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Mais Con Yelo

Mais con yelo which literally means "corn with ice" is a kind of snack in the Philippines, which is a mixture of corn kernels, milk, sugar and ice. It is so easy and inexpensive to make, that's why it was one of the usual snacks prepared by my mother.

Whenever it's summer here in Texas, mais con yelo is one of those coolers that come into my mind. Some use canned whole corn kernels for their mais con yelo and some prefer cream style corn...but for me, there's nothing better than freshly scraped corn kernels from freshly boiled corn. I even add corn water in my mais con yelo for a richer corn flavor. But I think it really depends on how you want to enjoy it. If you prefer to spoon the corn and chew them with bits of shaved ice, then you should use whole corn kernels. But if you like your mais con yelo to be a plain beverage that you can drink from the glass when the ice has melted, cream style corn would be the better choice. My mother always served mais con yelo with whole corn kernels and crispy pinipig (something like rice crispies but is made from glutinous rice with no sugar added), so I grew up loving it as a snack and not as a drink. 

This is how my mom used to prepare mais con yelo for simple, yet so delicious and refreshing!

I'm sharing this on Food Trip Fiday!

* Serves 4

  • 2 cups freshly scraped corn kernels from boiled corn on the cob (You can also use canned whole kernel corn)
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 4 Tbsp sugar or 8 Tbsp condensed milk (or more depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 4 Tbsp corn water (water from boiling corn)
  • 4 Tbsp crispy pinipig or corn flakes (I didn't have both so the photos don't show any of the two)
  • 4 cups shaved ice

1. Prepare four tall glasses.
2. Put less than half a cup of corn kernels and 1 Tbsp sugar or 2 Tbsp condensed milk in each glass.
3. Add about a cup of shaved ice.
4. Top with remaining corn.
5. Pour 1/4 can of milk and 1 Tbsp corn water.
6. Sprinkle with crispy pinipig or corn flakes.


  1. Mais con yelo is one of the best snacks I have tried during my visit in the Philippines.

  2. Hi Tina,
    Thank you for your visit....Lovely blog!!

  3. This is interesting! We have the ever popular localised corn ice cream and drink here. This sounds like something the locals might get into.

  4. yummy looking dessert Tina following your lovely site

  5. Wait, so you don't have to cook corns? I never had raw corn kernels - interesting! I love condense milk over shaved ice combination. Looks delicious and perfect summer dessert!

  6. Tina, what a cool recipe! I love corn (we call it mais too in Italian). It looks sooo refreshing! I need to look into buying an ice shaver for next summer!!!

  7. This is so soothing Tina, great for our now burning and hot weather at Malaysia. I probably will do away with the condensed milk.

  8. yes! I will have a glass or two please! Looks amazing and fresh!

  9. Wow! How convenient it is to have an ice shaving machine at home! This is so refreshing and the 4 of us(my mom, my girls, Cathy and I), esp. my girls and Cathy love corns so much that they can eat it everyday!
    I think this mais con yelo tastes slightly similar to halo-halo right? :)

  10. @Nami: I used freshly scraped corn kernels from boiled corn on the cob. :)
    @Lyn: Mais con yelo is like halo-halo in the sense that it has shaved ice and milk too...but it's not as grand. It only has the simple taste of corn & milk. :)

  11. This is so totally new to me, but I love how pretty the drink looks :)!!

  12. I want to make this too but I have no ice shaver. ;(

  13. Oh this looks super intriguing! Looks refreshing!

  14. oh, this is really refreshing...yummy! have a great weekend! :)

  15. Yum! I'm doing this tomorrow! Thanks for reminding me about this dessert/snack since it's heating up now and this would be so refreshing!