Who needs a sugar boost? During this pandemic, many of us including myself have a guilty pleasure of turning to sweets for comfort in stressful times.
Here’s a list of the best home-based dessert we tried and tested last month from chocolates, brownies, doughnuts, ice cream to cakes that’s sure to sweeten a little bit of our time in quarantine.
Chumoto Nama Chocolates Love this locally-made melt-in-your-mouth Nama Chocolate proudly made from Philippine cacao by Caryl of @chumoto.ph. Tried the dark chocolate version made from 62% dark and 41% milk. The milk chocolate nama version is popular with kids. It melts so fast so best to consume immediately. This may be similar to Royce’ but better because it is proudly Philippine made ingredients and chocolate maker. Chumoto – Jimoto means local in Japanese (giving credit to the roots of Nama) and incorporated the chocolate maker’s surname (Chu) to make it personal. After 100+ recipe combination, Chumoto was born last Sept 2019. Done Dark ₱380, Made Milk ₱380 Order link: www.tinyurl.com/tastechumoto Chumoto Nama Chocolates Facebook: chumoto.ph Bite Manila’s Japanese Double Cheesecake Japanese Double Cheesecake is a winner! Inspired from discovering Hokkaido cheesecake, Chef Polo researched, tweaked and had cake testings until she found the perfect light and fluffy melt-in-your-mouth recipe! She added a bit of salty twist to break the creaminess, their family secret version. @bite.mnl chocolate chip cookie and walnut chocolate chip cookie are also irresistably good! Chef Polo is not new in the food industry as she has culinary and arts background from CACS and she even won the #utt2013 for her Butter Nuggets, a Chicken and Bacon Ravioli entry. Japanese Double Cheesecake (₱529) Bite Manila Facebook: Bitemnl
Don Adam’s Mudroom Don Adam’s Chocolates are so addictively good! I love how they instantly melt in my mouth! Their crunchy criscuits are hand dipped in Belgian milk chocolate and finished off with sea salt flakes. We couldn’t decide whether we liked the regular chocolate or the dark version. We also can’t stop poppin the bite size Toffee Loka made from Belgian white chocolate filled with toasted ground almonds and honeycomb. Don Adam Mudroom is a chocolate and confectionery shop offering decadent treats for your enjoyment and as gifts to friends and families. Don Adam ,their chocolatier, believes that chocolate confections must only be made with the finest ingredients. His mission is to uplift everyone’s spirits with his chocolate creations. Order link: https://donadam.hiallie.com/
Don Adam’s Toffee Loka is made with Belgian White chocolate, filled with toasted ground almonds and honeycomb. (₱245 / TUB of 30 PCS or 85g).
Don Adam’s Milk Chocolate Criscuits: Indiviually hand dipped crunchy biscuits in belgian milk chocolate, finished off with sea salt flakes. (₱425/CAN OF 12PCS).
Flourpot’s Doughnuts Who wants fresh strawberries in their doughnut? I can’t stop thinking about this heavenly dessert. Flour Pot’s Hand Rolled Yeast Raised Doughnuts, made with free range eggs. Coated with their Vanilla Glaze and Filled with Inipit Custard and Fresh Strawberries tossed in our Homemade Berry Compote. Sold by 6’s these small doughnuts are loaded with Fresh Strawberries. You can order thru txt at 09177892352 or DM them in Instagram @flourpotmanila FLOUR POT RUM CAKES MANILA Facebook: flourpotmanila Instagram: @flourpotmanila Mobile: +63 917 789-2352
Bibingka Manila Enjoying every bite of the mini @bibingkamnl salted egg & cheese, and ube & cheese bibingka. Surprisingly moist and watch out for the ube halaya hidden inside…BOOM! I didn’t even realized that I had eaten more than my share! Oh my!!! No more carbs for the week! ORIGINAL box of 6 mini bibingkas is just ₱240 (salted egg and cheese). UBE & CHEESE box of 6 is ₱340. Bibingka MNL Instagram: @bibingkamnl Facebook: bibingkamnl
Carrot Cake by Soop Kitchen This carrot cake is one of the best in the south by 13-year old Andres during the lockdown. We love it because it is moist, with bits of carrots and the cake itself is not too sweet. I love how the home-based food movement is offering uniquely delicious food, fresh and quality ingredients made from scratch, and priced competitively vs restos. Yummy Carrot Cake ₱300 SOOP KITCHEN Facebook: soop.kitchen
UBE BOMB by Home Cooking By Kristina Ube palitaw made with real ube and cream cheese. Playing around with ube, @homecookingbykristina was only supposed to make ube cheese pandesal but due to lockdown and lack of ingredients, ube palitaw was born. Just ONE bouncy bite and I wish I do not have to share rest of the palitaw balls with my sons. Home Cooking By Kristina Facebook: homecookingbykristina
Bread Lounge Doughnuts No matter what time of the day, my boys would have these kind of doughnuts! They would eat one after another doughnut which amazed us because it’s as if they do not get full! I miss those days too! Each boys have their own fave but the ultimate winner was the Vanilla Bean Glazed! AD loves the Dalgona, Milktea and Vanilla Bean Glazed. JX loves the Vanilla Bean Glazed. RA was very keen on Xocoreo, Berry Happy and Vanilla Bean Glazed. YG keeps on raving that he made the right decision to choose on the Dreamy White, Milktea, Berry Happy and VBG. Soft chewy as you bite into it. @breadloungeph does it hand-rolled and manually pressed after a 16-hour dough process with pre-ferment which Bert & PV (owners) shared, a crossbreed between asian and brioche dough. Truly amazing what this quarantine has done to us – the couple is getting back on track after their 2014 hiatus to take care of their family. From sourdough bread sandwich making, pizza, beignets to this artisan doughnuts! Assorted one of each variant ₱250. Bread Lounge Facebook: breadloungeph
Unicorn Cereal Milk Ice Cream by Arfrateli Pleasing to one’s eyes – pink, blue and purple and so, it’s called…Unicorn Milk Cereal Ice Cream. 100 % vegetarian, creamy tasting cereal ice cream. Scoop after scoop, it’s like it never melted. My sons and @mrsawesomeplanet love it! The couple, Donato & Arly, named their business from their parents’ name combined. They have been in the food catering industry but had to put on hold to take care of their kids. This ice cream is their kids’ and friend’s favorite so they decided to share this to the public. Buy 2 or more pin for ₱315/ pint. You’ll need more than 1, pro by mise especially for first timers. ₱350 per pint if you want to be bitin. Arfrateli Facebook: Arfrateli
Shamy Cakes PH Shamy Cakes makes artisinal homemade cakes and flavorsome goodies. Shamy Luxurious Carrot Cake: The cake was super rich and super moist carrot cake. I felt like I was eating a pudding-like texture. There’s also plenty of carrot chunks in each bite. While the brownies were my fave. They were super fudgy, best eaten straight out of the fridge. But I’m gona try making into a Brownie A la mode next time. We’ll see how it turns out. I’ll let you know… Fudge Brownies: Php 350/box of 16, Fudge Brownies with Walnut Php 400/box of 16, Carrot Cake 6 inches Php 950, 9 inches php1500. SHAMY CAKES Facebook: shamcakesph Instagram: shamycakesph Live an Awesome Life, ABI of Team Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights.