Summer is inarguably the most looked-forward season by Filipinos. From hitting the beach to swim and dive, joining sports activities like volleyball and basketball to taking road trips and being adventurous, summertime is considered as the busiest, most enjoyable time in the country.
What Are The Favorite Summer Food Snacks By Pinoys
The season is not complete without these Philippine food snacks. From street stands and sari-sari stores to dining establishments and restaurants, the variety of these favorite desserts never wavers. It is not surprising because Pinoys are known for creativity. Not to mention, having great appetites too!
Get acquainted with the Philippine culture with these Pinoy summer desserts.
- Halo-halo. Literally translated to “mix-mix”, halo-halo is considered by many as the ultimate Filipino dessert. This cold and refreshing snack is a mixture of crushed ice, evaporated milk, boiled sweet beans, jello, pinipig (pounded dried rice), leche flan (cream caramel flan) and a lot of fruit flavors from macapuno (coconut meat), langka (jackfruit) and ube (sweet purple yam) topped with ice cream. Other varieties include cheese, kaong (sugar palm fruit), nata de coco, and kamote (sweet potato). It is usually served in a tall glass or bowl and a long teaspoon or big spoon. It is coined with the name because once all the ingredients are in, you mix them together and break them down before eating it.
- Ice candy. An ice candy is frozen refreshment packaged in a transparent plastic case or bag with a dimension of about 1.5 to 10 inches. The most common flavors are chocolate (or cocoa) and fruits. Almost any fruit can be made into ice candies – mango, melon, and orange. Others get creative by creating langka- (jackfruit), munggo (mung bean), malunggay (moringa), kalabasa (squash) and durian-flavored ones.
- Mais con yelo. “Corn with ice” in English, it is a sweet and cold beverage made of shaved or cubed ice, corn kernels, sugar and evaporated milk. Corn flakes or pinipig (pounded dried rice) is sometimes added to increase the flavor and texture. It is a simple variation of the popular halo-halo, only with lesser ingredients.
- Ice scramble. Also known as iskrambol in Tagalog, it is a concoction of shaved ice, sugar and powdered milk with a use of a blender. It was originally in pink color with no toppings but as time passes by, it has now evolved to having a chocolate flavor (chocolate syrup) or mixtures of vanilla or banana extracts, marshmallows and fruits. It is served in small-sized disposable plastic cups and plastic teaspoons or straws.
- Palamig (or Sago’t Gulaman). Translated as “refreshment”, Palamig is available almost everywhere in the country. Made of brown sugar, cold water, sago (tapioca pearls), and gulaman (gelatin), it is served either in large plastic cups or plastic cases wider than those used in ice candies, and straw. It is a perfect match to siomai and other street foods like fish balls and kikiams.