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Filipino Mixed-Fruit and Cream Dessert (Halo-Halo)

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Halo-halo is a popular frozen mixed fruit dessert from the Philippines

Halo-halo is a popular frozen mixed fruit dessert from the Philippines

Creamy Frozen Dessert With Mixed Fruit

This is a uniquely Filipino dessert that blends influences from Filipino, American, Spanish, and Chinese cuisines. Traditionally, the ingredients are made from scratch, but this quick recipe relies on ready-made ingredients from your local Asian or Hispanic grocery. In the Philippines, we normally have halo-halo as a dessert or even as a snack in the afternoon, especially after school or work.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

1 serving


  • 1 cup ice, crushed or shaved
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large scoop ube ice cream
  • 1 (4-ounce) cup flan (Spanish custard), available at Hispanic stores
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle halo-halo mix, available at Asian stores


  1. Add the crushed ice into a tall glass.
  2. Spoon the contents of the halo-halo mix into the glass.
  3. Pour the milk into the glass.
  4. Top with ube ice cream and flan (Spanish custard).


  • Milk: You can use evaporated, condensed milk, or heavy cream instead of fresh milk. You can also add more milk if desired.
  • Fresh fruit: You can add fresh fruits like bananas or mangoes.
  • Sago: Traditional halo-halo calls for "sago" or tapioca pearls. Just prepare the tapioca pearls according to the package directions and drain it. Then add it in step 2 of the instructions.

Halo-Halo Mix