Let me settle any speculations or rumours you might have heard… Julie’s Biscuits is a Malaysian brand not to be confused to be one and the same with a local brand aptly named the same. Don’t worry, you weren’t the only one who thought that.
A few weeks ago I, alongside many other lifestyle and food bloggers were invited by Julie’s to visit their factory in Malaysia. I’ve been to Malaysia before, but this time, I wasn’t only getting to tour, I was going to visit Julie’s factory and see for myself how their biscuits are made. I love knowing how things are made, and you best believe that if “How it’s Made” is on TV, I’ll be watching it or will be searching episodes on YouTube to watch.
Let me take you through the three days with Julie’s through my photo diary.
Julie’s Factory Visit
Our very first day was dedicated to visiting the Julie’s Biscuits factory. We were greeted with an adorable dance number by their employees while they held mini Philippine flags (they were printed the wrong way, but still cute nonetheless) We instantly felt so welcomed and loved.
If you’re wondering who Julie is, we asked Martin,the CEO of Julie’s Biscuits, and apparently she’s not really anyone. She’s just a character the owners came up with.
Getting to know the brand meant eating biscuits while being officially introduced to Julie’s and what they’re all about. Here’s what I learned: they’re not just a biscuit company, they’re a company with heart. What I love about Julie’s is their initiative to be socially responsible. They hold campaigns that not only help the less fortunate but also put smiles in the faces of the people who help build and keep Malaysia. They’ve also helped international communities rebuild their lives when disasters strike through generous donations. I mean, how can you not love a brand like that?
We made Julie’s Fruity Layer Cake. Basically it’s Julie’s Butter Crackers dipped in milk, and then layered with Julie’s Hershey’s chocolate in between and then topped with fruits. IT’S HONESTLY REALLY GOOD. I was surprised what 3 main ingredients + a mix of fruits can do. I mean, it’s so good that Lauren is seen in the photo above eating the leftovers after we’d finished making our desserts.
How Julie’s Biscuits are Made
We weren’t allowed to take photos during the actual factory visit, but Julie’s was kind enough to send us some official photos to show you guys!
First the dough is mixed, flattened and then it goes through a machine that makes the round biscuit shape cutouts. The extra dough is sent back to be flattened again, to ensure no dough is wasted in the process.
And then we walked through the lively night market in Jonker Street. They sold many kinds of things, from toys, to local themed goods, street food, art. It was a little crazy, mostly because it was so packed with locals and tourists.
Another favourite from my visit was visiting The Baba & Nyonya House Museum. Unfortunately they had very strict rules of no photo/video footage. I guess it’s to entice more people to visit the place itself rather than just see it through photos online. But if you’re into historic homes and learning about how people used to live back in the day, this is a must visit if you’re ever near the area. I absolutely loved it and seeing the architecture and design of the house was absolutely astonishing to me.
Our last dinner in Malaysia included a cultural show that showcased dances that represented each of the different cultures of Malaysia. It always amazes me how different cultures and even religions can co-exist peacefully and even influence each other. That’s how it should be.
Before we left to go back home, we had one last lunch with Martin and the rest of the Julie’s Malaysia team. It was such an eventful 3 days that going home left a lot of us in a sad mood. The Julie’s Malaysia team was just so hospitable and kind, we felt a lot of them had become our friends… we were even proposing for them to visit us in the Philippines ASAP!
Our final lunch was good but the highlight of it was definitely the dessert. I’ll be honest, the main dishes of our meal were okay. Nothing noteworthy. But the dessert was absolutely amaaaaazing. Perfectly flavored, not too sweet or sour. The flavors blended so well together. Ask every single blogger present and they’ll tell you the same thing. Pictured above is Julie’s Cheesecake made with Julie’s Oat 25 Biscuits. It was so good I wanted to cry.
The awesome part about these dessert ideas is you just need to take Julie’s Biscuits and crush them to make your own cheesecake crust or crush them to mix with ice cream. I came home with a lot of Julie’s products and they’re definitely going to be made into dessert. ;-)
I hope you enjoyed my Julie’s Photo Diary and even learned a thing or two about Julie’s Biscuits. If you’ve got any questions, please feel free to ask. For more information on Julie’s and their products you visit them on Facebook or visit their website.
Before I forget, Julie’s wants to do a GIVEAWAY for 3 lucky winners!
Mechanics are simple, just leave any comment in this post with your NAME, EMAIL & TWITTER HANDLE.
I’ll be choosing winners randomly. Good luck! :-)
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Julie’s Biscuits, with travel and experiences as the only form of compensation for this post. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.