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
- 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!)
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.
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!