KOMPAS.com - Indonesia's traditional candies are hidden gems in the country's storied culinary heritage. Often handmade in small shops and homes, they evoke a slower, more idyllic time that was lost due to traffic, smartphones and other aspects of development.
Unfortunately, these old-school treats are falling victim to modernization, as they start to give way to mass produced candies and snacks.
But whether you fancy a trip down memory lane or need to get a sugar fix on these distinctive treats before they are gone, below are listed some of Indonesia’s favorite classic candies.
1. Water buffalo milk candy
As the name implies, the main ingredient for this candy is water buffalo milk, which is milked directly by local breeders.
Originating from West Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara province, the candy is known for its distinctively savory, sweet flavor, and chewy texture. These traits locals prefer buffalo milk candy to their better known cow's milk counterpart.
2. Sour candy
Often sold in stalls, this classic candy is made with round tamarind pulp that is then coated with sugar. This tends to be one of the more divisive treats out there. Some people find it sickeningly sour; others are unrepentant defenders of the bite-sized delights.
Over time, finding authentic sour candies have become increasingly rare, as they were gradually replaced by their mass-produced counterparts.