Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chinese Traditional Candy: Haw Flakes

Haw Flakes Brings Back Childhood Memories 

There's something about Chinese and its culture that interests me more. 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 [I compared it to a cigarette's "palara" [the silver foil]. I muttered to myself, is this melamine-free? Maybe not as far as I know Polland is a trusted brand next to Eng Bee Tin. But who knows, everything China mades, consumer awareness is still next to having a healthy lifestyle.
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 [https://www.facebook.com/pages/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
[e] info@pollandhopia.com
[w] www.pollandhopia.com