A treat I always enjoyed as a kid was homemade polvoron, a traditional Filipino snack made of toasted flour, powdered milk, butter and sugar. Growing up with my family’s version, I am very particular about how polvoron should be like. In fact, I never eat a certain local bakeshop’s popular polvoron because the texture and taste doesn’t cut it for me. So, I wasn’t expecting much when I received some samples from House of Polvoron, or HoP.
So, you can just imagine what a pleasant surprise it was for me to discover that their polvoron, while commercial, is made much like the traditional treat I grew up with. HOP polvoron has a fine, silky texture held together by a blend of butter and margarine. Definitely a far cry from some commercial brands which tend to be coarse and gritty.
The sample they sent was the Pinipig variant. Bits of crisp toasted pinipig is mixed in, adding a delightful contrast in texture to the actual polvoron. Remember to keep them in an airtight container afterward though, as the pinipig tends to lose its crispness. HOP is just a little bit sweet for me, but that’s a personal preference issue. Some friends who tried it like it just the way it is. Even if it’s not quite perfect for me, I can’t really complain as I demolished the box before I had the chance to take photos, hence the need to buy some more, for photography purposes. And for nomnoming purposes of course.
HOP is available in classic, pinipig, pili, cashew and cookies and cream. Of the two I tried, classic and pinipig, I prefer pinipig but not by a wide margin since the classic is also yummy. HOP is a pleasant discovery that brought me much nostalgia. In fact, I’m looking forward to having free time to try my hand at making polvoron again. But in the meantime, I’ll be happily stocking up on these.
Thanks to Bless and House of Polvoron for the nyummy samples. <3