I saw this lonely package in our little Filipino store, and I didn't have to think twice before snatching it off the shelf.
What exactly ARE Haw Flakes? I have to admit, I grew up eating these like Candy, and yet had NO idea what they were made of. I mean, what in the heck is HAW, anyway?
Wikipedia says they're made from the Chinese Hawthorn Berry/Fruit. Sweet.
They can be bought on Amazon.
Someone made a stop motion video about them!
It even has its own Facebook fan page. Seriously.
Their packaging makes them look like fat squatty firecrackers. Colorful ones, nevertheless.
I read that some people liken them to fruit rollups, but not having tried any of the aforementioned rollups, I can't really give an opinion whether they are similar or not.
They DO taste like candied plums or prunes, though. Their texture is kind of between crispy, crumbly and chewy. It's one of those things you'd have to sink your teeth into, to know what I mean.
One of my favourite ways of eating it when I was a kid was to nibble at them with my front teeth like a mouse or something. I know.
Sometimes I'd attempt nibbling several discs at once.
I wonder who first came out with the idea to make them into disc shapes. If I were Catholic, I'm sure that I would have grown up using it to "play Communion".
They're yummy, tho.
I wonder if I'll be successful in getting David to try one. :)