Joy San Gabriel has been known for her cakes, pastries, and other confectionaries since she launched her homegrown brand back in the mid-’90s. Traveling in Japan and seeing its miniaturized goods caused her to conceptualize her latest offering—toasted mini brazo de mercedes, which is essentially a crispy and bite-sized version of the classic Filipino dessert. The tiny melt-in-your mouth goods are produced with San Gabriel’s special brazo filling, a soft homemade custard which she patiently mixes herself. She says that the miniature delights are best eaten with any hot beverage, ideal for tasty merienda in the comfor comfort of your home. me.