Pandecoco, from the word pandesal and coconut. A bread which appearance is not similar to pandesal . It is round and has slightly flat appearance. It is more like a ham bread for burger making, but with a smooth shiny surface and a sweetened coconut filling.
The other bread with coconut is macaroon. However, unlike pandecoco, its coconut filling is almost tasteless. Its like a coconut meat stripped of its juice, sapal. The sapal that is usually thrown away or use as feed for native chickens.
Lately, I was intrigued with the graham balls. It was delicious so I asked my wife to make some for me. One of its side ingredients is the dessicated coconut. It taste good when eaten with the graham balls but a real turn off when eaten as is. It taste like sapal which is usually used for macaroons.
The image below is the pack of dessicated coconut. Mama bought it from the place I least expected, from the nearby public market. I only see it before in popular supermarkets. I could not remember the cost but it is very affordable.
There could only be one thing that encourages the production of affordable but lower quality dessicated coconut. It is the virgin coconut oil industry. Coconut meat that are stripped of water and oil are being cleaned, dried and packed as dessicated coconut. The dried product have a long shelf life expectancy as most of the oil which is prone to rancidity is removed.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.