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