Gigi’s Custaroons: Custard and macaroons in one!
Friday, 29 May 2009

Gigi's Custaroons
Gigi’s Custaroons by kutitots, on Flickr

From a simple baking hobby, to a full-fledged business. Gigi Gaerlan started this unique pastry eight holidays ago as a Christmas gift to her friends and relatives, who in turn started ordering from her to give to their friends—friends of friends eventually ordering from Gigi as well. And that’s when it started. Gigi’s Custaroons is now a booming home-based business.

When Gigi first approached me about her Custaroons through my personal blog, I have to admit the product piqued my curiosity. Two desserts I love—leche flan (custard) and macaroons—combined in one cupcake-sized pastry. I knew the Custaroons would be thorn in my diet (I was imagining my boxing coach frowning in disapproval as I replied to Gigi expressing my interest), but I just had to try it.

Original and Cheese Custaroons
Original and Cheese Custaroons by kutitots, on Flickr

So what exactly are Custaroons? I can’t think of any other description for it except that it’s half a flan and half a macaroon. Gigi’s Original Custaroon had a unique combination of flan’s creaminess and a buttery, chewy, coconut flavor. Best eaten straight out of the fridge, the cold temperature gives it a melt-it-your-mouth quality.

Another variation of Gigi’s Custaroons is the Cheese Custaroon. It’s basically the same, except for a cheesy top that gives it a hint of saltiness, neutralizing the sweetness of the custard a bit. I frankly like the Cheese Custaroons better—I could eat two of these in one sitting, whereas the Original, only one since it’s a bit too sweet for my taste.

Now this one, the Custaroon Chocolate Poppers… Let’s just say that if it was the forbidden apple in the garden of Eden, it would probably have caused Eve to commit the sin every single day—or until the Poppers ran out. Seriously though, the Poppers were a constant temptation in our refrigerator. I couldn’t help but pop one in my mouth every time I saw the classy blue Chocolate Poppers box in the fridge. 😀

Custaroon Chocolate Poppers
Custaroon Chocolate Poppers by kutitots, on Flickr

The Custaroon Chocolate Poppers are basically Custaroon balls coated with dark chocolate powder, specially blended by Gigi. Left at room temperature, the Poppers were still ok. But chilled… Yum! The balls had a circumference of a little more than an inch, but you’d be able to savor the rich dark chocolate coating combined with tastes of creamy, milky custard and a hint of buttery coconut. Every single Popper will literally melt in your mouth.

Among Gigi’s products, I found the Chocolate Poppers most addicting—and significantly trashed whatever diet I was on. I don’t know why, but probably it’s because the Poppers came in smaller servings, making it less “nakakasuya.” The bitterness of the dark chocolate work real well combined with the sweet custard and coconut flavors, making it very addictive.

This yummy bite-sized treat comes in a box of 54’s and 108’s, while the Original and Cheese Custaroons come in 12’s and 24’s. Shelf life is about three weeks. Currently, Gigi Gaerlan delivers in various pick-up points within Metro Manila, though you may contact her for arrangements of deliveries to other provincial areas.

ORIGINAL
Box of 12: P 270.00
Box of 24: P 490.00
Bite-size|Box of 54: P 400.00
Bite-size|box of 108: P 735.00

CHEESE
Box of 12: P 320.00
Box of 24: P 540.00
Bite-size|box of 54: P 450.00
Bite-size|box of 108: P 835.00

ASSORTED (half original, half cheese)
Box of 12: P 300.00
Box of 24: P 520.00
Bite-size|box of 54: P 430.00
Bite-size|box of 108: P 790.00

Gigi’s Custaroons
Mobile: 0917-828-29-29
Pick-up Points: Temple Drive, Greenmeadows, Eastwood area, Tomas Arguelles St. – Sta. Mesa
Website: http://www.custaroons.com/

You can check out my Flickr Food Set for more photos of Gigi’s Custaroons!

5 Responses to “Gigi’s Custaroons: Custard and macaroons in one!”

  1. Kar says:

    Dear, i’m glad ms. connie posted a link to your site. im really enjoying ur blog from this side of the world:)

  2. Jhaira says:

    Heaven, I never try this before. Nakaka-adik, nakaka-baliw, yummy, deliciously unique, di ka mauubusan nang sasabihin. The price has changed already.

  3. Silvia says:

    Hello! Wan’t to buy some for pasalubong.
    Ilang days ba bago mag expire yung custaroons? 🙂

  4. Silvia says:

    Hey Alana,These are great!I did the following with sweet poottaes and we all loved them (my kids too). Take 3 good size sweet poottaes and scrub clean. Cut the poottaes in large chunks (skin on) and place in microwave container with lid. Microwave on high for about 8-10 minutes. I added black pepper, a pinch of nutmeg and a 1/4 cup of coconut milk. Mash (or smash) and enjoy. Flipping delicious!