6 Must Try Filipino Desserts for your Sweet Tooth

Philippines has a beautiful list for amazing Filipino cuisines especially desserts! Since rice is the prime or staple ingredient for many of their dessert items, the list is delicious and interesting. So check them out below..

#1 Bibingka –


What is it: This is a Traditional Filipino Rice Cake. It is eaten for breakfast in most households during the Christmas season, having rice flour and coconut milk as its main ingredients. It was traditionally served in a terra cotta pot lined with banana leaves. Some have tried to establish a connection between Bibingka and the Goan dessert Bebinca, mentioning that the Portuguese might have introduced this delicacy in the South East. However, they are two different desserts, the only similarity being that coconut milk is used in the making of both.

What does it taste like: Soft and spongy just as rice pudding, mostly eaten warm or hot.

#2 Pitsi-Pitsî (Pichi Pichi) –

What is it: It is a Gelatinous Steamed Dessert, which is often consumed as a mid-afternoon snack, it is a jelly-like dessert made with grated cassava as well as sugar. When the mixture is steamed, a coating of grated coconut is added to enhance its taste.

What does it taste like: Sticky and mildly sweet, tasting the best when eaten on the same day of its preparation.

#3 Maja Blanca –


What is it: A delicious coconut pudding, mostly served during holidays and festivals, particularly Christmas. Besides coconut milk, that forms its primary ingredient, cornstarch and condensed milk is also included. Though corn kernels are not a part of the traditional Maja Blanca; they are often added at present, transforming the name of the dish to Maja blanca maíz or Maja maíz.

What does it taste like: Having a rich texture, it is creamy though not too sweet. The corn kernels give it a soft, juicy flavor, while the toppings of latik if at all added (coconut cream) makes it crunchy.

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#4 Halo-Halo –

What is it: A cold and tasty Filipino dessert; having evaporated milk, crushed ice, sweetened beans, pinipig rice (glutinous rice), gulaman (agar), and fruit slices as its main ingredients. A dollop of ice cream added as a garnish enriches its taste further. It was invented during the 1920s or 30s and has attained popularity in America as well as other parts of the world.

What does it taste like: Just like its presentation, which is a fusion of everything; its taste is also a mixed one, milky, creamy, toasty and nutty. The addition ice cream enhances its flavor to the fullest.

#5 Buko –

What is it: A delicious sweet salad having shredded coconut (buko) as its prime ingredient alongside a host of fruits like pineapple and strawberry chunks.

What does it taste like: Often served for birthdays and special occasions it would be a chewy and sweet fusion, making your mouth water to the fullest.

#6 Puto – 

What is it: A steamed rice cake often coupled with savory dishes, it is said to be influenced by the Indian sweet dish putu.

What does it taste like: Soft and moist, just like freshly cooked rice.

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Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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