July 11, 2019 – Ally Soriano
The normal routine when rainy season comes requires one to bust out the sweaters from the closet, settle for a mug of a favorite hot drink, put some mood music on, and simply enjoy the weather made for extended hours on your bed. But if you’re like us who enjoy cold treats during the cold weather, then you already know our version of Netflix and chill: A tub of ice cream in our hands (and tummies) and a binge-worthy season on our screens.
Grocery store ice cream tubs are beginning to carry more sophisticated flavors, sure. But if you’re looking for a quirkier dessert experience, we suggest you get a scoop of your favorite sweet treat in the country’s most gastronomic ice cream hubs:
Kape + Yosi (Leche Ice Cream)
There’s just something about the coffee and cigarette combo in the morning that feels so right. Chase away the heat with this unique ice cream flavor from Leche Ice Cream that’s made with decaf coffee that is then smoked with cherry wood chips. This process gives the dessert an uncanny taste and smell like that of cigarettes. Grab a scoop for only P99 while you can at their Urbiztondo store in San Juan, La Union, or at the Harana Surf Resort in Siargao Island.
Tinutong na Kanin (Manila Creamery)
There are few pleasures quite like the taste of crunchy, burnt tutong. If you can’t decide whether to have it savory or sweet, the Manila Creamery will gladly settle your dilemma. Their burnt rice gelato captures the delicious and distinct bittersweet flavor of the beloved local delicacy. Try a scoop for only P100 at their many branches including those in UP Town Center, Vertis North, and Megamall.
Champorado + Dilis (Sebastian’s Ice Cream)
Another classic Pinoy merienda enjoyed by young and old alike, this scrumptious snack will have you reeling in nostalgia. In case you haven’t heard, Sebastian’s Ice Cream has been offering their Champorado + Dilis ice cream since 2014! They stew sticky rice in cocoa and chocolate and churn it with a light chocolate ice cream base. They serve it topped with candied dilis that’s made in-house for a special homemade touch. Do yourself a favor and savor a scoop for P155 at The Podium, Regis Center, or Vertis North.
Roasted Forbidden Rice (Papa Diddi’s Handcrafted Ice Cream)
Don’t let the name phase you, there are no drawbacks to indulging in this ice cream. Roasted Forbidden Rice has been Papa Diddi’s Handcrafted Ice Cream’s signature taste since they opened in 2015. Made with black rice from the Mountain Province, the delectable dessert is then toasted to perfection with coconut milk. It is served anyway you like it—whether in a cup, cone, nest, or pint. You can even get it between a bun or two cookies of your choice! You only need to shell out P75 to get a scoop of this tasty treat. Make your way to Maginhawa, Poblacion, or The Community Kitchen.
Beer + Chicharon (Carousel Creamery)
Out of our many affordable drinking companions, chicharon is undoubtedly a favorite right next to mixed nuts and sisig—this trio simply never fails to let us down. Lo and behold, Carousel Creamery took sweet-salty drunken duo and turning it into ice cream is almost expected. The next time your friends invite you out for beer night, prelude it with a trip to 8 Missouri St., Greenhills, Manila where you can get a tasty start to your pregaming for only P95 a scoop.
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