Ricoa Flat Tops - The slightly expensive kiddie thrills
I never met a kid who hates sweet things. If one of them existed, I will invite them to my house and have some vegetable salad and paella. Just kidding! Anyway, sweet tooth among children is perfectly normal. Why? It is because they have more than 10,000 taste buds with majority are sensitive to sweetness. Also, there are findings that children, specially those who are breastfed, are getting used to the sweetness of the milk on a way that they looked for it until their toddler years. Cool, right?!
This same goes with my childhood. I am one of those kids who always crave for sugary bites. However, being the one with little money, I can only munch on those very cheap sweets.
But every time I got few money, like for example, my older sisters gave me some or I have saved my allowances, I treat myself for some a little expensive treats.
One of the treats that I use to buy whenever I had enough is the Ricoa Flat Tops. During those days, whenever you are chewing and carrying the wrapper, your friends will envy you with some of them will try to at least have a small bite.
As far as I can remember, way back this was sold for P1.00 a piece. Then, it just went up and up until it reached P3.00 and as far as i know, way back 2004, this is available via our school cafeteria for P4.00 each.
Sadly, maybe due to the price, this is not usually available via neighborhood stores.
If you wanted to have this delights again, go to your groceries. I bought my candies in SM Hypermarkets for P129.50 for an approximately hundred pieces. This means that you can buy this for P1.29 a piece and as far as my observation is concerned, this is smaller than what I use to munch my kiddie days.
The taste? Still the same. But as an adult, I’m not a sucker for the product any more. I can eat 1-2 pieces then I had enough.
During my childhood, I love to leave for about one to two hours in the refrigerator to make it hard. Then, will try much the cold and hard treats while the melts-in-your-mouth property of the product also adds kick to my snack experience. Imagine this: Cold and hard treat, then, will slowly melt in your mouth. For kids, it’s a moment of a great experience.
I bought my Flat Tops as an ingredient to Graham Banoffee Cake for my birthday and just gave the rest to my nieces who just dug through the plastic container for about five hours. They didn’t stop until the last bite.
I asked them if they are familiar with the candies and they said yes. They can buy this from the nearest grocery store for P50.oo containing 30 pieces. I also asked them, if they can see it through sari-sari stores our place, they said no.
During my early times, the kiddie me and I can say, some of my friends, use to crave for the delights. We sometimes ask our parents to buy those for us. Now, the younger generations are also hooked up. So, we can say, Ricoa Flat Tops is now a house name and will never be out of the market.
Flat Tops made my kiddie years colorful. Obviously, my nieces’ as well. And in the near future, I will never hesitate to introduce this to my children.