Coffee Candy in the Philippines – Delicious and Fattening

Kopiko coffee candy The difference between coffee candy in the United States and the Philippines is that it’s a lot less expensive in the Philippines.

A bag of around 50 pieces costs around 30 pesos, or around 60 cents in United States dollars. I don’t remember seeing any type of coffee candy for less than a dollar in the United States.

I say around 50 pieces because the product is only measured in weight, like a lot of products. It’s around 60 cents now but the foreign currency exchange rate fluctuates.

Anyway… I’m here to tell you about the two brands I like to buy, but not very often. My girth can’t afford them very often.

Kopiko Coffee Extract

That’s what it says on the bag, but it’s just candy that has coffee as one of the ingredients. For the sake of argument, let’s just call it Kopiko coffee candy.

According to the packaging (and I can’t read all the languages), this candy comes from Jakarta, Indonesia. They distribute it to the countries of Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam.

The ingredients are sugar, glucose, vegetable oil, coffee extract, butter, emulsifier, and caramel. Although it doesn’t say it, I’m sure it’s hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

X.O. Coffee Candy

The X.O. Coffee Candy comes under the brand name of “Jack ‘n Jill” for the candy division of the Universal Robina Corporation. It’s one of the largest brand food product companies in the Philippines and they have a ton of other products under the “Jack ‘n Jill” brand name, including candy that resembles cough drops.

The ingredients in the X.O. coffee candy are sugar, glucose syrup, hydrogenated vegetable fat, skimmed milk powder, coffee powder, soya lecithin and iodized salt.

While a piece of Kopiko coffee candy is a little dark brown square, a piece of X.O. Coffee Candy is oval-shaped and a little thicker. Kopiko comes in bags of 150 grams (the regular size anyway) and X.O. comes in bags of 175 grams, which means X.O. provides 25 more grams for about the same price.

Coffee Candy in General

Kopiko and X.O. coffee candies are found in a lot of the Asian markets in the United States. They’re imported along with other food items, like jasmine rice from Thailand, which my wife prefers over other kinds of rice.

Most candy isn’t healthy to eat, so I rarely eat coffee candy. The only time I carry any of it with me is when I’m traveling long distances by car because I really can’t occupy myself with anything else on bumpy roads.

Originally published in June of 2013. Updated for readability.

July 16, 2017

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