5 Popular Delicious Desserts in the Philippines

Food. Trying out foods in every country you travel is a must thing to do. Of course you will have to eat but more than that, you have to know what the foods that are popular in a country are. Some are simple desserts that cost an average, some could make you spend a hundred bucks for tasting these foods. Some are served expensively at restaurants but it can be simplified.

The simplified version of the food-combining-technique is merely to avoid handing out much money than some people can afford. In fact, you can even make it at home. What you’re paying at restaurants are their space, their services, and all that. I’m not saying to avoid expensive ones but this might be a help especially when you’re traveling with a budget but still want to try some of delicious Filipino desserts.

1. Halo-Halo

Melton’s Halo-Halo, Foursquare.com

Any blog from the Philippines posting about desserts will never forget writing about Halo-Halo as a favourite and popular dessert in the Philippines. As most of you know, the weather is hot in the country so the Filipinos made something brilliant to release the heat of the weather and one of those is eating this mouth-watering Halo-Halo. It is served by mixed of fruits, a scoop or two of an ice cream, condensed milk, and served with ice to chill.

I have to mention that especially during summer at times it starts with the month of March then extends early June, neighboring houses sell Halo-Halo to gain income. Taking advantage of the weather, the business of selling Halo-Halo is a common thing.

2. Mango Float

Yup! Mango it is. Mango all over for this dessert. This is a frozen dessert that is made up of stacking graham crackers, next Nestle cream, then put the sliced mangoes right after. It is also better if you put crashed Grahams to make it tastier. If you want to try making it by yourself, make sure to keep it in the freezer for at least 2-3 hours.

The Filipinos will have this most commonly during fiestas since mangoes are not that hard to find and buy in the country, then they do most of their dessert making involving mangoes all year round.

3. Silvanas

Sans Rival Bistro, Foursquare.com

Sans Rival Bistro, Foursquare.com

Silvanas is a frozen cookie butter cream sandwich that every individual will love. Famous in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Silvanas has even made popular because of the people leaving from Dumaguete who would buy Silvanas and share them to their families. Not only in Dumaguete. It is also available in other cities and provinces.

There are 2 flavors that I know but some have quite expanded it. Chocolate and butter-cream flavors are most tasted. A box of Silvanas in Sans Rival in Dumaguete would cost only P140.00 and that has 12 butter-cream cookies in it already. A savoury dessert that comes along each meal. Wow! That would be an addiction if that happens.

4. Leche Flan

One of the classical Filipino dessert, Leche Flan has been around the table for so long among Filipino families. This is crème caramel in English language I suppose. The dessert is mixed with eggs, milk, and sugar. So you would expect that the taste is sweet and caramel like. The color is brownish and a little bit shiny.

The smoothest and creamiest among all Filipino desserts. That’s the good part. As you are served with it, you will be filled with delight and just wants to eat and order more. Some people are not into sweets, but this dessert is best for those people who are sweet-toothed. Perfect for Christmas and New Year. Not common during birthdays, I don’t know why.

5. Buko Salad

Credits to: angsarap.net

Credits to: angsarap.net

This one is my favourite among the 5. You certainly could tell the reason why Buko Salad is well-known in the Philippines. The coconut trees that stands in every island, every land, and in every site is the reason for making this dessert. The main ingredient is shredded coconut and sweetened condensed milk.

These 2 are the main ingredients but you can also add sugar and varieties of fruits that are available in the Philippines like mangoes and cheese. I like most adding corn to it. Satiety level is up since the coconut satisfies your craving and hunger. It’s especially flooded with Buko salad during Christmas and special holidays.


Every Filipino household has their own way of achieving different taste according to their own satisfaction. Always know that even these desserts are different in a way a person cooks, its taste classical and original taste will never fade. Try these Filipino desserts and it will leave you craving for more. Chilled, sweet, smooth, and healthy!


Shenna is a registered nurse in the Philippines. She's on her early 20's and have been travelling. She writes articles about travel to share her opinions, experiences, and likes and dislikes about the places that she has been to. She has been working as a freelancer writing articles from USA employers and in other countries. She has been to different places in the Philippines. Her Goal is to travel outside especially in Europe and in USA.