Filipino Sweets

Hey guys, I’m back in the Middle East after a brief stint in the Philippines.

One of the Pinoy traditions is bringing some sweets to your family and friends after coming from a trip to your home country. But most of the stuff I brought were just given to me by family and friends back home, so I didn’t have to buy a lot. Here’s what my luggage had ūüôā

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INIPIT is a delicious Bulacan pastry. Inipit, translated from the¬†Filipino¬†word for “pressed”,is a flat¬†pastry¬†made of flour,¬†milk,¬†lard, and¬†sugar.¬†Guiguinto, Bulacan¬†is known for its inipit.

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I also got Red Ribbon and Emy’s POLVORON.

Polvoron is a semi-sweet concoction made of toasted flour, powdered milk, sugar, and butter. This is considered as a dessert or snack in the Philippines wherein roasted rice puffs referred to locally as ‚Äúpinipig‚ÄĚ is added.There are several polvoron recipes available today. There are the cookies and cream polvoron, peanut polvoron, chocolate polvoron, and many more.¬† (panlasangpinoy.com)

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This is called URARO by Ya Yammy. Uraro or arrowroot cookies are common giveaway treats in the Philippines.  As the name suggests, these cookies are made from arrowroot flour which gives them their distinct delicate and powdery texture. 

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ASSORTED TARTS. These are shortcrust pastries that have topping varieties. These ones made by Pampanga’s Pasalubong have caramel and nuts on top.

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CHICHACORN is also a favorite among Pinoys. Chicha-corn is a variant of cornick. Generally, cornick is fried white glutinous corn kernels seasoned with various ingredients and flavoring. Chicha-corn is produced by boiling and drying white glutinous corn kernels followed by deep-frying, then seasoned with various ingredients and flavoring. So, cornick products vary in the mode of processing prior to deep-frying. Chicha-corn is a delicious and nutritious snack food.

This pack was made by Ilocos and is cheese-flavored. I have also tasted the other product which is garlic-flavor.

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BANANA CHIPS. The Philippines is also known for its sweet banana chips. Banana chips are deep-fried and/or dried slices of bananas. They can be covered with sugar or honey and have a sweet taste, or they can be fried in oil and spices and have a salty and/or spicy taste.

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