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How to make Halo Halo (Filipino Shaved Ice Dessert with Mixed Fruits and Sweet Beans)

Halo-Halo is a popular and deliciously refreshing Filipino dessert made with mixed fruits, sweetened beans, milk, and shaved or crushed ice topped with either caramel flan, purple yam jam or ice cream! Simply mix everything in a bowl or glass before eating. The combination of all these ingredients makes Halo Halo a very yummy concoction! So popular during the hot season, this cold dessert can cool you down during summer's scorching days!

Course Beverage, Dessert
Cuisine Asian, Filipino, Southeast Asian
Keyword Filipino Shaved Ice Dessert, Filipino Shaved Ice Dessert with mixed fruits, Halo Halo, How to make halo halo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Serving
Author Manila Spoon


Sweet Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sweetened beans
  • 1 tablespoon cubed gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened jack fruit
  • 1 tablespoon nata de coco
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened tapioca or sago pearls, cooked

Liquid Ingredients

  • crushed or shaved ice, as needed
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk, or as needed

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 scoop leche flan or creme caramel, as needed
  • 1 scoop ube jam, as needed
  • 1 scoop ice cream, vanilla, ube or mango or flavor of choice


  1. In a tall clear glass or a medium clear bowl, add each chosen sweet ingredient in no particular order. Depending on the size of your glass or bowl, fill it until you reach about half or just a little above half of the receptacle.

  2. Spoon the crushed ice or ice shavings into the glass or bowl until it comes up to the top. Tightly pack the ice in using your hands or a spatula/spoon. Pour in the milk until the liquid flows into the middle part of the glass (simply eyeball this). Add the topping of your choice. You can alternate this by adding the topping first before pouring the milk in. It's up to you.

  3. Then, simply grab a spoon and mix everything and enjoy all that halo-halo! This may be tricky to do at first as the ingredients are all tightly packed in but once the crushed ice starts melting it becomes so easy. And, that's all part of the fun in eating halo halo!