Yema Balls

Yema is a type of soft candy in the Philippines made from egg yolks and condensed milk. It is perhaps the most popular candy back home and most of the kids during the old days most probably have this on their favourites list. In the Philippines we barely make them as it can be purchased on sari sari stores at a very cheap price but I am not sure if that is the case now a days.

There are many ways to prepare it, some present it in a pyramid shape covered in cellophane, some coat it with melted sugar and others add additional flavours to it, today we will be making it in spherical shapes as we don’t have cellophane handy, with this version you will need to roll it in sugar so it does not stick together.

Yema Balls
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  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts,
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • white sugar, to coat
  1. Melt butter in sauce pan then pour condensed milk, cook in low heat for 5 minutes
  2. Add egg yolks while continuously mixing for 2 minutes
  3. Add peanuts, bring heat to medium then continue to stir for 20 minutes or until mixture becomes very thick.
  4. Place white sugar in a plate
  5. Remove from heat and let it cool. Once cooled down pinch a small ball from the mixture then shape them into balls and roll into the plate with sugar to coat.



6 Responses

  1. I don’t think I’ve had this, and certainly have never made it. Looks wonderful! Sweet, and deep flavor. Thanks!

  2. GiGi Eats says:

    THOSE look insanely tasty! I am so on board… If I could eat nuts and dairy! LOL!

  3. They look so delish! Our Brazilian version is called Peanut Brigadeiros.

  4. Juliana says:

    I have never had these balls, but just looking at the ingredients I am already loving it…you cannot go wrong with egg yolks and condensed milk…
    I hope you are having a wonderful week Raymund 🙂

  5. Jeff says:

    Yema balls sound interesting. All the best things start with condensed milk, don’t they?

  6. mjskitchen says:

    Oh Man this look great! I actually love anything made with condensed milk and then you go and add the egg yolk and peanuts. Love these!

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