Yema Cube Candy

by Lady J

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Assorted Yema Cube Candy Products

Yema Cube candy is now the most popular candy in the Philippines. People says it's now the "hottest" cake candy in the market.

I've been making it myself and it sells well. I use a yema recipe and molds to make this candy. I can share my recipes with you.

This is a list of some of the varieties of yema that I have made...

  • Chocolate Yema Candy
  • Pandan Yema Candy
  • Pastillas Yema Candy

...and a lot more.

Hi Lady J,

Sure, we'd love to have you share your Yema recipes with us! Your photos look great, so be sure to include them, too.

Just go ahead and use the same form you used here to tell us about the Yema Cube candy and put a separate recipe and photo for each submission.

I'll go ahead and make them live on the site so that others wondering how to cook yema candy, etc., can benefit too.

Thanks so much for being willing to share! :)



I've recently corresponded with Lady J and she has decided not to share her yema cube candy recipes here on the site.

I know we've had a lot of interest for this candy, so I did some research and found three Yema recipes, very different from each other, that you can experiment with and let us know which one is your favorite.

Yema Candy Recipe #1

There are several Yema Candy recipes available online. This recipe was on several different websites, so I don't know who had it first...

Items needed:
  • 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons jack fruit (langka)
  • 3 tablespoons nuts, chopped

How To Put It Together:
  1. Combine the condensed milk, egg yolks, and butter until creamed.

  2. In a heavy saucepan, heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring continually to keep it from sticking and burning.

  3. Continue cooking until the mixture is thickened and really sticky.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in your chopped nuts and jack fruit.

  5. You can either pour the cooked mixture into molds or wait until it cools and shape it into the shapes you desire.

  6. Wrap your finished yema cube candy in cellophane squares for a beautiful presentation.

Yema Candy Recipe #2

Here's another
interesting recipe for yema candy. This one includes a caramel sauce to coat the candy, which is a nice twist.

Ingredients needed:
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 10 egg yolks

For the caramel sauce:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. corn syrup
  • 3 cup water

How to put it together:
  1. Beat egg yolks and place in a heavy saucepan along with the condensed milk and vanilla.

  2. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly for about 30 minutes or until thick enough to shape into balls.

  3. Let set until it's cool enough for you to touch and same into balls without burning your hands. Butter your hands to help reduce the possibility of burns.

  4. Shape into balls and place on a tray to set while making your caramel sauce.

  5. For the caramel coating, in a heavy saucepan combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup and cook over medium heat until you reach the soft ball stage (about 234 - 240 F.).

  6. Remove the caramel from the heat and as quickly as possible dip each yema ball into the caramel before the caramel gets too hard to work with. You can use a couple of forks to scoop up the candy and let the excess caramel drip off before returning them to the cookie sheet to set.

Chocolate Yema Candy Recipe

Since we are pretty partial to chocolate around here, of course I had to include a chocolate yema candy recipe for you to try. Let me know what you think!

Ingredients needed:
  • 3/4 cup condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 50 grams of ground peanuts, optional for coating

How to put it together:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. You'll know when to stop when the mixture thickens.

  2. Remove candy from heat and fill molds or allow to cool and shape into balls. Coat with crushed peanuts if desired.

I hope you give these yema candy recipes a try and let us know what you think of them and which one is your favorite.

I haven't made these yet myself, so share any tips you learn as you go along and help us all make the best yema candy possible.

Comments for Yema Cube Candy

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Jul 28, 2013
hard yema NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello, I have the same problem with the yema, it turned out hard. Can I re-cook it again? Steam it perhaps so that it can be eaten.

Dec 28, 2012
Yema Candy Too Hard NEW
by: Angie from

Hi Cora,

Is the yema candy too hard for you to cut with a knife? If not, maybe you can simply pour it out on a tray and that cut it into cubes.

If that's not a possibility, you're going to have to try to cook it less (not so hot) so that it doesn't get so hard.

Hope you can get it to turn out right!

Dec 27, 2012
so sticky NEW
by: cora

hi,anyone can help me,coz i know already how to cooked yema candy.the problem is,i dont know what to do after coz after i cook its so hard,i cnt put it anymore in the molder,,pls pls anyone there have an idea?thank you!

Nov 03, 2012
Making Yema Candy NEW
by: Angie from

Hi Jess,

It sounds like you have cooked the yema candy mixture for too long. The longer you cook it, the thicker (harder) it becomes.

Try cooking it a bit less before putting it into the molds.

A Filipino friend of mine has just told me how to make the yema candy, so I'm going to try making it soon and I'll give you all the recipe when I've tested it. :)

Until then, go ahead and try to make it again cooking it less. If you have a candy thermometer, try getting the temperature to between 240-250 degrees F.

Let me know how it goes.

Nov 03, 2012
My YEMA is too hard!!! Help me, please? NEW
by: Jess

My mom and I tried to make some yema recipe and it turned out to be really hard and I can't mold it the way I want it to be... Can somebody please tell me what to do? Thank u so much!!

Aug 20, 2012
chocolate yema
by: grace anne

sana matuto akong gumawa niyan it looks like delicious kasi ehhhhhh.

Aug 19, 2012
Have you tried these yema cube candy recipes?
by: Angie

I'd love to find out if any of you have tried one or more of these yema cube candy recipes. Has anyone made them yet?

Do let us know what you think of your results. Of course, if YOU have a yema recipe to share with us, please add it to this page or use this form to create your own new page with pictures an all. :) We'd love it!

Jul 28, 2010
Chocolate Yema Candy
by: Angie

Hi Susan,

Good eye! :) I see your point about the lack of egg yolk, but after a thorough search it appears that chocolate yema doesn't have egg yolks - at least not in any of the recipes that I've found.

Having never made yema myself, I can't say for sure why this is, but the variety of yema recipes makes me think that there must be different types of yema. Perhaps it's different consistencies from firmer candy to a type of thick mousse (for lack of a better term).

I'm REALLY trying to diet at the moment (poor me), so I don't trust myself to experiment on these recipes at the moment. If you (or anyone else) are brave enough to attempt it, do tell us all about your finding. :)

Maybe Gemma (Lady J) will have mercy on us and point us in the right direction with any corrections needed on the chocolate yema candy recipe.

Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate your thoughts and input.


Jul 27, 2010
Chocolate Yema Candy
by: Susan

Hi Angie

Thank you for the new recipes about how to make Yema candy. I had never heard of that kind of candy before.

I read your recipes and noted the egg yolks in the first two, but none in the third. Of course I was drawn to the chocolate flavoured recipe! Lol! Is that recipe really correct? Will the candy still firm up OK without any egg yolks being added?

Thank you :)


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