A collection of snacks in the Philippines

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Boy Bawang

In the 90’s whenever you think of corn snacks, Safari was the first snack that came to mind.  It was the undisputed king of cornick. Not anymore.  Boy Bawang has come and has succesfully upstaged the king from its throne.

Manufactured by KSK food producs, this Fried corn snack weighs in at a whopping 20% RDA of saturated fat per serving and an enormous 230mg of Sodium per serving.

Boy bawang is known for its garlicky flavour and its garlic bits.  Everyone loves bits of fried garlic in their cornick or fried peanuts.  Boy Bawang has even injected itself into our popular culture by having a super hero character named Boy Bawang appear  on popular kids show Super Inggo.

I know a lot of People love Boy Bawang, but I’m not one of them.

Personally I prefer Safari. Chili garlic flavour.


Pillows

Oishi has a lot of delicious snacks.  One of these snacks is the Pillows line of sweet cream filled crackers.

There are two popular flavours out on the market.  Chocolate Pillows and Ube Pillows.  It is a winning combination. Sweet chocolate or Ube cream is injected inside a “pillow” of semi-crunchy cracker dough. Very innovative and very delicious.

However Oishi has tried to make a savory snack using the same formula for their sweet line of Pillows.  The result: Cheese flavored Pillows. A disaster.

Cheese flavored Pillows are practically the same as the Chocolate or Ube Pillows the difference being that “Cheese” is inside the pillows.  It is disgusting.  The Cheese is not real cheese but cheese powder. The same  Cheese powder used to flavor various cheese chips.

So what you get is really cheese powder cream. Yuck.

Surprisingly, This snack has 35% RDA of Vitamin A.  It veers away from the vitamin-less trend of Oishi.  I guess since this snack tastes absolutely disgusting they had to think of a way to draw in customers.


Bread Pan

This snack’s name is a combination of two words.  Bread and the Spanish word Pan which also means bread.

Oishi’s bread Pan snack is named appropriately.  You get slices of toasted bread coated with various flavor powders.  The most popular flavor is the cheese and onion flavor.

What’s not to like about Bread pan?  It’s delicious, cheap and more filling than your ordinary potato chip.   However it’s even worse in terms of Saturated Fat content. You get 25% RDA of Saturated Fat in your 1 serving of Bread Pan (30g). Plus, Bread Pan doesn’t even have any vitamins!

0% RDA of vitamins.  I don’t think Oishi has heard of the term “enriched flour.”


Nova Multigrain snack

Jack ‘N Jill really came out with a winner with their Nova chips.  Everyone seems to really like the sweet somewhat light cheese taste of their Country Cheddar Nova.  Other Flavor variants of Nova are not very popular. I don’t know if you guys remember the blue package nova? No?  Haven’t tasted it?  Don’t Worry, you’re not missing out on anything.  Nova country cheddar is all you need.

Nova claims it is a healthy mix of four wholesome grains. Corn, Rice, Wheat and Oats.  This combination gives the chips a sweet nutty taste.

Nova is still quite unhealthy because 1 large bag contains three servings and each serving has 13% of your RDA of saturated fat.  Carbohydrates are at 7% RDA and Fiber is at 8% RDA.  Nova has NO VITAMINS whatsoever.  0% for Vitamins A, C, Calcium and Iron.

It’s still delicious and I love Nova.  It’s not too salty since Sodium is a 70mg or 3% RDA per serving and it is the type of chip that actualy makes you a little full after eating it.  I guess that’s because of the fiber content.  However if you really want to get full and eat a healthy snack, reach for a piece of FRUIT.  That’s way better than snacking on “health chips.”


E-aji dip snax

You really have to admire San Miguel Mills for bringing out the unique line of chips and dips that make up E-aji Dip snax.

The E-aji line of chips is known for being packaged with a dip.  There are numerous dips ranging from mayo to tomato salsa (my personal favorite.).  When it first came out, I thought it was the greatest snack ever.  Until I realized that you need a table to eat the chips.

How can you hold the dip, hold the bag of chips, and eat a chip with only TWO hands?  This makes E-aji a bit more cumbersome than the ordinary chip.

However the dip makes the bland tasting chips (no msg!) seem delicious and its really easy to get into the addictive rhythm of chip, dip and eat.

I discovered an interesting / gross way to eat these hollow E-aji fries.  Put a fry your mouth like a straw, suck up the dip and as soon as the dip touches your lips, stop.

Then eat the fry.  The fry should now be totally filled wih dip.

I hate it when some half-cocked artist infatuated with anime tries to draw for advertisements.  In this case, they hired a dragon-ball Z obsessed artist and he drew what appears to be Goku eating chips.  Blecch.

E-aji is the only snack so far that I have seen fortified with Vitamin C.  15% RDA of Vitamin C to be exact.  However it has some not so good stuff in it too.

  • Saturated fat is at 25%
  • Sodium clocks in at a whopping 370 mg or 15% RDA

The sodium is HUGE. But then again 1 Large E-aji bag contains 1 serving of Chips while a Large bag of Piattos contains three servings with around 150mg of sodium each!

So E-aji is a bit healthier than Piattos but by not that much.  Yum Yum Yum.  Pass the sweet chili sauce please..  I’m making sauce filled fries!