Halo-Halo: The Philippine Best Summer Dessert

Halo-halo has been the all-time favorite dessert of the Filipinos which in English term means mix-mix. Well, make sense since the dessert is a mix of many ingredients. Halo-halo is so popular that you can buy it almost everywhere especially during summer, but it is actually available all year round since the Philippines is a tropical country. But really, Filipinos are so fond of halo-halo that they eat it even when it’s raining and cold. Cool right?


What are the ingredients of halo-halo, that they mix-mix?


·         Leche Flan (egg custard)

·         Ube

·         Ice cream

·         Corn flakes

·         Red mung or white beans

·         Macapuno strips

·         Strips of jackfruit (langka)

·         Sugar palm seeds (kaong)

·         Pinipig

·         Gelatin cubes or tapioca pearls

·         Milk

·         Crushed ice


Imagine all these ingredients in one serving? Hmmmm, yummy for sure! No wonder Filipinos are crazy over halo-halo, not only it quenches their thirst and escape the heat, but it is also a sure treat to the palate. In the Philippines, halo-halo has become part of their culture, without it the lives of the Filipinos is just not complete. But where does halo-halo come from? How did it come to the Philippines? Is it something that the Filipinos started or was is just an influence?


A Little Something about Halo-halo


Asian countries have their unique ice dessert. The starting of Halo-Halo most likely originated from a Japanese dessert named, kakigori, which is shaved ice, served along with sweet beans. The Americans preceded ice to the Philippines in the midst of 1800’s and then developed the original ice plant which is the Insular Ice Plant in the year 1902. With the availability of ice and the intro of new foods by the Japanese throughout their occupation before the WWII, Halo-Halo started to form its origins.


The Filipinos then modified the ice dessert to fit their tastes, preferences, and ingredients. They added the ube jam, jackfruit, beans, etc. to give it a distinct Pinoy style. Now, halo-halo is has come a long way even abroad as many Filipinos introduced the Pinoy dessert to the different parts of the world. Guess what, Halo-halo will still pave more way!