Let’s all face it: Filipinos love eating snacks. Regardless of the time, nothing will stop us from having our daily dose of merienda specials.
However, while our traditional meriendas can be enticing and delightful on their own, sometimes we just can’t help but look for ways to jazz them up a bit. This is why during the quarantine period, it has become a trend among Filipinos to come up with the coolest twists to merienda recipes. From the dalgona coffee to the ube cheese pandesal, it seems like we have tried everything already— or so we thought. (Read: Three DIY coffee drinks you can make aside from Dalgona)
Two of our most beloved merienda specials, the classic buchi and hopia, are now having a total remix as local stores found a new way to make them more special. Have you heard about Brownie Hopia or Nutella Buchi? If not, here’s where you can find them!
Brownie Hopia at Eng Bee Tin
The famous Binondo-based Chinese deli is blending the rich and chocolatey taste of brownies with the classic flaky crust of hopia to come up with their newest product — the brownie hopia.
Eng Bee Tin also launched other Pinoy-flavored hopia such as ube-langka, ube-pastillias, ube-queso, and durian. The delicacies, made available last Thursday, December 3, are sold for P250 for a box of 12. Customers can purchase these products at any Eng Bee Tin branch or through their website, Shopee, and Lazada stores online.
Nutella Buchi by Buchi Queen
After its breakthrough with its homemade ube keso and yema buchi, local business Buchi Queen has introduced a new flavor to its buchi menu— the luscious, chocolatey Nutella. (Read: 3 Delicious Nutella Recipes for the Chocoholic in You)
Instead of using its usual filling, Buchi Queen has decided to mix it up and use the hazelnut spread as the surprise center of its soft and chewy rice balls. A dozen of it costs P190, while 32 pieces are priced at P520. To order, customers may message Buchi Queen on Instagram.