Summer in the Philippines can be scorching. With a temperature of up to 32 °C, Filipinos are looking for ways to beat the heat. And beat the heat, we do. From the all-time favorite halo-halo to the famous dream cake, here are the top 6 Filipino hot summer desserts to offer your customers.
1. Famous Filipino Halo-Halo Dessert
When summer is mentioned, a typical Filipino would instantly think of halo-halo.
It’s not just famous during summer, though. Filipinos like to eat halo-halo all year round. Due to this, many restaurants and fast-food chains like Chowking, Kuya J, Mang Inasal, and Razon’s include halo-halo in their menus.
Halo-halo is usually made by placing sweetened bananas, gelatin, pearls, beans, nata de coco (coco jelly), and sugar at the bottom of a cup. Shaved ice and evaporated milk are added. It’s then topped off with ice cream.
You can make your halo-halo special by adding leche flan and sprinkling pinipig (pounded rice flakes) on top of the ice cream.
2. Ice Cream
Next on our list of top summer desserts is the undying ice cream.
This dessert is so famous in the Philippines. “Dirty ice cream” is commonly sold on the streets.
Don’t worry, because it’s not dirty. The term describes ice cream that comes from deep metal containers instead of those sold in tubs.
While dirty ice cream is cheaper, it doesn’t lack flavor. Of course, it’s up to you whether you want to sell dirty or fancy ice cream.
Here’s our own mango ice cream recipe.
You can easily change the ice cream’s flavor by substituting mango with other fruits (e.g. pineapple, strawberry, blueberry) and the mango flavoring with another (e.g. pineapple flavoring, strawberry flavoring, blueberry flavoring).
3. All-time Favorite Samalamig Cooler
The color of the gelatin usually matches the drink’s flavor. For instance, buko pandan samalamig comes with green gelatin.
The most famous samalamig is sago’t gulaman (pearls and gelatin). While most samalamigs require milk, sugar, and water as a base, this doesn’t. Instead, it calls for brown sugar, water, and vanilla extract.
4. Icebox Cake
Another popular hot summer dessert is icebox cake. It is a Filipino party staple, so you can make a serious profit by selling it.
Icebox cake is easy to make. Plus, it doesn’t take long to make.
All you have to do is layer graham crackers, the main ingredient (e.g., mango or fruit cocktail), and a mix of cream & condensed milk. The icebox cake should then be left inside the fridge until it hardens.
5. Dream Cake
Last on our list is another type of cake.
The dream cake has been famous in the country for a few years. Like the icebox cake, you don’t need to bake this cake.
Usually composed of 5 layers, the dream cake is a dream come true for chocolate lovers.
Chocolate cake composes its first layer. The next layer contains chocolate frosting. Chocolate goo is the second layer, followed by a layer of the chocolate disc. Lastly, the cake is dusted using cocoa powder.
For more details on how to make this summer dessert, here’s our beloved dream cake recipe.
5. Mais Con Yelo
Mais con yelo is a delightful Filipino dessert that beats the summer heat. This refreshing treat consists of sweet corn kernels mixed with creamy milk, sugar, shaved ice, and sometimes topped with a scoop of ice cream. The name “Mais con yelo” literally means “corn with ice” in Spanish, and it’s a popular dessert found all over the Philippines.
To make mais con yelo, cook fresh or canned corn kernels until tender. Then, mix condensed, evaporated, and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add the cooked corn to the milk mixture and stir until well combined. Next, shave ice into a glass or bowl and pour the corn and milk mixture over the ice. If desired, add a scoop of ice cream on top for extra creaminess and flavor.
Mais con yelo is typically served in small plastic cups or glasses, but you can also get creative with your presentation. Some people like to serve it in mason jars or other unique containers. This delightful dessert is a favorite among Filipinos of all ages, and it’s easy to see why. Combining sweet corn, creamy milk, and icy shaved ice creates a refreshing and satisfying treat for cooling down on a hot summer day. Whether in the Philippines or abroad, mais con yelo is a must-try dessert sure to please.
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