Pinasugbo is a popular banana dessert in the Visayas region, central Philippines. Saba or plantain bananas are thinly sliced, deep fried to a crisp, and coated in thick cane sugar and lightly coated or sprinkled with sesame seeds.
One often finds pinagsugbo sold in bus stations, small stores and in public markets. The banana slices stick together, and are mostly wrapped in paper or plastic to make eating easier. Decades ago before the popularity of modern plastic packaging, pinasugbo are wrapped in banana leaves. Unfortunately, pinasugbo is among the traditional Pinoy desserts that are being sidelined by more modern pastries and imported candies.
But to those who spent their childhood eating pinagsubo as pasalubong (homecoming gift), nothing can replace the nostalgia or remembrances brought by this very original and tasty Pinoy banana treat.
Mabuhay ang pinasugbo!
Turrones de mani is a nougat confection, typically made of honey, sugar, and egg white, coated in crushed, toasted peanuts, and usually shaped into either a rectangular tablet or a round cake. This candy is evidently derived or is a variety of the Spanish turrón.
In the Philippines, turrones de mani is sold or prepared mostly as a traditional dessert for Christmas. But nowadays it can also be bought all-year long in retail stores, specialised gourmet or souvenir shops. The Philippine nougat is usually prepared with peanuts, pili nut or cashews (turrones de casuy). Shaped like rectangular sticks and wrapped in very thin white wafers, the crusty wafer envelopes or sandwiches the nutty filling. Great as an accompaniment for tea and coffee. (Source: Excerpted from WikiPilipinas).
Champoy Photo from Sulit.com
Champoy is a sweet-salty-sourish dried plum that is popular in the Philippines as snack candy. Chinese in origin as the ‘hopia’ and ‘tikoy,’ champoy is best loved for its strong taste, and afficionados swear to its unique tangy flavor.
Wrinkled and often-rust colored, champoy is a candy that one either loves or hates. There are several varieties of champoy, but the basic flavor is the sharp sweetness mixed with saltiness. A preference for champoy can also be an acquired taste. Champoy has been thoroughly adapted into the Filipino eating culture, and remains popular up to this day despite the widespread availability of Western candies and snack food items.
Mabuhay ang champoy!
Turrones de Casoy, (right) nougat and casoy filling
Turrones de Casoy (cashew nut nougat) is one variety amongst many turrones-based sweets made in various provinces in the Philippines.
As the name implies turrones sweets in the Philippines could have been originally inspired by turron-type of candies brought or introduced in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial time. Turrones de casoy comes from Pampanga province in central Luzon island, and is a popular gift or souvenir item for visitors.
This candy is made of nougat slivers, crushed cashew nuts and honey. Formed in thin finger-length slivers, they are wrapped in wafer -like rice paper sheets and rolled. The neutral rice paper serves not only as wrapper but also accents the sweet , crunchy and nutty filling. Great accompaniment for coffee and tea.
If ever you are visiting Bohol province in the Visayas region, central Philippines, don’t fail to try Peanut Kisses.
Peanut Kisses are yummy peanut-based cookies that are unique to the province. Made in the shape of the iconic American candies ‘Chocolate Kisses,” the Bohol variety is a humble concoction of peanuts and egg white– simple ingredients but irresistably delicious. Just like a bag of M&Ms when one begins snacking on Peanut Kisses it’s simply hard to stop.
The Peanut Kisses are also made popular or ride on the fame of the Chocolate Hills park in Bohol, a favorite tourist destination. A bag of Peanut Kisses are available in various stores and retail outlets in the city. Or at the airport if one neglects to check out the local stores.
Mabuhay ang Peanut Kisses!