flavor was mocha with raisin bits inside.

    on another note, I can vouch for the high quality of KABLON FARMS preserves cuz so far they have one of the best Guava jellies I have encountered- and until now, they’re the only ones that I patronize. I get them at this organic food store located near OB Montessorie at Abada Street, Loyola Heights, QC (just the next back street parallel to Katipunan). It’s like P60 a bottle which is a bit pricey, but worth every spread. Their passion fruit jelly is uberlicious. yes, i need to try their other stuff from Kablon Farms. But the place so far from my place. Do you know of another outlet where they sell their spreads? Thanks so much.

    Jul 1, 2006 | 1:19 am

  12. Marketman says:

    juls the store nerest the rice vendor at Market!Market! in Fort Bonifacio seems to carry several of the Kablon jams and preserves…they are pretty easy to get to and find.

    Jul 1, 2006 | 7:10 am

  13. kulasa says:

    I never thought of using mangosteen jam in my ice cream. Hmmm, time to go and get some.

    Hubby Kulas likes jams. Will try the guava and passion fruit – thanks juls. Any other jams or preserves ffrom Kablon farms you recommend?

    I wonder when Magnolia Ice Cream (now that it’s back) will start making Coffee Mangosteen again. Hope they do.

    Jul 1, 2006 | 8:06 am

  14. izang says:

    i have tasted fresh mangosteens so far…….i work near market!market! so i’ll check out the mangosteen jam from kablon………thanks for the tip…….dont worry, i leave some bottles for you… hehehe

    Jul 1, 2006 | 10:39 am

  15. MasPinaSarap says:

    frayed: In some areas it is known as “Mangostan” or “Mangustan”. Maybe that’s why your grandmother called it that.

    I’ve only had frozen Mangosteen, but it does sound like it would make a good popsicle/sorbet :)

    Jul 1, 2006 | 11:14 am

  16. Sylvia says:

    Thanks, MM…you have just given me one more item to add to my list of pasalubongs to request from my mom. Make that two, including Kablon Farms’ guava jelly, since I can’t find any guava jelly in the groceries here in CA, even in the Pinoy stores.

    I do remember the Coffee Mangosteen ice cream of Magnolia. The memory of its yummy goodness is coming back to me! Now that it’s summer here, I’ve been experimenting with making my own ice cream. Yesterday I made Chocnut Ice Cream. Maybe next I should try Coffee Ice Cream.

    Jul 1, 2006 | 12:38 pm

  17. blackpearl says:

    MM, Coffee Mangosteen was my absolute favorite when I was, uhm, younger. Too bad Magnolia doesn’t make them anymore. But will try out coffee ice cream with Kablon Farms preserves (thank goodness Katipunan is a ten minute drive away!). Can’t wait to share it with my dad.

    Jul 1, 2006 | 6:04 pm

  18. Mila says:

    I remember that flavor, the tart flavor of the mangosteen against the silk of the coffee. I still love any coffee inspired flavor. May have to see if those Kablon preserves are still available at Market!market!

    Jul 1, 2006 | 6:11 pm

  19. iska says:

    i asked hubby here what he remembers when i say mangosteen and he replied… ice cream!
    ahh haagen daz ice cream… that i can easily find here (tho expensiv)

    Jul 2, 2006 | 11:38 am

  20. Doddie Householder from Korea says:


    I love mangosteen as it is. My dad used to audit a lot of Unilab offices in Mindanao and would bring home boxes of mangosteen fruit for him and me. We were the only ones who ate it in our family. Which is good, more for the two of us! LOL


    Jul 2, 2006 | 3:28 pm

  21. edel says:

    I love coffee mangoosteen ice cream :) its always a special treat for us back then. I remember myself finishing my share of this yummy ice cream in less than 5 minutes so that I can ask for more, and more, and more.

    Will try the mangoosteen jam with coffee ice-cream. Thanks for the tip :)

    Jul 2, 2006 | 11:37 pm

  22. Candsmd says:

    I remember Magnolia having this flavor but sadly, I don’t remember eating it. Too bad they don’t have flavor of the month ice creams anymore. It’s nice to experiment with a new flavor.

    Jul 3, 2006 | 2:51 pm

  23. juls says:

    Kablon Farm products, so I’ve found out, are available through Sitsirya outlets in the malls and via OPTA.

    OPTA site where one can order the jellies and native organic foods. prices included.


    Jul 3, 2006 | 9:53 pm

  24. juls says:

    list of jams/preserves by kablon farms:
    pineapple jam
    macapuno preserve
    langka preserve
    coco jam
    pineapple-papaya-calamansi jam
    papaya-passion fruit jam
    native durian preserve
    passion fruit-pineapple marmalade
    passion fruit jelly
    passion fruit-guava jelly
    guava jelly

    i think small organic firms churn out the best tasting products.

    Jul 3, 2006 | 9:57 pm

  25. ofrace and era ocampo says:

    SITSIRYA sari-sari, This is the name of our outlets. We market the Kablon jams, jellies and juices here in Metro Manila. Our regular customers include individuals, families, balikbayans, etc. We also sell wholesale to institutions, restaurants and the like.
    The complete lines are available at:
    1. MARKET MARKET, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. In front of
    Trellis Restaurant, at the Fiesta Market area.
    2. TIENDESITAS, Delicacies Village, near the center of
    the pavilion.
    3. Upon order, at the various SITSIRYA sari-sari outlets
    in different malls throughout the Metro Manila area.
    You can call (02) 7135040 or text 0920-9209680 for
    particulars. We have our website. (www.sitsirya.com)
    Other pasalubong products, sweets and delicacies available.

    Jul 3, 2006 | 11:25 pm

  26. Kirsty says:

    Oh yes, Kablon Farms’ products are yummy! I have yet to try the mangosteen jam with coffee ice cream. That will be on top of my list when we visit the Philippines again this December.

    New Zealand

    Jul 5, 2006 | 7:52 am

  27. Toni says:

    I have never tried this! This looks so delicious. I am intrigued by the combination.

    Jul 5, 2006 | 10:52 am

  28. Marcy says:

    I have tasted most of the kablon products. I love all of them. If you like durian and can’t get it fresh, they have bottled durian and it is as if you are eating the real fresh fruit. Delicious. I always take home alot of their products back with me in the US. Thanks Mr Pantua for having a great product from Mindanao.

    Jul 12, 2006 | 5:03 am

  29. Cai says:

    I recently bought the Kablon Mangosteen Jam and I’m kinda disappointed. I couldn’t taste the mangosteen, really can’t taste something distinct basta lang its sweet –N.G. (nothing great!

    Is it just me or I just picked from a bad batch?

    Mar 24, 2007 | 8:17 pm

  30. Marketman says:

    Cai, I have to agree that the last bottle I bought was a bit sub-par in quality. I have had decent bottles, but homemade is definitely much better…

    Mar 24, 2007 | 9:07 pm

  31. zena says:

    I just tried this exact combination and thought it was fantastic! Ok, i don’t know what mangosteen is supposed to taste like and i don’t recall the ice cream flavor. (I was born in 197 5). Nevertheless, i thought it was great and i love munching the seeds.

    Nov 27, 2007 | 11:16 pm

  32. pinkberry says:

    guys, i know the process of these fruit production and its 80-90% pure cuz I have visited the farma and its production process is really concentrated on its almost natural..

    On the other hand, I have tried a newer version of FRESH FROZEN FRUITS which are 100% natural fruits without added chemicals.Fruits are frozen at its fullest maturity ripening method.. I have tried the mix pineapple/banana/pineapple with a mixture of passion fruit. It goes with various shapes like heart/rounded/mickey mouse. These are being exported to Europe, Korea, Japan and other nations..^^

    Its an experience that its like eating fresh fruit ice cream..without additives..

    Feb 22, 2008 | 2:59 pm

  33. maria cari says:

    i havent taste your ice cream…but i simply love the coffee..the flavor and the pericarf energizes and perk me up…can u share more about mangosteen with me? thanks…

    will appreciate to hear from you…

    \muchos gracias,

    May 25, 2008 | 2:49 am

  34. Marketman says:

    maria cari, there are several posts in the archives on mangosteen the fruit, how to make the jam, a mangosteen cake, etc. just look through the archives or search through google using the item _______ + marketmanila.com

    May 25, 2008 | 5:56 am

  35. eunice marie prudente says:

    Kablon Farms is not only an organic farm but also family-run.

    I used to remember my uncle, Jun Pantua, urging us to taste which of his newest concoctions taste better and which he has to improve on before he sends it out for packaging.

    I sell some of our family products at 76 Esteban Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

    Come by sometime so I can share some of the family stories with you.

    You may also call/txt 0917.257.6532 and (02) 927.4145.

    After all, the products we make are from our home to yours.

    Nov 26, 2008 | 11:54 am


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