Yema is a filipino custard candy usually made of condensed milk and egg yolk. It is usually chewy and oh so yummy! My sister, who fondly calls herself Anney, and I had been making and eating yema for more than I can remember.We would just cook away one day when we feel like eating yema and we would finish the whole thing. We were like two people drinking cans of condensed milk on a lazy afternoon. She’s the one who taught me how to do it –the easy way, without the egg yolks. Less ingredients but still delicious.

Is it possible to make Yema without the egg yolks, you would ask? Hell, yes! Let’s just say that the result would be a stickier form of Dulce de Leche.


2 cans of condensed milk
plastic cellophane for wrapping


  • You will have to use a regular frying pan to get the best result, not the non-stick one.
  • Pour the condensed milk in pan and put on medium heat.
  • Using a metal spatula, stir the milk as if you are scraping the bottom of the pan.
  • This must be done continuously to avoid burning the milk and to prevent it from sticking at the bottom of the pan. This will also ensure that it is cooked evenly.
  • You can tell that the yema is done if your condensed milk sticky.
  • Let it cool and wrap in cellophane cut outs for easy serving.
Wrapped and Packed for Jill
You can also add crushed nuts or dried fruits to flavor your yema.
Peanut Yema

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27 Responses

  1. Mas masarap kaya iyan kesa dun sa nabibili na malambot at minsan tumigas na. heheeh! makunat kasi yan at nakikipaglaban ka sa pagnguya kaya mas may thrill kainin! hihihi!

  2. Wow, this Yema sounds interesting and delicious. Must be nice to have sweet treat like this at home. Scrumptious.

  3. Interesting…. 🙂

    In my office, there are a lot of Filipino expatriates, eventually the CEO is a Filipino 😉

    They usually will bring "Polvoron" for us.

  4. I would loves to try the peanut yema when i have the chance. It must tastes great. ^-^

  5. ok, I want a crate of those peanut yema…sounds nice and sticky!
    are there other flavors as well? Like…taro or soemthing?

  6. When I visited Manila years years ago, Ube ice cream and dried mango were my major consumption. They attracted so much of my attention, that I didn't even think of other sweets and snacks at all. So, I guess I have missed out those candies….
    Thank you so much for stopping by.

  7. wwaaaahh!!nakaka-miss kumain ng yema!!sana inimbita nyo ako para makakain nyan!!\(^0^)/I have never tried doing them pero parang mas masarap kung homemade!

  8. ay, fave ko yan before….gumagawa kami ganyan ng mama ko almost every night para ibenta ko sa classroom when I was in elementary.

  9. These sound like such delicious sweet treats, love that you can do different flavors!

  10. These sound amazing! and simple…always a plus!
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Stop back by anytime

  11. My brother would flip for this! He always drinks condensed milk out of the can too:)

  12. I tried it several times.
    1st try It is hard as a rock ( overcooked)
    2nd not as hard as the first time
    how can i make it hard in the outside but soft in the inside

  13. I also cook the same way but with a little bit of butter so it’s easier to wrap. I made lots with different variations too. Have you ever tried adding some rum or other liqueur for stronger flavour? Oh yeah! I also had them in coffee, ube, matcha, strawberry, lemon custard, orange etc. It’s just like little bits of cheesecake in tiny cellophane wraps. Oh don’t forget to add your fave nuts. I promise they taste awesome .?

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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