Halo Halo is the ultimate summer treat. It’s a layered dessert made with shaved ice, sweetened beans, coconut jelly, drizzled with condensed milk, evaporated milk, and ube ice cream.
When I first tried Halo Halo, I handed the cup back to my mom and told her I didn’t want it. The second time I tried it, I took three bites and handed it back to my parents. I tried countless times to enjoy Halo Halo, but it wasn’t until one summer, my boyfriend handed me Halo Halo and told me to eat it.
From then on I loved Halo Halo and I probably spent more than $100 on Halo Halo that summer! Thanks, boyfriend for handing me that cup of Halo Halo and telling me to eat it!
Tips on How to Make Halo Halo
- When making halo halo, you can add in as many ingredients as you can. Filipino restaurants use sago, fresh fruits, pandan jelly, and even sweetened coconut strips
- In Los Angeles, there are a few Filipino American restaurants serve halo halo and even non-Filipinos love this sweet dessert
- If you have available milk flan for your halo halo, you can also use it as a delicious topping
How to Make Halo Halo:
Here are the ingredients that you will need for the Halo Halo, aside from the crushed ice and your favorite flavor of ice cream:
Layer the halo halo starting with the halo halo mixture, then followed by the shaved ice and repeat till the glass is 1/3 full:
Add evaporated milk. The quantity of evaporated milk also depends also on how liquidy you want you halo halo to be. You can also add condensed milk if you have a sweet tooth like me:
Finish with your flavor of ice cream:
I love using ube ice cream and this flavor is the most popular flavor used when serving halo halo since the purple color is so vibrant and it makes the halo halo look more festive. Now you can enjoy your halo halo but first, mix it well 🙂 Hence the name Halo Halo which means “mix” in Tagalog (the Filipino language).
Frequently Asked Questions for Halo Halo Recipe:
Q: Can any fruit be added to this Halo-Halo recipe?
A: Yes, you can add any fruit to this recipe. It doesn’t always have to be the preserved ones. Fresh fruits may be used if it suits your taste.
Q: Can vanilla-flavored ice cream be used instead of the usual Ube ice cream?
A: Vanilla ice cream would also taste great when used in Halo-Halo. As long as the ice cream flavor would blend with the flavors of the other ingredients, it would taste delicious 🙂
Q: I see that some use Adzuki beans for Halo-Halo. Are they the same with the red beans?
A: Adzuki beans and red beans are alike. They are just commonly known in the Philippines as red beans or red monggo beans.
I’ve got the full recipe below, plus a video if you’d like more guidance. Enjoy!
More Filipino Desserts that are Easy to Make:
Halo Halo is a Filipino Dessert that is mixed with fruits, beans, and shaved ice.
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Filipino
- halo halo mixed fruit
- 2 cups of ice, shaved
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- ube, mango, or coconut, vanilla ice cream
- 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
- Layer the halo halo starting with the halo halo mixture
- Followed by the shaved ice and repeat till the glass is 1/3 full
- Add evaporated milk
- Add condensed milk (opt.)
- Finish with your flavor of ice cream
If you can’t get the halo halo jar, the ingredients you can use are:
-canned red beans and sweetened it with sugar
-canned white beans and sweetened
-chopped, burro bananas
you must have at least 2 fruits, red or white beans to get the taste of halo halo