Yema: Filipino Candy Recipe

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The girls at the shelter made an amazing treat this week and I begged them to show me how it was done. Yema is a popular candy that can be bought as individual pieces on the street, as many of our girls did when living at home, but they are also easy to make in the kitchen. I have eaten them several time and absolutely love them, if given the chance I could sit down and eat a ridiculous amount, but fortunately I am only given one or two at a time which is saving me from diabetes.  They are super easy to make and only requires two ingredients, though more can be added if desired. Here is the simple yet delicious yema recipe:


1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil



  1. Place skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, until it is hot. Add ¼ cup of oil to pan and heat for 1-2 minutes.


2. Pour in entire can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir continuously for 7-10 minutes so the mixture does not stick to the pan.



3. When it is done it will be thick, sticky, and a golden brown color.




4. Place a little oil on a plate and coat. Pour mixture unto the plate. Let mixture cool for three minutes or you can handle it your hand.

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5. Place a little oil on your hands and tear off a small piece, roll it between your hands until it is ball-shaped. Place on another oiled plate so it does not stick.

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6. Let it cool and then enjoy.

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*You can add other ingredients such as peanuts, small candies, or crushed crackers before the mixture is finished. They can also be covered in sugar once done, however this is going to be very sweet, caution when eating.

**You can also wrap them in wax paper to save or give away. Do not place in refrigerator because they will become hard. They will last for a couple of days in a tightly sealed container.


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