Most Filipinos have sweet tooth and it shows on the foods that they serve in every meal and in every occasions. Filipino loves sweets like Leche Flan, Yema, Pastillas, and Buko Salad, Polvoron, Halo-halo and rice cakes.
THE FILIPINO DESSERTS
Leche Flan is a sweet made of egg yolk, milk and caramel. Leche Flan is a favorite Filipino dessert. It is usually served in special occasions like fiesta, Christmas, New Year and birthdays. Leche Flan is not only famous in the Philippines but also in other continents like Europe. It is also known as caramel custard.
Yema is a dessert made of egg yolk and condensed milk and sometimes other ingredients are being added for some added flavors like chopped peanuts and langka. Yema are being cooked by mixing the condensed milk and egg yolk and in a hot pan. Mix it until they blend very well. Yema are being served as a candy ball with a stick on it or being wrapped by colorful cellophane. Yema are usually put up for sale in a market, grocery or small store.
Pastillas is a milk candy because it is composed of two kinds of milk, powdered milk and condensed milk. Making Pastillas does not need any cooking method; the milk must be combine and mix well to achieve the right consistency. It is mold to whatever desired shape then roll it in a sugar and it is ready to serve. Pastillas are also good for business because it is easy to do and the ingredients are not expensive you can sell it in a cheap price and you can easily sell it all.
It is a Filipino dessert that uses shredded Buko or coconut. Aside from the Buko, Buko Salad’s ingredients includes choices of fruits, cream and condensed milk sometimes they also put cheese on it depending on your taste. Buko Salad does not need any cooking method. All the ingredients are put together and mix in a bowl then the mixture will be put in the freezer to chill. Buko salad is better to serve when it is chill. Buko Salad is usually serves when there is a special occasion.
Polvoron is also considered a sweet candy that we can usually found in a store. It is made up of all purpose flour, powdered milk, sugar and butter. All the ingredients are being mix together and mold using a Polvoron molder then put it in Japanese paper or in colored cellophane. Today, the Polvoron has many variations of flavors like pinipig, peanuts, cookies and cream, ube, chocolate, langka and many more.
Halo-halo is a favorite Filipino dessert mainly because The Philippines is a tropical country and Halo-halo helps to cool people because of the shredded ice in it. Halo-halo is composed of shredded ice, milk and various ingredients such as kaong, sweet beans, red beans, sliced bananas, sliced sweet potatoes, sago, jellies, nata de coco, macapuno, langka and pinipig. Then the toppings are Leche flan, ube and if it is special a choice of ice cream flavor will be added as a topping.
Filipino Rice Cake
Rice Cake is a popular Filipino dessert because you can easily buy it in the market. It is made of rice and added with a sweetener. It is mix and mold into shapes. Filipino rice cakes are also known as Kakanin. There are different kinds of Filipino rice cakes such as Puto, Kutchinta, Kalamay, Bibingka, Sapin-sapin and Suman.
THE PURPOSE OF THE DESSERTS
Some foods have its after taste that is really off in our taste buds, the dessert helps us to take it off. And there is also something about sweets that can make people happy and to take off the stress. Different Filipino desserts also represent one place in the Philippines because each place has its own kind of Filipino desserts and tourists make sure that they bring some sweet delicacies back home.