How to Make Halo Halo

Halo halo is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a tall glass or bowl. This Filipino concoction is quite popular during the hot summer months of March to May.

Although referred to as a dessert, it’s actually more common to eat it as a stand-alone snack, especially in the middle of a hot afternoon. Makeshift stands are set up all over by people selling halo-halo. The ingredients are laid out on a table and the customer gets to choose which to have added to his or her order.

The dessert exemplifies the “east-meets-west” culture of the Filipinos, with the ingredients used coming from a wide variety of influences (to cite some examples: red mung beans which are from the Chinese, garbanzos from the Indian, leche flan from the Spanish, and shaved ice itself which was introduced to the islands by the Americans).

Halo Halo #1

  • 1 ripe large banana
  • 2 ripe mangoes or 1 cup canned ripe mango
  • 1 cup firm gelatin set into gel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup canned ripe jackfruit
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn or chick peas (garbanzos)
  • 1 cup young shredded coconut, fresh or canned
  • 1 cup cooked sweet yams or (ube halaya) glutinous purple yam, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cup shaved ice
  • 2 cup milk
  • 4 scoops of favorite ice cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts or rice krispies


  1. Peel mangoes and slice the meat into 1/2-inch cubes. Discard the seeds.
  2. Prepare 4 tall glasses. Divide each ingredient into 4 equal parts.
  3. In each glass place 1/4 of each ingredient, adding layer by layer starting with corn or chick peas, cooked sweet yams, jackfruit, bananas, coconut, and gelatin.
  4. Top with 1/2 cup shaved ice.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup milk over shaved ice and top with a scoop of ice cream.
  6. Sprinkle nuts or rice krispies over it.

Halo Halo #2

  • 2 tablespoons kaong
  • 2 tablespoons nangka (jackfruit)
  • 2 tablespoons macapuno (a variety of coconut meat sold in bottles)
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened kidney beans
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened garabanzos
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened plantains
  • 2 tablespoons ube or yam
  • 2 tablespoons custard or creme caramel
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened corn kernels
  • crushed ice to fill glass
  • 2/3 evaporated milk
  • a scoop of ice cream on top

Halo Halo #3

  • Sweetened red beans
  • Sweetened garbanzos
  • Sweetened saba banana
  • Sweetened kamote
  • Sweetened langka
  • Sweetened kaong
  • Cooked sago
  • Pinipig Macapuno
  • Fresh fruits
  • Crushed ice
  • Ice cream
  • Ube haleya
  • Leche flan
  • Milk
  • White sugar or muscovado


  • Half-fill a tall glass with our choice of sweets. Fill with crushed ice. Top with ice cream, ube haleya or leche flan. Serve with milk and sugar.

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