Halo-Halo Dessert Recipe
Halo-halo, which means mix-mix, is a classic favorite dessert in the Philippines. It is composed of various ingredients including shaved ice, evaporated milk, and ice cream. One may view the halo-halo dessert as a symbol of mixed Filipino heritage and culinary and even cultural influences from the Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and Americans, among others. But really, halo-halo dessert is simply a delicious and refreshing treat perfect for hot summer days.
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As its name suggests, halo-halo uses various different ingredients that are mixed together like coconut gel (nata de coco), sugar palm (kaong), colored gelatin, macapuno, tapioca pearls, sweet beans, flat rice crisps (pinipig), jackfruit, sweetened plantains, corn flakes, sugar syrup, and of course the evaporated milk, which is usually added last. These are the common halo-halo ingredients and are optional, while special halo-halo has creamy leche flan, ube halaya, and ube-flavored ice cream as toppings.
The components are then placed together in a tall glass or a wide bowl. As for the placement of the ingredients, it depends on the maker whether to put everything else first and the shaved ice last or the other way around. But either way, you will still end up mixing all the ingredients together using a spoon.
Just make sure that you stir it slowly to prevent spilling as most restaurants seem to serve their halo-halo dessert in a container too small for its contents. But once the ice starts melting, you will have no problem stirring your concoctions.
Although most restaurants serve this sweet dessert, it is still worth learning how to do it yourself.
Halo-Halo Dessert Ingredients
- 2 cups of shaved ice
- 1 ripe large banana
- 1 cup young shredded coconut, fresh or bottled
- 1/2 cup sweet corn or chick peas (garbanzos)
- 2 cups evaporated milk
- 1 cup firm gelatin set into gel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 ripe mangoes
- 1 cup ripe jackfruit
- 1 cup cooked sweet yams or (ube halaya)
- 4 scoops of favorite ice cream
- 1/2 cup rice pop
- Peel mangoes and slice into half-inch cubes.
- Divide each ingredient into 4 equal parts. Get 4 tall glasses, then place each ingredients layer by layer.
- Put the one half cup of shaved ice to each glass.
- Pour a quarter of milk evap over shaved ice to each glass.
- Put a scoop of ice cream on top
- Drizzle some nuts or rice crispies on top of the ice cream.