I got rather curious with its shape and got closer, which reminded me of the cornucopia, the horn of plenty. But it wasn’t that. Instead of a huge vessel, it was diminutive, around five inches in length and made from delicate pastry for a shell that spirals from its pointed end to its inch wide opening.
Instead of a smorgasbord of food bountifully coming from its mouth, it has a sweet and creamy paste as filling. I took a bite and silently told myself, wow. Took another and another. It was delicious. It was heavenly.
It’s not your usual pasalubong in Iloilo like piaya, pinasugbo, biscocho or baye-baye. Nor was it your usual packs of butterscotch and long, thick barquillos. Instead, we were greeted with a pile of fresh cream horn when we entered Margec’s which claims to be the original cream horn maker.
And oh, what a treat. I really liked its yema like filling but not as sugary. Creamy but never too much. It’s delicious thin shell powdered with a thin layer of confectioner’s sugar breaks off easily that provides texture to the sweet paste.
Other than the cream horn, Margec’s also has several treats like the delicious napoleones with its crisp layers and creamy center. Both come in plain cream and chocolate. There’s also cheese pimiento bonnet that looks like Mambajao’s pastel but with a sweet cheese pimiento filling. Apple turnovers, cream puffs, masapodridas, cinnamon palmers, banana cake, buko cream pie and empanaditas complete the lineup.
Whenever you’re in Iloilo City, check out Margec’s for a different kind of pasalubong. I’m sure you will be craving for more.
E. Lopez near Jalandoni St. (just opposite the old Montinola Heritage House)
Jaro, Iloilo City
033 301 0962
033 300 3292
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