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A bowl of Haluhalo
Course Dessert
Place of origin Philippines
Region or state Philippines
Main ingredients Shaved ice, milk, various fruits
Cookbook: Haluhalo  Media: Haluhalo

Haluhalo or Halo-halo (Tagalog: [haluˈhalo], "mixed together") is a popular Filipino dessert with mixtures of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans, jello and fruits. It is served in a tall glass or bowl.

Ingredients include boiled sweetened kidney beans, sweetened garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains sweetened with sugar, jackfruit (langkâ), gulaman, tapioca, nata de coco, sweet potato (kamote), cheese, pounded crushed young rice (pinipig). Most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, purple yam (ubeng pula), or ice cream. Evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving.

It is usually incorrectly spelled as "Halo-halo" (popularized by Chowking), but it is actually "Haluhalo" according to the Commission on the Filipino Language for it to not be confused with the Filipino word "halo-halo" meaning mixed up.

In popular culture[edit]

Haluhalo was featured as a Quickfire Challenge dish in the seventh episode of the fourth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The haluhalo, which featured avocado, mango, kiwi and nuts, was prepared by Filipino-American contestant Dale Talde and named as one of the top three Quickfire Challenge dishes by guest judge Johnny Iuzzini of Jean-Georges. Talde also made the dish in a later episode.[1]

Haluhalo was featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown when its host Anthony Bourdain visited a Jollibee branch in Los Angeles. Bourdain praised the dessert and even posted a photo of Jollibee’s haluhalo on his Twitter account, which he described as "oddly beautiful."[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Restaurant". Taldebrooklyn.com. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  2. ^ Flores, Helen. "Jollibee in LA gets thumbs up". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anthony Bourdain tries Jollibee halo-halo". ABS-CBN News. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 

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