Yema (Custard Candy)

filipino custard yema candy 10This popular Filipino custard candy is bursting with sweet chewy goodness and a hint of crunch from the nuts.

Yema is made from condensed milk, eggs, butter, and peanuts cooked over low heat until it’s thick enough to form into balls. Then they’re rolled in granulated sugar for extra sweetness and texture.

I have memories of classmates in elementary and high school selling yema balls for 5 pesos a piece. It was so good I’d save some money and treat myself to these chewy goodness twice a week.

Now I make these sweets for family regularly, often with my daughter helping me. It is so easy to make and fun for kids to do!

Hope you’ll enjoy this recipe.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Yields: 28-30 candies

Ingredients:filipino custard yema candy
3 egg yolks, beaten
1 can condensed milk (14 oz)
2 tbsp butter
¼ cup nuts (usually peanuts)
¼ cup granulated sugar

Tools You’ll Need:
Medium sauce pan or cooking pot
Cooking spoon / spatula

1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.filipino custard yema candy 01

2. Add condensed milk and stir.filipino custard yema candy 02

3. Add the eggs and stir quickly. Keep stirring for another 5 minutes until mixture has slightly thickened.filipino custard yema candy 03

4. Throw the nuts in and mix thoroughly.filipino custard yema candy 04

5. Cook some more until mixture is elastic. Remove from heat and allow to cool until ready to form into balls.filipino custard yema candy 05

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6. Once mixture is cool enough to handle, scoop about a tablespoon into your clean palm and roll to form a ball.filipino custard yema candy 07

7. Dip in sugar and set aside.filipino custard yema candy 08filipino custard yema candy 09

8. Wrap individual candy in cellophane or wax paper or serve right away in a serving dish with decorative picks for appealing visual presentation.filipino custard yema candy 11