Need I say more?
Perhaps only a word of warning: these chocolate crackers are quick to make and very, I mean, very addictive! Consume at own risk…
Now, the inspiration for the crackers came from our recent trip to the Philippines, yes, I seem to have picked the least Filipino of foods to be inspired by, but I just couldn’t get enough. Plus I feel it’s my job to take a commercially-made biscuit and healthy-it-up a little.
The Philippines is a country of many stark contrasts but I always enjoy my time there. This time around, I loved doing a little exploring of my own… First stop – a must in any foreign country I visit, the supermarket. It gives you one of the best insights into the culture of the country, both in terms of the food and how long people are happy to stand in a queue before letting out a number of loud sighs. Based on my experience, Filipinos are a patient folk.
It only so happened that Merowyn tweeted this picture of her favourite Filipino crackers, the Sky Flakes, as I was about to head out of the hotel’s wi-fi range. Intrigued, I set out to find them and have a little taste test for myself. But what I’d found in the same biscuit aisle was an even more exciting offering: Jack’n’Jill Magic Cream Combo Peanut Butter Choco Crackers – a crisp, light chocolate cracker with a smooth peanut butter cream and a mouthful of a name. Excited, I pounced on the promotional packet of Buy 10 get 1 free and proceeded to munch on one before I got to the check out. I was onto my second biscut sandwich by the time I’d paid – probably in an attempt to keep myself from said sighing, already trying to work out how to replicate these original cookies back home… I’ve not seen these in Australia, and knew it was my job to spread the delicious concept the world over. Okay, maybe just share it with you, my readers.
I was also super excited to visit Makati City’s most central organic food market, Salcedo, searching for local delicacies. I enjoyed all of the mango incarnations available there – fresh, dried and pickled; more barbecue pork sticks and noodle (pancit) buns than necessary. Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring any of those home, but under the watchful eye of one of the expat friends there, I managed to shop up a storm, mainly in the homewares department where I procured a large number of cutting boards, bowls, spoons and plates, 11 kilos of those in total.
And yes, for those of you in the know and wondering, I did buy a balut at Salcedo, but didn’t have the courage or heart to eat it… Not sure that I ever will, so for now I will enjoy another couple of these delightful choc & pb crackers. And so should you!