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We went to the Comfoods warehouse at  Mandaluyong on October 9, 2012. We came from Quezon City and  travelled by car via Libis. From Libis, we turned right at Lanuza Street then proceeded to Shaw Blvd. From Shaw, turn left at Caltex at Pioneer St. Then turn right at Ethan Allen and HMR  office. Go straight then turn left at Pine Street. Ask for  the Comfoods warehouse. (I did not see any sign ) You can park inside.

I am posting this for those who are interested in buying cookies from the warehouse. Good luck!

Comfoods location ( from Google Maps)

Here are some photos from our trip.

Chocolate Chips cookies

Ginger Snaps

Butter cookies

Butter Crunch and Jolly

Choco Mallows

My kids

This board lists the available cookies

Price list

The rules

 

 

 

 

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Here is a summary of prices of some baking ingredients that I typically use to make cookies, plus some packaging materials. I purchased these items between September 30 and October 6, 2012.  Prices will of course change as Christmas nears. But you can use this as a guide.

Of  the three  groceries I went to (Landmark, Shopwise and Ever)  Landmark in Trinoma sells the cheapest  butter and vanilla.  Ever Commonwealth surprisingly was the most expensive among the three.

Commonwealth Market is a great place to buy flour, sugar and eggs.

Prices at Landmark Trinoma

Mc Cormick  vanilla 30 ml 26.45
1 kilo Hermano sugar P51
Magnolia gold unsalted P94.90
Bounty fresh egg P79
Queensland butter unsalted 225 g – P72.60
Prices at Shop wise Commonwealth
Queensland unsalted butter 225 g  –  78.25

1 kilo Hermano refined sugar P50
Mc cormick vanilla P29
Ever Commonwealth
Vanilla 29.50
Queensland unsalted butter 225 g not available, but the salted variety was priced at P80
Commonwealth market
Wooden spoon all purpose flour P44/kilo
White sugar P49/ kilo
Golden brown sugar P40/kilo
Eggs – Between P120-P160 per tray of 30 eggs
Packaging materials, microwaveable plastic: P18 / P5 / P3.50 per piece (see photos)

P5 each

P 3.50 each

P5 each

P18 each

But nothing beats Divisoria…..if you can stand the crowd and can walk long distances amidst the trash , jeeps , pedicabs and vendors blocking the road. We made the wrong move of coming to Divisoria on a Friday afternoon. Since we had to go to Quiapo first to get home, we were stuck amidst the  First Friday mass goers. Add to that, police were running after illegal vendors amidst the huge crowd. It was quite scary.

Items from Bestway Divisoria

Bestway signboard

You have to walk a long distance to Sto. Cristo St. if you take a jeepney ride from Morayta since the jeeps turn right about 5 blocks away.

Bestway is at the far end of Sto. Cristo Street, near the Fire station.  It is a very small store so it’s hard to find things. You have to tell the ladies at the counter help you because most of the time, they have to dig through boxes to get what you need. We spent more than an hour in that store . We waited for a saleslady half the time and waited for our goods the other half of the time. You really have to be patient. But the staff were friendly, so it was a relatively pleasant experience despite the wait.
These were the things I bought from Bestway:
20 pcs. 8x8x4  red “sexy” box / trees  P10 each.  P200
20 pcs. 8x8x2 1/2 sexy box P8.5 each P170
20 pcs 5x7x1 1/2 festive P5.5 each P110
20 pcs cupcake box small 6.50 each P130
1 pack ribbon belt P35
4  packs sugar flowers P17 each P68
1 pack white chocolate chips P183
1 kilo assorted sprinkles P140
1 kilo red sprinkles P160
1 pack printed cupcake cup P45
1 bottle vanilla 450 ml P260

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My wasted Chippy

Have the ingredients changed?

Chippy is my decades-old TV  viewing partner. I buy the barbecue flavor Chippy every single week , and pick the best TV show for the week to enjoy it with.

Last August (2012), I bought Barbecue Flavored Chippy  from Mini Stop.

Excitedly, I opened the bag as and had a few chips . But  it tasted a little off…. more like the salt and vinegar flavor than the barbecue flavor.  I thought maybe the salt and vinegar variety was wrongly packaged in the red pack.

My son tasted the chippy and agreed that it indeed tasted very different.

Disappointed, I discarded what remained and spent the rest of my tv viewing time Chippy-less.

The next few weeks,I kept buying barbecue Chippy , hoping that the one I bought last August was just a fluke.  Sadly, they all still tasted like the one odd pack that I  bought in August. Had my taste buds gone dead after decades of eating Chippy, or had Universal Robina Corporation changed the formulation?

I just wish I had my old Chippy back….

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