Remitbee Recipe: A Taste of Philippines - Halo Halo (Iced dessert)

By Remitbee - May 21, 2021

The diversity of Canadian residents enable us to try different cuisines from each part of the world. That’s why we’ve collected family recipes from immigrants across Canada for our Remitbee Recipe series. This time, Camille from Halifax shares with us her favorite sweet summer treat from the Philippines - Halo-Halo.

Halo-Halo is a Filipino word which literally translates to “mix-mix” in English. It is a popular cold dessert which is a mixture of crushed ice, evaporated milk and various fruits. A concoction of different sweet treats that are combined to form one delicious cold treat. Even on the hottest and most humid of days, this vibrant medley will brighten your day. It is most commonly eaten as an afternoon snack or as a dessert after a meal. It can be made with whatever available ingredients you may have so there’s really no strict rule on what to combine in your Halo-Halo.

Prep Time: 10 minutes or less

Most Common Ingredients:

  • Crushed or shaved ice
  • Fresh or evaporated milk
  • Sweetened saba or plantain bananas
  • Sweetened kamote (sweet potato)
  • Langka (jackfruit)
  • Sweetened garbanzos or white beans
  • Coconut strips or sweetened macapuno
  • Sweetened munggo (red mung beans)
  • Nata de coco (coconut gel)
  • Sago or tapioca pearls or jelly cut into cubes
  • Pinipig
  • Leche Flan
  • Ube Jam
  • Ice Cream (optional)
  • Sugar (optional)


  1. In a tall glass or bowl, add a teaspoon of each of your selected ingredients.

  2. Add sugar, if you prefer.

  3. Fill the glass with crushed/shaved ice.

  4. Drizzle with milk.

  5. Top with leche flan and ice cream (optional).

  6. Serve with a spoon to mix (halo) and enjoy!

Don’t worry if you make a mess while mixing everything, that’s how it’s supposed to be! Most Filipino grocery stores will have some of the halo-halo ingredients sold in a jar. You only have to make sure you have an ice crusher or shaver for an authentic halo-halo experience.

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