The Pastillas is a well-known and well-loved Philippine delicacy made from milk and sugar and its unique sweet and milky taste is easily distinguished from the shores of Aparri to the piers of Jolo. We have various versions of this sweet treat but if you ask me, nothing beats Pastillas from Carigara, Leyte.
Carigara is a place in eastern Leyte and it is the home of the best-tasting Pastillas. Unlike other versions that make use of cow milk and goat milk, Carigara Pastillas contains fresh carabao milk which explains its distinct flavor and texture that is crunchy and chewy at the same time.
We didn’t believe it the first time, too. “How can something be crunchy and chewy at the same time?” was our immediate reaction, but we’ve tried it (boxes of it) and we can vouch. We’ve tried our best but the locals won’t share their secret recipe. You’ve gotta try it!
Pastillas also earned the moniker “the most complete food” as it’s a good source of protein, fat, lactose, vitamins, minerals, and water. It’s also good for the bones because of the milk. If I were to go back in time, I’d give boxes of it to the younger me and replace the chewy vitamins my parents gave me in the past.
So, the next time your sweet tooth craves for something, you know what to do!