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

Updated on May 31, 2020
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As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Halo-halo is a popular frozen mixed fruit dessert from the Philippines
Halo-halo is a popular frozen mixed fruit dessert from the Philippines
5 stars from 1 rating of Filipino Halo-Halo

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 time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 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


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Halo-halo mix (mixed fruit and beans)Flan, or Spanish custardUbe (purple yam) ice cream
Halo-halo mix (mixed fruit and beans)
Halo-halo mix (mixed fruit and beans)
Flan, or Spanish custard
Flan, or Spanish custard
Ube (purple yam) ice cream
Ube (purple yam) ice cream

What's in the Halo-Halo Mix?

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Kaong (palm fruit)Lanka (jackfruit)Macapuno (coconut strings)Nata de coco (coconut gel)Sweet red mung beans
Kaong (palm fruit)
Kaong (palm fruit)
Lanka (jackfruit)
Lanka (jackfruit)
Macapuno (coconut strings)
Macapuno (coconut strings)
Nata de coco (coconut gel)
Nata de coco (coconut gel)
Sweet red mung beans
Sweet red mung beans


  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).

Step-by-Step Instructions

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Step 1: Add the ice.Step 2: Add the halo-halo mixStep 3: Pour in the milk.Step 4: Top with flan and ube ice cream.
Step 1: Add the ice.
Step 1: Add the ice.
Step 2: Add the halo-halo mix
Step 2: Add the halo-halo mix
Step 3: Pour in the milk.
Step 3: Pour in the milk.
Step 4: Top with flan and ube ice cream.
Step 4: Top with flan and ube ice cream.


  • 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

Kapuso Brand Fruit Mix and Beans Pack of Three Jars 12 Oz Per Jar
Kapuso Brand Fruit Mix and Beans Pack of Three Jars 12 Oz Per Jar
In the Philippines we would normally create this mix from scratch. However, since many of us are too busy, it's OK to cheat a little! If you're pressed for time, the easiest way to make your favorite halo-halo dessert or snack is to buy the bottled halo-halo mix from your local Asian store (or online if there is no Asian store nearby). Enjoy!


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    • Edwin Alcantara profile imageAUTHOR

      Edwin Alcantara 

      2 months ago from California

      Thanks Linda. Yes, it's unusual in the West but quite common in Asia to use beans in desserts. I reacted the same way the very first time I tried carrot cake in the USA, because I never thought of using a vegetable in cakes before.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting recipe. I was intrigued by your photo when I first saw it. I could see that the recipe contained beans, which I'm not used to seeing in desserts, but I didn't know what some of the other items were. I'd love to try the dessert to see what it tastes like. I think I would enjoy it very much.


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