Chinese Traditional Candy: Haw Flakes

Haw Flakes Brings Back Childhood Memories 

Chinese Traditional Candy: Haw Flakes

There's something about Chinese and its culture that interests us. "Hindi ka dumaan sa pagkabata kung hindi mo natikman ang haw flakes." We used to buy them in Binondo. 

Spotted Polland brand in Megamall foodcourt, we were thinking of what to bring home aside from Polland Hopia variants, there were lots of chinese goodies, the one attracts me most - the Haw Flakes, though the infamous haw flakes from Polland was packaged in a different style. The imprints on the package were chinese characters, not a single word I could manage to read. And it has a golden foil-matte lining inside, can be compared it to a cigarette's "palara" [the silver foil]. Polland is a trusted brand next to Eng Bee Tin. 

Haw Flakes 

Most Filipino kids, usually ate haw flakes by mirror-imaging a Catholic priest and handing over the haw flakes over the mouth pertaining to be like Catholic church's "ostiya" [altar bread or sacramental bread]. I even stumble upon a group of kids with Facebook Fan Page: Ginagawa kong ostiya ang haw flakes nung bata ako [].

I also remember my grannies jokingly said to us, haw flakes were made from Chinese booger or Aetas booger LOL. 
Pack of 6 Haw Flakes
PhP 45 at Polland
The haw flakes as define:
Haw flakes are Chinese sweets made from the fruit of the Chinese hawthorn [Crataegus Pinnatifida, Genus Crataegus]. The dark pink candy is packaged using twenty-two one millimeter-thick  discs and sold in packs of 6 or 10. They are frequently given away after a consultation with a traditional Chinese doctor.

What is a Chinese hawthorn
Refers to a small to medium sized tree bearing bright red fruit - 1.5 inches in diameter.

It is said, hawthorns are used on naturopathic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. So for parents and kids out there, haw flakes is not just an ordinary candy flakes to munch and play around. The pink disc is full of history. :)

Check it out at Polland
670 Mayon Street
La Loma, Quezon City
[t] (632) 731-4995 / 731-9810

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  1. wow... i miss this!! loved it too when i was a kid :)

  2. This used to be our favorite when we were kids. I remember playing communion with my siblings and cousins using this! haha!

  3. oh! so they are called haw flakes!!

  4. Yeah, I remember this when I was a kid and yes, we did played this as the ostiya XD

    Thanks for the valuable information about the Chinese Hawthorn :D

  5. Very nice font! Learning something new again, at least alam ko na ang English ng ostiya, hehe.

  6. wow. That's quite a mouthful of food stuff. Mouthwatering. I want to try one too.

  7. what's haw flakes in tagalog? haha is that a pinoy candy? sorry..

  8. Hahaha!

    I was going to say that but cherrey beat me out of it.

    I thought it was brown ostiya when I was a kid.

  9. Never thought na eto pala ay yung ostiya.. hehe.. i have tasted ostiya i think thrice lang, im not much of a catholic kasi :D

    1. Herbert this not literally the "ostiya", it's a chinese candy where kids used to play around and imitate the Catholics received their altar bread (communion) during the mass :)

  10. oh yeah! one of my fave over-the-sari-sari-store-counter bites when i was a kid. ginagawa pa naming ostya minsan :-)

  11. Advance Happy Chinese New Year! :)

  12. I miss this one. I use to eat this when I was younger, it literally melts in your mouth! :D

  13. I have never had a HawFlake! NOW I must!!

  14. I love hawflakes but not this brand I like the smaller ones

    1. Hello Stacy, those haw flaws are made of similar size and dimension from the ones we've tried before. :)

  15. if they are good combo with coffee, I am in, definitely :D

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