The Caramel and White Halo-Halo

Halo-halo is a popular dessert in the Philippines. The halo-halo I’m used to is a mix of crushed ice, evaporated milk, different beans, kaong, nata de coco, different types of gulaman, pinipig, langka, then topped with ube ice cream and a cube of leche flan. It’s a colorful delight and a perfect companion during summer.

So when my husband asked me to try Razon’s halo-halo a few months ago, I was game for it. But upon learning it was a very simple mix of saba bananas, shredded macapuno, leche flan, milk and ice, I wondered what was so special about it. Was that really halo-halo?, I wondered. No rainbow colors like the typical halo-halo? Just a mix of caramels and whites? Hmm. I shrugged and said I’d try it anyway. spoonful of that Razon’s halo-halo and BAM! I was in halo-halo love with this dessert. The mix of the saba, macapuno and milk was simple but plenty delicious. The blend was perfect! The shaved ice downplayed the sweetness of the macapuno, the creamy milk complemented the sweet bananas. Simple ingredients, fantastic taste. This broke my halo-halo stereotype.

While I still love the typical colorful halo-halo, Razon’s is way up there on my dessert list now. The colorful halo-halo I can get anywhere. This caramel and white halo-halo though, I can only get at Razon’s.

6 Comments so far

  1. Tina (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 10:44 am

    Razon’s Halo Halo is love. ♥

  2. melancolia (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    i wonder how much is Razon’s halo-halo. Is it much cheaper than the usual halo-halo we Pinoys know judging from the lesser contents?

  3. toni (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    Melancolia: It costs P60 — but the price of halo-halo in different restaurants all vary! So if we compare this versus our neighborhood halo-halo, it will be very pricey. But if compared to halo-halo in restaurants, it costs the same if not a wee bit cheaper. I don’t think we can judge it by the lesser contents though! Pinipig and gulaman are kinda cheap and the ingredients in halo-halo are a little of this and that; Razon’s has a lot of saba and macapuno, so it just kinda balances out. ;)

  4. Frances (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 1:12 am

    The prices at the different Razon’s branches depend on the location. Probably those found in fast food places, like the ones in Megamall and Robinson’s Galleria, will have lower (just a bit) prices than the Julia Vargas branch.

    When I heard about Razon’s I was skeptical why people were raving about their halo-halo when it only has a few ingredients compared to the usual halo-halo. Now that I’ve tried Razon’s the colorful halo-halo just doesn’t taste as nice for me. I love how Razon’s halo-halo allows you to appreciate the taste of each of its few ingredients without overwhelming your taste buds. It’s simply refreshing. =)

  5. KATHRYN (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 3:43 am

    Whenever I am back in the Philippines, I love to hang out in Galleria even just to eat Razon’s halo2. I have tried other restaurant’s halo2 due its number of ingredients and hoping that it would outbest Razon’s to my dismay… I was going through my usual tambay vacation day in my fave mall and tried this by accident since I was in to find out the best halo2 in that mall….I have treated my family and friends to this which at first they seem not eager by the looks of it but as the saying goes…Don’t judge the book by its cover! ..Now, they are an avid fan of my fave snack in Manila, be it sunny or rainy. And they would not mind having a second round of halo2 as long as I am paying for it. Hay naku! I now have to do my own version of halo2 since I wont be in the Philippines for quite some time. Oh well, I hope I could crack a formula close to that..

  6. jencc (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 9:32 pm

    love this halo halo, it’s the only kind i eat!

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