Quick & Easy Yema Candy Recipe

Yema candy is a type of Filipino confectionery made from egg yolks, sugar, butter, and condensed milk. It is a popular snack in the Philippines and is usually served during special occasions like birthdays and holidays. The candy is usually yellowish in color and has a creamy, custardlike texture. It has a sweet, distinct flavor that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Yema candy is often shaped into balls, logs, or other shapes and then wrapped in cellophane or edible wafer paper.

Yema Candy Recipe


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 (396 g) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 200g sugar
  • Different coloured cellophane paper, cut into 10x10cm squares for wrapping

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, mix the egg yolks, condensed milk and vanilla until well blended.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat to prevent the mixture from burning. Stir constantly.
  3. The mixture is ready when it forms a ball. Let cool. When cooled, form the mixture into balls about 2 to 3 cm in diameter.
  4. In a small pot, caramelize the sugar over low heat until it is all melted.
  5. Drop the balls one by one into the pot and coat completely with the caramel. Once coated, pick up each ball with a toothpick. Set aside to cool.
  6. When cooled, wrap the balls in cellophane and twist both ends to secure.

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