Food packaging in the Philippines is oftentimes pretty abysmal. There are a few bright exceptions, but generally speaking, we have some of the most uninspired, unprofessional, unappealing and sometimes, even appalling food packaging for a country so pre-occupied with foodâ€¦ The basic bottles, plastic containers, boxes, bags, etc. that are available are pretty limited. Custom made packages can be hard to find, and if at all possible, extremely expensive. Also, I find that as a consuming public, we donâ€™t seem to give a damn, so the vendors donâ€™t bother to improve their offerings. And the difference is apparent within hours of leaving our shores. During a brief stopover in Hong Kong, The Kid bounded off to get a baked goody to sustain her through the 15-16 hour flight to New York. She purchased this massive chocolate muffin with whole chunks of chocolate from Millie’s Cookies for about USD2.50 (nearly the same price of a midget cupcake at the most expensive bakery in Manila) and it came wrapped in this terrific bag, with printed napkins.
Not only was the paper bag visually and graphically attractive with its colorful and eye catching design, it was of very good quality paper. And inside, it even had a waxed liner (a second layer) so that the fat or oils from the baked goods wouldnâ€™t transfer to the paper bag and potentially soil oneâ€™s clothing. The liner also probably helps the baked goods retain moisture and prevent them from drying out quickly. The bag was also sealed with a sticker just to finish off the look. Now I know some places in Manila try to do a similar thing, but they are few and far between. It was just nice to get a pretty good cupcake (moist and flavorful) with large chunks of chocolate and presented in such an attractive bag. And this wasn’t an unusual experience during this recent trip. All over New York and New England, we came across clever, innovative and attractive packaging for ice creams, baked goods, fruit, candy, clothing, etcâ€¦