10 Quick and Easy Pinoy Summer Treats to Try at Home
May 13, 2021
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Summer has arrived for the second time around during the pandemic. With a community quarantine still in place, it’s yet another summer sans the outings and long vacation trips. But who says we can’t enjoy the season? On the brighter side of things, there are plenty of ways to have fun under the sun while staying healthy and safe. Start with some yummy summer treats!
What better way to keep cool under the sun’s sweltering heat than to enjoy some sweet summer treats at the comforts of your home? Nothing says summer than a bowl of halo-halo, a stick of ice drop, or a tube of ice candy. Although your favorite sorbetero or your old-time neighbor is not available at the moment to serve these ice-cold treats, preparing these Filipino summer favorites is as easy as 1-2-3. Not only will they keep you cool and refreshed, but making these treats can also be a fun bonding experience with your family and kids.
In the list below, we have gathered some of the most iconic Pinoy summer signatures to try in your kitchen. These recipes are easy to follow and do not require complicated ingredients. We have also included some of the more popular “pandemic” favorites that were a hit last summer. The guide below is tailored to be space-friendly, so whether you are staying at home or in your condo, you can quickly make these snacks in no time.
Top 10 Pinoy Summer Treats to try at home
Beat the heat with these cool and refreshing treats this summer. Follow these quick and easy recipes to give you that ultimate summer vibes at home albeit the pandemic.
A Korean-inspired type of coffee, Dalgona coffee became widely popular on social media during the height of the pandemic as it became the go-to coffee recipe of everyone staying at home. Literally a “whipped” coffee, Dalgona is instant coffee whipped continuously until it produces a frothy or foamy texture on top. It uses four simple ingredients namely instant coffee, sugar, milk, and water. Using a hand-mixer can help you in whipping, but you can also do it manually.
Tip: It’s never too late to join the #dalgonacoffeechallenge. Try out this cool and trendy craze perfect for your insta-worthy drink of the day. To get the full recipe of dalgona coffee, check Kawaling Pinoy or click here.
2. Ube Cheese Pandesal
Another food trend that set the social media world on fire during the pandemic is the Ube Cheese Pandesal. It gives a twist to the classic Filipino breakfast staple by adding an ube-flavor (purple yam) to the bread and an oozing cheese center. The popular recipe has a ton of different versions, varying from the use of fresh ube, ube halaya or sweet potatoes with ube.
Tip: The ube cheese pandesal is best enjoyed with a drink, either hot or cold coffee. To get the full recipe of the ube cheese pandesal, check Kawaling Pinoy or click here
3. Mango and Cream Cheese Turon
First popularized on social media, Mango Cream Cheese is slowly becoming a hit as more and more people discover this unique and one-of-a-kind Filipino dessert. A twist on the classic turon, this recipe uses mango instead of the usual banana, added with the goodness of cream cheese. If you’re looking for an exciting merienda to keep those pandemic blues away, try this sweet and crispy treat that is easy and affordable to prepare.
Tip: You can also experiment by using a different kind of cheese. To get the full recipe of mango and cream cheese turon, check Kawaling Pinoy or click here.
Perhaps the most popular Filipino summer dessert, Halo-halo is a combination of many assorted ingredients topped with crushed ice and milk. Depending on your preference, some of the more popular ingredients of halo-halo include beans, kaong, nata de coco, mongo, sago, pinipig etc. A special halo-halo has a leche flan or a scoop of ice cream on top.
Tip: You may also want to check another version of the classic halo-halo that only uses sweetened bananas and macapuno. To get the full recipe of the classic halo-halo, check Kawaling Pinoy or click here.Ice candy- You probably have your own memory of making ice candy back in the day when you were younger. Because it is so easy to make, many Filipino kids have experienced making and even selling ice candy in their own neighborhood. You can use any type of fruit juice or drink to make these yummy treats then just freeze overnight. You can also opt to use real fruits for more texture and flavor.
Tip: Buko ice candy is a popular ice candy flavor amongst kids. To get the full recipe of buko ice candy, check Panlasang Pinoy or click here.
5. Mais or Saba Con Yelo
Looking for a dessert to quenchyour summer thirst? Mais or saba caon yelo might just be the answer. This crowd-pleaser dessert never fails to give you a refreshing smile because of its sweet and cool taste. You can choose between mais (corn) and saba (banana) or any other fruit, then add crushed ice and milk. Others also add sago pearls.
Tip: Add a sprinkle of corn flakes or a scoop of ice cream to make your mais/ saba con yelo more special. To get the full recipe, check Yummy.ph or click here for mais con yelo and here for saba con yelo.
6. Sago’t gulaman
Sago’t gulaman reigns supreme in the ranks of Filipino refreshments. You can find it in almost every Filipino celebration be it a birthday, a fiesta, or a simple reunion. This popular thirst quencher is found mostly on streets, sold together with your favorite street food. Making sago’t gulaman only requires minimal ingredients like sago (tapioca pearls), gulaman (jelly), caramelized sugar, and ice. You can also add a few drops of vanilla extract for a more enhanced taste.
Tip: You can pair this budget-friendly beverage at home with other Filipino desserts like banana or camote que or turon. To get the full recipe of sago’t gulaman, check Kawaling Pinoy or click here.
7. Ice Scramble
Ice scramble, popularly known as “iskrambol,” is a popular cooler loved by kids because of its colorful appearance. The pink-colored treat is a local hack of shaved ice desserts made up ofpowdered milk, chocolate syrup, marshmallow for toppings, and some candy sprinkles. Too bad ice scramble vendors are probably not available this time because of the pandemic, but you can easily mix all the ingredients to come up with your own version. You can also personalize it by adding other ingredients like sago or black tapioca pearls.
Tip: There are many variations of ice scramble nowadays. There’s the popular strawberry ice scramble, but there are also other flavors like milo, ube, and pineapple. To get the full recipe of ice scramble, check Yummy.ph or click here.
8. Buko Pandan Salad
Want a refreshing treat that will both satisfy your sweet tooth and help you cool down from the summer heat? Having a buko pandan salad is just the right dessert for you. Buko or coconut brings the ultimate summer vibes. Eating it as a dessert will definitely be a refreshing delight. Try this party-favorite with these simple and easy-to-use ingredients: buko (young coconut) strips, sago, pandan leaves, gelatin, cream, and condensed milk. Buko Pandan Salad can be enjoyed as a dessert or an afternoon merienda (snack).
Tip: Make sure to serve it chilled to enjoy this delectable summer treat. To get the full recipe of Buko Pandan salad, check Kawaling Pinoy or click here.
9. Dirty Ice Cream or Sorbetes
Contrary to what its name suggests, this type of ice cream is absolutely not dirty. The term “dirty ice cream” was a moniker given by parents not wanting their kids to ask for money to buy ice cream sold on the street. Locally known as “sorbetes,” this ice cream is peddled by a sorbetero (vendor) by ringing a bell to signal its arrival. The most common flavors of sorbetes are cheese, ube, chocolate, avocado, and mango. You also have an option to use the regular wafer cone or the sweetened one. While the ringing of ice cream bells is a rare sound nowadays, we can still enjoy this popular dessert at home. Eating sorbetes on a hot summer day brings a lot of nostalgia of our childhood days.
Tip: Sorbetes can also be enjoyed with a sandwich bread or pandesal. Other vendors offer this option as an alternative to a cone. To get the full recipe of dirty ice cream or sorbetes, check Yummy.ph or click here.
Bonus: Another ice cream favorite by many Filipinos is the ice drop. It is basically ice cream on a stick but creamier and more flavorful. It comes in a variety of flavor like buko, cheese, pinipig, or chocolate, but the most popular one is monggo. To get the full recipe of ice drop, check Pagkaing Pinoy TV or click here.
Kitchen experiments are good bonding moments with your family during this pandemic. Take advantage of the time to unleash your inner chef or dessert master. If you’re new in the kitchen, you can follow many cooking and dessert making videos available online. Remember to follow health protocols even at home and you’re all set to enjoy the warm sunshine the summer season brings.
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