05 Dec2012

I was 11 years old when I took my first trip to the U.S., and spent several weeks in New York City. For the next six years, I spent summers in New York with my sisters. Whenever we purchased some goodies at neighborhood bakers, classic white cardoboard boxes filled with goodies such as brownies from William Greenberg or plum tarts (my absolute favorite) from the fantastic patisserie Bonte, were tied with this type of baker’s twine. The twine is made of cotton cording, and I think the most classic color is red and white (they come in all sorts of colors actually). They also happen to be rather festive for the Christmas season… so while on our most recent New York trip, I picked up this spool of baker’s twine. It will last us several years I suspect.

Red or white boxes, tied with the baker’s twine will be the packaging for any cookies, cakes or other baked goodies we make this season. If you plan to bake and give away homemade sweets, you’ll want a selection of boxes, bags, ribbons, twine, etc. to make the packaging as attractive as your baked goods are delicious. My two favorite “secret sources” for packaging materials are RM Boxes, here, and Afdell Packaging (formerly Commoner’s Commercial} on Ilaya Street, just off Juan Luna Street, in Divisoria. Happy baking and happy packing this holiday season!



  1. atbnorge says:

    I also bought twine yesterday. To support the industry making them, I am going to use it up as soon as I can. That’s a lot of roasts and gift wrapping ;). The last spool I bought lasted 5 years. It could have lived more if my son didn’t use it for his saranggola last summer.
    Yes, nakaboto na rin ako sa latest poll! Salamat MM!

    Dec 5, 2012 | 9:46 pm


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  3. natie says:

    Yummy things come secured in red-white twine!! I’m into spectacular packaging and presentation..

    Dec 5, 2012 | 10:47 pm

  4. RoBStaR says:

    Thank you so much for the link MM, this is exactly what am looking for.

    Dec 6, 2012 | 12:41 am

  5. NYC_girl says:

    OMG MM!! I love baker’s twine. They come in different colors now. I use them a lot for crafting and scrap booking.

    Dec 6, 2012 | 1:35 am

  6. DhayL says:

    This is the time where I make batches upon batched of shortbread cookies to be given out to families and friends for the season! I have to admit though that my packaging is not as attractive compare to these boxes, I use christmas theme tin cans :)
    HHhmmm, maybe this year I should get more creative!

    Btw, I’m going to miss your Gangnam video, coz I don’t have the pw, hopefully somewhere down the road, you’ll change your mind and post it for us to see! :)
    And your poll, thank you for adding “all of the above”, hehehe we definitely needed that one!

    Dec 6, 2012 | 3:46 am

  7. Maddie says:

    Any chance of finding this baker’s twine here?

    Dec 6, 2012 | 5:29 am

  8. Papa Ethan says:

    DhayL: me too, I was able to vote finally. Thanks, MM for amending the poll.

    That “professional grade baker’s twine” is truly interesting. I wonder if they have it in Divisoria (maybe called by a different name?).

    Dec 6, 2012 | 9:25 am

  9. Thel from Florida says:

    hu hu hu, I don’t have a password (:

    Dec 6, 2012 | 10:19 am

  10. EbbaBlue says:

    Me too, no password. Umm… can I hack the code? Or does anybody has a “illegal copy” of this specific post? hihihihi. Shows how desperate I am to see MM perform this “craze” – which when it came out on its 2nd day on u-tube, my husband is one of the first 100 people to see it. He told me about it. I was not amazed right away, told him it aint going anywhere in terms of popularity…. and boy I was wrong.

    This Christmas season – not only cotton twine has the color red/green theme, even masking tape now comes in the yuletide hues. I planned to buy some to use taping my balikbayan boxes, but I remember that the Freight companies advise us not to use this kind of tape, kasi dahil daw sa hot temperature sa biahe, eh nag-wa-warp siya. Ayy…naku,, dami namang bawal.

    Dec 6, 2012 | 2:17 pm

  11. Marketman says:

    Thel and Ebbablue, the latest 007 movie is… ?

    Dec 6, 2012 | 2:27 pm

  12. rosa says:

    napatili ako sa (thankfully) empty office when MM gave a clue for the password. thanks, MM!!! ?

    BTW – because of your post on paper straws, i’ve been on the lookout for them. i forgot to look for Afdell Packaging the last time I went to Divi, but i found the exact brand of paper straws at landmark, albeit about P6.00 more expensive per box. This one, however, came in different colors per box, sparing me the need to buy all four.

    As always, thanks for the inspiration, MM!

    Dec 6, 2012 | 6:56 pm

  13. Avid Thinker says:

    Thank you MM for sharing the password but I can’t log in but it is okay as long as I can still read most of your posts. :=)
    I’ve been on a MarketManila marathon this week, thank you for adding the Random Posts feature.

    More power to you!

    Dec 6, 2012 | 8:42 pm

  14. tess f. says:

    @ Maddie check Party Starters its located in Pasig.They sell baker’s twine and other party needs

    Dec 6, 2012 | 9:56 pm

  15. Marketman says:

    Avid thinker, all lower case… :)

    Dec 6, 2012 | 9:57 pm

  16. natie says:

    MM, you’re funny…taking us “by the hand” ..

    Dec 6, 2012 | 11:15 pm

  17. Anna Maria Elisa Manalo says:

    Sounds like an easy practical way to pack some foodie faves as Christmas gifts!

    Dec 6, 2012 | 11:19 pm

  18. Chas says:

    One of my favorite ways of wrapping Christmas presents is using kraft paper, red twine, and raffia. Simple and organic.

    Dec 7, 2012 | 12:39 am

  19. Maddie says:

    Thanks Tess F.!

    Dec 7, 2012 | 4:41 am

  20. farida says:

    Hi MM,
    I don’t know the password. But that is okay. Will just read other posts.

    Dec 7, 2012 | 9:57 am

  21. PITS, MANILA says:

    too difficult to focus on this new post, what with my head still in the previous post — hahaha!!!

    i’ve been purchasing biodegradable food packages to use for “baon”, for days when one would rather not be bothered with bringing washable food containers home. there’s AFDELL for that. and check out PRINCE (849 carmen planas st., divisoria), and the dry goods section of the FARMER’S MARKET (cubao, qc).

    baker’s twine, if i can find any of the colored ones. if not, it’ll have to be the usual red and green yarn.

    Dec 7, 2012 | 12:01 pm

  22. DhayL says:

    Thanks MM for the hint, I took me a few tries though, good thing it did not kick me out or something! :) SO glad to see the photos, I have a biG smile in my face right now! :)

    Dec 7, 2012 | 10:41 pm

  23. hiddendragon says:

    Ah! Afdell. I knew it sounded familiar – I had to check my Palm Desktop. I buy resealable plastic bags there for my business. I didn’t really memorize the name of the shop I patronize, it was just pointed out to me by some vendors I asked. Probably because the area’s too crowded with the street vendors piling on their wares two stories high. one can’t even be bothered to look up and check a store’s name.

    725 Ilaya, that’s right. About 2~3 stores away from the corner, across where the police outpost is. You can get there by walking straight on Juan Luna from Binondo. It’s always crowded, and there’s always a bunch of people in there looking at the various cake and pastry boxes, with that faraway glint in their eye dreaming about striking it big with their brownies.

    This Christmas, Divisoria is one place you would NOT want to go into. Trust me, I was there yesterday.

    Dec 9, 2012 | 8:50 am

  24. Cai says:

    I love baker’s twine and that’s why I decided to sell them here in Manila!

    I sell baker’s twine in different colors! Please check our online store http://www.paperchicstudio.com

    Thank you! :)

    Dec 10, 2012 | 3:57 pm

  25. girlie says:

    hi! MM!

    We would like to say thank you for mentioning our store in your blogs. AFDELL PACKAGING SOLUTION ( COMMONERS COMMERCIAL ) Tel. No 2444049,2429114

    We would like to inform you also that we have other branch in SUCAT PARANAQUE – Sucat Packaging and Plastic Center. Tel No. 8810765, 09228903628

    you can view some of our products at


    Thank You

    Dec 12, 2012 | 3:45 pm

  26. alicia says:

    White cardboard boxes and red and white twine are so much a part of my childhood as well. I think I have mentioned this to you before- my grandmother worked practically all her life in Royale Bakery (of Seinfeld’s babka fame) on the upper Westside and I grew up spoiled with the best onion rolls,challah, rainbow cookies, rugelach, babka etc. I love William Greenberg and will readily spend $22.95 or is is $24 on a pound of cookies just to recapture my childhood memories. I miss Bonte terribly. Especially his croissants! So much so that I made sure all my breakfast breads came from him when I wed many years ago.

    A simple post on red twine opened led me to a lifetime worth of memories. Thanks for this MM. Happy Holidays!

    Dec 18, 2012 | 9:26 am


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