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5 Sweet Treats from Iloilo to Take Home to Your Friends and Family

Take home some of Iloilo's sweetness with these specialty foods!

By: Karen Bermejo | April 15, 2020

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Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


sweet treats Iloilo

Take home some sweetness from Iloilo with these classic treats.

Image: Original Biscocho Haus Facebook page

Iloilo is not known as the City of Love for nothing. The Ilonggos or the people from this city are known for their sweet accent and tender tone of voice. In reality, you can’t even tell if they are already cursing.

But another thing that makes Ilonggos sweet are the sweet treats from Iloilo that that anyone and everyone should taste. If you yourself are traveling to Iloilo for the first time or are already a frequent visitor, here are some sweet treats from Iloilo to bring home to your loved ones.


1. Biscocho

Where to find it: Original Biscocho Haus (multiple branches)
Operating hours: 6 AM to 8 PM daily
Recommended budget for one: PhP500


Iloilo

With its crisp texture, biscocho is perfect for a hot drink.

Image: Original Biscocho Haus Facebook page

On top of the list is the classic biscocho, which is toasted bread with butter and sugar. It is perfectly paired with coffee because of its crispiness. Also because of it being lightweight, you can carry boxes of biscocho without paying excess baggage. While there are already a variety of versions of biscocho available, the most popular is still from the Original Biscocho Haus. You can find the store in malls and in various locations in the city. But their main branch in Jaro which has been there for four decades already.

How to get to the Original Biscocho Haus: If you’re coming from the City Proper, take a Jaro CPU jeepney and get off at Jaro Plaza. Walk towards Lopez Jaena Street for at least two to three minutes to reach the shop.

Note: Due to the community quarantine, the operating hours for the Jaro branch are adjusted to 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM until further notice.



2. Butterscotch

Where to find it: RGies Delicacies, Kamantigue Street, Gran Plains Subdivision, Jaro, Iloilo City
Operating hours:
8 AM to 5:30 PM on Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays
9 AM to 5:30 PM on Fridays
Closed on Sundays
Recommended budget for one: PhP500


pasalubong

Aside from original, you can now enjoy butterscotch in other flavors such as walnut.

Image: RGies Delicacies Facebook page

Another favorite Ilonggo treat you should not miss is butterscotch or the soft and chewy brownies. Usually wrapped in bite-sized form, butterscotch is perfect as snacks or desserts. With its popularity, there are also numerous versions available in the market. The original butterscotch flavor only has cashews. Nowadays, there are also other variants you can try, such as with mango, almonds, dates, calamansi (local lime) and other local fruits.

How to get to RGies Delicacies: From City Proper, you can take a Jarol Liko Tagbak or Leganes jeepney and get off at Gran Plains Subdivision. The store is at the residence of the owner along Kamantigue Street.


3. Cream Horn

Where to find it: Margec’s Deli, E. Lopez Street, Jaro, Iloilo City
Operating hours: 7:30 AM to 8 PM daily
Recommended budget for one: PhP500


specialty foods

If you’re a yema lover, you’ll surely like this cream horn with cream filling.

Image: Margec’s Cream Horn Facebook page

Cream horns may not be as famous as biscocho and butterscotch, but it’s still a must-have for travelers visiting the city. It’s a pastry shaped like a horn while its insides are filled with a sweet and milky cream filling. Their regular filling flavor is yema which is a sweet confectionary made of egg yolk, milk, and sugar. But unlike the regular yema, it is less sweet so you can eat it with less guilt too. Aside from yema, there are also chocolate, strawberry, and buko pandan fillings.

How to get to Margec’s Deli: Whether you are from City Proper or Jaro area, take a Jaro-CPU jeepney and get off in front of the store along E. Lopez Street in Jaro district.



4. Tablea

Where to find it: Camiña Balay Nga Bato, 20 Osmena Street, Villa de Arevalo, Iloilo City
Operating hours: 8 AM to 6 PM daily
Recommended budget for one: PhP500


sweet treats Iloilo

Tablea is a type of chocolate drink with less guilt.

Image: Camiña Balay nga Bato in Iloilo Facebook page

Tablea or blocks of cacao is not exclusive to Iloilo. In fact, it’s everywhere in the Philippines. But the Ilonggos’ sweet nature might have made it even more delightful than the others. The cacao products where this tablea is made out of are harvested from the highlands of Iloilo. Tablea is a staple drink in most local restaurants in the city. Likewise, it is also a favorite pasalubong item.

How to get to Camiña Balay nga Bato: From City Proper, take a Villa Mohon or Oton jeepney and get off in front of the establishment.

Note: Due to the community quarantine, the operating hours for the store are adjusted to 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM until further notice. Only pick-up transactions are allowed.


For more of the best places to eat in the City of Love, check out Yoorekka.com.


5. Bandi

Where to find it: Iloilo Central Market, Rizal Street, City Proper, Iloilo City
Operating hours: 4 AM to 8 PM daily
Recommended budget for one: PhP300


Iloilo

Enjoy a plate-size bandi or a bite-size one.

Image: Steph Doce

Bandi or peanuts and caramelized sugar candy only has three ingredients: peanuts, sugar, and sesame seeds on top. It’s actually more popular in San Joaquin, the last municipality of Iloilo province in the south. But you don’t have to travel for hours anymore to get bandi as it is already available in local markets and groceries in the city. The most common is a flat bandi sold in different sizes. There are even some that are as big as a large pizza pan. There are also round and bite-size bandi. City-made bandi are usually from the Molo district. If you are travelling far, bandi is also the perfect pasalubong since it can last really long.

How to get to Iloilo Central Market: Take any city-bound jeepney and alight as it passes along Iloilo City Central Market.

Note: Due to the community quarantine, the recommended operating hours for merchants in the Iloilo Central Market are now from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM until further notice.



Aside from its sweet people, Iloilo City is indeed a perfect place to visit with all its mouth-watering treats. Luckily, you can find these sweet treats anywhere so it is really easy to bring some home.
Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


sweet treats Iloilo

Take home some sweetness from Iloilo with these classic treats.

Image: Original Biscocho Haus Facebook page

Iloilo is not known as the City of Love for nothing. The Ilonggos or the people from this city are known for their sweet accent and tender tone of voice. In reality, you can’t even tell if they are already cursing.

But another thing that makes Ilonggos sweet are the sweet treats from Iloilo that that anyone and everyone should taste. If you yourself are traveling to Iloilo for the first time or are already a frequent visitor, here are some sweet treats from Iloilo to bring home to your loved ones.


1. Biscocho

Where to find it: Original Biscocho Haus (multiple branches)
Operating hours: 6 AM to 8 PM daily
Recommended budget for one: PhP500


Iloilo

With its crisp texture, biscocho is perfect for a hot drink.

Image: Original Biscocho Haus Facebook page

On top of the list is the classic biscocho, which is toasted bread with butter and sugar. It is perfectly paired with coffee because of its crispiness. Also because of it being lightweight, you can carry boxes of biscocho without paying excess baggage. While there are already a variety of versions of biscocho available, the most popular is still from the Original Biscocho Haus. You can find the store in malls and in various locations in the city. But their main branch in Jaro which has been there for four decades already.

How to get to the Original Biscocho Haus: If you’re coming from the City Proper, take a Jaro CPU jeepney and get off at Jaro Plaza. Walk towards Lopez Jaena Street for at least two to three minutes to reach the shop.

Note: Due to the community quarantine, the operating hours for the Jaro branch are adjusted to 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM until further notice.



2. Butterscotch

Where to find it: RGies Delicacies, Kamantigue Street, Gran Plains Subdivision, Jaro, Iloilo City
Operating hours:
8 AM to 5:30 PM on Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays
9 AM to 5:30 PM on Fridays
Closed on Sundays
Recommended budget for one: PhP500


pasalubong

Aside from original, you can now enjoy butterscotch in other flavors such as walnut.

Image: RGies Delicacies Facebook page

Another favorite Ilonggo treat you should not miss is butterscotch or the soft and chewy brownies. Usually wrapped in bite-sized form, butterscotch is perfect as snacks or desserts. With its popularity, there are also numerous versions available in the market. The original butterscotch flavor only has cashews. Nowadays, there are also other variants you can try, such as with mango, almonds, dates, calamansi (local lime) and other local fruits.

How to get to RGies Delicacies: From City Proper, you can take a Jarol Liko Tagbak or Leganes jeepney and get off at Gran Plains Subdivision. The store is at the residence of the owner along Kamantigue Street.


3. Cream Horn

Where to find it: Margec’s Deli, E. Lopez Street, Jaro, Iloilo City
Operating hours: 7:30 AM to 8 PM daily
Recommended budget for one: PhP500


specialty foods

If you’re a yema lover, you’ll surely like this cream horn with cream filling.

Image: Margec’s Cream Horn Facebook page

Cream horns may not be as famous as biscocho and butterscotch, but it’s still a must-have for travelers visiting the city. It’s a pastry shaped like a horn while its insides are filled with a sweet and milky cream filling. Their regular filling flavor is yema which is a sweet confectionary made of egg yolk, milk, and sugar. But unlike the regular yema, it is less sweet so you can eat it with less guilt too. Aside from yema, there are also chocolate, strawberry, and buko pandan fillings.

How to get to Margec’s Deli: Whether you are from City Proper or Jaro area, take a Jaro-CPU jeepney and get off in front of the store along E. Lopez Street in Jaro district.



4. Tablea

Where to find it: Camiña Balay Nga Bato, 20 Osmena Street, Villa de Arevalo, Iloilo City
Operating hours: 8 AM to 6 PM daily
Recommended budget for one: PhP500


sweet treats Iloilo

Tablea is a type of chocolate drink with less guilt.

Image: Camiña Balay nga Bato in Iloilo Facebook page

Tablea or blocks of cacao is not exclusive to Iloilo. In fact, it’s everywhere in the Philippines. But the Ilonggos’ sweet nature might have made it even more delightful than the others. The cacao products where this tablea is made out of are harvested from the highlands of Iloilo. Tablea is a staple drink in most local restaurants in the city. Likewise, it is also a favorite pasalubong item.

How to get to Camiña Balay nga Bato: From City Proper, take a Villa Mohon or Oton jeepney and get off in front of the establishment.

Note: Due to the community quarantine, the operating hours for the store are adjusted to 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM until further notice. Only pick-up transactions are allowed.


For more of the best places to eat in the City of Love, check out Yoorekka.com.


5. Bandi

Where to find it: Iloilo Central Market, Rizal Street, City Proper, Iloilo City
Operating hours: 4 AM to 8 PM daily
Recommended budget for one: PhP300


Iloilo

Enjoy a plate-size bandi or a bite-size one.

Image: Steph Doce

Bandi or peanuts and caramelized sugar candy only has three ingredients: peanuts, sugar, and sesame seeds on top. It’s actually more popular in San Joaquin, the last municipality of Iloilo province in the south. But you don’t have to travel for hours anymore to get bandi as it is already available in local markets and groceries in the city. The most common is a flat bandi sold in different sizes. There are even some that are as big as a large pizza pan. There are also round and bite-size bandi. City-made bandi are usually from the Molo district. If you are travelling far, bandi is also the perfect pasalubong since it can last really long.

How to get to Iloilo Central Market: Take any city-bound jeepney and alight as it passes along Iloilo City Central Market.

Note: Due to the community quarantine, the recommended operating hours for merchants in the Iloilo Central Market are now from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM until further notice.



Aside from its sweet people, Iloilo City is indeed a perfect place to visit with all its mouth-watering treats. Luckily, you can find these sweet treats anywhere so it is really easy to bring some home.

author

Karen writes to earn a living, tell stories and promote her advocacies. She’s a traveler and a volunteer. Her adventurous soul makes her more comfortable to sleep on the couch of a stranger than pay bucks for accommodation. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world, master a foreign language and learn how to swim. To keep her sanity while chasing her dreams, she chases waterfalls on weekends.

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