7 Scrumptious Treats And Sweets To Make Your Christmas Merry—All Under P1,000
During the holidays, you may think that you have to spend a fortune to throw Christmas parties and buy gifts for everyone from your officemates to your barkada and family. We’re here to show that you don’t always have to splurge to spread the joy (or in this case, the tasty treats). Go for any of these affordable goodies and enjoy your most delicious yuletide yet.
1. Sylvia’s Strawberry Shortcake by Classic Confections
A mainstay in many of Manila’s best desserts list, Sylvia’s Strawberry Shortcake is one of Classic Confections’ hot commodities, alongside its famous Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion, Lemon Torte, Calamansi Bars, and more. Thi classic strawberry shortcake is a simple, light, and soft sponge cake with strawberry and cream filling, topped with freshly whipped strawberry cream frosting.
P775/6-inch, P995/8-inch, branches in UP Town Center, The Podium, and Three Central, (02) 901-6748, FB: Classic Confections PH, IG: @classicconfectionsph, www.nonos.ph
2. Family Pack Boneless Lechon by Bai’s Boneless Lechon
Have a heart-stopping slab of boneless lechon from Cebu this Christmas without having to fly there. With its crispy, crunchy skin and soft, juicy and succulent lechon belly cooked to order, Bai’s Boneless Lechon will definitely be a hit on your buffet table, even without lechon sauce.
P720/family size for 4 to 5 persons, (0917) 582-5333, FB: Bai’s Boneless Lechon Cebu, IG: @baisbonelesslechon, www.baisbonelesslechon.com
3. Éclair Set by Eric Kayser
Dessert grazing tables are definitely a thing during the holidays. For some French flair, include these mini-éclairs from Eric Kayser to make your dessert spread even more enticing. They’re filled and topped with an assortment of flavors like coffee, vanilla, Nutella, salted caramel, and chocolate.
P895/16 pieces, branches in Power Plant Mall, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s San Antonio Plaza Forbes, Central Square BGC, (02) 850-0850, FB: Eric Kayser Philippines, IG: @erickayserph
4. Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake by Sugarbee
This classic chocolate cake with its swirls of caramel and chocolate ganache, topped with amber colored salt crackling crystals, makes for a fitting end to the holiday festivities. This homemade treat by baker Jenny Silayan is a sweet, moist, creamy masterpiece for under P1,000. What more can you ask for?
P550, (0905) 378-4774, branches in Bonifacio Stopover, Paseo Center, SM Megamall, FB: Sugarbee, IG: @sugarbeeph
5. Sizzling Bangus Belly Sisig by Manam Comfort Filipino
If you’re trying to go healthy for your Noche Buena this year, then instead of serving your favorite fatty pork sisig, add Manam’s Sizzling Bangus Sisig to your spread instead. There’s just something about the saltiness and crispiness of bangus chunks that creates a deadly yet heavenly dining experience—you won’t miss the pork!
P495/ large for 4 to 5 persons, branches in BGC, Greenbelt 2, SM Mall of Asia, Greenhills, and Ayala Fairview Terraces, FB: Manam Comfort Food, IG: @manamph
6. Wood Roasted Whole Chicken by Loco Manuk
Instead of the usual chicken relleno, try this South American-style roasted chicken from Loco Manuk’s Peruvian chef. The chicken is slow roasted over a wood fire for 3 to 4 hours, then steamed, rendering the chicken sweet and soft, with a hint of smokiness. Even if the chicken is already good on its own, it still comes with a variety of freshly made sauces to add zing to the dish.
P630/whole chicken, P. Burgos Street corner B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City, (02) 403-9377, (0977) 795-5661 FB: Loco Manuk, IG: @loco_manuk
7. Cookie Sampler by Delirious Cookie Co
Before you decide to give Santa all the cookies, why not munch on some yourself on Christmas Eve. Named after different feelings, these totally delicious small-batch cookies are on point when it comes to flavor and texture. For whatever you’re feeling, you’re guaranteed to unleash your inner cookie monster with each bite.
P450/box of 6 (plus shipping), (0920) 972-2115, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, IG: @deliriouscookieco
Cover by Pat Mateo
Produced by Janelle Año
Photos by Pat Buenaobra
Styling by Angelique Castro
Art Direction by Butchie Peña
Shot on location at Discovery Primea
Special thanks to Margaux Hontiveros