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In Which a Fried Bun Claims to be a Caramel Surprise – and Fails…

Pretty wee thing, but...
Pretty wee thing, but…

Walk the talk and talk the walk…  These are the sage words of advice of my new boss to me, words that ring a bell and resonate through the whole of my being.  If you claim to be something or claim to be able to do something, you’d better be ready to dish it up and prove to the world that you can – and you can get away with it.  Otherwise, someone out there is going to challenge you; someone will call your bluff and you will end up doing a sort of walk of shame you’d most likely not recover from.

While these words of wisdom apply to the workplace (and then some), it also applies to food – in particular, any newfangled menu offering that is touted as the sort of thing that makes angels sing praised to the highest heavens.

One such item that claims to do so is the new cookie caramel karimanover at MiniStop.  Like all of the other kariman variants, its base is a slightly sweet yeast bun rolled in panko and deep-fried until beautifully crisp on the outside while fluffy and chewy within.  Most variants are the savory sort (P 26.00 – 29.00 apiece) and are nice for quick meals or snacks on the run.  There are smaller kariman filled with sweet things – jams, compotes, and ganaches – and go for P 10.00 each – and that is where the most disappointing of wee beasties comes in.

...where's the caramel?!?
…where’s the caramel?!?

For all the golden, crunchy, crustiness on the outside, the inside was a testament to all things disappointing.  The chocolate cookie bits within were a tasteless mush and as for the caramel, it was a head-scratcher: what caramel?!  There was just enough for a hint of sweetness and, even then, the flavor was more than a little vague.

I am, seriously, never ordering this again even in a pinch – and I don’t say that about food very often!  Better spend your ten bucks on a cinnamon-apple or Belgian chocolate kariman, but only if they’re available.  Otherwise, just throw in an extra five pesos for a soft-serve cone if you’re craving for something sweet.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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