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Bol-anon Goodies!

We just got back from Bohol and since my parents are from there, I knew what to get for pasalubong.  I want to feature some of the yummy products that I bought and will use some of the items I bought for a few recipes in the future.

Bohol Bee Farm - I had to stop myself from getting all of the items from the store. These goodies are great, healthy and cost efficient! 

 




Yummy Pesto Spread, wonderful on toast or crackers!



 


This Honey Spread wasn't so bad. You don't really get the same taste as when you put butter and honey on toast. It tasted more like sweetened margarine to me. 



 
This is one of their best sellers - locally produced honey.  There are a variety of honey that's available so you need to check with the sales lady as to what kind are the sweeter vs. more bland ones.  

As a kid, I would eat half a bag of Bohol Broas everytime we had them at home.  I had always wondered why the broas from Bohol were different from the ones in Quezon.  These pastries are sweeter and crunchier and they have a distinct flavor to them.  The Quezon counterpart to me is always too dry and bland so I've always preferred the broas from Bohol.   Sampaguita's doesn't only sell Broas but a myriad of other pastries that you would need to try.  They actual "factory" (which is really a house with a small store) is just behind the Baclayon church so its easy for you to get these freshly baked goodies.  Don't worry if Sampaguita's run out of broas, you can always visit the other houses nearby (its a family run business) and they would gladly sell you the same stuff :) Broas are excellent not just for pasalubong but for making refrigerator cakes - will post sample recipes in my future blogs.
For those of you who don't know Bohol makes excellent tablea (cocoa).  These are used for making hot cocoa (pure) or can also be added to a variety of chocolate recipes.  The hot cocoa made out of tablea works perfectly with suman and mangoes.  Will be posting the recipe to tablea hot cocoa soon!
                                                             

Although I don't eat pork (or beef), I bought a kilo of chicharon (pork rind) for pasalubong to my friends and family.  The chicharon in Bohol is always fresh.  And just like the makes of the pastries, these are done out of people's homes. 
Hilda's Chicharon is one of the best selling chicharons in Bohol.  They have a stalls in the market area (however they only open after lunch I think) but you can also go direct to the source.  When you buy though, be prepared to wait a few minutes as they only pack the chicharon when you are there.  You can buy them by the pack but usually they're sold by the kilo.


If you're a chicharon junkie, you won't be able to resist this! Even the smell wafting out of the plastic bag is enough to drive you insane!  When I was a kid I remember eating this with rice and it was divine! :)

Here's a snapshot of a kilo of freshly cooked Chicharon.



So there you have it - my Boh-anon goodies!  Will post recipes on these yummy items soon! :)

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