Introducing Laine & Lola’s PONPON cookies!

Can I get a PONPON, PONPON, PONPON… can’t stop saying the name, it’s so joyful!

So, what exactly are PONPON cookies? It’s a new confection from Laine & Lola combining bonbons with polvaron, a Filipino-style shortbread cookie. The cookie doesn’t have the typical binding agent (generally egg) in it, so you’re left with a crumbly sweet that breaks apart on first bite and covers the tongue.

If you’re like me and never had one before, it’s like trying Poprocks for the first time. I was taken aback at first, when the mouth was blasted with the flavourful vanilla powder. As it melts away and dissipates, the flavour lingers slightly, not unlike the aftermath of sucking on a candy.

Given a box of their assorted flavours, the original (or vanilla) was a little plain for my tastes. Maybe it’s the drizzle of chocolate or the decorative flair, but the cookies and cream was my favourite, also the richest of the bunch. In general, the stronger flavoured PONPONs were the tastiest to me including the powerful (in relative terms) espresso, slightly bitter matcha, and coconut that didn’t strike me as the fruit on first bite. These are ideal for someone who wants something light and not overly sugary.

Elaine Schober, founder of Laine & Lola, used her grandmother’s long-standing recipe to create the confections. These new artisan cookies were launched at William Sonoma in Yorkdale Mall on May 5th with another pop-up schedule for this Saturday, May 12th, running from 11am to 5pm… just in time for Mother’s Day!  Afterwards, Elaine suggests following their Instagram account @lainenlola because a number of partnership discussions are currently underway. Can I get a PONPON?

Disclaimer: The above samples were complimentary. Rest assured, as noted in my mission statement, I will always provide an honest opinion.

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