How to make Homemade Filipino Halo-Halo with ice cream

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  December 21, 2020

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Halo-halo is the national ice-cold dessert of the Filipinos during the hot summer days in the Philippines.

The country’s summer season starts from March until May. Halo is a Filipino word which means “mix’. True to its name, halo-halo is a mixture of ingredients.
How to Make Halo-Halo

Halo-Halo and its Common Ingredients

Some versions of halo-halo have some roasted rice crispies or ‘pinipig” and some heaping amounts of fresh or evaporated milk.

The finely shaved ice is then added after all the said medley of ingredients are placed inside a tall glass or a large bowl.

There are many options for the toppings for halo-halo. The most common is a slice of leche flan or crème caramel.

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How to Make Halo-Halo

How to make halo-halo

Joost Nusselder
Halo-Halo is the national ice-cold dessert of the Filipinos during the hot summer days in the Philippines. The country’s summer season starts from March until May. Halo is a Filipino word which means “mix’.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 3 people
Calories 157 kcal


  • 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
  • ½ cup sweet corn or (garbanzos)
  • 1 cup young shredded coconut fresh or canned
  • 1 cup cooked sweet yams or (halaya) glutinous purple yam cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups shaved ice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 scoops your favorite ice cream


  • Combine kaong (sweet palm fruit), macapuno (shredded coconut), langka (jackfruit) and red munggo (mung beans) in a parfait glass.
  • Other possible ingredients are slices of saba (plantains), chunks of (corn), nata de coco (coconut gelatin) and pinipig (pounded dried rice).
  • Top with shaved ice, evaporated milk and a scoop of ice cream.
  • Make sure to halo (mix) thoroughly before digging in. Yes, mixing all those goodies at the bottom without spilling the ice and ice cream off the glass is a skill that needs to be honed by regular indulgence!


Calories: 157kcal
Keyword Halo-Halo, ice cream
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Halo-Halo Filipino Dessert
You can also opt to top your halo-halo with a scoop of Ube or Vanilla Ice Cream. The possibilities are just endless with the ingredients that you can use in this summer treat.

The origin of halo-halo is quite undetermined but according to Wikipedia, this special dessert came from the Philippines.

Some are claiming that it is from the Japanese because they have also stayed in the Philippines for an extended period. Halo-halo can be seen on most street corners in the Philippines.

You might be surprised that your Filipino neighbor sets up a small table just in front of their house and sells halo-halo during the late afternoon.

In some other Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia, you could chance upon a similar version of the Filipino’s halo-halo.

Fresh fruits can also be used if ever you want a healthier take on the halo-halo. You can also adjust the sweetness but adding more or lessening the sugar.

Don’t Forget to Like and share this to your friends and relatives. Enjoy Summer!!

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.