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Halo-Halo Dessert Recipe (Mixed Fruits and Beans in Shaved Ice)

Updated on March 12, 2011

How to make Halo-Halo

Halo-halo is one of favorite Filipino desserts that is truly refreshing. It can be just regular or special if with toppings like ice cream, ube (purple yam), or leche flan (caramel custard).


1 cup sweetened red mung beans (monggo)
1 cup sweetened white beans
1 cup kaong (sugar palm seed)
1 cup nata de coco (coconut gel)
1 cup macapuno (coconut sport strips)
1 cup langka (bottled jackfruit strips)
4 tsps white sugar, optional
1 cup evaporated milk
2 cups shaved or crushed ice
1/2 cup purple yam jam (halayang ube)
1/2 leche flan (caramel custard)
4 scoops ice cream (vanilla, strawberry, or purple yam flavor), optional

Actually, the ingredients like the sweetened fruits, purple yam jam, and beans can be bought already cooked, bottled, or canned at Filipino or Asian stores.


Place about 1 tablespoon each of the first 6 ingredients into 4 tall glasses. If desired, add a teaspoon of white sugar per glass. Add half cup of shaved ice to each glass. Add 1/4 cup of evaporated milk to each glass. Top with 1 tablespoon of purple yam jam and caramel custard. If you want to make it special halo-halo, add a scoop of ice cream. Serve with a long spoon.



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      WokandRoll 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe! I've been reading all about desserts from all over the world, and it's been interesting to see the different flavors that each country brings to the table. Halo-halo is such an interesting dish, and I'd like to try it. I'm a bit afraid of the jackfruit, though, since I didn't care much for it the last time I had a jackfruit-flavored smoothie! Maybe I'll start looking for ingredients at my local Asian market for the upcoming summer. :)

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      ann 6 years ago

      Thanks for this post. I will introduce this famous filipino dessert to my japanese students...

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      jotan23, I visited your link.. Cafe Monaco really looks yummy.. will try it too.. thanks.

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      jotan23 7 years ago

      you should try the one in Cafe Monaco!! yummy!!!

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      I saw in the news, the temperature there in the Philippines is 38+ Centigrade and it could reach 40s in the summer. This is because of El Nino. Unlike here it's the opposite, we have extreme cold weather. Halo-halo is also my favorite. Enjoy and take care. Thanks, Genrp.

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      Genie Rose Palabay-De Guzman 7 years ago from North Hollywood, CA, USA

      I love halo-halo! I think everybody wants this right now here in the Philippines because of the weather.

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      To Micky Dee, Almond milk or soy is also great as substitute for evap milk. For shaved ice substitute, you can use crushed ice from your ref or thru your blender, or just use ice cream. Thanks for dropping by.

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Mercury for the comment. You can also eat halo-halo in a cold climate. Do you know that I love eating ice whether summer or winter?

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      This is a great recipe. I might substitute Almond milk or soy as possible for the evaporated milk. Shave ice? I don't even shave my face! Thanks very much. It does look delicious.

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      MercuryNewsOnline 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great recipe and a delightful dessert in the hot climate of the Philippines.

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      Enjoy el-Nino! Thanks for stopping by.

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      William "eL-NinO" 7 years ago dessert to try!! ^^