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Sweet picks of the week: Ube jam, brownies, silvanas, and more

Steph Arnaldo
Sweet picks of the week: Ube jam, brownies, silvanas, and more

TREATS. Ube cheese rolls, ube jam, and silvanas from TYnapay by Adz, Laguna Bakers, and Conti's, respectively.

TYNapay by Adz, Laguna Bakers, Conti's Facebook pages

Satisfy that sugar fix and check out this curated list of sweet treats and pastries from local businesses

Has your sweet tooth been calling out for extra attention lately? If you’re on the hunt for something sweet and new to try out this weekend, we’ve got a curated roundup of local businesses to check out to satisfy that sugar fix, serving up sweet treats like ube jam, ube cheese rolls, and more!

Ube cheese rolls by TYnapay by Adz

Home bakery TYnapay by Adz makes its own version of the popular cheese roll that is airy, soft, and chewy, baked with a block of savory cheese inside and coated with butter and sugar on the outside. You can have the classic cheese roll by the dozen (P495) or as an ube cheese roll (P660), which includes some ube jam in the center and a light, ube-flavored cream on top. Get them both in a dozen for P575.

TYnapay By Adz also has freshly baked, soft ube cheese pandesal (P300) and dulce de leche pandesal (P240) on the menu, which are good paired with coffee. An assorted box (P280) of all pandesal flavors is also available.

TYNnapay by Adz is located at Greenpark, Cainta. You can message them on Facebook for orders.

Ube jam by Laguna Bakers

Laguna Bakers makes their own gloopy, thick, nutty, and creamy homemade ube jalea for P250 a jar, made from real ube halaya. It’s a good dupe to the well-loved ube jam brand; Laguna Bakers’ best-seller can be eaten with bread, used for pastries and cakes, or simply enjoyed by the sweet spoonful.

You can order from Laguna Bakers (they do weekly deliveries from Laguna to Metro Manila) via Facebook.

Flavored silvanas by Conti’s

Local bakeshop Conti’s released a new line of silvanas – frozen cashew-meringue wafer cookies coated in biscuit crumbs and filled with rich buttercream – in strawberry, mango, chocolate, and biscoff flavors.

These crunchy-chewy treats are available in assorted boxes of eight pieces for P375. You can get them via takeout from Conti’s stores or delivery through the website.

Fudgy brownies by Tanette’s Brownies

If you’re a sucker for fudgy pastries and anything chocolate, Tanette’s Brownies are a simple but comforting take on chewy, fudgy brownies that are indulgent yet not too sweet. To get a taste of different textures and flavors, Tannette’s Brownie Sampler (P390) is a must-try – the box features 15 pieces of the classic, salted caramel, dark chocolate ganache, rocky road, almonds, and happy bites flavors.

The small bakery is based in Las Piñas City. You can check out the rest of the menu and place your orders on the website.

Coffee on tap by Karaf Coffee

Experience freshly brewed iced or hot coffee on tap by Karaf Coffee – a fun, new way to enjoy and share some good brew with friends and family at home or during meetings.

Karaf Coffee’s coffee-on-tap is available in convenient, to-go boxes, which come with their own easy-to-use faucet. Karaf Coffee roasts its own beans in small batches and the coffee is always made-to-order.

They have different dairy-free blends served by the liter. For iced Americano drinkers, check out the strong and classic Clean Black (P499), available in hot or cold brew. For the sweet tooth, there’s the milky Dark Mocha (P649), a creamy blend of rich espresso, 62% dark chocolate, and oat milk. They also have a milky Dirty White (P649) blend, made with plant-based milk.

Karaf Coffee can be ordered through its website, GrabFood, and Pick-A-Roo.

Tree-to-bar local chocolate by 1919 Chocolate

Award-winning, family-owned, tree-to-bar chocolatier 1919 Chocolate makes its pretty chocolate bars from cacao beans sourced from a family-owned estate in Malvar, Batangas – home to heirloom Criollo cacao trees.

1919 Chocolate’s 70% Dark Chocolate bar is smooth and rich, and this actually just recently won its first Bronze Award at the Academy of Chocolate 2021. 1919’s slightly sweeter 62% Dark Chocolate also just won its second Silver Award.

1919 also offers a silky, smooth chocolate hazelnut spread Hey Cacao! (P390), good with pastries, on toast, or on pancakes. Other interesting variants to their handmade chocolate include Toasted Milk + Strawberry White Chocolate, Milk & Cereal Bar, and the nutty Horchata. The bars range from P230 to P250. You can order via 1919 Chocolate’s website.

Organic honey from One World Deli

Looking for premium honey? Local shop One World Deli directly distributes superhoney from A Buzz From The Bees, an Australia-founded company that harvests pure, undiluted honey from unpolluted forests in Western Australia.

This organic honey has no preservatives and additives and is loaded with health benefits. The best-selling Jarrah Honey is a rare honey variant with high antimicrobial and antibacterial activity and is low in glucose. Due to its non-crystallizing property, it makes for a good, smooth, yet thick table honey that’s good for almost any purpose.

They also have Red Gum Honeycomb that is said to have natural antioxidants  and anti-inflammatory properties. You can enjoy it on its own as a sweet snack, or with your tea, fruits, oatmeal, or pastries.

You can order from One World Deli’s Facebook page.

Apple pie by Lulu’s Pie

This home bakery was founded because of its hero product and constant best-seller: Lulu’s Apple Pie, a golden-brown, baked lattice pie with fresh apple chunks that’s sweet and comforting, served in a tin can. You can get it in classic (P270) or with coco sugar (P385). Top a warm slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Lulu’s Pie also has a savory creamy chicken pie with a buttery, flaky crust (P350) and sticky, soft, hefty ensaymada coated with cream and grated cheese in traditional, ube, dulce de leche, and torched flavors. If you want something extra sweet and fruity, there’s the milky strawberry ensaymada.

Lulu’s Pie was founded by Paul, the son of mommy Lulu, a home baker who died in November 2019 due to cancer. Paul, who lost his job as a cabin crew in January, unearthed his mother’s well-loved, decades-old recipes and used them to build his own small home bakery as a legacy to mommy Lulu.

You can order from Lulu’s Pie on Facebook. The shop is based in Sta Mesa, Manila. –

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Steph Arnaldo

If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.