My top 10 favourite traditional Filipino sweets and desserts
The Philippines has many sweet treats to offer. With many cultural influences throughout its history, there's a wealth of interesting sweets
Dessert is the last course of the meal; and some people consider this the best part. Well, who wouldn’t? I think it is — especially if we are talking about Filipino desserts.
Desserts are usually served right after lunch or dinner, but Filipinos are known for not adhering to the standard mealtimes (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Instead they have what they call “merienda” in the morning and in the mid-afternoon.
Being an archipelago with different regions, the Philippines offers a wide variety of specialty desserts made primarily of rice, coconut and fruits that are widespread in this tropical country.
And because I have a sweet tooth, I am always looking for dessert or anything sweet after eating. Let me introduce you to some of my favorite sweets and desserts, ranked from 10-1 (#1 being the absolute best).
Kutsinta (cuchinta) are Filipino steamed cakes made with flour, tapioca flour, and brown sugar. Soft, chewy and topped with grated coconut, and sometimes spread with dulce de leche on top. They’re a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert.
9. Halo Halo
Halo halo is a popular Filipino summer dessert made with crushed ice along with condensed milk and different types of sweet components including sweet plantain, sweetened sweet potato, sweetened mung beans, sweetened white beans, sugar palm, coconut gel, purple yam, rice flakes, and leche flan.
8. Buko Pie
Buko Pie is one of the all-time favorite Flipino pies. This sweet and rich pie is made from young coconut meat which is locally known as Buko meat. It is often given as pasalubong, which is a gift for a family member or friend bought by a traveler returning from a trip.
7. Ginataang Mais
Ginataang Mais is a Filipino dessert and snack made from sticky rice, whole kernel corn and coconut milk. This is considered as a comfort food.
6. Ube Halaya
Ube halaya, also known as ube jam, is a Filipino dessert made from boiled and mashed purple yam, evaporated milk, and butter. Ube halaya is the main base in ube/purple yam flavored-pastries and ice cream. It can also be incorporated in other desserts such as halo halo.
5. Mais con Hielo
In the Philippines, mais con yelo is a traditional summer dessert of crushed ice layered with corn kernels and condensed milk.
4. Maja Blanca
Maja Blanca is a Filipino dessert made from coconut milk, cornstarch, whole corn kernel and sugar. It's often called Coconut Pudding.
3. Sapin Sapin
This is a simple twist to the normal sapin-sapin (layers). On the picture above, it’s been made thinner than usual and rolled as a twist. It comprises one main base made from glutinous rice flour and coconut milk. This delicious dessert dish is composed of three colored layers: Violet which is ube flavor, Yellow which is jackfruit and White which is coconut.
2. Buko Pandan
Buko Pandan a traditional Filipino Dessert made with pandan extract (from pandan leaves) agar-agar, coconut strings, tapioca pearls, evaporated milk, and condensed milk. This is a refreshing dessert to eat on a warm day.
1. Leche Flan
Every time I think of sweets, Leche Flan always appears in my mind. Obviously, it is my number 1 favorite. Leche Flan is a dessert made-up of eggs and milk with a soft caramel on top. It resembles crème caramel and caramel custard.
So that's it... My top 10 favourite sweets and desserts. Do you have any favourite local desserts from your country? if yes, comment your answer below.