If there is one thing that we Filipinos agree about, it’s the love for good food and of course the variety in it. We always want to try something new or better yet, invent something new. That’s the reason why most of our snacks are a little bit different from other countries. Over the years, we have tried various snacks that most of us enjoy at the time, some of which are still available today. Here are the top ten snacks from the 90’s and early 2000’s that most of us have surely enjoyed and some are still being enjoyed today.
1. Captain Sid’s Butong Pakwan
This food requires patience. A lot of it. “Butong Pakwan” is actually watermelon seeds that were dried up and salted. The thrill of eating this food is the patience in cracking the seeds into two between your teeth and get its tasty center. The saltiness of the shell itself is what made us get hooked on sucking and cracking it. Today, this snack is still available although it now has competitors such as the squash seeds but still this traditional watermelon seeds are still a winner.
Binatog is one of the native delicacies of the Philippines, especially in Baguio City. You just can’t get enough of it’s sweet and tangy taste. Binatog is made up of white corn kernels that are soaked overnight until puffed. After soaking, the corns are cooked until its skin peels off. It is then mixed with a little bit of sugar and salt then topped with a generous amount of grated coconut. There are, however, other versions of it now, some mixes it with evaporated milk and sugar or simply coconut milk. This snack had been popular during the afternoons when you are simply having your siesta or before again, preparing for an afternoon snack.
3. Ice Scramble
If you haven’t tasted this one, you haven’t lived your childhood yet. We usually see Ice Scramble vendors outside our schools in our childhood days. Back in the old days, they only serve Ice Scramble with a little bit of skimmed milk and the ice itself is mixed with sugar and a pink food coloring. Now, this snack has definitely evolved. The Ice Scramble of today is now topped with Skimmed milk and chocolate syrup or better yet, pick an additional topping of mini marshmallows, candy sprinkles or rice crispies, which if you would ask me a lot tastier. But it doesn’t end there, this treat also now has a variety of flavor on its ice, you can get it in chocolate, banana or even mango. How tasty is that?
4. Mik-Mik Sweetened Milk Powder
Every kid loves sweets and sometimes we even snack on wee hours just to get a pop of either your chocolate or milk drink mixed with sugar. This sweetened milk provides exactly that. Its milk or chocolate in a pouch. It also comes with a straw where you can get to sip the powder although be warned sometimes this powder could cause extra coughing from sipping too hard and with a lot of air in between. This would also provide an extra laugh in the group which is even if it happened a lot of times in the same people, it never failed to give us a laugh.
5. Haw-Haw Milk Powder Candy
This treat definitely brings back childhood memories, this type of candy is not made for cracking but by just letting its milky goodness melt in your mouth. As a child, we used to believe that having lots of this would amount to a glass of milk. This candy is so addictive that it usually leaves you wanting more.
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