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Top 10 Pastillas in Manila scoured the metro for the best milk candy in town.
By: Monica Barretto  |   Published on: Oct 12, 2011 - 9:53am

Made simply with carabao's milk and sugar, pastillas de leche is a time-honored Pinoy delicacy most of us grew up enjoying. Look up its origin and the stories will lead you to a town called San Miguel in Bulacan, where carabao-breeding farmers made these scrumptious milk morsels at home.

The process begins with boiling its star ingredients until a creamy mixture forms and thickens, or until "tostado," when the milk paste's color sports a nice, caramel-colored hue. Then, they're molded by hand into bite-sized candy, rolled in sugar, and wrapped delicately in pabalat or handcrafted paper (and these days, in colorful cellophane wrappers). Though pastillas de leche is the pride of provincial towns like Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Laguna, you don't have to go that far to get your fix. Here, our favorites from the metro.


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Photos by Monica Barretto

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  • rbsantos
    Availability of DVP Pastillas: This morning, I went to SM North Supermarket and asked the supermarket customer service and info desk but there were NO DVF Pastillas to be found. FYI
    2 months ago     Reply   Hide replies
    • rbsantos
      I called DVF, the store is located at the lower ground floor at SM North Edsa Main Building Basement near Healthy Options & Slimmer's World. FYI
      2 months ago     Reply  
  • Philip Vendicacion
    How about Philippine Carabao Center (PCC)
    Feb 29 2012 @ 08:33pm     Reply  
  • Tec
    Red Ribbon? Eh hindi naman talaga sila ang may timpla at gumagawa nang pastillas nila eh, ka;'partner nila ang Ocampo's Sweet sa San Miguel at dun lang sila kumukuha nang pastillas. Alam ko yan dahil taga San Miguel ako.
    Nov 30 2011 @ 05:23pm     Reply  
  • migz
    Carreon's of Pampanga are the best
    Oct 21 2011 @ 07:21pm     Reply  
  • carlo811
    I felt so displeased when I strongly recommended to my loved one the pastillas by sevilla's as how i've known them to be. We bought a box of jumbo pastillas and upon arriving home I was so dismayed to see that the pastillas in that box were FULL OF MOULDS ! To think that I even asked the sales girl at the shoppesville branch at greenhills if it was fresh and she said that the product I was buying was new and fresh ! Quality and freshness of product must always be priority and never compromised ! You just lost another loyal customer, Sevilla's !
    Oct 19 2011 @ 04:24pm     Reply  
  • adrian
    There's no Ayings? they're bigger and much better (with varying flavors) than the bunch here.
    Oct 18 2011 @ 03:08pm     Reply  
  • gelo_ace
    nice to know DVF's pastillas made it to your list. it's the best!
    Oct 14 2011 @ 12:02am     Reply  
  • tina
    What happened to Bulacan Sweets'? Don't they deserve to be in the list?
    Oct 13 2011 @ 06:14pm     Reply  
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