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‌Taste of Tradition: Filipino Snack Delight Silvanas Earns Spot In World’s Top 50 Cookies

Silvanas is a delectable Filipino dessert cookie made from buttercream sandwiched between two cashew-meringue wafers. (Photo by TasteAtlas)

‌Filipino snack treat Silvanas has earned a spot on the TasteAtlas list of the 50 Best Cookies in the World for June 2024.

Ranking 25th with an impressive score of 4 out of 5 stars, this recognition brings pride to the home of Silvanas, the snack-sized version of another classic Filipino dessert called sans rival.

Scotland’s petticoat tails, a classic shortbread cookie often enjoyed with tea, leads the new TasteAtlas best-of-list.

The world’s best-rated cookies list includes Algeria’s makroud el louse, Argentina’s alfajores, the Netherlands’ stroopwafels, and Greece’s melomakaronas.

Delectable Legacy

Silvanas, also called sylvanas, feature two cashew-meringue wafers sandwiching a thick layer of buttercream, and coated in cashew crumbs.

This delightful combination offers a unique texture experience: sweet and creamy, crispy yet chewy in every bite.

While the plain buttercream flavor is the best seller, it is also served in various flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, mocha, and mango.

One of the distinct characteristics of this treat is that they are best enjoyed well-chilled or even frozen.

This unique serving method enhances the texture and flavor, making them a perfect refreshing snack for a tropical climate country like the Philippines.

It’s no wonder that these cookies have become a quintessential pasalubong, or gift, for those visiting Dumaguete, a city renowned for producing some of the finest silvanas in the Philippines.

Notable establishments such as the House of Silvanas, Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries, and Sans Rival Bistro have become must-visit destinations for anyone wanting to taste the best Silvanas the city has to offer.

Here are some other stores where you can indulge your sweet tooth with Silvanas:

Granda’s Sweets and Delicacies, nestled in Pampanga, is celebrated for its decadent desserts, prominently featuring their renowned Sans Rival and Classic Silvanas. The Classic Silvanas are meticulously crafted with layers of chewy cashew meringue enveloping a velvety buttercream filling. Each bite is enhanced by a coating of buttery cake crumbs, adding a delightful texture and depth of flavor to this beloved treat.

Cipriano Sans Rival, a cherished family-owned bakery, is renowned for its Butter Silvanas, available at PHP380 for a box of 8. These Silvanas feature layers of chewy cashew meringue and luscious buttercream, creating a delectable treat that’s both rich and satisfying.

In addition to their classic offering, the bakery has introduced the indulgent Triple Nut Silvanas. These Silvanas are thicker and boast a nuttier profile, crafted with cashew meringue, and French buttercream, and coated with a trio of toasted pistachios, macadamias, and cashews.

Conti’s Bakeshop & Restaurant, a beloved family-owned bakery, is celebrated for its extensive selection of cakes, pastries, and savory dishes. Recently, they introduced a delightful addition to their menu: Silvanas now comes in four enticing flavors—Chocolate, Strawberry, Mango, and Biscoff.

Oh Yum, Manila is a trendy dessert cafe celebrated for its innovative twist on Silvanas, offered in a delightful array of flavors. Choose from a variety that includes classic options like Plain, Oreo, and Chocnut, as well as unique Filipino-inspired tastes such as Ube, Pandan, and Salted Egg.

Celebrating Filipino Cuisine

TasteAtlas, an international online gastronomic database, is renowned for its curated lists showcasing the finest foods across various categories, with Filipino dishes frequently securing top positions.

Frozen desserts Halo-Halo and Sorbetes were among the World’s Best Rated last year. Fried desserts Turon and Maruya landed spots on the World’s Best 50 Donuts list.

Filipino cuisine also ramped up its presence on the global stage, with six dishes making it to the TasteAtlas 50 Best Rated Pork Dishes in the World list for 2024, up from last year’s four.

This recognition of Silvanas as among the world’s finest cookies extends a heartfelt invitation to savor and relish these exquisite treats.

Embrace the opportunity to experience Silvanas firsthand—a journey that promises not just a taste sensation, but an immersion into the vibrant tapestry of Filipino culinary legacy.

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Judith Mariano
Judith Mariano
Judith, a Journalism student at PUP Manila, is a former Altermidya and Balitang A2Z intern. Her passion for writing ignited during her campus journalism journey. Aspiring to be both a children's book writer and a licensed psychologist, Judith combines her creativity and empathy to inspire and support others through her writing.

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