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Blame Chowking…

That’s what the Commission on Language has done… placed the blame on the fast-food chain for popularizing the “halo-halo” spelling for this icy concoction.

No, no, no… says the Commission.. We spell this as haluhalo in standard practice — no hyphen, with a “u” there instead of an “o.” It’s a noun.

The only time we use the spelling halo-halo (hyphenated, with two o’s) is when it’s an adjective describing something else. For example: halo-halong opinyon, meaning “mixed opinions.”

For those just tuning in to Filipino food… Haluhalo is the shaved-ice dessert of the Philippines… South Korea has patbingsu, defined in its name by the red beans… the Philippines has haluhalo, which is literally a hodgepodge of ingredients. In Tagalog, the word halo means “mix” so halohalo is mix-mix… Make that haluhalo.


HaluHalo recipe from the 1940s


10 saging, 4 na sintunis o naranghita, 1/2 papaya, 2 tsiko, mani, asukal “suchar” na katamtaman

Talupan ang saging, sintunis, papaya at tsiko. Pagkatapos ay gayatin nang nauuko sa halo-halo.

Ilagay ang mani sa ibabaw ng ensalada.


  • Kaong
    Posted in: Fruits

    Kaong is the fruit of the sugar palm tree whose scientific name is Arenga pinnata. Translucently white in color and chewy in texture, the cute-sized fruits of the kaong are a popular ingredient in haluhalo, together with macapuno and nata de coco.

  • Classic Tall Glass for Haluhalo
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks, Recipes

    Photo by Tarshera of HALUHALO, an icy Filipino treat that is most popular during the very hot summer season in the Philippines, in April and May. It’s a hodgepodge of sweetened preserved fruits, evaporated milk, and crushed ice topped with ice cream or leche flan.

  • Nata de Coco by Dole for Japan
    Nata de Coco
    Posted in: General Info

    Nata is the Spanish word for cream, but Nata de Coco is more like cubes of coconut-flavored gelatin. The gel is cultured from coconut water.