I was invited to the Alaska Merry Cremas Food Bazaar held last December at the Eastwood Mall. I was asked to be one of the bloggers who would go around all the booths with a score sheet and rate the different dishes prepared by food purveyors using Alaska Crema All-Purpose Cream.
A peek into our cupboard will reveal tetra packs of Alaska Crema which I bought from my last supermarket trip. I figured it would be interesting to see and taste what else I can do with this product aside from the usual pasta dishes, gravy, and fruit salad we normally use it for so I agreed.
There were over 20 booths at the Alaska Merry Cremas Food Bazaar but I will be focusing on my favorite ones in this post. They are the ones I gave the highest ratings to. These booths are in no order but I did give them all 90 and up in terms of overall score.
Booth: Malagos Chocolate
Sound familiar? Yes, Malagos Chocolate hails from the same Malagos Farmhouse in Davao renowned for its fine cheeses. They now offer chocolate too. For the Alaska Merry Cremas Food Bazaar, the Malagos Chocolate booth had a Malagos 65% Dark Chocolate Fondue for everyone’s tasting pleasure. The nice lady manning the booth told me they just melted the chocolate and added Alaska Crema for a super decadent chocolate fountain. It was rich, creamy, and oh so good!
Oooh, they also had Malagos Hot Chocolate infused with Alaska Crema. It was just as divine!
Booth: The Serving Spoon Manila
The Serving Spoon Manila had both a sweet and a savory dish made with Alaska Crema. The sweet one was Toblerone Bread Pudding. It was kind of hard to believe that such a sophisticated-tasting dessert is made up of only four ingredients — bread, Alaska Crema, Toblerone chocolate, and Alaska Condensed Milk.
I liked the moist and chewy bread laced with just enough Toblerone to make it a decadent dessert without being overwhelming. The recipe was posted right above the dish but I think the secret lies in the cooking technique — and they don’t say much about it in the recipe card!
Their savory offering was the 5P’s Burger where they also used Alaska Crema. It was really really good! Too bad I didn’t get a good shot of the recipe, I wanted to recreate it at home because I’m sure my whole family would love it. I think I gave The Serving Spoon Manila the highest score that day.
Booth: Joanie’s Cupcakes
There were several booths offering cupcakes at the Merry Cremas Food Bazaar but the one that stood out for me was Joanie’s Cupcakes.
I asked her which cupcake was made with Alaska Crema and she showed me these luscious-looking chocolate ones. I had one bite and I was in chocolate heaven. Now this is a perfect cupcake — moist, rich, and not overly sweet. I loved the caramel-drizzled creamy chocolate frosting too.
Here’s a fusion of a classic Filipino snack item, the turon (fried banana fritter) and a relatively new flavor fad, salted caramel. Roasts Coffee and Bibingka had bite-sized samples of Salted Caramel Turon (they used Alaska Crema in making the salted caramel sauce) laid out for all to try, but what intrigued me more was the clay dish beside them filled with what they called “smoked salt”. They told me I could have the turon as is or with a pinch of smoked salt. I put a tiny bit of smoked salt on the turon and oh my, it made all the difference. The smoked salt has this hickory smoked bacon-ish flavor that added a new dimension to the Salted Caramel Turon. Yum! Now I wonder where I can get more smoked salt…
Roasteriffic let me try their Chicken Ala King. It was super creamy and delicious! I finished my sample cup all too soon. I think it can actually pass for Chicken Sopas. Adding Alaska Crema to everyday dishes really does add extra oomph because they instantly go up a notch in terms of richness and depth.
Baked Bites had two Alaska Crema-enriched sweet creations — Dulce de Leche Pecan Cheesecake and Nutella Rocks. Dulce De Leche Pecan Cheesecake was pretty good but I imagine it would be better served chilled because then the caramel on top would not be so runny. The cold sensation would also tone down the sweetness. Nutella Rocks was surprisingly not sweet but unfortunately I tasted only the slightest hint of Nutella — just a whisper, definitely not enough considering the name Nutella Rocks. Still, these two did manage to stand out for me amidst the plethora of chocolate and caramel themed desserts.
I started going around the Alaska Merry Cremas Food Bazaar maybe 11am and finished about an hour and a half later. It was quite an experience for me and I was impressed by the versatility of Alaska Crema as showcased by the numerous booths and their culinary creations. Needless to say, after one round, I was too full to actually sit down and have a proper lunch. At least now I know I can make extra delicious burger patties and even salted caramel using Alaska Crema — now to find some recipes…
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