Halo-halo is a common and very popular dessert in the Philippines, especially in the hot summer months. The name comes from the Tagalog word for mishmash or mix which best describes what this sweet dish is about.

Halo-halo consists of the basic ingredients of shaved ice, mung beans, kidney beans, garbanzos, coconut strips, crushed young rice and plantains, which are complemented by region and taste with various other ingredients.
Examples hereof are gelatin cubes (or agar), jackfruit, star apple (Cainito), tapioca, sago, nata de coco, Ube (purple yam), sweet potatoes and sweetcorn among many others. In more recent recipes also ice cream is added to the mix.
Finally, the mixture of all Halo-halo ingredients is topped with evaporated milk and served in a bowl or a tall glass.

Today, Halo-halo is even the best-selling product of the popular Filipino fast food chain Chowking.


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