Anyone who knows me, knows I love travelling and trying new things. The travelling part hasn’t been possible for a little while now but when Semjees offered to send me some Classic Filipino Sweets, I knew I had to learn more!
Semjees is a Sheffield based business that have been selling classic Filipino Sweets since 1957 and have since expanded to delivering UK wide. Semjees kindly gifted me this box!
Ingredients: Whole Milk, Milo, Sugar, Glucose, Potassium Sorbate.
I kicked off the sweet-tasting with Semjee’s Milo Pastillas! The consistency of these sweets are like nothing I have tried before… kind of like fudge, but you can cleanly break it into halves. Not so chewy, almost chalky! These tasted like milk chocolate almost! This will definitely fix any sweet food craving!
Classic Milky Pastillas
Ingredients: Semi-Skimmed Milk Powder, Condensed Milk, Glucose, Potassium Sorbate.
Similar to the Milo Pastillas above in terms of consistency and texture whereas these Classic Milky Pastillas do as they say on the tin! These kind of reminded me of the classic milk bottle sweets that you’d get in a pick’n’mix as a kid!
Ingredients: Milk, Sugar, Taro Powder, Violet Food Colouring, Potassium Sorbate.
The Ube Pastillas were the final of the Pastillas sweets I tried but they intrigued me the most with the colour. The taste was quite similar to the Classic Milky Pastillas but I could imagine these making the perfect snack to give your food an extra burst of fun!
Ingredients: Whole Milk, Sugar, Jackfruit bits.
Moving on to the Yema Langka! Both the Yema sweets had a fudge consistency, but slightly softer. Almost like fudge when it is just starting to melt. The Yema Langka contained Jackfruit pieces which gave a new dimension to the taste of the sweet.
Ingredients: Whole Milk, Sugar, Coconut Flesh.
The Yema Buko was similar in many respects to the Yema Langka, with the texture and consistency. I found the Yema Buko melted in my mouth as I tasted it which enabled me to taste the sweet coconut undertones.
Ingredients: Sampaloc, Sugar.
The Tamarind sweets were like nothing I had ever tried before. Tamarind is a fruit that has a tiny seed in the middle, almost like an olive. The tamarind was coated in sugar and didn’t look remotely like a fruit! The Special Tamarind reminded me of raisins or dates with the taste, but the smell was deceiving as I was convinced it smelt of liquorice.
Ingredients: Sampaloc, Sugar, Chilli.
Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t deal with spice well. The Spicy Tamarind was much alike the Special Tamarind in many respects. I could taste the raisin-like undertones but it wasn’t until I had nearly finished the sweet when I got the spicy kick. It was relatively mild and it made the sweet stand out to me.
Thank you so much to Semjee’s for gifting us with this box! I really enjoyed trying new sweets and getting a taste for Filipino cuisine! If you’d like to try some Classic Filipino Sweets, visit their website now to order: https://semjees.square.site/ or check out their Instagram page @Semjees