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Carcar: Bocarillo

If you’re in need of a sugar rush, then a bite of this is all you need.

Bocarillo is made from young coconut strips and dipped in caramelized milk and sugar before an artificial coloring is added into the mixture. After the cooking process, the strips are then formed through a circular motion, creating a lovely visual presentation. The color varies from white, pink, yellow and green.

The soft texture that immediately melts in your mouth is sure to sweep you off your feet. The etymology is just as interesting as the final product; stories say that the term was coined from Bukayo (a similar pastry from other parts of the Visayas) and its Cebuano creator, Aurillo de la Cerna.

The delicacy is commonly sold in packs of nine in Carcar along with other goodies such as Ampao and Chicharon. If one is lucky enough, vendors sometimes hop on a bus to share sweetness with everyone aboard.

Disclaimer: The photo is taken from the wires.

 

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