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Throwback foodtrip: five treats we miss from the '80s and '90s


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Have you ever tried scrimping on lunch money just so you can have a few extra coins to buy ice buko from manong outside your school? Or have you worn Pritos Ring chips on your fingers before eating them one by one? How about saving the Bazooka comics while having a contest on who can make the biggest bubblegum balloon?

If you have done these (and so much more), your childhood was great! So for all the ‘80s and ‘90s kids out there, here is a tribute to some of the best pieces of yumminess in a pack – five treats we miss from the ‘80s and ‘90s, courtesy of KMJS Retro Linggo!

LALA Milky Chocolate

Not to be mistaken for the fish crackers of the same name, LALA Milky Chocolate is a sweet treat with an even sweeter backstory.

LALA stands for Louie, Arlene, Leonisa, and Arlete Belaro – the hijas of Luvimin and Salvacion Belaro, creators and manufacturers of the chocolate. The humble family came to Manila all the way from Bicol in search of greener pastures. While trying to create different variants of pastillas (some even involving kamote), they accidentally discovered their winning chocolate recipe.

Since 1975, they have been making the well-loved confection in their factory in Guiguinto, Bulacan. Now, 40 years after, the Belaros claim that nothing has changed from their all-natural ingredients. That is why with just one bite of LALA, you get transported back to the ‘80s when it was very much warmly received by the public.


Sison's Icedrop

We all know of popsicles and how they are perfect for summer… but this cold treat is so much more than that! The icedrop is a snack made from frozen coconut milk mixed with munggo beans. You eat it straight from the stick. No cones, a bit messy, but very filling!
 
Icedrop is a leveled-up version of the more common ice buko. It has other flavors like keso and pinipig. The icedrop originated in Sampaloc, Manila where the Sison Factory was located. It was closed down a long time ago yet many restaurants in Metro Manila have tried creating their own versions of this Pinoy popsicle – much to people’s delight!


Serg's Chocolate

With Serg’s, snacking was never boring! It had signature variants like mocha and crunch (your usual chocolate BUT infused with rice crisps) that can definitely rival “stateside” brands with all its Pinoy goodness.
 
Serg is short for “Sergio,” son of Anton Goquilay. Anton produced the chocolates and candies from 1954 until their family had to migrate to the United States of America during the Marcos era.
 
When the family returned to the Philippines in the 1970s, Sergio tried to bring the company back to life. They started making chocolates again – and the people were really happy about it, too. At one point, Serg’s became so popular that the Goquilays had to create more variants – including a Serg’s chocolate milk drink!
 
Serg’s popularity boomed in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, but by the turn of the new millenium, the Goquilays’ business hit a bump. They filed for bankruptcy in 2001 – the same year Sergio died.
 
But don’t lose heart, the family brought some good news! They are trying to reopen and revive Serg’s so kids from this generation can taste this Pinoy chocolate! Hooray!


Bananaque

You can never go wrong with sweetened bananas on sticks sold nearly everywhere! If you’re up for it, try its cousin, too – the turon.
 
While it is difficult to trace who cooked the first bananaque, there are some stalls that have been selling this merienda favorite for a long time. Anacleta Belen’s puwesto, for example, has been the hub of bananaque lovers for 25 years!
 
Anacleta learned her recipe from her mother and, according to her, there is no big secret recipe. There were just the bananas straight from Davao (which she gets very late at night) that she allows to ripen for two to three more days. Once the bananas are ripe enough, she cooks them with sugar and voila! One of the simplest snacks to prepare is done – and sold for only P10 a stick.


Mik Mik Sweetened Milk Powder

Foil pack, straw, powdered milk – all it takes is one sip and a sweet party happens in your mouth. Be careful how you eat it or you’ll end up coughing uncontrollably! That is the magic of Mik Mik!
 
This milky confection was introduced to the public in 1989 by Robert Sy. Now 72 years old, Robert recalls that the idea came to him over 20 years ago when he craved for the milk he had growing up. He would consume that powdered milk on its own – and boy, did he love it! Robert decided to create a product that will let others experience his childhood memory, and thus, Mik Mik (since “milk” was difficult to pronounce) was born!
 
Robert started with two packaging machines before but now, he employs 200 factory workers who faithfully make 30,000 bundles of Mik Mik each day for all of us to enjoy. How sweet!
 
What are your favorite snacks during your childhood, Kapuso? Reminisce with us in the comments! ---Princess Daquigan / BMS /JDS

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