Yema

Yema are custard candies we inherited from our Spanish colonizers of more than 300 years.  Have you ever wondered how these heavenly like candies came about?  The truth is, yema had a very interesting beginning in our history.The word “yema” actually means “yolk” in Spanish.   During the Spanish occupation millions of egg whites and egg shells were used to build churches in the country. It was a technique in the olden times to use them as mortar to hold the stone together. And that left Filipinos with an overabundance of yolk.  So as not to put them to was with their ingenuity and passion for food gave birth to recipes that calls for yolks: cookies (like uraro type), leche fland and of course Yema.

This is one candy all Filipino love!  It is easy to do and will sell well too among your friends! I have consulted numerous ways, recipes and techniques in making them but I guess these two are the best :-)

Recipe 1 (Normal Yema)

Ingredients:

2 cans of condensed milk

3 egg yolks

1 tablespoon of melted butter

3 tablespoons of chopped langka (jack fruit)

3 tablespoons of chopped nuts

Procedure:

In a bowl cream the egg yolk and condensed milk.  Then pour in a casserole and cook slowly over medium fire.  You should continue mixing it to avoid sticking.  Cook it until it thickens.  Add your chopped nuts and jackfruit.  Let it cool and form the shape you want.

2 cans of condensed milk
plastic cellophane for wrapping

Directions:

  • 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.

Recipe 2  Yema with Caramel

Ingredients:

1 can of big condensed milk (about 396 ml)

10 egg yolks (8 if you are using big size)

finely grated zest of lemon or lime (whatever is available)

1 cup of sugar

half a cup of water

1 teaspoon of cream of tartar

1 tablespoon of melted butter

Procedure:

Start by beating the egg yolk with an electric beater.  In a separate bowl, put a little bit of water (about 1 tablespoon) and add the grated zest of lime.  Press them together and squeeze out the essence.  Add this essence to your beaten egg.  Pour in the condensed milk and mix well.  Cook this mixture in a non stick pan over low fire while stirring constantly to avoid burning.  When the custard thickens and change color turn of the heat and let it cool. Form some balls using a spoon and your hands with this custard. And now for the caramel.  First dissolve your sugar in the water be sure that all the sugar are completely dissolve.  Then add the cream of tartar and melted butter.  Pour this mixture on a pan and cook slowly until it thickens as caramel.  To test if your caramel is ready, with a teaspoon drop a small amount of caramel in a plate if it hardens immediately it is ready..  Dip one by one your yema balls in the caramel.

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Comments: 77

  1. diday June 21, 2009 at 2:03 am Reply

    My older sister used to make this when were were young. I will try this to ‘show off’ to my 3 young kids.

  2. vivuyo July 2, 2009 at 9:39 am Reply

    sarrraaaapppppp!

  3. lyn villamater July 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm Reply

    this looks good. i will try to make one soon. thanks for posting.

  4. yyeth August 30, 2009 at 7:12 pm Reply

    talagang masarap ang yema,,,,,,,,yummy.

  5. Edrick September 5, 2009 at 8:35 am Reply

    i’ll try to use recipe for selling… wish me luck.

  6. Jan Karlo September 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm Reply

    Hi!!!
    It’s very easy and very delectable thank you for the recipe!!!!

  7. Trecia Espiritu-Casuga October 19, 2009 at 10:01 am Reply

    Masarap at malinamnam ang Yema, i’ll try to make a lot of it para sa give aways this coming Yuletide Season….

  8. ashlee simson October 21, 2009 at 2:45 pm Reply

    why those is has jack fruit on it yak………..did u know that it taste bad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Kayla Luft November 4, 2009 at 9:56 am Reply

    i am wondering if this is an acctual yema recipe, because i am having a troubling time finding the true one online, my philipino friend says the recipe comes from ilo ilo, so i am wondering if this is the original yema candy recipe. do you know?

  10. lhen November 12, 2009 at 5:37 am Reply

    talap talap aman ng yema yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy hehehehe

  11. grace December 26, 2009 at 8:15 am Reply

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmm saraaaaaaaaaap gagawa ako nyan at ipapadala ko sa hubby ko….

  12. Jheen January 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm Reply

    can i ask if this recipe would result to a Yema that after some time will harden, not necessarily very hard but rather with dry texture and not a sticky one after you get it out from the refrigerator??

    thanks!!

  13. lyk-a-die-moon January 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm Reply

    nag imas ti yemam!!! oooohh yeah!!

  14. lyk-a-die-moon January 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm Reply

    kakkaro ti imas nga talaga…aahmmm

  15. jaime January 23, 2010 at 5:40 am Reply

    thank for the recipe because you help our team project to be tasteful and delicious thank you very much you help us a lot

  16. Rachel January 31, 2010 at 1:18 pm Reply

    Just wondering ’bout what to do with the melted butter?

  17. jakuko February 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm Reply

    yema is GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Gelyna February 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm Reply

    I will try this recipe this weekend and will inform everybody on the result. For sure this will be yummy… almost all filipino loves yema :)

  19. Andrea February 25, 2010 at 9:01 am Reply

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa… i want one…….

  20. steve March 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm Reply

    i love yema… cna you give me a recipe for commercial yema??? thankz

  21. jonathan(student) March 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm Reply

    thank you for posting it ,now i can use it in our school cause we are vocational,and my course is foods ,so its better for me to know ,and tnx also for the tips!

  22. jonathan(student) March 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm Reply

    its our project,actually after cooking and wrapping it i and my groupmates will sell it into our campus,and we must have a 1000 profit so we will exempted in our periodical exam!ahehehehe!

  23. Izip Dennziil March 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Ang sarap nman ng yema magluto kaya ako!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    kasi 2 lng ang supot na binili ng tita ko sa pilipinas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Isip Denzel March 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm Reply

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  25. Elle April 7, 2010 at 1:15 am Reply

    Hi.

    I made this and it was chewy. I guess I expected it to be a bit dry (like those sold in the Phils). Did I do something wrong with this recipe?

  26. maraming pera April 10, 2010 at 8:57 am Reply

    awh…ayus ito ang sarap pala nito…………yumyumyumyum……………..nakaka adik talaga ang yema

  27. Edith May 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm Reply

    hi, i will try your recipe its look delicious, im looking for new style of cooking yema ec i have orders for 100 pcs. wish me luck!!! thanks :)

  28. aj May 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm Reply

    hi! tnx for this website,i missed my mom’s fave recipe! i can’t wait for long..i’m craving yema……………….tnx so much! more power/

  29. Stella May 13, 2010 at 5:27 am Reply

    I’m confused by this recipe. The first part has 2 cans of condensed milk and eggs etc. followed by the procedure, then it is followed by 2 cans condensed milk and cellophane wrapper, followed by more directions to cook the condensed milk???!!! Please clarify.

  30. alona dolor May 19, 2010 at 11:27 pm Reply

    yummmmmmmmmmy! thats wat my daughter say…. well even my customers. so try it n

  31. xa June 24, 2010 at 11:33 am Reply

    ’tis my favorite candy..my aunt used to cook yema for our merienda. glad i know how to cook it..

  32. Geraldine Soo July 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm Reply

    ?! ?? ?? ?? ??? ????? ?? ??? ??? ?

  33. Geraldine Soo July 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm Reply

    ang sarap niyan

  34. anne curtis July 5, 2010 at 4:07 pm Reply

    ang sarap naman nakakagutum 2loy hahaha ang sarap pero magastos parang bibili lang ng tite at puke

  35. Christian July 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Im interested on your product yema, how to make an order. please response this website.thank you.

  36. diane July 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm Reply

    what kind of milk cans? big or small can? thank’s poohh…

  37. arnold July 31, 2010 at 12:49 pm Reply

    i love yemas

  38. josephine August 13, 2010 at 11:46 am Reply

    OH YEMA I STARTED SELING YEMA AT SCHOOL WAY BACK WHEN I WAS AT GRADE 4 UP TO 4RTH YEAR ! IT WAS MY SISTER WHO COOKED IT THEN I LEARNED TO MAKE IT BY MY OWN WHEN I STARTED IN HIGH SCHOOL ! I WAS NAMED YEMA GIRL THEN LATER ON SOME OF MY CLASSMATES AND EVEN OUR TEACHER IMMITATE ME BUT THEN THERE WAS A BIG DIFFERENT BECAUSE THIER YEMA IS REALLY HARD AND TIRING TO EAT SO MY CLASSMATES CHOOSE TO BOUGHT ON ME BECAUSE MY YEMA IS EASY TO EAT AND THE ONLY SECRETS I AM GOING TO TELL YOU IS JUST ADD SOME SWEET BISCUITS ONLY AND U MUST HAVE TO KNOW THAT TO MUCH BISCUITS THE RESULTS IS ALSO NOT GOOD ! THATS ALL ! JUST TRY IT !

    • lita September 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm Reply

      hi josephine pa send naman ng recipe please.

      thank you=)

    • bhelle April 8, 2013 at 4:18 am Reply

      hi josephine, can u pls. send your recipe to my email ad: isabel_twenty8@yahoo.com. does your yema had a crisp outer layer? i’d be glad if ul share yours..thanks

  39. alice August 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm Reply

    thank you for posting. magagamit ko to for small bussiness.

  40. abring August 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm Reply

    lami kau ng yema oi mura kai mahilangit maka kaon ani

  41. Monstec September 6, 2010 at 8:19 pm Reply

    Try the best custard candy in town at Mc Domeng Hamburgers located in Obando, Bulacan. Surely you’re gonna crave for more. Truly the best Bulacan Sweets to enjoy.

  42. Angela September 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Best candy ever I think.
    Ang sarap! Sa party ko ito gagawin.

  43. pr3tty1 October 6, 2010 at 1:27 am Reply

    This recipe is confusing. There is a procedure with eggs and another direction with just condensed milk. What is the correct one?

  44. Jikjik October 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm Reply

    Yema Yebah!!!!

    Yema Yummy!!!!

  45. ESTU October 15, 2010 at 9:25 am Reply

    I made one today.

    1 can condensed milk
    1 egg yolk
    3 drops almond extract
    1/2 tbsp butter

    It tastes really good!

  46. cathy October 21, 2010 at 10:57 am Reply

    yummy….pero ang alam ko tlga may biscuit yan na inilalagay…

  47. mhia November 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm Reply

    ^___^try nyo din ang flavor na carrot masarap un ginawa namin sa skul
    hehehe…>.<

  48. ashley November 19, 2010 at 11:28 am Reply

    firstime ko magluto ng yema kaya tingin ako sa internet, before kc bumibili ako sa classmate ko, pero ngaun nag try ako, gusto ko ipatikim sa husband kung egyptian,,, lahat ng kilalang matamis satin,, mahilig kc xa kumain ng matamis,, aba alam nyo ba talagang nagustuhan nya,

  49. yema eater July 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm Reply

    w0w!!!! saAAaAAaaaRrRRRRRrrrrAaaaAAaaPPPPppPP!!!

  50. Lovely August 6, 2011 at 7:45 am Reply

    Can’t wait to make my yema! ON MY OWWWWN :)
    Thanks for the simple recipe.

  51. Smile September 28, 2011 at 9:03 am Reply

    hmmmm… I will try your recipe. I’ll let you know the result.

  52. Tintin January 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm Reply

    GOSH!the was so yummy

  53. cath January 30, 2012 at 6:45 am Reply

    sUpEr yUmmYYYYYyyyyyyyy……….

  54. sherryl calamutcha February 6, 2012 at 11:22 am Reply

    salamat sa sa recipe na to at natuto ako akong gumawa na masarap na yema!

  55. perlita tomas February 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm Reply

    what’s the use of the other ingredients I could only see the presence of milk

  56. elimatz February 11, 2012 at 5:10 am Reply

    i am making yema cubes as my biznis and it makes really good. i am searching for a recipe on how to make a yema pastel balls that makes affordable to anybody and a yema stick recipe as well. please provide me for the recipe. thanks…

  57. bahar February 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm Reply

    wow so yummy and it’s more delicious if you mix some chopped peanut instead langka…

  58. carl March 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm Reply

    sarap! tnx for posting

  59. carol March 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm Reply

    pwede bang malaman kung pano nyo na shape ng ganyan yung yema nyo? ilang beses na kasi akong gumagawa ng yema diko makuha ang shape na yan. at wala bang skyplakes yan?

  60. edith April 26, 2012 at 10:40 am Reply

    i’l try cooking it & sell it

  61. chynx May 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm Reply

    oh!yummy…i try this recipe.

    to know if its really yummylicious…

  62. nars June 8, 2012 at 5:29 am Reply

    i will try to make yema… i try this recepe on my day off…

  63. elyn September 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm Reply

    sa 2 cans ng condense ilang yema ba magagawa don?

  64. belav September 23, 2012 at 7:23 am Reply

    try ko nga gawin like kc ng mga anak ko!

  65. belav September 23, 2012 at 7:25 am Reply

    :)

  66. Charlie October 5, 2012 at 7:19 am Reply

    When do you mix in the melted butter?

  67. Marvick December 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm Reply

    I made YEMA this SEASON 2012, and I brought to our family Christmas potluck. I put in one corner of my mom’s cabinet. I’m so quiet not to say anybody I made YEMA. Suddenly, my sister saw it and oohh..oohhh. I know her daughter loves YEMA, too and everbody was picking one but more until it finished. Now on this NEW YEAR 2013, I will make again and I know and hope that I could introduce to my friends my YEMA, it’s so good taste and you’ll love it to bite.

  68. ishy,tin,yej,tal February 8, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply

    gooooooooooooood yyyyyema

  69. tamba February 11, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

    favorite coh to…

  70. tamba February 11, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

    favorite coh to hah…

    i love it…

  71. cindyrepuela February 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm Reply

    masarap ang YEMA!! at nauubos ko nsa ka sarap na Yema and i’ll try to cook that Yema and so Delecious

  72. marygrace matos February 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm Reply

    ang sarap namn talaga ng YEMA na yan I’ll try to cook that and so yummy? :)
    :)

  73. adrian jeff March 25, 2013 at 4:53 am Reply

    wow yummy like very

  74. GIE April 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm Reply

    WOW marunong na me gumawa Yema candy thanks sa web. na ito.

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