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Halo Halo Filipino Dessert Recipe

Updated on April 4, 2013

A Tasty Halo Halo - Filipino Dessert

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Philippines Dessert - Halo Halo

Many Filipinos enjoy a delicious dessert called Halo-halo that is combined of many different ingredients which results in varying combinations of flavors at different locations creating lots of local favorites when it comes to halo halo. Halo-halo (“Halo”-meaning mix) is one of the most popular Filipino desserts or a snack and  is mostly served with a combination of fruits and sweets and is filled with crushed ice and a scoop of ice cream on top. This is mainly in demand during the summer season, for it is cool, fruity,delicious and very refreshing .Everybody can enjoy and savor its sweetness,for it is not an acquired taste that other people won’t like. If you are traveling in the Philippines a Halo Halo is a must try. This dessert is usually served in a tall clear glass to show its colorful ingredients and comes with a long handled teaspoon for mixing. The crushed ice and the scope of ice cream on top, makes it more tempting for the eye, especially on a hot summer day. Halo-halo is a treat for most, but yet still an affordable dessert/snack that Filipinos enjoy on a regular basis. Furthermore, if you are planning to have a trip in the Philippines or go to one of the Filipino restaurants here in US, don't missed to order halo-halo,and see if you love it too;)

Prep Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1 Halo Halo Dessert

Ingredients for a Basic Halo Halo

These are some the ingredients for making a basic halo halo dessert:

  • evaporated milk
  • white sugar-to taste
  • ice cream
  • leche flan
  • prepared ube or purple yam
  • sweetened plantain banana(saba)
  • shaved or crushed ice - to fill the glass
  • rice crispies or pounded sweetend rice.
  • Jackfruit(cut into strips)
  • ripe mango(cut into cubes)
  • grated young coconut meat
  • red mung beans
  • nata de coco( preserved sweetened coconut)
  • gelatin(cut into cubes)
  • sweetened  corn kernels
  • sweetened beans

Making the Filipino Dessert Halo Halo

Halo-halo procedure:
1. Prepare the ingredients. Make sure that the fruits are already peeled and cut into cubes or strips.
2.Get the tall glass and put the following ingredients,the red mung beans,nata de coco,gelatin,sweetened  corn kernels and sweetened beans.Next up, put the ripe mango, jackfruit, and the grated young coconut meat. You can put as much variety as you want, until the glass is half full and half empty.
3.Situate the ice in the tall glass until it comes up the glass brim.
4.Pour the evaporated milk on the ice, until the ice have the milk color.
5.Top with one or two scoops of ice cream, a slice of letche flan, 2-4 small slices of banana,then sprinkle with the rice crispies or pounded rice, Wheaties or other cerals also work well.
6.Ready to serve.

Make sure to eat your halo-halo before the ice melts. Mix all the ingredients well with the long spoon. You can add sugar if it is not sweet enough to satisfy your taste buds.Nevertheless,if some of the ice or other ingredients spills when mixing, you don't need to feel embarrassed or worry, for this is unavoidable. You can add as much ingredients as you want, as long as it is sweet.(sour fruits or ingredients, can ruin the taste of your halo-halo). Remember to halo and halo or mix and mix all the ingredients first before eating.Hope this article gives you some of the ideas on how to make your own halo-halo dessert. Enjoy!!!

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    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yummy!!! I love Halo-Halo, too. Bookmarked for later use. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hmmm. Delicious (Masarap). Will try following this recipe.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I've been a service crew at the famous Chinese fastfood restaurant way back 1999. Halu-halo is an all-time bestseller; even foreigners crave to taste it. And it's the highest earning dessert item; even at night, most of our customers still ordered for it. Thanks for sharing!

    • ketchup101 profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines

      I love halo-halo! For sure tourist that visits our country (Philippines) will love it as well!


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