Cholados Colombianos (Colombian Cholados)

by Erica Dinho on August 4, 2012

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Cholados Colombianos (Colombian Cholados)

Cholados Colombianos (Colombian Cholados)

Cholado is a cross between a frozen dessert, fruit cocktail, and a drink, and derives from El Valle region of Colombia. It is made with crushed ice, fresh fruit, condensed milk, passion fruit (maracuyá), and Colombian blackberry (mora) syrup, and is topped with shredded coconut and a maraschino cherry. It makes a wonderful summer dessert!

It has the perfect combination of flavors and textures. It’s tangy, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and fruity, all in one spoonful. Cholado is one of those desserts you hope never ends. I used strawberries, banana, fresh pineapple and mango, but you can make cholados with any type of fruit you like!

Buen provecho!

Cholados Colombianos (Colombian Cholados)



  • Ice
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced banana
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • Sweet condensed milk to your taste
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish
  • Straws and spoon for serving
  • Passion Fruit Syrup

  • 2 cups passion fruit (maracuyá) pulp
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • Berry Syrup

  • 2 cups Colombian blackberry(mora) pulp
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of sugar


  1. Dice all fruit to bite size. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make the syrups: Combine water, fruit pulp and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Continue cooking the mixture until the sugar is dissolved, and you have a thick mixture. Let the syrup cool in the refrigerator  before using.
  4. hen ready to assemble: Crush the ice in a blender or food processor.
  5. Set plastic cups or other serving glasses on a work surface. Add about 1/2 cup of crushed iced, drizzle passion fruit syrup and berry syrup over ice.Add some condensed milk on top.
  6. Place 1 pile of fruit on top of the ice. Drizzle more condensed milk on top of the fruit. Garnish with shredded coconut and a cherry.
  7. Cholado

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa August 4, 2012 at 9:39 AM

You are reading my mind! Exactly what a hot weekend needs.


2 Heather @girlichef August 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I have always wanted to try a Cholado – and holy cow does that look fantastic! I suppose I’ll just have to make one so that I can try it since I’ve never been able to find any being sold around here. Yummmm!


3 Lacey August 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

My husband is from Cali. I had cholado for the first time when we were there in April. It was so delicious! I ate it so fast I could hardly breath!


4 ruth August 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

This sounds really amazing!!


5 Lacey August 4, 2012 at 8:41 PM

How long does it need to boil before it becomes a thick mixture?


6 Erica August 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Cook over medium heat approximately 30 minutes. It should be the consistency of syrup.


7 Ivy August 5, 2012 at 3:34 AM

This looks like an amazing dessert. Some of the ingredients are hard to find but I would love to recreate it with local summer fruit.


8 Joanne August 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I’ve never heard of this, but I certainly need it before summer is up!


9 Jeannie August 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Mmmm…this certainly looks delicious and cooling! I want some!


10 Franci August 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Nothing like going to Panamerican here in Cali to get a cholado, Right now is the best time in the afternoon, Its kite month, all the kids are flying their kites.


11 your son August 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Dad & I want this please.


12 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! August 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM

With the weather the way it is you have come up with one perfect cooler…


13 Lucia August 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

This was really yummy. Tastes great.Everyone loves this recipe.My husband still is raving about it.


14 Erica August 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Thank you for all your comments!


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