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Palamig (Filipino Desserts Part III)

Updated on January 23, 2016

Palamig - food and drinks that can definitely cool you off

For lack of a better definition, I kind of coined the definition above from what I personally know as ‘Palamig’. But for purposes of this hub, Palamig are Filipino desserts that can actually cool you off.

It’s just past summer here in the Philippines so why am I writing about something that is more appropriate to eat (or drink) during summer? Simple. These desserts are good all year round, rain or shine, cold or hot.

There’s no doubt about it, we, Filipinos, love our food. We especially love our desserts and we’re famous for our sweet tooth. I’ve already made two hubs about these Filipino desserts – Native Kakanins, Filipino Desserts and Native Kakanins, Filipino Desserts Part II. But I’m barely making a scratch here so I decided to write the third hub in this series.

The (cold) desserts presented in this hub are the Pinoy’s favorite (though not necessarily unique to us) and take it from me, every day is a good day to eat these delicious cold desserts.

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Let’s start…

Halo – Halo

Translated to English, this means ‘mix – mix’, and it’s literally a mixture of ingredients. You have shaved ice, evaporated milk, gulaman (or gelatine), leche flan (another delicious Filipino dessert), langka or jackfruit, saba (banana – like plantain), beans, pinipig (pounded dried rice) mais or corn, nata de coco (coconut gelatine), cherries and even ice cream. For the ice cream, it’s usually just one scoop but if you’re going for the super special halo – halo, you have to have two or more scoops.

Mais con Yelo (or Mais con Hielo)

This is very easy to make. You just need sweet corn kernels, shaved ice, evaporated milk and sugar (if you want a sweeter dessert) and voila! You have yourself a pretty cool cold dessert. If you want more variety, you can add a scoop of ice cream or saba (saba con yelo).

Black Gulaman (Grass Jelly) Cooler Drink

This is available anywhere you go in the country, in various restaurants and even in the streets. If you want to have a recipe, you can check the link provided below. You need, of course, black gulaman, vanilla extract, brown sugar and very cold water. Very simple and inexpensive to make plus you can make a lot of this and serve it during a party or dinner with your friends and family. Definitely a drink to cool you off during the hot days (and sometimes even nights).


Definitely not unique in the country, however, they are sure favorites for the young and the old alike. These cold desserts shot to popularity when they became part of the menu of the top two fastfood chains in the country (Jollibee and McDonald’s, respectively). They go by different names, in different varieties and during different seasons, but they’re still the sundaes we all love to eat.


Yes, I know, these are common all over the world. But the wide variety here, well, makes you crave for more. You have the regular chocolate shake, vanilla shake, strawberry shake, mango shake, buco (young coconut) shake, watermelon shake and melon shake. Wait there’s more. There’s the durian shake, the dragonfruit shake, the guyabano (soursop) shake, carrot shake, avocado shake, jackfruit shake and a-mix-of-any-of-these shake. So next time you eat in a restaurant here, get rid of the cola and go for the shakes.

Ice Cream

How about the good old fashioned ice cream. Old fashioned eh? Not quite. Same as the shakes, we have the usual ones and the usual brands. Plus a lot, lot more. Here are just some of them (and I won’t include a picture here, you’ll have to go to the link I provided below): macapuno (a kind of coconut), ube macapuno, avocado, mandarin orange, atis (sugar apple), nangka (jackfruit), guyabano (sour sop), buco salad, fruit salad, sans rival and durian. Don’t believe me? Check out the link I provided below, you will see a lot of them.

And let’s not forget the wide variety of ice cream – based desserts out there – crepe with ice cream, banana split, ice cream slush, blizzards, blended coffee with ice cream on top, just to name a few.

So, if you’re worried about melting under the sun here, fear not. There are a lot of stuff that you can eat or drink here, cold. I’m off to find one right now.

Hope you enjoyed reading this. Ciao and cheers!


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      nene jamero 

      7 years ago

      this is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      8 years ago

      Its good in Phillipines this foods taste Good i'm a pilipino by the way

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      CHEF RAN 

      8 years ago


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      Travel Chef 

      8 years ago from Manila

      These are perfect recipes during summer! Since I do love corn, I'll go for mais con yelo! It's my all time favorite , next to halo-halo! LOL

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      9 years ago from Philippines

      @kerlynb, oh yes, I forgot about that one. Mmmmm! It makes me want to go out and get one.

      @Funbunbiz, ice cream in buns eh? That's interesting. I think I've tried one before (it was called 'dirty' ice cream in buns) :). Thanks for the comment.

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      9 years ago

      These mouthwatering desserts really are the delicacies of the filipinos. But, there is another filipino dessert that is starting to flourish. It's also made out of ice cream but instead of just ice cream alone, it is paired with buns. It's called ice cream in buns. The ice cream serves as the filling of the bun. This is kinda weird but it really tastes good.

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      9 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      All yummy! Not in the list, but saba con hielo is also cheap, sweet, and heavenly! Just like all the palamig here :D

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      10 years ago from Philippines

      Hey SP. Hmmmm, what is boba? Gotta go and look for that one. Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub :).

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      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Mango shakes sound good. I have never tried one! I like boba though, and I had a mango flavored boba drink once.

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      10 years ago from Philippines

      @Cari Jean, it tastes wonderful, I can assure you of that :).

      @habee, thanks.

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      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful, yummy hub!

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      Cari Jean 

      10 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Avocado ice cream...interesting. Love avocados not sure how it would taste as ice cream. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

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      10 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Maita. When you come back here, let's have halo - halo. :)

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      10 years ago from US

      These are all knockout during summer and I miss all of these ones here, although I got my blender and smoothie is just five minutes to make,

      Thanks emie and more power to you kabayan, I think that wah I miss is reading more of your works which are well written, write some more and join the contest, Ingat lagi, Maita

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      10 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Hello. You seem to have a 6th sense whenever I publish a new hub. Twice now you are the first one to comment :).

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for inviting us to learn about the Filipino Desserts. They sound absolute lovely.


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