Hereâ€™s a light post on snacking alternativesâ€¦ then a few other posts including a Cebuano Torta up next, before I return to the European tripâ€¦ Florence being the next stop. Many posts ago, a few of my readers (mostly abroad) asked me if I had tasted Boy Bawang or garlic flavored corniks. Not sure if corniks are a local phenomenon but I recently spotted some Boy Bawang in the grocery and decided to bring a medium-sized bag home. I have definitely tasted these before but just in passing. On closer inspection, the packaging was attractive and noticeable, the corniks â€œplumperâ€ and lighter and not too oily and the flavor of garlic intense. Pretty good if you are a corniks fan as my wife and the Kid definitely are. Personally, I have never been a huge fan of corniks but I do understand the addiction for others. A few days after the Boy Bawang taste test, my daughter brought home 24 mini packs from the grocery for snacking and they were priced at less than PHP2 per packâ€¦now that, is a bargain if you ask me!
I am often totally â€œhuli sa balitaâ€ or the last to know, so when one of my daughterâ€™s friends showed up at the house munching popcorn out of a nice waxed paper bag and I tasted it and was totally blown away by the light, fresh and not overly sweet taste of Kettle Korn, I thought the stuff had just been miraculously invented. Apparently not, it has been around for a while now. And their most convenient retail spot (for me) is at the gas station on the corner of McKinley and EDSA in Makati. At about PHP60 a bag, itâ€™s a bit pricier than corniks but itâ€™s still a deal. It tastes like premium corn kernels, popped at high (dry heat?) and it is coated with sugar that tends to caramelize when in the high heat. It makes a terrific snack for kids and adults alike. Also perfect for road trips. Isnâ€™t it just amazing what you can do with a few corn kernels, oil, heat, salt, sugar and garlic?