Ube Ice Cream I

Ube or purple yam is very common in the Philippines, usually it’s made into halaya or ube jam, served on special occasions like Fiesta, Christmas and New Year as a dessert.


makes 1.2L

  • 400g pure ube jam or pure homemade ube halaya (purple yam)
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 250ml thick cream
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup condensed milk (as needed)
  • ube flavoring such as McCormick ( I used 1 tsp)
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Prepare your ice cream per your manufacturer’s manual.
  2. Pour the ube jam into the mixing bowl and mix for few seconds to loosen, add coconut milk and thick cream. Mix on medium high speed until well combined. Add ube flavoring until desired color and taste is achieved.
  3. Taste, at this point you are looking for a little sweeter taste than what you prefer on your ice cream, if the sweetness is enough for you then add 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup condensed milk to sweeten the mixture more, I added 1/2 on mine. Why? because, if you settle for the sweetness you currently have, the end product will have the tendency to be less sweet.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a container with lid and refrigerate overnight (I always make my ice cream mixture at night).
  5. Take out of fridge and give it a good stir. You will notice the mixture as thicken. Transfer to ice cream bowl and churn for 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Put into ice cream tubs and freeze until fully set. Serve with macapuno or cheese on top, enjoy!


  • Purple yam jams differ in sweetness and taste per brand, so please taste first the jam you will use prior to making the ice cream mixture. You don’t want to end with a cloyingly sweet or ube lacking flavor ice cream. Homemade Pure Ube Halaya works best.
  • I prefer to use McCormick Ube Flavor when it comes to any ube dish, since its color and flavor is more intense and the taste is very near to the natural ube.
  • In case you don’t have a mixer, use a blender.
  • If you don’t have ice cream machine, I suggest you add 1 sachet of dream whip (powdered whipping cream) to the mixture and give a good stir after refrigerating before transferring to ice cream tubs for freezing.

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The color lightened after churning.

ube ice cream

ube ice cream


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