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November 17, 2008


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Mmmm . . . looks like a good dream. This speaks to my heart. It says, "Get off your butt and make some, already!" I've never made halo-halo myself, precisely because I don't have the hand-cranked ice shaver my parents would make me churn whenever we made halo-halo. It really is integral to the success of the dish. I wonder if you could just make a "water-only granita" to simulate shaved ice, or at least slushy ice. Kudos for putting ube ice cream, ube, and jackfruit in there. Those things, along with coconut palm fruit, made it for me.

What a pretty halo-halo! I find traditional halo-halo too "busy" for my taste, and prefer to just put a few choice ingredients in. Ube, of course, being one of them. Your version looks so elegant! :-)

Ah, I am totally un-Filipino in my non-Halo-Halo eating ways: and when I do, it's leche flan, bananas, and gelatin. Freakily boring, huh? I've had neither pomegranates nor persimmons before, so I'm definitely intrigued :)
As for shaving ice, I think there are some serrated knives that work well-- just run it down the edge of a block, see if it works. I don't have a problem with ice-eating, however :)

What a fantastic version of Halo halo! Regular halo-halo has too much "stuff" for me (I prefer mais con hielo) but this looks delicious!

Love the hello, hello play, made me smile.:)
I prefer the fuyu because of its firm texture. I specially love it eaten with kabocha squash cake, the perfect combination. Very creative adding the gloopy hachiya in halo-halo.

I have a small electric ice shaver I got from Target 6 years ago for about $20. It sits on the counter all summer long ready for halo-halo, sweet avocado, and mais-con-hielo anytime of the day or night.:)

I just bought 2 pomegranates yesterday and I'm thinking of turning them into ice cream...

You know whats else those fruits are good for...Iced Tea. That's right. Black tea, steeped with persimmon and ginger.

Pomegranates are one of my favorite foods. In fact, my husband told me a couple of days ago that I use "too much" pomegranate :(

The halo-halo looks good. I've never seen it before, but I bet it's a very satisfying, tasty treat. Maybe a reward?

if only the pomegranate isn't too expensive here, i'll get one. but that halo-halo looks soooo good! guess, i'll have to wait until summer gets here to make one. whatever summer we have here in germany. oi...

Hello Marvin, I'm a big fan of your blog and recipes! Making halo-halo with seasonal ingredients is such a cool idea.

I, too, have yet to buy a proper ice shaver. I once tried to pick up a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine (I've wanted one since I was a kid) while at Toys R Us, but my husband looked at me funny, so I pouted and put it back. It would probably be wise to get something more sturdy, anyway.

=) vewy intewesting! i've never had pomegranates nor persimmons... are persimmons more like peaches or mangoes? hmm...

oh, and i found that monk-made fruit cake online! yeba!


I don't think I've ever seen a better pomegranate seeding job. I was taught to open it up and whack the skin until the seeds fall out. An effective yet messy method. Thanks for the tip, I'll be using it this season. Great post!

I love firm pomegranates (I think fuyu's when just ripe, not before they get gloppy), chilled and skinned. My older sister lives up in Roseville and has hooked me into those dried pomegranates sold by the Japanese-American farmers in that area. They dry the fruits the old fashioned (and labor intensive) way.

Halo-halo with fall flavors, why not indeed? There's a kiosk here called Sandosenang halo-halo (one dozen ingredients in the halo halo), not sure if that's the most stuff you can put in it. But the Pampanga version of bananas, leche flan, macapuno, milk and ice (a monochromatic option) is gaining ground on the traditional version. I like both!

hahaha! Love your treatment of the pomegranate, Marvin! Thanks for the instructions! I didn't know how to eat them at first...just popped them in my mouth and swallowed everything! Someone gave me seeds to plant and hey! I will soon have a pomegranate hedge! :-D
I might just be able to add a fruit in my halo-halo some summer...maybe in two years time! None of those fruits here :-(---moreso persimmons!

It's freezing cold in East Coast right now but your recipe is making me hungry for some Halo-Halo!

Take care,

I've never had persimmons.

If you dont have an ice shaver you can use a SNOW CONE MAKER. I bought one to make snow cones and my 78 yr old father saw it and was thrilled. Now when I make snowcones for the family he makes his halo halo. BTW he uses half and half because we dont usually have evaporated milk at home.

Pomegranate plasma, you are too funny! I look forward to making some dishes with pomegranates and I had yogurt with persimmon jam for breakfast today. Great Fall flavors.

Creative halo-halo. I must admit I'm not that big of a halo-halo fan (I just like the ice cream and the evaporated milk) but I might get behind this pomegranate seed halo-halo. Yummy!

what a treat... the pomegranate made it more special... too bad we don't have fresh pomegranate here in manila... :)

Hi Julie, the shaved ice really is integral. And I did try making some sort of slush by blending ice and water, but that didn't work either.

Thanks very much, Katrina. I too don't like halo-halo with too many ingredients.

The serrated knife sounds like too much work for me manggy, and I'd have to freeze my own block of ice to boot. And I don't think leche flan, bananas, and gelatin are boring at all.

Hello joey. Maiz con hielo is one of my faves too! Very simple, very tasty.

Hi oggi! I always see electric ice shavers here and there, but I end up talking myself out of buying it. Since I can never find the manual kind, I'll probably get an electric sooner or later.

I'd love to see a pomegranate ice cream, Brilynn. I hope you make it.

Black tea and persimmon sound great, Mikey.

Is there such a thing as too much pomegranate Fearless Kitchen? ;)

Hi rita! I'm thankful that I can get pomegranates at a decent price here.

Hello Dee! Thanks very much for visiting my blog. A snoopy ice shaver, eh? I'll have to look into that.

Greasemonkey, persimmons are not like peaches or mangoes, they are even softer and have a different sweetness to them. And thanks for the fruitcake links.

Thanks Erin. Your method does sound faster though:)

Hi Mila. I think I'd stay away from a dozen ingredients in a halo-halo, but I've always thought leche flan was good on top too.

Thanks Bernadette. Yeah, I didn't really know what to do with pomegranates at first either, I thought you were supposed to just suck the juice out of the seeds then spit them out, but the seeds are completely edible.

Hi Jen. Thanks very much for visiting my blog. Halo-halo is good during cold months too, just be sure you're near a fireplace to keep warm;)

Hello Cynthia, persimmons are very good if you could get your hands on them in the Caribbean.

Thanks for stopping by, Victoria. A snow cone maker is a great idea! I'll have to look into those as well.

Hi Lori Lynn, persimmon jam sounds yummy.

Thanks, js! I'd say the ice cream is my favorite part too.

Hi mikky. You are missing out on pomegranates, but I'm sure you can make a great halo-halo without it.

Bravo! Never been a halo-halo aficiando --it's the langka that disagrees with me, but persimmons are a great idea. And tart pomegranate at the end, yum!

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