When Hershey’s rolled out their TREATS line, I thought, there must really be market for “pwede na” goods in the Philippines. As if the mountain of inferior-quality chocolate products in supermarket shelves wasn’t enough, Hershey’s comes in to compete. Inferior-quality chocolate products IMHO are those which are more sugar than cocoa butter -and/or- more cookie/rice crispies/marshmallow than chocolate. It’s ironic to think about a highly regarded chocolate company lowering their standards to reach down to the tight budget (hence low expectation) of Filipino consumers. Or maybe, cynically thinking, the TREATS line is by a local player in the food industry who spent millions of pesos for rights to stamp “Hershey’s” on their packaging. Highly pretentious treats (pun intended) if I think of it, but then sometimes I think too much. This is just food and no one is forcing me to buy them, anyway. Also, since I’m on a sad budget these days, I benefit immensely.
Hershey’s TREATS cookie bar costs an affordable PhP 7.00 at 7eleven. Unimaginable price for the giant American brand. It’s small but… frankly, pwede na. Sa halagang seven pesos, naka-Hershey’s na.
Photo taken using an officemate’s Samsung SIII. My hands were a bit shaky because I was nervous about dropping it. So, sorry for not giving the phone’s camera any justice.
Sigh. That smartphone is so beautiful. It’s more beautiful than dark chocolate KitKat and that is saying a lot because I love KitKat and dark chocolate.
As the bookworm in the family, I’m the go-to person whenever anyone feels like reading a paperback. I have a small collection of books kept in the same closet as my clothes. It’s a tiny library of hardcopies gifted, bought and borrowed (I meant to return them one day) through the years.
A couple of days ago, my baby sister asked to borrow a book. She wanted to do a bit of light reading before she starts hitting her medical books. Basing from her personality, I thought she might appreciate something fun and a little bit weird.
“Suggest ka ng title”
“Help yourself na lang to the cabinet.”
“Is ‘Disappearing Girl’ any good, ate?”
“That’s depressing and pang-depressed.”
“‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman!”
“Meh… ‘Try Water for Chocolate’.”
Crispy Choc [sic] are saddle-shaped, thin chocolates in a box. Pringles should sue!
I’m not sure if this is really good chocolate but I can’t stop popping them in my mouth! Lots of extender rice crispies though. Will save some for my sister to decide later, if I can help myself.
Sorry for the bad quality photo.
“There’s someone who’s just gotten back from official travel at the pantry.”
2 candies drop and roll slightly on a table.
“How’d you get these?”
“There’s pasalubong, of course. Nicked these from some girl’s loot.”
“That’s nice and thoughful of her for carrying chocolates from London to the office. Really sweet.”
“No! The person is a dude.”
“Ohh… Wow… I didn’t know dudes give chocolates to dude co-workers now… But, thanks!”
*Immediately grabs one and tears open.*
Re-thought Tagalog conversation into English.
That phone is a real Blackberry Curve 8520. It has been reduced to a size of a keychain when placed next to this Toblerone. TOBLERONE. Its so big, we call it the laundry detergent bar of chocolates. Kung baga sa Tide, taba bar. It’s giving me a tooth ache just by looking at it.