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Recipe for Philippine Yema: Filipino Custard Candy

Updated on September 28, 2012
Unwrapped Yema
Unwrapped Yema | Source
Yema Wrapped in Cellophane Paper
Yema Wrapped in Cellophane Paper | Source

Yema – talk about a gooey Philippine dessert!

Yema is a Filipino custard candy that many people in the Philippines and Filipinos overseas love to feast on in just about any given time.

Bite-sized, it is a well-liked custard that we eat as a quick treat after meals or as snacks.

Many of us would carry it around in our pouches or lunch boxes.

Colorful, it is also a popular dessert that we give as presents to families and friends.

The sight of yema wrapped in vibrant cellophane or paper never fails to lift up our spirits.

Also, yema is a fancy finger food.

We would serve yema in toothpicks and lay them on platters for guests to enjoy during parties.

This dessert can be made in as easy as 1-2-3.

All you need are eggs and milk and you can make this soft and chewy treat.

To add to that, it can be modified to suit your taste or whim.

For example, you can add in coffee to make coffee yema, nuts to make nutty yema, or vanilla to make vanilla yema.

You can also add in food colors to splash in playful hues to this rich brown dessert.

Really, the possibilities are endless!

Now below is a quick and easy recipe to make yema, the Philippine custard candy.

Recipe for Cooking Yema

Tools Needed for Preparing and Cooking Yema

  • cellophane or paper – colored and cut into small square shapes
  • long ladle
  • pot
  • spoon
  • stove

Ingredients for Cooking Yema

  • butter or margarine – 1 tablespoon
  • condensed milk – 2 medium-sized cans
  • egg yolks – 2 pieces
  • sugar – 5 tablespoons; optional
  • toothpicks – optional

Instructions for Cooking Yema

  1. Place a pot over low heat.
  2. Pour in condensed milk into the pot.
  3. Pour in egg yolks.
  4. Stir.
  5. Add in butter or margarine.
  6. Stir.
  7. Continue stirring until mixture is thick.
  8. Turn off heat.
  9. Allow mixture to cool.
  10. Once the mixture is cool, get a spoonful of it and shape it into either a ball or a pyramid.
  11. At this point, you can choose to roll over your already sweet yema onto sugar. You can, however, skip this step as yema is already perfectly sweet.
  12. Wrap yema in cellophane or paper.
  13. Alternatively, you can stick yema into toothpicks and serve it on a platter.

That is easy! Now enjoy your homemade yema or give this gooey Filipino dessert to friends and family!

Copyright © 2012 Kerlyn Bautista

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    • asmaiftikhar profile image


      8 years ago from Pakistan

      the image which u use is tempted that's not fair.thanks for this tasty hub.

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      Philip Cooper 

      8 years ago from Olney

      Looks really yummy...I'll have to try this. Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      yummy. I just love this food recipe. will definitely try this at home

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      Maddie Ruud 

      8 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Yum, yum!

    • urmilashukla23 profile image


      8 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Interesting!Yumy! Definitely gonna try. Thanks for sharing it.

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      8 years ago

      love it, sounds interesting. I enjoy trying new things, will defiantly give it a go.

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      Saadia A 

      8 years ago

      Nice and easy.I will definitely love to give it a try :) Thank you for sharing !!!

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      8 years ago from USA

      Nice hub and recipe. Rated up

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      bell du jour 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Hi kernlyb, this recipe sounds lovely I will definitely try it:-)



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