The Zeb Zeb Corn Puffs

I have been eating this Zeb Zeb Corn Puffs since I was a kid, the corn snack Zeb Zeb. I stopped patronizing cause it suddenly went out of circulation, but it came back to life again after unknown years.

zeb zeb corn puffs

It comes in a 10 gram pack, about 10 to 15 corns per pack for a very affordable price of one peso. The front label is yellow while the back is transparent. Before, the same size of package was plumbed. The contents were three times more. Plus the previous cost was only 50 centavos. Blame the decreased contents and increased cost on inflation.

Most of the contents take the shape of a real corn, others took the shapes of unknown creations. It is a corn indeed, not fake. Ingredients used are selected corn, cheese flavor, vegetable oil, salt, monosodium glutamate and food coloring. They painted the corn with a color yellow. It is cheese, maybe!

It has a texture slightly tougher than popcorn. Has a faint corn taste and mild cheese flavor. A small hard particle is noticeable in every grain. Before, almost half of the package was hard to bite. The hardness caused breakage of my milk teeth before. Horaaayyy! This is the new improved version.

I think the name “Zeb Zeb” was coined from the animal “zebra”. The animal I was talking about was clearly illustrated on front label. I am thinking how zebra and corn are related!

zeb zeb corn puffs label

Zeb Zeb is a puffed grain. According to wiki it is manufactured by placing whole grain corn in a high steam pressure then followed by a sudden release. The steam will flash out causing the grain to bloat and double in size. Then optional flavoring is added.

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.

5 Replies to “The Zeb Zeb Corn Puffs”

  1. I like zebzeb so much.. Can u have it in foil pack !! For us balikbayans .. Because we want it fresh eventhough it takes a month or 2 na still malutong

  2. I love your article on this. i am trying very hard to think why it is called zebzeb? I am just curious though on how these corn puffs are manufactured. Are they roasted or fried? Thanks. You mentioned about steam and pressure. I just want to make sure..

    1. Thanks!

      Yes steam pressure. It is like cooking old cow’s meat in a pressure cooker. However, instead of waiting the pressure to go down, the vessel is opened while the pressure is at its peak. Of course, this method is done using specialized equipment.

      Steam pressure soften the kernels. Sudden pressure release cause it to swell and dry up. No frying or roasting needed.

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