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Yema (caramelized milk candy) is a favorite snack and dessert among Filipinos. This sweet delicacy originated from Bulacan, a province known for many other sweets. The main ingredients of this delicacy are condensed milk, egg yolks, and sugar. Distinctively wrapped in colorful cellophane wrappers, yemas can be bought at local sari-sari stores and some homes.



  • 1 cup of condensed milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon of butter

For Caramel:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar


Heat water in a double boiler then place the upper pan, together with vanilla and butter. Cook it over moderate heat until it is thick in consistency. Then let it cool and form into balls.

For the caramel compound, In a dip pan, mix together the sugar, water and cream of tartar. Then bring it boil until it is golden in color. Then take the caramel out of heat.

Prick the yema balls with toothpick and dip t into the caramel compound. Let it cool before wrapping in the cellophane individually.


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