Ice scramble is a budget-friendly, easy-to-make refreshing summer cooler that will give you instant sweet relief from the hot weather! This banana-flavored, pink-hued frozen treat will take you back to those good 'ol summer days!
This Filipino take on slushy is one of the summertime favorites among kids and adults alike. Ice Scramble is much more affordable than Halo-halo but still gives that satisfying cooling effect with each spoonful! It is also so much fun to make as you can select the toppings that you or your kids love.
It may only be where I live now, but I rarely see street vendors selling this frozen treat nowadays. But this humble, cool treat has already made its way to the mall stalls and rented kiosks during parties. However, they are much more expensive! So I decided to make this yummy refreshing treat with my trusted blender and with available ingredients I have in my pantry.
What is it?
Ice scramble or Iskrambol is a local frozen streetside treat made of banana-flavored shaved ice mixed with milk. It is then topped with skimmed milk and colorful treats like sprinkles and mini marshmallows. It is also drizzled with chocolate or strawberry syrup for extra yumminess.
Ice Scramble is characterized by its bright pink color achieved by mixing a few drops of red food color in the ice mixture. You have to mix or "scramble" all the toppings with the ice mixture to enjoy it, thus the name. It is somewhat similar to how Halo-halo got its name (halo means to mix). However, while Halo-halo has sweetened fruits, beans, and Leche flan, Iskrambol is somewhat a kiddie version as it is mixed with colorful sweet treats.
What You'll Need
- Ice cubes
- Milk - You can also use condensed milk, but do not forget to omit the sugar if you use this.
- Banana essence - You may also use vanilla or even ube extract. You can also use pineapple or mango extract for a tropical take on this Filipino slushy.
- Red food color is used for this recipe to achieve the classic pink hue of the ice scramble. But you may use other food colors like violet for ube, yellow for mango and pineapple or any color you want!
- Washed Brown Sugar - if unavailable, you may substitute this with white sugar.
- Skimmed Powdered Milk is used for this recipe. In a pinch, you may use any powdered milk.
You can keep your Ice Scramble simple with just the skimmed milk, sprinkles, marshmallows, and syrup. Or be like me and add other toppings to make it more fun!
- pinipig (rice krispies)
- chocolate chips
- wafer sticks
- tapioca pearls
- coconut shavings
Ice Scramble Recipe
- 4 cups ice cubes
- 4 tablespoon skimmed milk powder
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup washed brown sugar
- 3-5 drops banana essence
- 3-5 drops red food color
- 4 cups ice cubes, ½ cup milkPlace the ice cubes/pieces in a blender. Pour around ¼ of the milk, then put the the on lid and pulse until the ice are crushed at the bottom. Add milk gradually then continue pulsing until all ice pieces are crushed finely. You may need to use a spoon to move the ice around for easier crushing.
- 4 tablespoon skimmed milk powder, ½ cup washed brown sugar, 3-5 drops banana essence, 3-5 drops red food colorAdd the milk powder, washed brown sugar, banana essence and red food color. Using a spoon, mix together. Put the lid back on a pulse until all ingredients are well combined and sugar is dissolved.
- Transfer on serving glasses and top with skimmed milk and other toppings of your choice. Enjoy!