For the Chinese New Year holidays in the Philippines, tikoy is the most popular treat given and eaten. It is made from sticky rice that is ground into flour and then mixed with lard, water and sugar. White sugar give us white tikoy, brown sugar… brown tikoy. And there are now also ube and pandan flavors as well.
Goldilocks is a Philippine bakeshop chain that manufactures and packages different flavors of pulburon. The Filipino word comes from the Spanish polvoron. Goldilocks calls it “shortbread cookies.” Goldilocks Canada has referred to polvoron as “Manila shortbread,” describing it as a “sweet mixture of toasted flour, milk, butter and sugar, that is then molded.”
Jack n Jill describes their HELLO! snacks as choco-coated vanilla-filled wafer sandwiches. (They also have a choco-coated chocolate-filled variant.) What makes their snacks memorable to Filipinos is the “hugot lines” on the individual wrappers. 🙂
Filipino corn nuts… Compared to the American variety, cornick pieces are typically smaller and crispier. Garlic is the most common flavor. And the most popular brand of cornicks in the Philippines is arguably Boy Bawang (“Garlic Boy”). However, before there was the marketing-wise Boy Bawang, there was the humble Safari brand!