St. Patrick’s Day Halo-Halo

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Halo what?

If you don’t know what halo-halo is, it is one of my favorite filipino deserts.  Halo-halo means “mixed together” and is considered an extremely refreshing filipino treat, especially on a hot and humid day!  Why is it so refreshing?  The core of its refreshment is shaved ice.  However, instead of a typical summer shaved ice treat being covered with a sweet sugary flavored syrup, halo-halo consists of a mix of a variety of sweets and fruits (which can include sweet beans, coconut jells, jackfruit, plaintains, and more) underneath a mound of shaved ice and glazed with evaporated milk and more sweets (notably ice cream, leche flan, and/or ube)! If you Google “halo-halo”, you’ll see tons of pictures of how colorful this dessert can be depending on the ingredients you include in it.  The variety of combinations of fruits and sweets is not restricted…basically, whatever fruits and sweets you truly like, just throw it in!

Boom!  You’ve got halo-halo.

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, and mint chocolate chip ice cream being one of my favorites, I decided to make myself a St. Patrick’s Day version of halo-halo.  I prefer it over Shamrock shakes any day!  If you aren’t a fan of mint-chocolate flavor, this probably isn’t for you!  But I love it!

St. Patrick’s Day Halo-Halo

Ingredients

  • Mint-chocolate chip ice cream
  • Coconut ice cream (if you can easily find some!)
  • Shaved Ice
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Condensed Milk
  • Coconut gel or macapuno (young coconut) strings
  • Cooked plantain (or sliced banana to make it easier)
  • Puffed rice cereal
  • Green food coloring (if you want to add more green!)

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All of the ingredients I chose are ones you should be able to easily find no matter where you live, with the exception of coconut gel.  I like the combination of coconut, chocolate, and mint. You should be able to find coconut gel (cubes of coconut gelatin already in green coloring!) in a local Asian store, especially if it is a filipino grocery store.

Fill the bottom of a bowl or glass with coconut gel.
Fill the bottom of a bowl or glass with coconut gel.

 

Add several slices (I used half a banana) of banana or cooked plantain.
Add several slices (I used half a banana) of banana or cooked plantain.

 

Top with shaved ice.  Shaved ice is best, but if you are in a hurry, crushed ice from your fridge will work!
Top with shaved ice. Shaved ice is best, but if you are in a hurry, crushed ice from your fridge will work!

 

Drizzle top of ice with some evaporated milk (however much you want!) and condensed milk (adds yummy sweetness!).
Drizzle top of ice with some evaporated milk (however much you want!) and condensed milk (adds yummy sweetness!).

 

Top with scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream and coconut ice cream.
Top with scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream and coconut ice cream.

 

Pinipig (crushed young rice)  is usually used at this point, but I mixed some puffed rice cereal with a tiny amount of green food coloring.  It adds a nice crunch and textture to the halo-halo!
Pinipig (crushed young rice) is usually used at this point, but I mixed some puffed rice cereal with a tiny amount of green food coloring. It adds a nice crunch and textture to the halo-halo!

 

That’s it!  Many people like to start mixing the layers of ingredients before they start eating.  I tend to like to taste some of the ingredients individually before I dive in and turn it all into a shake!

Enjoy!

~Lani

 

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2 Comments

  1. I love halo-halo! I always have to request for no coconut because I’m allergic. But so clever to use with mint chocolate chip ice cream (or any ice cream flavor)! Every time I’ve had it, they used ube ice cream. Yum!

    1. Thanks! I haven’t heard of too many people having coconut allergies. I love coconut! My second daughter was allergic to almost every food before and we avoided coconut along with her other allergens. Now that she can eat it, she doesn’t want to try it! I love halo-halo with ube ice cream! Chunks of leche flan make it awesome too! Thanks for dropping by!