Top 10 Polvoron in Manila

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( Whether we make it ourselves or buy it from a bakeshop, polvoron is a favorite childhood treat. It's made with lightly toasted flour, powdered milk, sugar and melted butter and then pressed in a small oval shaped tin mold. While its Spanish equivalent is a baked, crumbly shortbread cookie, the Filipino polvoron is a crumbly powdered milk candy.


Traditionally, polvoron was made special with crisp pinipig added into the mix. These days, there's a whole new spectrum of flavors, ranging from those with nuts (cashew, pili, peanuts), fruits (dayap, kiwi, cranberry), and others (chocolate, coffee, cookies and cream, ube).


But the hallmark of a good polvoron is a base made from the classic recipe where good quality flour, milk and butter shine through. The polvoron should be as freshly made as possible and even if you take away the mix-ins, it should taste divine as it crumbles and melts in the mouth.  Make sure to check the expiration date so you get newly made ones. Polvoron sitting for months on a glass counter tend to dry out and turn rancid.


Whether you're a purist looking for the polvoron your Lola taught you to make as a child, or someone who favors the premium kind with the delicate scent of butter, there's one with your name on it in this list.



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