About a couple of years ago my husband and I attended a community block party hosted by our church. There were lots of healthy food provided for visitors, drinks, and some refreshments and one of them was snow cones. For those of you who do not know what it is; it’s made of shaved ice with some sweet, fruit-flavored, liquid flavoring in it — that simple! Though I was thrilled seeing how fast the shaved ice was made (using a machine), I was not thrilled about the flavor — it’s pretty boring and simple! I wish I had known that they were serving shaved ice so I could have brought the Halo-halo ingredients with us! My husband and I both agreed and laughed.
Anyway, the sizzling summer heat here in Tennessee is inevitable. It is advisable to drink plenty of fluids and fresh juice. Eating watery fruits (and vegetables) are also great ways to keep us refreshed and hydrated. Halo-halo is a yummy, summer treat that you and your family would surely love! What is Halo-halo?
“Halo-halo (Tagalog: [haˈlo-haˈlo], “mixed together”) is a popular Filipino dessert with mixtures of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans, jello and fruits. It is served in a tall glass or bowl. Ingredients include boiled kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains sweetened with sugar, jackfruit (langkâ), gulaman, tapioca, nata de coco, sweet potato (kamote), cheese, pounded crushed young rice (pinipig). Most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, purple yam (ubeng pula), or ice cream. Evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving.” -Excerpt from Wikipedia
My recipe of Halo-halo is simple. I only used a few ingredients and most of them are store-bought ready to eat/mix. If you want to use the same ingredients I have in this recipe, you can find them at any international/Asian stores near you. The main ingredients of Halo-halo are 1. Shaved ice, 2. Evaporated milk (or non-dairy milk substitute like almond milk), 3. Fruits, sweetened beans or anything you want in your Halo-halo, 4. A little bit of sweetener (optional)… and the rest of the ingredients are optional. Try it out and enjoy!
HALO-HALO (Mixed together) : The Popular Filipino Refreshment or Dessert
Classification: vegetarian with vegan options
evaporated milk (or almond milk)
nata de coco (coconut gel)
kaong (sugar palm fruit)
ube halaya (purple yam jam)
sweetened beans (red or mung beans work)
ice cream of your choice
sugar to taste – optional
Preparing the Sweetened ingredients:
A. Prepare sweetened jackfruit by opening a can of jackfruit in syrup. Drain the syrup and slice it up into strips. In a pan add about 1/4 cup of water. Put all the sliced jackfruit. Add about 1-2 tablespoon of sugar. Cook until jackfruit is soft.
B. To prepare the sweetened beans. Soak about half a cup of beans overnight. Rinse and drain. In a pan put the beans. Add some water. Cook until soft but not over-cooked (mushy). Add sugar, and cook a little bit more until beans and sugar are well mixed.
Preparing the Halo-halo:
1. In a clear bowl or glass put fruits, beans (about 2 tablespoon-full of each ingredient) and sugar, about 1 teaspoon.
Fill only half of the container to make sure there is enough room to put the rest of the ingredients.
2. Add shaved ice.
(you can use a blender to crush some ice cubes, crushed ice from the refrigerator dispenser would work, or you can use a dedicated ice shaving machine)
3. Pour in some evaporated milk. Top it with a couple scoops of ice cream.
…And enjoy! 🙂