What is Biscocho?

Jodans Bakeshop flagship product is “Biskotso de Marbe”, according to Wikipedia, Biscocho, also spelled biskotso (from Spanishbizcocho), refers to various types of Filipino twice-baked breads, usually coated with butter and sugar, or garlic in some cases. Biscocho is most strongly associated with the versions from the province of Iloilo, although it actually exists nationwide in various forms.

A twice-baked pastry, usually from stale bread, that is coated with butter or margarine and dusted with sugar.

The Original Biscocho Haus

History of Biscocho

Its name might have been derived from the Spanish word ‘bizcocho’, which pertains to a kind of sponge cake, or ‘broas’ as know to us locally. But Biscocho itself is 100% Filipino. Original Biscocho Haus (OBH) started in 1975 as a humble bakeshop at the garage of the late Dr. Carlos Guadarrama and Teresa Jalandoni-Guadarrama. Some of the pioneer products of OBH are the famous butterscotch, banana marbles, galletas, and of course, the name-sake of the store, biscocho. As years went by, OBH has expanded its product line, as well as its regional presence, having branches all over Panay Island, as well as in Bacolod City.

Original Biscocho Haus (OBH) started in 1975 as a humble bakeshop at the garage of the late Dr. Carlos Guadarrama and Teresa Jalandoni-Guadarrama. Some of the pioneer products of OBH are the famous butterscotch, banana marbles, galletas, and of course, the name-sake of the store, biscocho. As years went by, OBH has expanded its product line, as well as its regional presence, having branches all over Panay Island, as well as in Bacolod City.

The Original Biscocho Haus located at Lopez Jaena St., Jaro, Iloilo City, Iloilo

OBH takes pride in preserving and promoting Ilonggo heritage. With its popularity, the name has become synonymous with quality Ilonggo pasalubong. The brand beloved by many has risen to the forefront of the food and travel industries. Aside from the pasalubong centers, OBH has opened the Jaro Bellevue Pensionne in the 1990s, and more recently, Carlitos’ and T Grillhaus restaurants.

Today, after more than 40 years in the business, Original Biscocho Haus is a family corporation run by the children of the founders. At the core of the business are the values the Guadarrama family believe in : perseverance and hard work, fiscal discipline, community service and generosity of spirit.

We greatly appreciate the patronage and the love throughout the years.

For more than 40 years, the Original Biscocho Haus has been frequented by both locals and travelers from all over the world wanting to taste its wide array of delicious delicacies which include biscocho, barquillos, meringue, broas, toasted mamon, and tarts. Their signature butterscotch, a soft chewy pastry with a hint of sweetness, has also evolved through the years—from the original variant, its line now includes dates, mango, pineapple, and prunes. Upon the restoration of the flagship store, wood and steel elements, antique cabinets and accessories, Chinese pottery, and French windows were incorporated in the interiors and were later on applied to all  30 branches. Indeed, a trip to Iloilo wouldn’t be complete without dropping by this pasalubong landmark.

Biscocho is widely available in the Philippines. Well, in fact,  it has several variants depending on where you are in the country. But it is more commonly known as an Iloilo delicacy. This is inspired Jodan’s Bakeshop to establish its famous flagship “Biskotso de Marbel”.

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