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Home to many native delicacies, Bulacan province is also where one of the well-loved sweets, Yema, originated. Urban legend says that during the Spanish occupation in the Philippines, egg yolks were disposed of while the egg whites were used in construction sites. It’s been said that the egg whites were mixed with the cement to have a marble-like appearance. Now, since the egg yolks were just set aside, the Filipinos got them and combined it with peanuts, butter, and milk. This is how the Yema Recipe started and became one of the favorite Filipino foods for the kids and adults alike.
Yema Recipe

Yema Recipe Preparation Tips

The Yema is a sugary custard confectionary that is usually bought from pasalubong centers whether in the city or provinces. When someone travels out of town, it is usually a part of a “Pasalubong” given to friends and family members. But aside from being one of the most favorite pasalubong, you can also cook your very own Yema at home as a treat for your family or even for your friends when they come over. When preparing this Filipino recipe, you have to prepare Four (4) simple ingredients.
Easy Yema RecipeClassic Yema Candy Recipe
It’s a very easy preparation and cooking procedure. When shopping for the ingredients, see to it that the peanuts are of excellent quality. The peanuts should be chopped for better blending with the other ingredients. The condensed milk and butter should be of good quality too. This is to ensure that you will come up with the best tasting Yema ever. In cooking this recipe, it should be stirred well to make it thick. You have to follow the instructions carefully so that it won’t be overcooked. Put the stove in low heat only so that the yema will remain soft and won’t get too dark in color. Allow it to cool down before shaping it; otherwise, expect your palms to get burned a bit. The preparation time for this Yema Recipe is just ten minutes while cooking time takes about fifteen minutes. Isn’t it very easy to add this to your dining table?


Yema Recipe (How to make Classic Yema)

Yema Recipe

The Classic Yema Recipe is a sugary custard confectionary that is usually bought from pasalubong centers whether in the city or provinces. When someone travels out of town, it is usually a part of a “Pasalubong” given to friends and family members.

  • Author: Recipe ni Juan
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Yield: 12 pcs. 1x
  • Category: Dessert


  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • 1 can sweetened Condensed Milk (14 oz)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla essence
  • 1/2 kl. White Sugar


  1. In a frying pan or pot, mix the egg yolks, condensed milk, and vanilla until well blended.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat to prevent the mixture from burning.
  3. Using a metal spatula, stir the milk as if you are scraping the bottom of the pan. Stir constantly.
  4. This must be done continuously to avoid burning the milk and to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  5. The mixture is ready when it forms a ball. Let it cool.
  6. When cool, form the mixture into balls about 2 to 3 cm in diameter.
  7. Place the yema balls on a wide plate with white sugar then roll; once coated, pick up each ball with a toothpick. Set aside to cool.
  8. When cool, wrap the balls in cellophane and twist both ends to secure.

Yema Candy
Once you’re done wrapping this sweet delicacy, it’s time to place them in a beautiful bowl or a native plate to make it appear very enticing. Especially if you’re going to serve this if there’s a festivity or a special occasion at home, you have to create a beautiful presentation.  Your guests will definitely love indulging in your Yema Recipe after enjoying the sumptuous main dish that you have prepared. The kids of your guests and even your own will surely love this and keep on getting until they are fully satisfied.
Yema Candy in Wraps
Take note too that if this will be served during the Christmas Season (Check our Top 15 Filipino Recipes during Christmas, Holiday Season), you can wrap it in colorful cellophane that can be associated with the colors of the holiday season.  You would likely be interested to know too that this wonderful recipe has a good amount of nutritional values. It contains about 100mg. of Potassium, 54gms. of Vitamin D, 12mg. of Calcium and 28mg. of Vitamin A.  It also has Vitamin C, Magnesium and Iron. Question regarding the recipe? Leave a comment below or visit our Official Facebook Page for more updated Pinoy Recipes. Mabuhay. Advance Merry Christmas!!

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