Yema Balls (Custard Candy)

Yema is a type of custard candy made from egg yolks and condensed milk. This is a common Filipino dessert and one of the easiest to make. The ingredients needed are readily available and this does not require a lot of cooking and preparation time.

I remember my elementary days, me and a friend often would make and sell Yema to our classmates and from our earnings we could get our daily “baon”, though sometimes we end up without any gain as we actually eat at least half of what we made, can’t help but laugh…those were the YEMA days.










  • 2 cans of condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon of salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped langka (jack fruit); optional
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped nuts


  1. In a bowl cream the egg yolk and condensed milk.
  2. Melt the butter in a regular frying pan, then pour the mixture and cook slowly over medium fire.  You should continue mixing it to avoid sticking.  Cook it until it thickens.
  3. Add your chopped nuts and jack fruit.
  4. Let it cool and form into balls or any shape you want and roll in sugar to avoid sticking from one into another or wrap in cellophane cut outs for easy serving if desired.

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