30 g jackfruit (julienned)
60 g natade coco
35 g palm seeds
40 g red beans
600 g purple yam (also known as ‘ube’) steamed
5 egg yolks
200 g shaved ice
440 ml condensed milk
430 ml evaporated milk
130 ml whipped cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp pandan essence
2 tsp strawberry essence
½ tsp purple food coloring (optional)
3 Tbsp sugar
The Halo Halo, a classic Filipino dessert, can cheer the crabbiest of characters. Known as HaluHalo to some, the origin of this sprightly and colorful Filipino dessert can be traced back to the 1920s.
Halo Halo makes for a perfect dessert for those living in the tropical climates. Translating to ‘mix-mix’, the classic Filipino dessert combines ingredients from several cultures, reflecting the rich diversity and heritage of the Philippines. Often, the Halo Halo dessert is an obligatory dish to end off mealtimes with family and friends.
This popular and traditional Filipino dessert is essentially a concoction of crushed ice, topped with ingredients such as sweetened beans, jackfruit, sweet potatoes, and smothered with evaporated milk.
The classic Filipino dessert has been around for over 100 years. Here, we give you a modern take to the classic Halo Halo!
Is this your first time making Halo Halo? We have all the answers, resources and tips you need to make your very first Halo Halo!
The Halo Halo is a type of mixed fruit dessert and is a traditional Filipino recipe!
This Filipino dessert is a highly versatile dessert. You can mix anything including basic ingredients like sweet potato, plantain bananas and shredded coconut for a sweet treat that is refreshing on a humid day.
The shaved ice is an important part of the Halo Halo recipe. Shaved ice allows for the easier mixing of ingredients that are layered to assemble the Halo Halo. You can use an electric ice shaver for this part of the recipe.
As the Halo Halo is meant to be mixed together, serving it cold in a wide bowl or tall glass can help with the mixing. Tall glasses are recommended if you are serving these traditional Filipino desserts at a party - they are much more visually appealing to the eye!
Play around with the combination of ingredients: To change things up with the Halo Halo recipe, you can try different combinations of ingredients. Kidney beans, sago, pinipig, sweetened banana and gelatin cubes are some of the ingredients you can experiment with. This Filipino dessert comes in many variations, influenced by the availability of the ingredients in the location as well. Get creative!
Prepare your own Leche Flan: Making your own homemade Leche Flan can add dimension to your Halo Halo. Creamy and rich, you can even take a few liberties with customising your Leche Flan. Add key lime zests to it for added flavour to the classic Filipino dessert.
(Steaming instead of boiling the yam retains much better flavor, along with nutrients. To mash the yam, use a fork, or even a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on high speed)
In a bowl or large glass, add 1 tbsp palm seed, 1 tbsp red beans and 30 g coconut flesh. Add 1 tbsp of each flavor of nata de coco on each side, then cover with crushed ice. Drizzle with remaining evaporated milk and condensed milk, then add a scoop of yamice cream and a slice of leche flan. Top off with jackfruit and serve cold! Add more evaporated milk if you prefer your Halo Halo a little bit sweeter.
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