Halo Halo— a cold milky refreshing dessert made up of shaved ice combined with various sweet treats.
If you’re a Filipino, I’m sure you’re all very familiar with the gruelling heat of the sun shining down on us even when we are in a rainy season.
And of course, we think about ways to quench that thirst because of the heat, and what better way to do that other than having a piece of the sweet and delicious treat–Halo halo?
Once you learn how to make the best halo halo at home, you’ll never fight the heat of the sun again to go out just to get halo halo. You can just chill at home with your homemade halo halo!
Continue to read the recipe article below to learn how to make this special halo halo and see some tips and some trivia along the way.
What is Halo Halo?
Halo halo, or halo-halo, or haluhalo–whatever you may call it–is a well-known Filipino dessert which a jambalaya or mixture of ingredients composed of shaved ice with assorted ingredients.
The usual ingredients are ube or purple yam, sweetened bananas, sweetened jackfruit, grated coconut, sago or tapioca pearls, pinipig, nata de coco, among others.
This cold Filipino shaved ice dessert is believed to have been an influence from the Japanese with their kakigori dessert, which is made in a similar way–through the use of shaved ice and a sweetener syrup such as condensed milk.
It is believed to have started with one ingredient at first, and is adapted by the Filipinos. They added more common Filipino ingredients into the mix and have evolved into what it now called the modern Halo halo.
How to Make Halo Halo?
Making the halo halo itself is easy, and your biggest trouble might be actually in finding the ingredients or making them on your own. But once you find all of your ingredients, it is as simple as arranging them in a glass and serving them topped with your favorite ice cream.
Finding the ingredients may be quite a task. Since the halo halo is a popular dessert, you can find jars of these ingredients in the supermarket which you can readily use.
The good thing about these jarred ingredients for a halo halo is that it can last you to 10 glasses at least, so it is not just a one time thing. But if you want to make some homemade ingredients we have some recipes and some tips we can share with you:
First, you can check out our Leche Flan recipe.
Second, for the fruits such as the saba banana and the jackfruit, you can buy them fresh and have them sweetened at your home instead.
Just pour in some water and bring it into a boil with a cooking pot, and then add-in the fruit of choice and some sugar as desired. Cook them until they are soft and lightly browned.
Notes on Ingredients
Nowadays, there is no limit as to what you can put into this dessert, as long as you think it is something that will complement the whole thing.
But here in this recipe, we put in the most common ones you can find in a halo halo but feel free to add some more if you feel like it is still lacking your favorite ingredients.
For a quick reference about this recipe, see the recipe table below:
Special Halo Halo Recipe
- 1 ½ cup ice, shaved or crushed
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- 1 tbsp sago (tapioca pearls)
- 1 tbsp nata de coco
- 1 tbsp saba banana, sweetened
- 1 tbsp jackfruit, sweetened
- 1 tbsp sugar palm (kaong)
- 1 tbsp pinipig (rice krispies)
- 1 tbsp macapuno
- 1 tbsp red mung beans
- sugar, as needed
- 1 tbsp leche flan
- 1 tbsp purple yam jam, optional
- 2 tbsp ice cream, optional
- In a tall glass, add-in the sago, nata de coco, sweetened saba banana, sweetened jackfruit, sugar palm, pinipig, macapuno, and red mung beans.
- Add-in the shaved ice and pour-in the evaporated milk. Add-in sugar as desired.
- Add-in the topping ingredients. Serve, mix, and enjoy!
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