Bukayo Candy: Brings Back Memories

The bukayo candy is a local candy that brings back a lot of childhood memories.

Don’t you just love sweets? In my opinion, Filipinos are sweet lovers and I mean that as lovers of sweet food. 😀

Our spaghetti is sweet … some of our local longanisa is sweet … our lechon paksiw is sweet … and I love it. ❤️

If some of our main dishes are sweet, more so our native desserts. There’s one dessert that epitomizes sweetness and that is the bukayo candy

If some of our main dishes are sweet, more so our native desserts. There’s one dessert that epitomizes sweetness and that is the bukayo candy.

These bukayo candies brought back so many memories. 🥰

Question is, do you remember eating this yummy candy when you were young?

Revisiting The Bukayo Candy

If you’ve lived in the province, you’d have an idea as to what this particular candy is.

Some would just call it bukayo. Since it’s so sweet and it’s usually wrapped in plastic, it could pass for candy.  I would say that it’s in the same category as yema.

Some would just call it bukayo, Since it’s so sweet and it’s usually wrapped in plastic, it could pass for candy. I would say that it’s in the same category as yema.

This candy is pretty popular in the province. Since I grew up in the province, I remember eating it … and loving it! ❤️

In my opinion, bukayo is incomparable to any kind of candy.  For me, it beats chocolates. It has a unique kind of sweetness, thanks to the yummy  combination of the buko strips, milk, and brown sugar.

In my opinion, bukayo is incomparable to any kind of candy. For me, it beats chocolates. It has a unique kind of sweetness, thanks to the yummy combination of the buko strips, milk, and brown sugar.

It’s just too bad that it’s hard to find the bukayo candy these days. You’d have to go to the province to be able to get it.

It’s just too bad that it’s hard to find the bukayo candy these days. You’d have to go to the province to be able to get it.

Fortunately, someone brought me some from Tagaytay. After so many years, I got to taste the good old bukayo candy again. It went so well with coffee.

Of course, I took a couple of minutes reminiscing the good old days in the province, eating bukayo.

I remember my Grandma buying me some from her suki in the palengke. ❤️

These two pieces of bukayo candies came from Tagaytay. Unfortunately, we tried calling the number on the label but to no avail. Nonetheless, these bukayo candies were very good. 👍

Origins Of Bukayo

The bukayo is known to have originated from Pangasinan. Nonetheless, you can find it in all the provinces.

Each province has its special version of  the bukayo candy. 

Each province has its special version of  the bukayo candy.

This website documents the origins of the bukayo candy pretty well. It states that bocarillo is another term used for the yummy bukayo candy. 😊

History dictates that bocarillo originated in Carcar City, Cebu. 

History dictates that bocarillo originated in Carcar City, Cebu.

How To Make It

If you’re craving this particular candy, you can try making it. The ingredients are pretty easy to get.

You will need some buko strips, which you can get in any palengke. You will also need some brown sugar, although some recipes would require you to use muscovado sugar. It’s up to you what you want to use.  The last ingredient is milk and you can opt to use coconut milk.

You will need some buko strips, which you can get in any palengke. You will also need some brown sugar, although some recipes would require you to use muscovado sugar. It’s up to you what you want to use.  The last ingredient is milk and you can opt to use coconut milk.

Yummy bukayo candy with buko strips galore. 😍

If you think I know how to make this yummy candy, I don’t. 🤣 However, the video below will show you how you can make it at home.

When was the last time you ate this sweet native candy? Feel free to share your comments below. We would love to hear from you. 😄

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