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Top 3 Cool Summer Treat Ideas

Updated on July 5, 2014
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Xeng is a researcher at the University of the Philippines where she is working on a dissertation for her Masters in Communication.

Tired of the usual mais con yelo? Add a little twist to your summer treat by putting a scoop of ice cream on top. OMNOMNOM!~
Tired of the usual mais con yelo? Add a little twist to your summer treat by putting a scoop of ice cream on top. OMNOMNOM!~ | Source

Mais con Yelo (sweet corn on shaved ice)

Mais con yelo is a Filipino summer food staple. It's very easy to prepare and it's low cost, too! The typical mais con yelo only has about four ingredients:

  1. shaved ice
  2. evaporated milk
  3. sugar
  4. corn

Some people add scoops of ice cream for that added sugar boost. i love how I can beat the heat without leaving my home. You'd just have to check the cupboard for the ingredients (which most likely, everyone would all have) and then voila! You have dessert!


Fresh Fruit Shake Combos

It's to die for. It's not something you'd usually buy at the shake shop. It also isn't something that would be at a fancy restaurant's menu. It's something you can do yourself. It's something you can do for yourself.

It started out as something I made up for myself because I felt like the two flavors would go well together, and they do! I made some for my family and they all loved it! Some of them were a bit hesitant at first but when they got a sip, they couldn't help but keep coming back for more and before we knew it, we've consumed everything and we had to make a fresh set.

Itching to know already what my favorite summer thirst quencher could be?

It's MELON (cantaloupe) + CHEESE shake!

I know. It sounds weird because, well, melon and cheese don't seem like they go together and I haven't heard of anyone else to do this combo but I tell you, it's really the best fruit shake combo I've had in this lifetime. I used to order it at school (there's a shop where you can order your own shake combo) but when I tried making it at home, I can't help but feel like the shake at school was really inferior to what I came up with. Well for one, mine had all the right flavors -- it had lots of milk, lots of cheese, and lots of melon!

I'm a sucker for melon and I'm a bigger sucker for cheese. SRSLY. I can eat about two to three slices of cantaloupe in one sitting and I used to finish up a whole pack of cheese on its own when I was a kid. YES. I AM THAT MUCH OF A SUCKER.

Anyway, the melon cheese shake is my favorite but you can also use other fruits (such as mangoes and strawberries) that are in season. After all, everything tastes good with cheese.

Halo halo special!
Halo halo special! | Source

The Filipino Halo-Halo (mixed sweets)

Filipinos love repeating words, especially as a way of showing endearment to their family members and close friends. Typical Filipino names include Tin-tin, Len-len, Jan-jan, Den-Den, Bing--Bing, yada. yada. I guess this is how this particular treat got its name -- the Filipinos loved it so much, we just couldn't help but give it a nickname.

Halo-halo or "Mix-mix" in English (yes, I know, it sounds awful and weird) is aptly named after the way you eat this special summer treat. It is normally a mixture of sweetened bananas, sweet potatoes, sugar palm, jackfruit, sweet, red, and mung beans, with shaved ice, milk and sugar. One eats it by first mixing all the ingredients. First timers usually have a hard time mixing it all up because all the "toppings" are at the bottom while the shaved ice is on top.

Special halo-halo such as the ones served in fast foods and restaurants are normally topped with leche flan and ube (purple yam jam). Occasionally, they serve it with ice cream and wafer sticks to make it seem fancier (and so they can charge you more). LOL.

These are my top 3 sure fire summer heat busters. Do you have your own anti-heatstroke treats that you'd like to share? Feel free to comment! I'd love to try them out.

Which do you think would be the best heat buster this summer?

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    • lrdl3535 profile image

      Richard Lindsay 

      4 years ago from California

      Interesting post, I have never heard of Mais con Yelo before. It sounds interesting but I don't think it would be for me.

    • agapsikap profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      Of course. I really enjoy reading your hub, Xeng.

    • xmags profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks agapsikap. :) Since you're from the Phils, I guess mix-mix is also one of your fave treats. ;) Enjoy.

    • agapsikap profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      Hello, xmags! I used to make both for my kids.

      I love that "mix-mix".. hehe.. this makes me giggle.

      Voted up and shared!

    • xmags profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines

      It's really easy to make, too. You can use a can of crushed or whole kernel corn, it really depends on you. You can also substitute evaporated milk and sugar with sweetened condensed milk to lessen the hassle. :) Let me know how it turned out. Thanks for commenting. :)

    • amandajoyshapiro profile image


      7 years ago

      These are really interesting recipes! I've never heard of the corn one, so I'll try that.

    • xmags profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Kathryn! Me, too! I think cheese is perfect for anything so I try to incorporate it into any dish I make. :) I guess we Filipinos really just love to change recipes according to our liking. And you're right, fruit shakes sure provide an easy way to cool down on a hot day.

      I like smoothies, too, though smoothies here are usually made by mixing a choice fruit, shaved ice, and sugar. Ice cream and lemonade are also some treats I'd like to make some time. :) Though lemons aren't as commonplace here as tangerines and lime.

      Thanks again, Kathryn! :)

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      7 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      Wow, Filipinos have really interesting sweets. All three options look great, although they are different than anything I have ever tried. The closest would be a fruit shake. It seems similar to what I have had, except I have never had it with cheese. And I LOVE cheese!!!!! So I will have to try it sometime.

      As for me, I enjoy making fruit smoothies (fruit, milk and yogurt blended together), iced coffee, or homemade lemonade to cool off when it's hot out. Or some kind of ice cream or gelato on occasion.

      Voted up and sharing. This is so interesting!


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