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.”
A root crop used mainly in sweet preparations, ube is a favorite flavor of ice cream and for cakes and pastries. It is also added to halo-halo. The plant that bears ube has the scientific name Dioscorea alata. It has heart-shaped leaves.
Ube-macapuno cakes come in various shapes and sizes, but they all have it common the awesome pairing of two of the Philippines’ most favored flavors — ube (purple yam) and macapuno (special coconut). The cake in the photo is topped with macapuno strings!