Avocado Popsicles


When we were kids, my mom used to often make these avocado popsicles at the peak of the avocado/summer season. To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of them then. I always thought they were a “nutritious” and “green” alternative to my childhood preference for a Magnolia Drumstick (that used to leak at the tip of the cone) or even an orange twin popsie purchased from the roving vendors in the neighborhood. But oddly, given a lack of alternatives, I actually eventually learned to enjoy these treats, and as an adult, the mixture of milk, avocado and sugar is something I associate with pleasant times. I am not sure if any other country enjoys avocados this way (anyone familiar with South America and avocado usage?) but the local version had any number of variations along with the avocados… some canned evaporated milk, fresh milk, or cream and either sugar or condensed milk for sweetness. I was planning to make a salad the other evening but when I opened up 3 avocados, they weren’t great looking, so I salvaged the good parts, threw them into a blender with some fresh milk/cream and several tablespoons of sugar and put them in popsicle molds in the freezer overnight. Yum.

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  1. being in a country where avocados are paired with chicken in salads or sandwiches, my officemates cringe when i prepare my avocado+milk+sugar (added depending on the sweetness of the avo on hand) concoction for morning tea. yum! yes, only the south americans are aware of this practice.

  2. The Mexicans as we all know usually eat avocados with guacamole or in salsa or relish/salad recipes. The Latin Americans are likely to incorporate it in their salads as well. I think avocado with milk, sugar and ice is an Asian thing as I have seen the Vietnamese and Thais and sometimes the Indians as well eat it as we Pinoys do. I have yet to see a Latino eat it the way we do.

    I usually have it as my midday or afternoon nourishment with either fresh milk or evaporated ( not filled) milk and sugar and lots of crushed ice in the summer.

  3. i like to eat avocado this way, too. i am going to philippines next
    month. will the avocados still be in season next month?
    what other fruits are in season? the best avocados are the beacon…
    really big and with thick meat.

  4. I love avocado ice cream! And they’re best homemade because you can do them any way you like them best…finely mashed or with chunky bits, more, or less sugar plus the cream of your choice!

  5. Hmmmmmmm…..sure does bring back good old days!!!! We had a big avocado tree by our exit driveway at our house (just up the road from yours, MM) and we always looked forward to its bearing fruits in the summer. We would make avocado ice cream and avocado shakes, to keep us cool.

    Gotta make them this weekend…..hmmmmmmm

  6. Hi Marketman!

    I loooove popsicles as much as i love my mom’s home made avocado ice candy. Your post is my early nostalgic trip to my childhood years. Mom’s avocado (as much as the rest of the flavors like macapuno, langka and melon) ice candy is very popular in our subdivision because its like ‘ice cream’, may creamy texture sya. She says her secret is adding cassava flour. I dont know how she mixes everything, as a kid, all i care about is the taste and its superb! to heck with the ingredients. hehehe.

    I’m a lurker of your site for years (di ko na maaalala since when. i think i was still using my first email add as samdalle@yahoo.com). I would take a break in surfing your site at times if work is really way up my neck and includes dizzy travelling as well. But when i got the time, wow! whole day yata ako sa site mo for days! hehehe…For couple of days (maybe weeks na) i’ve been reading archive post and comments. I have tried plenty of your recipes especially your post on ‘putong ube, cassava, and wonderful ensaimada versions (yours and marc)’. As my friends always says, ‘ako lang yata dito sa Kuwait ang matyaga to make close to making authentic putong ube with real ube as ingredients (not coloring) and to-die-for ensaimada. Thanks to your wonderful blog!

    P.S. I’m enjoying bettyq’s recipes, very generous of her and to all of your commenters, grabe! you all make MM’s blog more interactive, interesting, and ADDICTIVE.

    More power to you MM!

    Sam of Kuwait

  7. This has always been a summer dessert since childhood! We would mash the ripe Evergreen avocados then add evap, condensed milk and cubed ripe mangoes, then freeze for a few hours or so. Instant homemade ice cream!

  8. MM, how do you ensure that the frozen popsicles are evenly creamy and smooth? We used to make avocado ice candy but for some reason, it becomes icy and gritty in some sections, and creamy in others. Very rarely do we get a batch that is consistently smooth.

  9. mmmm…avocado, milk, sugar, and ice…reminds me of good times spent with my father…it was his favorite snack to make for me.

  10. Hi Mr. MM!

    A few weekends back, I went to a popular Pinoy supermarket here in Riyadh and found pints of Fruits In Ice Cream (FIC) Avocado Espesyal. I bought a pint and tried it at home as soon as I could. It was delicious! As soon as I got the chance to return to the supermarket, I picked up more pints to store in my freezer.

    The ice cream reminds me of the avocado shake I sometimes buy from Al Farghali, one of the more popular juice stores/bars hereabouts. (If we only have “stalls” in our malls in the Philippines that sell freshly-prepared fruit juices, here they have stand-alone stores. In addition, there seems to be a hundred brands of fruit juices on grocery shelves. Methinks, this is a juice-crazy country.)

    I find it difficult to prepare food with avocados here. Avocados (mostly from Kenya or the US) are quite pricey and they’re never ever ripe.

    Thank you for your posts and for the chance to comment.

  11. Avocado is my husbands fave fruit. I always have it in y grocery list. He enjoys it in most evenings with fresh milk and sugar and I get to have a couple of spoonfuls too.

  12. In Latin Culture, avocado and milk just don’t go together like meat and dairy don’t go together in the Jewish tradition.
    When latino friends see me mix avocado and kosher vanilla ice cream, they think I’m weird hehehe. I told them growing up in the Philippines in the 80’s, we don’t put avocado in our burgers or sandwiches hehehe I said they are weird hehehe (though I love my avocado on anything or by itself)

  13. It does bring memories of childhood when we snacked on avocado with milk and sugar. We had plenty of that and mangoes from our farm. I used to make ice candy out of them and sold them in the neighborhood. I have a six year old son who loves to eat ice cream even when it’s -10 deg. C outside. What more when it’s summer? So, I have passed on the “love” to my son who also loves to make his own popsicles with the molds I bought him. I bet he’s already planning what’s he’s going to do with the raspberries and redcurrants…

  14. What many people are not aware of is that, in South India, Avocado is known as Butterfruit or Makhanphal. Makhan meaning Butter and Phal meaning fruit. Like if you know the dish Dal Makhani, it means Lentils with Butter.

    Most South Indian restaurants serve Butterfruit Milk Shake, so its not unique to South America. Indonesia and Vietnam too use it as a Milk Shake and with Ice-creams.

    Here in UAE, It is my weekly Milk Shake with Lamb Shawarma, though sometimes I will just ask the Vendor to Add Vanilla Ice-cream to the Blended Pulp. I have also used Avocados in Shrimp Curries and with Egg as an Omelette, when the Avocado is not fully ripened.

    I need not elucidate on the Health and Skin benefits of consuming Avocados regularly, as they are Legend.

    Enjoy !!!!

  15. Brazilians call them avocate (pronounced avocatch) and they come in a great range of sizes, textures and flavors, just as (I assume) the masculine organ the fruit hanging from the tree was supposed to resemble and here I can actually perceive the suggestive resemblance where orchids totally fail me. You order it in restaurants, lunch counters and juice kiosks all over Brazil as vitamina if you want it liquified and thick like a smoothie or milkshake or as picolé  on the street or in the beach if you need a quick, portable and cheap cooling snack (our icedrop or popsicle).

    They have but barely scratched the vast surface of the flavour resource of their native fruits here. For instance, I only recently saw corn flavoured ice-cream which for as long as I can remember has been a Filipino particularity.

  16. MM, in Indonesia they put chocolate syrup in their avocado shakes but for some reason they skimp on the milk and the ice. Pinoy avocado shakes are still the best. Btw, they also call avocados as apoklats.

  17. My American co-workers find it very strange so I brought some avocado-milk-sugar mixture to the clinic one day and some of them actually liked it. =)

  18. I think when Alton Brown did an avocado show on “Good Eats” he mentioned Brazil doing the milk, sugar, avocado thing.

  19. my in-laws find it odd when they saw me ate avocado with milk, sugar and ice. simply because french eat avocado with vinaigrette or sometimes they mixed it with poached shrimp with lemon. they just can’t simply imagive avocado eaten sweet !

  20. @frenchadobo, think how the Norwegians reacted when they saw me eat a Filippa apple with rock salt. I thought their eyes would pop out of their sockets, LOL. But nobody said something and yet they talk to each other about how bizarre our food tastes are.

    My Venezuelan friend told me she likes avocado with cream and a sprinkling of sugar or adds avocado to vanilla ice cream.

  21. In South America, avocado is mostly used as part of savory dish like guacomole or as an alternative to mayo in a sandwich where a thin slice of avocado is layered where the mayo ought to be. I have also had avocado in salads. As far as I know no one uses avocado as a sweet treat like we do.

  22. I have travelled quite a bit in Mexico and at least thriceI have seen avocado ice cream on offer. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so didn’t try it, but it seemed like a regular offering. This was in different parts of the country, too.

  23. my latin american and american friends would cringe at the thought of avocados with milk and sugar. i was the opposite. it took me years before i appreciated guacamole.

    anyhoo one of my friends in the US says they have avocado with milk and sugar in sri lanka too. saw some in burma too. so we’re not the only country. maybe it’s an asian thing…

  24. A Mexican friend of mine cringes at the way we eat our avocados. It’s a vegetable, he insists, taken as part of a salad; not dessert. He jokes that we Filipinos have a unique way of making our own things that we imported from his homeland.

  25. Instead of sugar I use macapuno as sweetener and carabao’s milk. Yum! Oh I miss my mom she used to make this when we were young.

  26. We have friends from Northern India and they did say they eat avocados like we Filipinos do – with milk and sugar.

  27. @atbnorge lol ! exactly ! they told me that we have somehow a different palate for some kinds of food. but who cares ? avocado eaten sweet style brings a lot of childhood memories back in the philippines

  28. Yes, mga Mrs.! Even I have encountered the “iffy” look by the cooks at the restaurant. I go in the cooler and find these avocados staring at me and calling my name! So, in they went in a cheesecake…I figured how can I go wrong with cream cheese, and all the goodies. While I was mixing it, I got all these weird looks…so I mashed up some and added creme anglaise and froze like your popsicles.

    Ha! Next morning, when I came to work…there was a whole line of ripe avocadoes on my table and the popsicle trays right next to it!

  29. We had an avocado tree in our backyard & in the summer it was usually laden w fruit. We never ate them in salads like they do here in the USA. We either ate them out-of-hand, as is, like eating mangoes. Or we would make, not popsicles, but “ice-candies”. The same popsicle mixture – I think we used evaporated milk, with brown (panocha) sugar & maybe a teaspoon of vanilla & sometimes a squeeze of calamansi juice (to keep the avocado from turning brown. We poured this into ice cube trays, froze them & then placed the cubes in heavy glasses & ate them like halo-halo.
    Here in the States, if I find big nice ones at the store, I make the same mixture using whole milk for my husband who just loves them (the kids think the mixture is “Gross!”). But I don’t freeze it, just refrigerate the mixture.

  30. I grew up with 2 avocado trees in our backyards, and remember my childhood summer days eating avocado ice candy. I never had avocado popsicle though! Must be good! These days, I eat avocados with my BLT or with my club sandwich.
    I once brought Magnolia avocado ice cream to work –to show my Hisapanic co-workers that I wasnt joking when I told them that avocado to us was “dessert”. One of them turned her head away and said, “I’m gonna throw up”, upon seeing the ice cream!

    I can’t believe she was that repulsed! Kinda O.A. , I think….

  31. Avocado ice cream and popsicle are really famous in Brazil. By the way, we often enjoy avocados as a dessert. Avocado smoothie really rocks! :)

  32. my mom used to make these when we were kids. she’s filipina. This is actually the first memory i have of avocados, so when i tried them in quacamole and other savory recipes I was surprised at the lack of sweetness! It kind of turned me off to avocados in savory dishes and I’m just now learning to appreciate the avocado and all of its greatness! can’t wait to make the pops and reminisce back to my carefree childhood days!!

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