How well do you know the sweet deli, panutsa? It’s Batangas’ version of peanut brittle – made of caramelized brown sugar and whole peanuts. This sugar-loaded delicacy will surely give you enough dose for a sweet fixation.
Most of the panutsas you see whenever you commute or when you go to a pasalubong center in Southern Luzon provinces are made here in Batangas. Taal is known for making this simple yet very pleasing snack.
There are only two basic ingredients in making panutsa: dark brown sugar and peanuts. This flat disc-shaped snack has been a long time sweet treat favorite among Filipinos. And this bond between the nuts and the sugar had reached the farthest places in the country.
I love the smaller, bite size version of panutsa as they’re easier to eat and less sticky. Although the large ones, the crystallized ones, have the most authentic panutsa taste – with enough sugary and nutty flavor.
So for foreigners and tourists who want to experience this sweet panutsa treat, wait for vendors who will hop in a public bus to shout “Panutsa, panutsa!” and experience the sweetness melting in your mouth.