One of the more positive results (no pun intended) this pandemic has caused was the rise of home-based entrepreneurs. People suddenly had more time to spare, resulting to a more robust online food market, with an abundance of home bakers and cooks joining in.
From the Sushi Bakes to the Ube Pandesals, several tried to stand out from the rest with their focus on selling something “new” or at the very least “given a new spin”. As history has proven though, successful reinventions tend to be copied and they themselves be reinvented, causing over saturations of their own.
Examples are the two aforementioned. Search on Facebook for either and you’ll now have an abundance of sellers to choose from. This is where one will have to refer to reviews and/or recommendations to filter and hopefully end up buying the best one.
Pandesal by Flavours by Yna
Craving for my 2nd try of Ube Pandesal, I eventually found one that had enough reviews and online presence that I felt comfortable to try. Surprisingly though, seems like home bakers have branched out from the popular Ube to offering more variety.
With a decent spread of positive reviews, a location that ain’t too far to ship to our house, and moreover, the enticement of more than 10 flavors to try, Pandesal by Flavours by Yna was our choice.
We maxed out 1 order of 12 pieces to spread across 6 of their variants! See each below.
Flavours by Yna PandeVelvet
Aside from the spot-on red color, this pandesal IMO is more of only an association play with the said popular flavor. Wasn’t really able to make anything off the bread to get that chocolate feel. Perhaps the closest trait it had is the white creamy filling. Not our favorite of the bunch.
Flavours by Yna PandeMatcha
Best one of our chosen 6! The slight tinge of the traditional matcha bitterness infused on the dough mixes very well with the filling. Definitely gives out a similar vibe to other matcha dessert variations. Will recommend 100%.
Flavours by Yna PandeButternut
More than anything, this simply was a peanut flavored pandesal. If you’re a fan of the classic D n D orange fudge goodness, this might not be for you. However, once you get over its naming contrast, the hefty peanut butter packed inside will more than makeup. Overall, still very good, but more PB than butternut.
Flavours by Yna PandeTsokoNutella
We don’t have the taste buds to filter Nutella from other similar spreads, so we’re unsure on that regard. But flavor-wise, this will more than satisfy your sweet tooth if you love hazelnut or chocolate. Generous amount of filling as well. Another easy recommend.
Flavours by Yna PandeSnowberry
One of the flavors I chose to give N her share of what she’ll possibly like but… this didn’t really turn out as we expected. Just a very slight strawberry infusion on the filling, and unsure if there were any on the bread. Can indeed pass as a strawberry viand, however doesn’t do enough to integrate the flavor IMO.
Flavours by Yna PandeUbe
As mentioned above, this is now our 2nd try of this reinvention and given that our previous taste was more on ‘real’ Ube paste with cheese integration, this can either disappoint or be loved. The version of Pandesal by Flavours of Yna is more on the ‘artificial’ Ube take.
If you’ve tasted commercial Ube flavors on biscuits or breads, this is what you’ll get here and will depend on your preference and expectation. Personally, as one who loves Ube in general, I found this great. The cheese rounded out well with the bread and the super sweet filling to satisfy my craving. Might not be for those that love the traditional Ube Jam or Halaya.
Overall, the variety will more than entice and satisfy an order with Yna! While not all flavors were at par to our taste bud’s expectations, all were yummy and very much well made. Standouts were Ube, Nutella and Matcha. A def order for only PHP240.