Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateZamboanga City
Created byHacienda de Palmeras restaurant
Main ingredientsStrawberry ice cream, condensed milk, gulaman (agar), nata de coco, various fruits

Knickerbocker is an ice cream sundae dessert from Zamboanga City, Philippines made up of various fresh fruit chunks, flavored gulaman (agar) cubes, and nata de coco in condensed milk topped with strawberry ice cream. The fruits used include mangoes, bananas, dragonfruit, papaya, honeydew melon, apples, grapes, cherries, pineapple and watermelon, among others. Sometimes vanilla or chocolate ice cream may also be used. Nuts are also sometimes added.[1][2][3][4] It has sometimes been regarded as a variant of halo-halo but differs in that knickerbockers don't contain shaved ice. It is most similar to the American and British sundae dessert knickerbocker glory, from which it was derived from, but also differs in the ingredients. The dish was first popularized by the Hacienda de Palmeras restaurant before spreading throughout the city.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ Digal, Neil Kristianne (July 9, 2022). "Zamboanga City showcases delightful culinary spectacles". GMA News Online. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  2. ^ Guevara, Earl Carlo. "The Knicker Bocker: Zamboanga City's Iconic Dessert". Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  3. ^ "Knicker Bocker, Zamboanga City, Philippines". Savor Filipino Foods. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  4. ^ "Regional Sweets of the Zamboanga Peninsula". 7641 Islands of the Philippines. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  5. ^ "Hacienda de Palmeras". Zamboanga City Tourism Office, Republic of the Philippines. City Tourism Office. June 29, 2023. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  6. ^ "Knickerbocker: The Sweetest Tale from Zamboanga". JonToTheWorld. October 15, 2023. Retrieved January 17, 2024.