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6 Sweet Facts About Favorite Pinoy Candies

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by capslocked, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. 6. Cotton candy, originally called “Fairy Floss”, was invented by a dentist.
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    School events or any trip to perya won’t be complete without the fluffy sugary treat that is cotton candy. Originally named “fairy floss”, cotton candy was invented by Please or Register to view links, one of which was–you guessed it–a dentist.



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    A vintage ad showing the first cotton candy machine (Source: Captain Geoffrey Spaulding on Flickr)

    In the late 1890s, Please or Register to view links were able to patent the very first electric cotton candy machine (shown above).

    Using centrifugal force, this machine was able to melt granulated sugar and transform it into flossy, delectable filaments of candy. Fairy floss was a huge hit during the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis–selling 68,655 boxes for 25 cents each.

    In 1972, an automatic candy machine was introduced, leading to a great increase in cotton candy production. Soon, fairy floss became simply known as “cotton candy”.





    5. From “Storck” to “Starr”.
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    In it’s heyday, Storck was the ultimate Pinoy menthol candy. It was a consistent best-seller for takatak boys and the breath freshener of choice for many cïgârêttê smokers. The product was so popular that it was even exported to the US.

    Judging by its tagline, “Storck, masarap kasama”, the future seemed so bright for this classic Pinoy candy. Or so we thought.

    In 1996, the Los Angeles Times exposed that Storck’s candy wrappers reportedly contain Please or Register to view links. Soon, Storck Products Incorporated (SPI), the manufacturer of the candy, took a downturn. Jacinto Ng of Rebisco came to the rescue and bought 60% of the company.

    Storck would later be rechristened as Starr with an almost identical packaging.



    4. Yema probably came from construction leftovers.
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    Yema is the Spanish word for “egg yolks”. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that this confection is also widely popular in Spain, where it is also known as Please or Register to view links. But where exactly did this sweet, milky candy come from?

    Apart from factoids, there are no other sources that accurately explain its origin. It is believed that yema was a product of people’s ingenuity and resourcefulness.

    Back in the day, cement wasn’t invented yet for building construction. As a result, people made their houses more durable with the use of lime combined with egg shells and egg whites. Soon, gallons of egg yolks were left unused. To ensure they won’t go into waste, people started to create egg-based recipes such as leche flan and, of course, yema.

    Today, yema can be prepared either as pyramid-shaped candies wrapped in colorful cellophane or as Please or Register to view links dipped in luscious caramel syrup.





    3. Pastillas de leche and the dying art of “pabalat”.
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    Pastillas de leche, as we see them today, are often enclosed in white paper wrappers. Apparently, they pale in comparison with the elaborate paper-cut designs unique of San Miguel, Bulacan, considered by many as the originating place of pastillas de leche.



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    The tedious, intricate art of “pabalat”. (Source: tanglednoodle.blogspot.com)

    Inspired by Please or Register to view links, the pabalat is often used as decoration or table centerpiece. Those that are used to wrap pastillas de leche often end up as wedding gifts or pasalubong.

    Tedious and intricate, the art of making Please or Register to view links. The few who practice it are now on their 70s or 80s. But thanks to the efforts of pabalatmasters like Aling Nene Ocampo, this dying art will hopefully remain alive and continue to showcase the town’s rich folk culture.





    2. Nips is the reverse form of the word “spin”.
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    Nips candy-coated chocolate is just one of the latest products that now carry the Jack ‘n Jill brand name. Unknown to many, Please or Register to view links which, in turn, describes the spinning process used to create these cute milk-chocolate candies.

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    “Nips” is the reverse form of the word “spin”. (Source: Please or Register to view links)

    Nips is just one of the popular snacks and candies under Jack ‘n Jill. As its name suggests, Jack ‘n Jill came from the popular nursery rhyme. Owner Please or Register to view linkschose it because “it had a nice ring to it, was easy to remember, and best of all, it was a name that kids would easily recognize.”





    1. L*A*L*A * Milk Chocolate was named after four different people.
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    For over 4 decades, LALA milk chocolate has been a staple in many local sari-sari stores. Sweet but not too overpowering, this pastillas-meets-chocolate brand is loved by generations of Pinoy candy lovers. And for those who love to hear rags-to-riches stories, the origin of LALA milk chocolate fits the bill.

    In 1973, Bicolano couple Luvimin and Salvacion Belaro moved to Manila with their four children. Even more poverty forced the family to transfer in Balagtas, Bulacan. And to make ends meet, Mr. Belaro had to work during the day and make camote candy with his family at night.



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    Louie, Arlene, Leonisa and Arlete–the names behind L*A*L*A* Milk Chocolate.(Source: Please or Register to view links)

    The family later added cheese pastillas to their humble business. One day, Mr. Belaro accidentally made chocolate candy out of pastillas mixture. To conserve resources, he decided to sell the chocolates and crossed his finger that customers would love it. It turned out to be a best-seller and the rest, as they say, is history.

    The trademark L*A*L*A* came from the initials of the first four Belaro children namely Please or Register to view links . Today, Gracepoint Enterprises (formerly LALA food products) control 70% market share of local chocolate candies and still enjoys success even without the help of TV advertisement!
     
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