Halo Halo

Halo Halo

Halo-halo is a popular Filipino dessert made out of mixed beans (kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit, pounded crushed young rice), fruits (coconut sport, plantains caramelized in sugar, jackfruit), gulaman, tapioca pearls, nata de coco and sweet potato served with milk flavoured shaved ice topped with purple yam, leche flan and sometimes ice cream. I guess if I am to ask this is the best dessert Philippines have to offer, it’s a complete dessert snack that will satisfy you to every scoop until the last drop, it’s an explosion of different flavours and it will sure cool you down on a hot summer day.

Now this recipe is a bit hard to make in New Zealand as we don’t had the usual ice shredder that we can easily buy in the Philippines so instead of using shredded ice that is flavoured with evaporated milk I will be using fresh milk in carton as milk when frozen can be easily shaved by using a normal knife. Also for the Purple Yam I used the store bought bottled yam as this is a bit laborious to make but once I have the time to make it at home I will share that recipe. For the sweetened beans, it’s just a simple method of boiling a cup of beans with 1/2 cup of sugar and pinch of salt. Preparing the different ingredients might take a while but trust me this dessert is so good, very unique taste compared to Western desserts.

Also I would like to thank all readers and people who nominated Ang Sarap in the Philippine Blog Awards 2011.  I made it to the finals, I certainly cannot do it without you!


Note: If amount of each ingredient is not mentioned you can use as much as you can but recommended amount would be a tablespoon each.

Minatamis na Saging (just use the bananas)
Ripe Jackfruit, Sliced
Sweetened Chick Peas
Sweetened Red Beans
Sweetened White Beans
Shredded Sweet Young Coconut
Corn Kernels
Nata de Coco
Sugar Palm / Kaong
Pinipig or Rice Crispies
Leche Flan
Cooked Sweet Purple Yam
Frozen Milk, shredded


1. Add your first 10 ingredients on the bottom of a tall glass; this should not exceed 1/3 of the volume of the glass.
2. Add enough shaved frozen milk to nearly fill the glass, add a tablespoon of sugar if you want it sweet (totally optional as the most of the ingredients are sweet already).
Note: You can use 2 methods of making shaved frozen milk, first is to lightly pound the frozen milk carton inside a towel using a kitchen mallet this is an easy way of having a shaved milk but does not give an even ice texture. Another method is to open the milk carton to get the whole frozen milk block then use a knife to carve the ice this is a better way of doing it as it gives an even texture but it takes much longer
3. Top with a slice of Leche Flan and purple yam.

Update: I changed the picture above and I have already an ice shaver so this time I used shaved ice with evaporated milk.

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37 thoughts on “Halo Halo

  1. Beans in dessert? Very interesting. I’m relatively accustomed to eating beans with dessert, because Korean food uses a lot of red bean. This looks really delicious, and so pretty!

  2. I’m another one going… beans in a dessert? Whoa!!!
    Ok, I must then admit, that looking at the photo I never would have guessed that beans are in it, but that said, I can’t taste the photo LOL.

    The words “very unique taste” at the bottom of your post… hmm,
    …like the Dutch and the “unique” taste of “Drop” (salt liquice) … most Dutch adore it (i’m in a massive minority becuase I don’t) and almost all non-Dutch go “Ewwww” (as they hurry to a rubbish bin to spit it out).

  3. Hello Raymund, and I certainly would love to say hello to this dessert. Its quite unique and inviting. Interesting to see kidney beans instead of red beans being used. Congratulations on making it to the finals

  4. I also didn’t know Filipinos use sweetened red beans (azuki?) in your dessert. Happy to see my favorite in this dessert. You are very creative trying to find a method to get better shaved ice -freezing the milk in carton! Very innovative method that I bet a lot of people are so happy finding out. ;-)

  5. Congratulations on the Awards! You are so worth it!
    Now.. dessert…from beans… Let it grow into my mind and we’ll see..
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Congratulations on making the blogging finals, Raymund–you richly deserve it!

    Halo-halo is so beautiful to look at it seems it would be a crime to destroy the dish by eating it. But I think that of many beautiful foods, I suppose, and have so little self-restraint that if I were around some of this (even so beautifully prepared by you) I’m sure I would soon give in and discover how delicious it is, too. :) I’ve seen it before and know how popular it is, so it’s great to see here how it’s made.

  7. Hi Raymund! Your halo-halo looks perfect! Thanks for that excellent idea of using frozen milk in substitute for shredded ice. I’m just so grateful for it coz I can now create my own personal halo-halo even with-out ice shredder. Very helpful indeed!
    And yes, congratulations for making it to the finals on that Philippine Blog Awards. You certainly deserve more than that!

  8. ‘allo ‘allo! Hey Ray, I have a question for you. (sorry this is not on topic) But you are our resident food historian. Do you have a source that will tell us why Russian fudge is called Russian. It is very NZ, plus is adapted from a scottish fudge called Tablet. The Russians have no real fudge in their culture at all. That is all I know. Where do i go to find out more?..How is Queen st this morning.. c

  9. Until I started making “dessert hummus,” I would never have understood how this could be good and sweet. Now I just want to make it! What an interesting dessert!

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  15. Greetings!

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