Most of us if not all know about Showaiter Sweets from Bahrain. Showaiter Sweets is Bahrain’s trademark, and you just can’t go to Bahrain without passing by and buy some Halwa for you relatives. And I always wanted to see the factory. I’ve seen how they make the Halwa on tv, but I had to go to the factory this time. I just had to. I asked around and learned that the factory is in Almuharrag. We went there and started looking for it. We found the shop where they sell the halwa and the nice guys at the shop led us to the factory, which was 5 minutes away.

The place from the outside did not look like a sweet factory, it looked more like a garage, a dirty garage at that. We entered. It was a little bit unclean. Boxes and discarded cartons were everywhere. We entered a small closed area where we found a couple of guys, facing each other and hunched over what seemed like a big, deep frying pan, that had all sort of smokes coming out from it.

This was it. The place I longed to see was right in front of me and I was not the least bit excited. Actually I was disappointed.

The sweet was being prepared when we arrived and I managed to get over my disappointment and take some pictures.

As you can see, we were all shocked at the state of the “factory” and the people working there.

The halwa itself did not look unclean, just surroundings. (We bought some)

But! on the the other side of the room, 3 guys were hunching over a plastic bucket, and they looked like they were filling some cans. My friends, who looked flushed and disgusted were waving and calling me silently to come over and see what those 3 guys were doing. So I went over there and got closer to the 3 workers.. I was totally blown away by the disgusting scene. You know the famous Bahraini Jam? we call it “trining” I think.. a big load of trining was in the big bucket, and the 3 guys were grabbing the jam with their bare hands and filling the cans with it. Bare hands people. They were up to their elbows, dripping with jam, with their watches and rings on, filling the small cans and then handing the cans to another guy so he could wipe them and send them off to the shop to sell them.

One of the guys pulled his hand out of the bucket and was offering me some jam. He actually insisted that I take some jam off of his bare hands (rings on) and try some. I thanked him and did not even go near him.

I remember when I saw how they do Halwa on tv, the place looked clean! very unlike what we’ve seen. Maybe showing up unannounced has it perks.. I still remember my friends faces as they were standing next to the jam people. We were all shocked and disappointed at the sanitary condition of the place.


This entry was posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2010 at 1:40 am

19 Responses to “Jassim Showaiter Sweets – Bahrain”

  1. Hamad says:

    damn! yemkin hatha eli emkhali 6a3amha a7la lol
    anyway its still my favorite!

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  4. Danderma says:

    Yobooy :'(

    No more 7alwa for me… no more trini jam from ba7rain either!

    B3dain jeder il 7alwa ma7kook o ma7roog! Hatha kilah carbon that goes into the 7alwa… y3ni good cancer causing jeder!!!! el 3omr mosh ba3za2a!

  5. 1001Nights says:

    I know salfat il jam 7adha araf bass i9ara7a ma ashoof farg kibeer bainhum oo bain the chefs that are on tv shows that cook without using gloves. Shil farg?

    At any rate, my assumption, and I hope to God it’s a correct one, is that people working in sweet-making jobs are usually obsessed with cleanliness and wash their hands often.

  6. enigma says:

    Shocking 🙁

    I was soo craving 7alwa before you put this post up !

  7. ban1 says:

    yousef kan yoooom ma yenthaker . ma atwaqee3 feeeh shy awse7′ mn ely shfnaaaah. bs kan ring with mirabbba shakeeelah yeshwaaag. 7asfa law makeeel mn ayeeeda an6a3 🙂

  8. H. says:

    this is the maybe the OLDEST 7alwa shop in Bhrain, there are different shwaiter shops and Factories owned by other brothers.
    but we love our 7alwa anyways..

  9. Ansam says:

    I am not a big fan of halwa anyways… but its Trini not “trining” 😛

  10. Maze says:

    it looks yummy 🙂

  11. BNDQ8 says:

    Oh man!! i dont think i’ll be having it any more..just had it once thou…u poor thing..please tell me that their hands were not hairy o_o!!!

    Maze: lol !! wth like 😀

  12. Bu Yousef says:

    No more for me! Thanks for the info (and for ruining it for us) 🙂

  13. jewaira says:

    made with love
    that’s why it tastes so good!

  14. D says:

    never ever ever again… never will it enter my mouth

  15. lulu says:

    ewwww wwwwwwww

  16. OBN (Obnoxious by Nature) says:

    Are you half Bahraini, or is it just a plain case of being ” BNB (Bahreini by Nature) that a third of all your blog postings are related to the Dilmun islands and things Bahraini?

  17. eleventh.st says:

    I am not a big fan of those kinds of sweets..

    but I think it would be fun to see how they make it!

  18. Intlxpatr says:

    Those beaten copper pots are to die for.

  19. Q80 In Denver says:

    entaw mn 9ejkom takloon 7alwa ba7riniya!?

    Oily .. All Sugar .. No Real Flavor!

    Yousef .. Do you want to try the best 7alwa u will ever taste in your whole LIFE?

    Go to Muscat .. Ask for this place (Baraka factory) and order the Royalty 7alwa oo shoof el farg 🙂