Do you know anybody who doesn’t like chocolates? Most of us, if not all, certainly adore chocolates and it’s easy to see how it positively impacts on people. More than its delightful taste, it is also packed with lots of health benefits! In the last couple of years, studies were conducted to determine the health benefits as well as vitamins and minerals these sweets have. For some, these candies are just a feel-good-food but in reality, this food really contains anti-oxidants, a bit of caffeine and helps in the production of endorphins to boost your spirits and give you more energy.read more
Molido Pili Candies is one of the best delicacies of the Bicol Region in the Philippines. It is made of the delectable crushed pili nuts, the fruit of the Pili tree or Canarium ovatum Engl. and sugar.
Pili nuts have a rich, buttery flavor, frequently alleged to be superior to that of almonds. The nut is inside a hard shell and can be eaten raw.
It is medically proven for health benefits as it is a rich source of healthy omegas and 8 amino acids. Moreover, it also contains magnesium and a good source of vitamin E.
It has been a long time since I last ate these delicious candies. Many thanks to a dear family friend who remembered to give us this “pasalubong” (present) from their recent Bicol trip.
Christmas is quickly approaching and for those of us allergic to gluten this can mean another tedious holiday season spent selecting can’s and cannot’s amongst an assortment of tempting treats. While the internet is full of lists with all the candies that individuals with gluten intolerances are capable of consuming, who wants to carry around a list or even worse, commit these 100 odd names to memory. At your next Christmas get together why not simplify things and bring your own treats? While this may be a little more time consuming than picking up a bag of who-zits and what-zits from the store, your homemade gluten free creation will be sure to impress those in attendances and might even be a great platform for you to show off all that pent up creativity.
A great treat for the holiday seasons is Christmas gum. The problem with this for the gluten intolerant is that the majority of brands out on the market right now contain gluten. A great way around this is to simply whip up your own! The ingredients for this project are few and relatively easy to acquire. You’ll need gum base (easily purchased at a health food store, try Whole Foods or a local natural grocer), confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup and flavoring extract to give your gum flavor ( I suggest cinnamon or cherry, nothing too off the wall).read more
A Chinese candy that my eldest son and I love to nibble once in awhile is Kiamoy. The sweet, sour, salty and tangy taste of this preserved fruit is our favorite snack when we crave for something different to eat. My youngest son, Yahmir and my husband on the other hand choose the sweet Champoy for they do not like the after taste of Kiamoy.
Kiamoy is a preserved dried prune or plum which can be bought in Chinese stores. It is usually sold by the grams, I only buy 50-100 grams and just put it in a small bottle to last for a month consumption. It is recommended to drink plenty of water after eating it because of its saltiness.
There was once a point in our lives wherein we just can’t resist the temptation of sweets. Even if when we reach adulthood, the craving didn’t actually leave but remained deep inside waiting to be activated anytime. Just imagine the happiness in the face of a kid enjoying a huge bar of a delicious candy; wouldn’t you want to experience it once in a while?
Scientifically speaking, candies aren’t always the tooth enemies just like what toothpaste ads are trying to imply. They won’t destroy your teeth provided that after eating ample amount of it, you would drink a lot of water and brush your teeth thoroughly. Tooth decay is basically caused by dental plaques that are deposited in our teeth every time we don’t brush after eating foods that are rich in sugar and starch. Bacteria in our mouth would turn them into acid thus causing corrosion and eventually lead into the formation of holes or cavities.read more
Having a sweet tooth, I am fond of cakes, chocolates, candies and confections. One of my favorite confections is Almond Roca. It is proudly made by the Brown & Haley Co. of Tacoma, Washington and is recognized as the original butter crunch toffee.
The candy is made of sugar, almonds, butter, cream (milk) and salt, vegetable oil, partially hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oils, cocoa powder, whey (milk), non-fat dry milk powder, soya lecithin, chocolate, cocoa butter, and vanilla. Coated with ground almonds with almond chunks inside the candy itself.
The name “roca” came from a Spanish word meaning “rock” which describes the hard , log-shaped confection. Its name has said to be inspired by .a local librarian
Individual pieces of Almond Roca candy are wrapped in gold-colored aluminum foil to maintain its freshness and crispiness. It comes in tin can packaging which make the goodness of the candies last for some time.
Almond Roca has earned the America’s Finest Confection title since 1923. Many thanks to my cousin who bring me home my favorite confectionread more