March 26, 2007

Jumbo pastillas


Among our native sweets, pastillas de leche (milk candy) ranks high in my list of favorites. My mom used to always bring home an unlabeled cardboard box filled with these delightful little logs of milk and sugar. It was a habit of mine to come into my parents room at night in the pretense of saying goodnight, but actually snooping for goodies on my mom's nightstand. She was - and still is - a nocturnal muncher, a bad habit I unfortunately inherited which I'm having trouble kicking.

If she had pastillas de leche, I would take a whole bunch back with me to my room and like a little mouse, I'd first nibble on them slowly, trying to prolong the joy I felt each time I bit into these delicious morsels. But eventually unable to resist any longer, I would pop them whole into my mouth. Yum! I can feel my salivary glands going into overdrive right now.

Though I have yet to attempt to make my own, I can imagine it would be quite simple because really you only use two ingredients - milk which is reduced by simmering and sugar, lots of sugar mixed in and to coat. Those of the carabao milk variety are great too!


One Christmas, we received Iya's jumbo pastillas as a present. It came in the cutest box with whimsical cartoon images of cows, and a message that read "mooo-chas gracias!" underneath. Now, how cute is that?! I was stunned when I saw the contents which are easily three times the size of the regular ones. These were definitely not of the popping-into-mouth-whole variety. I would tell you how many are in a box, but I've failed my two attempts at counting because I'd sneak a few and lose count. But I think it's over 20 pcs. And they were good, nope, they were fantastic! And everyone I have given these to agrees. Es mooo-y delicioso! :)


Iya's Jumbo Pastillas
(P250/box)
Tel. (02) 843.9066
2320 Morado St./1392 Palm Ave.
Dasmarinas Vill., Makati

19 comments:

Mila Tan said...

They were the bomb Nena! So glad you finally posted about them (with the cute cow toothpick holder). Another temptation in life!

Katrina said...

THANK YOU for introducing us to this! I plan to order to bring with me on Holy Week, so my family can try them...and so I won't eat the whole box by myself!

canDIshhh said...

WHoa?! Jumbo pastillas! I love pastillas! Will give this a try soon! :) Thanks for the heads up!! :)

christine said...

Mila, what would life be without such temptation!? :)

You're most welcome, Katrina! Am always happy to share my joy hehe. :)

Candishhh, yes try it soon. They're super good!

rowena said...

I've never tried pastillas de leche, let alone even heard of it in the foodie blogosphere. They sound like the perfect thing to sneak under the covers at night! Cute cow packaging too!

joey said...

These were fantastic! :) I have to get a box for my dad...he will LOVE them!

christine said...

Rowena, you must try them! I'm surprised you haven't even heard of them, not even while you were in the Philippines. I wish there was a way I could send you sget them to you easily. If you have any friends or relatives visiting from here, I would be happy to send you some!

Jo, I know your dad is a sweet tooth too so I have no doubt he'd love these. Let me know if he does. :)

Lori said...

I also discovered these last Christmas and man, I've never looked at pastillas the same way again. I'd never realized how puny pastillas have become over the years.

Socky said...

I am still thinking of those pastillas! Yum! Thanks to your post, I now know where to get them. Should be great with Coffee Alamid!

grumpyurbanslacker said...

gypsy,

wow! looks so yummy! i'll call and order them...haha.

Gabsy said...

Nena! I love your blogs but they leave me v. frustrated! How am I supposed to get my hands on these super yummy looking pastillas (like you, I am a bit of an addict) when I am in Davis? Sigh... I guess I'll just have to wait till the next time I visit Manila.

christine said...

Lori, so true! All other pastillas now seem too tiny and they all pale in comparison. I would pay the additional price for these big ones, they're so worth it!

Socky, anything would be great with that coffee alamid! What wonderful coffee that was, thank you for sharing your stash with us. :)

GUS, go ahead and order, you'll be happy you did. :)

Hey Gabs! I didn't know you were reading my blog. :) Guess who was responsible for giving us a box of these pastillas 2 years ago? Paz! So ask your Ami or any of them to send you some. Miss your emails about your adventures over there!

vina said...

i love pastillas! they rank high up there together with yema :)

i would love to drop by the place. at least, it's nearer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO SO much for sharing your finds with us, that is so nice of you!

christine said...

Vina, I love yema too! I love anything made with egg yolk, like the filling of the brazo de mercedes, yum!

Anon, you're welcome. Where's the fun in keeping it to yourself? It's always better shared. :)

Sidney said...

I like them too ! :-)

Emen said...

Do you have deliveries for your scrumptious pastillas?

christine said...

Hi Emen, I don't make these. :) I wrote the contact details at the bottom of the post. Though I know they don't do deliveries, you can get the pastillas at market market also.

Anonymous said...

where can i order iya's jumbo pastillas here in the u.s.?