Carcar is home to a number of Spanish and American era structures. Due to this, Carcar is also known as the Heritage City of Cebu. Aside from the historical and cultural significance of this southern city, the City of Carcar is also known for its food. Aside from the lechon, chicharon and ampao, another popular pasalubong item one can get from Carcar is the bocarillo.
The bocarillo is candied strips made from coconut meat. It comes in different colors and is a favorite treat of children. This sweet treat from Carcar is shaped like a flower and its color makes it an appealing pasalubong option for visitors to Carcar. It comes in shades of pink, green, yellow, and blue, among others.
While the treat is also known as the bukayo in other place, the bukayo is not as colorful as the bocarillo. The bocarillo also makes use of the meat from young coconuts while the bukayo typically uses mature coconut meat. The treat is normally sold at the Carcar City Public Market. Ambulant vendors also sell the bocarillo in buses as they pass by Carcar.
According to bocarillo vendors, the name of the treat is derived from the name of its original maker. Aurillo dela Cerna. It’s a type of bukayo made by Aurillo. The family of Aurillo makes a special type of bocarillo that is made using secret ingredients. Their bocarillo has already reached the international market.
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