Halo-Halo (Filipino Shaved Ice Dessert)


Tagalog for "mix-mix," this traditional Filipino dessert is a party in a glass.

Halo Halo dessert

Rachel Marek. Food Styling: Annie Probst

Total Time:
10 mins

Originating in the Philippines, halo-halo is a shaved ice dessert that beats any snow cone on a hot summer day. Meaning "mix-mix" in Tagalog, the icy treat gets its name from a concoction of sweet ingredients in interesting flavors and textures that is topped with shaved ice and evaporated milk. It's important to mix the dish to help get everything incorporated into the perfect bite every time. Look for halo-halo ingredients in your local Asian market or online.

Halo Halo Ingredients

Rachel Marek

Halo-Halo Ingredients

Every Filipino has a favorite combination of halo-halo ingredients. The most commonly-used ingredients include syrup-packed beans (a combo of chickpeas, red beans, and white beans), nata de coco (coconut gel), macapuno strings (coconut sport), sweet jackfruit, tapioca pearls, and colorful jellies. All this gets topped with shaved ice and a drizzle of evaporated milk. Some common halo-halo toppers include ube halaya (purple yam jam), leche flan, pinipig (flattened, toasted rice), fresh fruit, ube ice cream (you can purchase this or make it homemade), and glazed pili nuts.

How to Make Halo-Halo

To start, you'll want a fairly tall glass or deep bowl. A spoonful of each ingredient goes into the glass before the ice, evaporated milk, and most of the time, the mix-ins are laid out buffet-style so everyone can create their own. You can customize your halo-halo recipe with more or less of any ingredient. This makes it a great dessert idea for summer parties and gatherings. This recipe is my favorite way to make halo-halo, but it's definitely a choose-your-own-adventure game I encourage you to have fun with.


  • 1-2 tbsp syrup-packed red mung beans, white beans, and/or garbanzo beans

  • 1 tbsp sweetened jackfruit

  • 1 tbsp macapuno strings (coconut sport)

  • 1 tbsp nata de coconut (coconut gel)

  • 1 cup shaved ice

  • 1 tbsp ube halaya jam

  • 2 tbsp Leche Flan, purchased

  • 2 to 4 tbsp evaporated milk

  • 2 tbsp ube ice cream


  1. layering halo halo ingredients in glass

    Rachel Marek

    In a tall glass or a trifle dish, layer the assorted beans, sweetened jackfruit, coconut gel, and coconut strings. Feel free to add more or less of any of the ingredients you enjoy.

    Test Kitchen Tip: Look for pre-mixed jars of halo-halo ingredients at your local Asian grocery stores. Common brands include Tropics, Kapuso, Kamayan, and Monika.

    Halo Halo

    Rachel Marek

  2. Add shaved ice to fill the glass, leaving room for toppings. Top with ube halaya, leche flan, and ube ice cream.

  3. topping Halo Halo dessert with condensed milk

    Rachel Marek

    To finish the halo-halo recipe, drizzle evaporated milk over the top. Mix and enjoy. Halo-halo is best enjoyed right away.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

312 Calories
9g Fat
51g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 312.5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.4g 12%
Saturated Fat 6.4g 32%
Cholesterol 52.7mg 18%
Sodium 238.3mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 50.8g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2.7g 10%
Total Sugars 36.3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin D 1.3mcg 6%
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 219.2mg 17%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 374.6mg 8%
Fatty acids, total trans 0g
Vitamin D 49.8IU
Alanine 0.2g
Arginine 0.3g
Ash 2.1g
Aspartic acid 0.6g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0mcg
Choline, total 34.1mg
Copper, Cu 0.1mg
Cystine 0.1g
Energy 1308.8kJ
Fluoride, F 24.7mcg
Folate, total 16.4mcg
Glutamic acid 1.3g
Glycine 0.2g
Histidine 0.2g
Isoleucine 0.3g
Leucine 0.6g
Lysine 0.5g
Methionine 0.1g
Magnesium, Mg 36.4mg
Manganese, Mn 0.2mg
Niacin 0.4mg
Phosphorus, P 203.6mg
Pantothenic acid 0.7mg
Phenylalanine 0.3g
Phytosterols 2.4mg
Proline 0.5g
Retinol 57.5mcg
Selenium, Se 8.5mcg
Serine 0.4g
Starch 2.3g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0.3g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.2mg
Tryptophan 0.1g
Tyrosine 0.3g
Valine 0.4g
Vitamin A, IU 242.9IU
Vitamin A, RAE 60.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.6mcg
Water 270.5g
Zinc, Zn 1.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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