I can still remember very clearly the first time I had one of these little milk candies. I was still a wee lass, we were in LA Chinatown, buying a bit of chinese groceries, which in those long ago days (eons really!) were hard to come by even in LaLa Land. My dear 爸爸 spotted them and immediately bought a bag of White Rabbit Creamy Candy as a treat for us girls. (He was really thrilled to find these!) Curious and excited, I carefully untwisted the beautifully colorful waxy wrapping paper with the cute bunny on it.
Inside was a creamy white candy in another layer of thin paper. I tried to take that off too, only to have the delicate paper tear. At this point I teared up a bit, frustrated that I couldn't access that delicious looking candy, only to look up and find my 爸爸 laughing at me. He explained to me the secret of the White Rabbit Creamy Candy, which is the really cool and edible! rice paper that is wrapped in a crisp layer around the chewy creamy candy. This, I believe, is the key to White Rabbit Candy's continued success down the years (it's been around since the 1950's Shanghai!), this delicate wispy melt on your tongue deliciously starchy rice paper.
Eating a White Rabbit Creamy Candy is a special experience because you just have to have your own technique. Kinda of like for Oreos. I like to tongue it first, letting the rice paper melt just so on my tongue. Only when all the sticking out rice paper is melted away do I slip the whole hard roll of candy into my mouth and start to chew. Slowly at first cuz it's hard kinda like a tootsie roll, just kinda sticking my teeth in it, until the hard bar warms up and finally is a soft and tender wad of soft gooey goodness in the mouth. Ah! Creamy, soft, milky sweet deliciousness! Sooooo good!! There's nothing in the world like White Rabbit Creamy Candy! Well then...what are you waiting for?! Go on, get out to the shops and get yourself some already! And let us know how you like to eat 'em!
Psst...if you're having a hard time finding these delicious candies in the stores, you can get the White Rabbit Creamy Candy here.
More Chinese Candy Stuff at The Hong Kong Cookery:
Belly Button Biscuits 肚臍餅
Hong Kong Hawker Traditional Fruit Candy
Haw Flake Candy 山楂餅