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The most famous icy concoction of the Philippines could well be Haluhalo. To align with Western meal concepts, it’s been referred to as a “dessert” when it used to be mainly enjoyed on hot summer afternoons. These days, almost any occasion can be used as an excuse to enjoy this cold treat, particularly after lunch or dinner.
Haluhalo consists of a blend of fruits, sweet preserves, and evaporated milk, topped with shaved ice and optionally a scoop of ice cream. The name literally means “Mix-Mix” in the Tagalog language, in reference to the hodgepodge of ingredients needing to be mixed throughly before enjoyment.
Typical ingredients are kaong (palm fruit), macapuno (young coconut), langka (jackfruit), munggo (mung beans), saba (plantain), ube (purple yam), mais (corn), nata de coco (coconut gelatin), garbansos (chickpeas), pinipig (crisped rice), and sago (pearls similar to boba).
You can buy these ingredients separately, and that was what had been done by haluhalo makers for decades. Families kept several jars of the different sweet preserves, scooping an ingredient from each of the containers a little at a time, assembling them in a serving glass.
Recently, however, companies have made the procedure more convenient by combining various ingredients in one bottle!
For example, the Masagana brand of halo-halo mix includes the following in one jar: macapuno strings, purple-yam jam, sugar palm fruit, white beans, red munggo beans, chickpeas, nata de pina, and nata de coco.
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