5 Desserts to Cool Off This Summer

Take a break from the heat and treat yourself to these Filipino favorites.

By Mathew S. Chan
April 16, 2015

The summer heat can be brutal, and if you’re not careful you can suffer greatly. Besides doing these things to cool you off, it’s always a good idea to have a cold treat that lowers your body temperature and satisfies your sweet tooth. Check out these 5 Filipino desserts that can help you out.

Halo-halo is probably the most famous Filipino dessert of them all. It is literally a mix of several different ingredients including evaporated milk, crushed ice, ube, leche flan, sweet corn, gelatin, and beans that create a sweetly chilled dessert that you can eat at any time of the day. Most Filipino restaurants have this on their menu, and even street vendors and small establishments now serve this as the summer heat makes it much more popular and desirable.

2.    Ice Candy
Ice candy is a simple dessert that a lot of Filipinos grow up with. It comes in an array of flavors from the basic kinds like orange and grape to more unique flavors like coconut and ube. It’s really cheap to make, and if you can’t make it yourself, you can easily buy it at a supermarket or a neighborhood store.

3.    Mais Con Yelo
Mais con yelo is another simple Filipino dessert that you can either go out to buy or make at home. It is made from shaved ice, condensed or evaporated milk, and corn. You can mix it up by adding syrup and or adding sago (tapioca). If you aren’t a fan of corn, you can also do this with saba. Either way, it’s a tasty treat you’ll surely enjoy.

4.    Sago’t Gulaman
Sago’t gulaman makes for a tasty dessert and doubles as a refreshing drink as well. This dessert is made from shaved ice, caramel syrup, sago (tapioca), gulaman (gelatin), and just a pinch of vanilla. If you want a unique take on it, you can try adding some pandan leaves to give it a kick of flavor.

5.    Sorbetes
Another beloved Filipino dessert is sorbetes or simply known colloquially as “dirty ice cream.” You can find sorbetes vendors almost anywhere, and the distinct ring of their bell is like an answered prayer on a hot day. It comes in flavors like chocolate, cheese, mango, ube, macapuno, and even cookies and cream if you’re lucky. You can have it on a cone or in a cup. You can also make yourself a sorbetes sandwich. Large dollops of the ice cream on a nice soft pandesal just really hits the spot.