Margec's cream horn

Not your usual pasalubong from Iloilo

Delicious cream horn at Margec's. It's a sweet dessert with a thin, delicate shell filled with creamy paste

Delicious cream horn at Margec’s. It’s a sweet dessert with a thin, delicate shell filled with creamy paste

Cheese pimiento bonnet showing its filling

Cheese pimiento bonnet showing its filling

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.

A pile of delicious cream horn

A pile of delicious cream horn

Other products: cream and choco napoleones, cheese pimiento bonnet and apple turnover

Other products: cream and choco napoleones, cheese pimiento bonnet and apple turnover

Margec's in Jaro, Iloilo City. This is just opposite the beautiful Montinola Heritage House

Margec’s in Jaro, Iloilo City. This is just opposite the beautiful Montinola Heritage House

Margec’s
E. Lopez near Jalandoni St. (just opposite the old Montinola Heritage House)
Jaro, Iloilo City
033 301 0962
033 300 3292
0946 274 4301

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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2 Comments

  1. Suki F
    June 14, 2014 @ 8:27

    That sounds
    really tasty. I need one right now!

  2. @iloilo_city
    October 22, 2014 @ 4:35

    Delicious Cream Horn at Margec’s
    http://t.co/qT5Rm2JqnU http://t.co/2nywZJc8z5

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