This summer is getting hotter and hotter everyday!!! Our house does not have the best ventilation and 24/7 air-conditioning is out of the question =(. I cannot but think about making my version of Razon’s Halo-Halo (literally, mix-mix) every minute of everyday. If only the calories melt away with the passive sweat! I am trying to lose weight and I cannot afford to indulge on this sweet cold treat that I know will only make me want more. Nonetheless, I want to share with you my recipe for this Creamy Halo-Halo just like Razon’s.
I was just planning on making this for my family a few days ago but the ingredients I had were enough for three more bowls. I managed to fight off the temptation to enjoy a bowl for several hours but my knees finally went weak and I gave in. I finished a big bowl and it was so good! So comforting! I had temporary refuge from the heat. The calories were worth it after all =p.
I like my Halo-Halo to be creamy and simple like the one by Razon’s. The recipe I’m sharing now is actually a try at hacking it, hehe. Of course, it is easy to see what mix-ins they use. Razon’s Halo-Halo has macapuno preserves, sweetened banana (saba) and leche flan. For this particular recipe though, I used macapuno preserves, leche flan, ube jam and pastillas as mix-ins. Pastillas? Yes, you read it right. I got this brilliant idea from Kabigting. They offer another delicious version of Halo-Halo using soft Carabao’s milk pastillas, mashed sweetened red beans and cream of corn. Head over to Guiltless Getaways for an inside look at how they prepare their Halo-Halo. In this light, you can use whatever mix-in you prefer. As you can see, I did not stay true with Razon’s mix-ins =p. I had to add some of the ube jam I bought from Good Shepherd when I went to Baguio recently because well, it’s delicious! ^_^
Anyways, the mystery of Razon’s Halo-Halo lies in the creaminess of the milk. I went on a journey of discovering their secret about three years ago when I embarked on selling Halo-Halo for that summer. I called it White Halo-Halo to distinguish it from the more widespread colorful variety. So I actually began my entrepreneurial journey with Halo-Halo. So what’s the secret? After much thinking and experimenting, I found that adding sweetened condensed milk and all purpose cream on top of the usual evaporated milk makes Halo-Halo ultra creamy and yummy! Make sure to try this at home to taste for yourself and let me know about your experience on the comments below.
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- Ice (shaved)
- Kremdensada (Sweetened Condensed Milk + All Purpose Cream)
- Evaporated Filled Milk
- Macapuno Preserves
- Leche Flan
- Ube Jam (Purple Yam)
- Freeze a can of Kremdensada
- Place a portion of each mix-in in a bowl
- Top with shaved ice
- Pour in Evaporated Filled Milk
- Top with frozen Kremdensada
- I intentionally did not place any measurements here because it is up to your preference. You can use any mix-in you want and make it as creamy and milky as you like. You have the freedom to adjust amounts according to your own liking. Just make sure to use shaved ice rather than crushed ice for a smoother mix.