So where does one buy the best tasting barquillos these days??? I purchased the ones photographed above at the departure lounge of the Mactan airport and they werenâ€™t very good. They had no taste, they were too dry (though I suppose they must be dry) and crumbled into shards more than they should have. They were also rather massive which meant the packaging looked big but there was hardly anything in the box. I have absolutely no desire to make barquillos on my own despite the simple ingredients list primarily made up of flour, sugar, milk and flavoring such as vanilla or lemon essence. They simply bring back fond childhood memories of visiting my grandmother who would buy barquillos along with consilva (pinasugbu) by the can (and I mean a LARGE can) whenever we visited her for the Summer holidays. She also used to send cans of the stuff to Manila on special occasions â€¦
The barquillos of my childhood were a little smaller and I almost always used to eat them with some ice cream. They were strong enough to plunge into soft ice cream and scoop it up to your mouth. They tasted perfect with vanilla or chocolate ice cream. I used to hold them like a cigar while other diners were having their cognac or after dinner drink and smoke. A cardinal sin at the dinner table was to crunch on a barquillo and blow out the crumbsâ€¦talk about getting reprimanded for â€œuncivilizedâ€ behaviorâ€¦ In the Philippines, barquillos central appears to be Iloilo, not surprising given their access to sugar and all things Iberian in nature. But no, they werenâ€™t likely invented in Iloilo as there are examples of rolled thin wafer cookies in several ex-Spanish colonies around the world. Essentially a thin batter is poured onto a wafer iron (barquillera) and the wafer cooked to a light brown then immediately rolled while still hot. Once it cools, a crisp cylindrical cookie is formed. Our barquillos have evolved, with some vendors filling them with polvoron while others trying more local flavors (check out this brilliant photo of ube barquillos by yugatech)â€¦if anyone knows where to get some really good barquillos in Manila â€“ please leave me a comment! Thanks.