One classic summer dessert is mais con yelo (Spanish for corn with ice) which is popularly served in many ice cream stores and as a dessert treat even in posh mainstream restaurants.
Spoonfuls of creamy grated corn are mixed with shaved ice and topped with a blob of vanilla ice cream to make one irresistible ice dessert. Often confused by foreigners with the classic halo-halo, mais con yelo is equally a wonderful dessert precisely due to its down-to-earth simplicity. If you want to evoke the pleasures of summer to Filipinos, you can start with mais con yelo, still a big dessert hit for the long hot summer months.
Just a mix of shave ice, creamy corn, milk and the ice topping, and viola! you have one yummy, mouth-watering treat.
Back to the love of corn among Filipinos. This love is even reflected in language. The slang for a sloppy joke is “corny”- a corn-derived word. But don’t ask me why the corn is associated with unsuccessful jokes.
Bon appetit for Mais Con Yelo!