Halo-halo is a popular Filipino iced dessert. “Halo-Halo” literally means “mix-mix”. As its name implies it’s a mixture of boiled sweet beans, gelatin, preserved or fresh sweet fruits, tapioca, and other sweet ingredients topped off with shaved ice, and evaporated milk. It is usually served in a tall glass or bowl. It is sometimes called “The Ultimate Filipino Dessert”.
In the Philippines, a tropical country, Halo-Halo is the best way to cool off from the heat, specially in summer. The unique mixture of sweetened fruits, ice, and milk are perfect and I love it! Actually all Filipinos love it! It’s served just about every where; from street carts to high end restaurants and resorts the dessert menu wouldn’t be complete without this popular dessert.
Everyone has their own version made with various ingredients. A “simple” version includes boiled sweet beans, preserved fruits, halayang ube, ice, and milk. Fancier versions add Leche Flan, Gelatin, Toasted Pinipig (immature short grain rice pounded flat then toasted), Tapioca, and Ice Cream.
It is also very easy to make Halo-Halo at home. When we make it we toss our favorite ingredients or whatever we have in the pantry. There’s really no “right” or “wrong” way to make Halo-Halo as long as it has shaved or crushed ice and milk!
As many of you know we’re sharing our favorite Merienda recipes in our Merienda Series. We’d be remiss if we left out Halo-Halo, the Ultimate Filipino Dessert!
One of the main ingredients of Halo-Halo is Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam) which we shared with you last week. Another ingredient is my favorite, Leche Flan, a custard that we make for parties and holidays. Today I will share with you my favorite version of Halo-Halo, you will definitely ask for more!
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(I’m listing my favorite ingredients. The Sweetened preserves are available in jars. You don’t need to use the entire jar to make 1 serving of Halo-Halo, nor do you have to use every ingredient listed. Remember, there’s not “right” way to make Halo-Halo, make it with your favorite ingredients in the amounts you like best!)
1 Can Evaporated or Condensed milk
1 Bowl Crushed or Shaved ice
1 Small piece of leche flan
1 Jar Pinipig Macapuno* (shredded and preserved jelly like coconut flesh from mutant coconut trees)
1/4 cooked Sago or Tapioca
1 Scoop Halayang Ube (purple yam jam)
1 Scoop Ice Cream any flavor
1 Jar Sweetened Boiled Red Beans
1 Jar Sweetened Kamote (sweet potato)
1 Jar Sweetened Langka (jackfruit)
1 Jar Sweetened Garbanzos (chickpeas)
1 Jar Sweetened Saba Banana
1 Jar Sweetened Kaong (fruit from the sugar palm tree)
2-5 Tbsp. white sugar or muscovado (raw sugar)
*Instead of Pinipig Macapuno you can use plain Macapuno and sprinkle toasted Pinipig on top before serving.
Half-fill a tall glass or bowl with a Tbsp. or 2 of all or your choice of the fresh and sweetened fruits listed above.
Fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice.
Top with Ice Cream, Halayang Ube, and Leche Flan.
Sprinkle with sugar.
Drizzle with milk.
Serve, Share and Enjoy!!