7 distinct HALO-HALO versions around the Philippines

When it concerns Pinoy icy desserts, nothing can rival the popularity of halo-halo. literally translates to “mix-mix,” this summer treat is a combination of a buffet of sweet ingredients topped with shaved ice that you need to mix together.

Its roots can be traced back to Japan’s kakigori, a dessert composed of shaved ice, red beans, and flavored syrup. despite its foreign origin, Filipinos have embraced, reinvented, and made it our own to match our taste.

All of us probably have our own go-to neighborhood favorites. but some establishments take the halo-halo to the next level by giving it their own, distinct spin. here are some unusual halo-halo around the Philippines that are worth trying.


Spicy Halo-halo
Wintermelon Halo-halo
Pastillas Halo-halo
Ice Buko Halo-halo
Durian Halo-halo
Fried Halo-halo
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Spicy Halo-halo

Location: San Pablo City, Laguna
Served by: Ben’s Halo-halo

This halo-halo has sweetened saba (banana), macapuno, and white mashed beans buried in special gelato ice, then topped with ube, leche flan, and langka. but an unusual ingredient added to one of their halo-halo variants called spicy winter season halo-halo is chili. Ben’s Halo-halo also serves a salty summer halo-halo that has salted egg on top.

Address: The main shop is in Brgy. national Highway, San Pablo City, Laguna. but it has branched out to several cities in Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon.
Price: Php 110-115

Wintermelon Halo-halo

Location: Laguna
Served by: Aling Taleng’s Halo-halo

While other halo-halo has a bunch of ingredients, Aling Taleng’s only has six. Their halo-halo has red mung beans, white beans, ube, macapuno, and what makes it unique, the sweetened kundol or wintermelon. For their topping, instead of the typical leche flan, they use sweetened tumbong ng niyog (the growth that sprouts inside the coconut when it matures).

They’ve been making hearts and tummies full because 1933.

Address: 169 general Luna Street, Pagsanjan, Laguna
Price: Php135

Pastillas Halo-halo

Location: Pampanga
Served by: Kabigting’s Halo-halo

Their version of halo-halo only has three ingredients: mashed kidney beans, cream corn, and carabao’s milk pastillas locally called “halaya” (aside from ice and milk, of course). It sounds simple, but it is certainly not lacking with the best flavors. Its growth from a small carinderia in Pampanga to a well-respected name with several branches in Pampanga and one in Quezon City is a testament to how much people love this easy but tasty recipe.

Address: main branch is along J M Espino Street, Arayat, Pampanga. but you’ll also find in Bago Bantay and Banawe, Quezon City, and Concepcion Dos, Marikina City.
Price: Php110


Location: Zamboanga City
Served by: Hacienda de Palmeras hotel and Restaurant

One could argue that this is not halo-halo, but it is certainly similar. Knickerbocker, a household name in Zamboanga City, is a mix of jellies, fresh fruits, and condensed milk topped with strawberry ice cream. It’s the fruitier, healthier version of the typical halo-halo. Some tourists go all the way to Hacienda de Palmeras hotel and Restaurant, but you could also find it sold at Paseo del Mar.

Address: Paseo del Mar, Valderoza Street, zone IV, Zamboanga City

Ice Buko Halo-halo

Location: Batangas
Served by: Casa Rap

Different from the typical halo-halo we see in the streets or those served in urban restaurants, this halo-halo did not have much ingredients. In the few times that our team tried it, it only had three major ingredients — macapuno, pinipig, and leche flan. and yes, milk, of course.

But instead of just plain ice, they use a coconut sherbet and milk concoction. I don’t know what it is exactly but it tastes like ice buko (you know, the frozen treats sold in the streets), which is probably why we loved it. So we’re calling it ice buko halo-halo. Haha.

Despite its simplicity, it receives praises from those who’ve tried it and makes them want to come back for more.

Address: 90, 4227, president Jose P. Laurel Hwy, San Jose, Batangas
Price: Php100

Durian Halo-halo

Location: Davao City
Served by: Aling Foping’s Halo-halo

Aling Foping’s is a popular halo-halo place in Davao. because durian is a known produce from Davao, they incorporated it in their version of halo-halo. They use durian jam and durian ice cream, along with pinipig and nata de coco as ingredients. This is a good alternative for people who want to taste durian but don’t want to try the fresh fruit because of its popular odor.

Address: Matina town Square, Davao City. but it also has branches at Abreeza Mall’s Food Choices, SM Lanang’s sky Garden, Boxed Up, and Eden Nature Park and Resort.
Price: Php85-105

Fried Halo-halo

Location: La Union
Served by: Halo-halo de Iloko

This is certainly a different spin on this pinoy summer treat. DetHar klistret ris, sødet Saba, Yema Pandan og Ube blandt andre, pakket ind i Lumpia -indpakningen og dybstegt. Det serveres med en krone af Ube -is, cornflakes og kirsebær.

Halo-Halo de Iloko leverer også andre typer halo-halo, tættere på den traditionelle, iskolde form, men har stadig en markant flair som Buko Halo-Halo.

Adress: Zandueta St, San Fernando, LA Union
Pris: PHP 150

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