V2K18 Mama's Sweet Yema

I sell dreams, small comforts, sweet harmless temptations to bring down a multitude of saints crashing among the hazels and nougatines.
— Joanne Harris, Chocolat

A sensual smooch is sure to make the heart melt. But according to a study led by neurophysiologist Dr. David Lewis, a passionate kiss does not compare to the sensation of chocolate melting and swimming on the tongue. Young fiery couples volunteered for Dr. Lewis' sweet-infused study and were asked to enjoy pieces of dark chocolate before kissing their partners. With hearts and heads hooked up to electrodes, the deflating revelation was that chocolate provides a buzz lasting up to four times as long as kissing the special person in our lives. 

Now I don't need just chocolate to give me a moment of jubilee because any sugary concoction will do. An easy and tasty 4-ingredient recipe, this creamy and chewy mixture is straight from our very own beloved Mama Bebot's Filipino kitchen. Sweet-tooth approved and a breeze to make, I now understand that through these little balls of goodness, it was my Mama Bebot's way to provide comfort and love for her young family. Prepare this for your Valentine or treat yo' self for a simple pleasure and delight.


  • 1/4-stick BUTTER (ayyee) 
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Optional- 1 cup of chopped nuts of your choice. Traditional Filipino Yema uses peanuts. I use pistachios if I'm craving an extra chewy texture or walnuts for a little crunch.

That's it. Easy-peasy right? But to be festive for V2K18, you can add:

  • Valentine's sprinkles

I hope you have a healthy wrist because you're about to mix, a whole lot:

  • Place the butter in a heated saucepan and allow to melt.
  • Stir-in the condensed milk and allow to cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the egg yolks one by one in very low heat to prevent from curdling then continue stirring for a couple of minutes.
  • Set the heat to medium and add the chopped nuts (if desired) then stir until the mixture becomes thick for about 15 to 20 minutes. This mixing action is where the love is thrown. Be patient. The mixture will thicken. Adjust heat to low when the desired texture is achieved. Consistency just like a smooth creamy peanut butter is the goal. The harder the texture, the harder the candies will turn out and all by preference.
  • Turn-off the heat and allow the mixture to cool down.
  • When the temperature of the mixture is cool to touch, scoop a spoonful then roll with your hands to form a ball shape.
  • Add sprinkles if desired then transfer to optional small bake cups.
  • Place Yema on a cute serving dish or present as desired.
  • Serve and share!

Add this fun recipe to your agenda this weekend and let's make the world a better place, one sweet treat at a time. 

Heart Tray - Target | Treat Picks - Target | Mini Baking Cups - Marshalls (similar)

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