Algonquin, Illinois couple bring ‘dead’ Filipino cookie back to life and start small business

ALGONQUIN, Illinois – Husband and wife couple Mharloe and Katrina Requiron were amazed by the response from customers who tried their unique Filipino cookies called Sylvanas.

“Somebody texted me and was like, ‘What crack did you put in that cookie?!'” Mharloe said. “In a few minutes they’ll send me a box and it’ll be half done.”

Sylvanas (or Silvanas) are cashew meringue waffle sandwich cookies filled with rich buttercream. The couple, who launched their business Crumbs.nd.creams on Instagram, describe the desserts as “dead” cookies because even the Philippines’ older native immigrants said they were unfamiliar with them.

“We got customers saying, ‘You know, I’ve never heard of it, I’ve never had it, and I don’t even know what it is,'” Katrina said.

Craving her favorite childhood cookie, Katrina made the Sylvanas for herself and Mharloe on a whim.

“One time she did it and I was like, ‘Let me put this on our Instagram because I think people are going to really like that,'” Mharloe said.

Their first order was for three boxes, and now it’s not uncommon for the couple, who aren’t bakers by trade, to produce up to 70 boxes in a weekend. Flavors include Traditional Buttercream, Ube, Mocha, Matcha, Coconut Jelly, Flan, Nutella, and Peanut Butter.

“We learned that through trial and error and a lot of tears,” Katrina said. “After thousands of burned cookies and wasted butter, we came up with our own flavor.”

Mharloe and Katrina said they are grateful to their customers and social media followers for making Crumbs.nd.creams a success.

They also thank pastry chef and social influencer Sherri Tan, restaurant owner Kathy Vega and friends Patricia Gumban, Eric and Coco Dalangin, and Tina Easley for their continued support. The couple say their family, as well as their children Sophie and Jaden, have also been of great help.

For more information, follow Crumbs.nd.creams on Facebook & Instagram. Algonquin, Illinois couple bring ‘dead’ Filipino cookie back to life and start small business

Laura Coffey

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