4 Famous Filipino Desserts That You Should Try

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The Filipino desserts not only a scrumptious mixture of native ingredients, but are also rich in taste and history. The traditional Filipino Desserts play a pivotal role in the Philippine cuisine.

In the Philippines, desserts are commonly referred to as “panghimagas”.  Sweets and desserts always brings people together. The meal would entirely be incomplete without something sweet and tasty.

Check out the 4 satisfying famous Filipino dessert below👇.


Halo-halo, a Filipino word which means "mixture", is Philippine cold dessert and the most famous merienda for Filipinos, particularly during summer. The preparation of halo-halo varies depending on personal preference, but the main ingredients are crushed ice, evaporated milk or condensed milk, and a combination of toppings from sweetened beans to seasoned fruits.

Some of the common ingredients added to halo-halo are ube, coconut strips, gulaman, sago, sweetened banana, boiled taro, kaong(sugar palm fruit), langka(candied jackfruit), pinipig rice, flan and a scoope of ube ice cream on top.

Halo-halo is a delicious dessert and
a good choice to prepare during hot weather and to share with your love ones.


Turon is a deep-fried banana roll or banana lumpia served as snack or dessert. It is a popular snack that's sweet, crunchy and satisfying. Ripe saba banana and jackfruit are rolled together in a flour lumpia rapper and fried to a golden crisp, usually coated with caramelized sugar.

Turon is also one of the most common street foods in the Philippines, sold in many common vendors. It is a simple dessert and uses cheap but plentiful ingredients.

Ginataang Bilo-Bilo

Ginataang bilo-bilo or glutinous rice balls cooked in coconut milk is a famous Filipino dessert traditionally served during Good Friday of Holy Week and New Year.
"Ginataan" came from the word "gata" which is a coconut milk and "Bilo-bilo" came from the word "bilog" which means round.

It is made of rounded glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk with various slices of saba bananas and sweet potatoes, and other ingredients based on own preference like sago.

Bilo-bilo can also be served as snacks. It is a delicious, thick, rich and creamy food. It is good to eat this dessert after school or after coming from home, especially if you have a hard day. Nothing's more comforting than a bowl of a satisfying and warm ginataang bilo-bilo.

Ube Halaya

Ube halaya, distinguished by its purple color, is a famous Philippine dessert . "Ube" means purple yam and "Halaya" means jelly or mash. It has a smooth textured and can be eaten as snacks. It is also a main base in purple yam flovored-pastries and ice cream and it can also be incorporated in other desserts such as halo-halo.

Ube halaya o halayang ube is a dessert made from mashed purple yam, that is mixed with sweetened condensed milk or sweetened coconut milk and butter. It is stirred vigorously until thickened, when it is left to cool. Ube halaya is usually refrigerated and served cold. It is also often topped with browned grated coconut, Latik, cheese and condense milk.

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