- 2 cups Crushed Ice
- 1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 ripe Mangopeeled and sliced
- 1 ripe Jackfruitpeeled and sliced
- 1 sliced Banana
- 1/4 cup Red Mung Beans
- 1/4 cup Ube (Purple Yam)
- 1/4 cup Palm Fruit (Kaong)
- 1/4 cup Sweetened BeansRed or Green
- 1/4 cup Coconut Gel (Nata de Coco)
- 1/4 cup Sweet PotatoKamote - cubes
- 1/4 cup Corn Kernels
- 4 tbsp. Leche Flan
- 4 scoops Vanilla Ice Creamor any ice cream
Halo-halo is a popular Filipino dessert that is both refreshing and satisfying. The name “halo-halo” translates to “mix-mix” in English, which is a fitting name for this dessert as it is a mixture of sweet and creamy ingredients. Halo-halo is enjoyed by people of all ages and is especially popular during the hot and humid months in the Philippines.
Traditionally, halo-halo is made by layering a variety of sweet and creamy ingredients in a tall glass, starting with a base of crushed ice. The sweet ingredients typically used include ripe mango, jackfruit, banana, sweetened condensed milk, red mung beans, purple yam (ube), palm fruit (kaong), sweetened beans (red or green), coconut gel (nata de coco), sweet potato (kamote) cubes, corn kernels, and leche flan. Some variations may also include purple rice, fruit cocktail, or other sweet ingredients.
Once the ingredients are layered, the dessert is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. The ingredients are then mixed together with a long spoon before eating, creating a harmonious blend of sweet, creamy, and crunchy textures and flavors.
Halo-halo is more than just a dessert; it’s a cultural experience that embodies the Filipino spirit of being creative, resourceful, and always finding joy in the simple things. Whether enjoyed as a treat on a hot summer day or as a nostalgic reminder of home, halo-halo is a beloved part of Filipino cuisine that continues to bring happiness to those who try it.
The preparation time for halo-halo can vary depending on the ingredients and the method of preparation, but it usually takes about 20-30 minutes to gather and prepare all of the ingredients. The cooking time for halo-halo is minimal, as some of the ingredients (such as the sweet potato, ube, and leche flan) may need to be boiled or baked beforehand, but this typically only takes 10-15 minutes.
So, in total, the preparation and cooking time for halo-halo is around 30-45 minutes. Keep in mind that the assembly of the halo-halo itself is quick and easy, as you simply need to layer the ingredients in a tall glass and mix everything together before serving.
Note: Feel free to add or remove ingredients as desired, or swap them with other ingredients like purple rice or fruit cocktail. The key to making a great halo-halo is to have a variety of sweet and creamy elements, along with a mix of textures and flavors.
In each of the 4 tall glasses, add 1/2 cup of crushed ice.
Layer the ingredients on top of the ice, starting with the mango, jackfruit, and banana.
Add the red mung beans, ube, palm fruit, sweetened beans, nata de coco, kamote cubes, and corn kernels.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of leche flan on top of each glass.
Top each glass with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Pour 1/4 cup of condensed milk over each glass.
Serve immediately and enjoy!