Sugarhouse Almond Sansrival
To say that I was not a huge fan of Sugarhouse is an understatement. My first taste of it was when one of our Otaku Fridge members brought some Sugarhouse brownies to an EB — back in the early 2000s — and we all found the dessert to be unbelievably sweet. I thought it would awaken the diabetic blood in me. Even the dude who brought it couldn’t finish it off. After that, I equated the name Sugarhouse to mean just that, a house full of sugar.
It wasn’t till my Dad’s birthday, last November 7, 2010, that I was reintroduced to Sugarhouse. My mom claimed she had an addiction to their Almond Sansrival (PhP975) and she just had to have some. Her craving took us to Alabang Town Center, where we bought this:
Lookee! I never thought I’d love sansrival this much. Most sansrival cakes are so full of butter that people usually manage to eat a couple of bites then no more. Some are too sweet. Others just don’t have that much content, characterized by layers of butter, air, butter, air, butter, air.
This one is loaded. It has more meringue than butter and the almond toppings break the monotonous taste usually experienced in butter-heavy pastries. This combination gives the entire cake a chewy-crunchy-creamy texture. Umay factor dissolved!
And the packaging is nifty, too!
I think all these are a vast improvement from my first encounter with Sugarhouse. Good job!