I first heard about chocolate-coated polvoron from a friend (hi Alex!), who was asking people where she can buy them. So lo and behold when I saw a box of these on the dining table this afternoon – apparently, guys from Choco Vron passed by Daily Supermarket earlier, and convinced my grandfather to buy a box.
First, a couple of good things about this product:
- Packaging is nice. All the polvoron are individually packed in foil packets – sturdier than Goldilocks’ plastic packaging – so you won’t have to worry about freshness. And according to the box, the expiry date is still in April…so that means a four-month shelf life, at least.
- A novel twist for a classic Pinoy candy. I’m actually surprised that it took this long for someone to try making chocolate-covered polvoron – after all, we already have chocolate-covered everything, from the everyday chocolate pretzels to even chocolate-covered potato chips. To add, we already have various kinds of flavored polvoron readily available, so why not chocolate-coated? And apart from novelty, this coating helps prevent the polvoron from crumbling into little pieces when your eating it.
Unfortunately, while the concept is novel and all, there are still some flaws in execution.
- Too sweet, but otherwise too little flavor. Maybe we set the standards a bit too high – we used to make our own polvoron at home – but if eaten alone, this polvoron would probably just taste like a mix of powdered milk and sugar. The little bit of flavor comes from the chocolate coating, which is pretty close to the quality of the Goya milk chocolates used to coat kiddie snacks (to be fair, Goya’s dark chocolate is good, but that’s for another article). The only saving grace was the pinipig, which helped minimize the sweetness. The small size also helped – if it were the size of Goldilocks’ polvoron, I wouldn’t have been able to finish it.
- More toasted flour, please? This probably is more of our family’s preference, but there would be more body to the flavor of the polvoron if the flour was a little bit more toasted. Add a dash of vanilla and a bit of butter, too…but that’s part of our polvoron recipe already. Other than flavor, toasted flour also helps keep the polvoron from spoiling. As it stands, though, the taste isn’t out-of-this-world; for me it’s just the same as Goldilocks polvoron, while my mom likes the Goldilocks polvoron better.