Beat the Heat with these Summer Treats

May 25, 2017 7:00 pm by Bettina Bacani
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There has never been a better reason to go out and beat the heat than with the metro’s newest summer offerings! Just this year, a lot of “cool” concepts have opened, so we’ve compiled our top picks – personally tried and tested by Taste.Company – just for you!

1. Ice N Cream

Novotel officially launched its very own ice cream shop called Ice N Cream with this year’s Bb. Pilipinas candidates last April 28, 2017. Made from premium local and imported ingredients from Germany and France, gluten-free, less sugar and stabilizer-free, Ice N Cream showcases flavors like Oui Vanilla (Vanilla), Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Caffe Latte), Choco Goes Nuts (Choco Peanut), It Match-A Been Love (Matcha), Purple Dream (Ube and Langka), Green with Envy (Avocado), Smell Me, Taste Me, Love Me (Durian), Leche De Almond (Leche Flan), Cocoyeah (Coconut), Breezy Berry (Mixed Berries with Mint), Mango Tango (Mango), Tijuana Surprise (Cucumber Dalandan Tequila), Papa Don Preach (Rum Raisin), Kirsch Me (Black Forest), Yo Berry Yoi (Yogurt with Berries), and Oh Honey Honey (Calamansi and Honey). Their amazingly tasty flavors range from the classics to Philippine flavors and sugar-free to alcoholic! My personal recommendations? Choco Goes Nuts, Leche de Almond, and Kirsch Me! Prices start at P100/scoop.

Photos courtesy of Life in Technicolor

They also offer a 15-scoop ice cream bowl called Le Mont Gourmand that’s perfect for sharing with the entire barkada for only P1,200!

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Location: Ground Floor, Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City

2. Elait

Elait celebrated their grand opening on April Fool’s Day, but the people behind it do not fool around when it comes to ice cream. Elait is an artisanal rolled ice cream concept that originated in Thailand. They offer happiness in a cup; the name actually combines two words, elate (to be ecstatically happy) and lait (French word for milk). Choose from toppings like meringue, fresh fruits, custard, and yogurt as you customize your own cup or pick from their suggested combinations like Bacon Brickle, Salted Egg Surprise, or Mango Kiwi Pavlova! Prices start at P180/cup!

Photo courtesy of Eatsplorations

P.S. Read up on their basic sign language guide to help you communicate with their deaf-mute partners when ordering.

Location: Second Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City

 

3. Shakeaway

The world’s largest milkshake bar is now here in the Philippines! With over 80 flavors and millions of possible combinations, you will never run out of new things to try! It’s highly recommended for those who want to taste real fruits and experiment with premium ingredients like Haribo, Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut, Kinder Bueno, and Ritz Cheese Crackers in their drinks. The flavors here are divided under the following categories: Fruity, Cakey, Sweety, Chocolatey, Biscuity, and Everything Elsey. But if you want to try out the most expensive milkshake you’ll ever have, go for their Millionaire’s Milkshake (Php 900) which comes with Lindt 85% dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts topped with whipped cream and real 23 carat edible gold flakes!

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Photos courtesy of Life in Technicolor

Their frozen yoghurt desserts are a must-try! In photo: Izzie – banana and strawberries with granola and their 100% fat free frozen yoghurt!

Location: Fourth Floor, Uptown Place Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

 

4. Vampire Penguin

Vampire Penguin is a shaved snow and dessert store established in California in 2013. The owners wanted to offer a brushed up version of the popular Taiwanese shaved ice dessert in extensive and eclectic flavors. The result? Items like Snow Thaiger (thai tea and milk tea shaved ice, crushed Oreos, and condensed milk), Tropical Sampler (layers of strawberry, mango, honeydew, and lychee shaved ice, and Halo Halo (taro snow, munggo beans, white beans, taro paste, jackfruit, condensed milk, and leche flan).

Photos courtesy of Life in Technicolor

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They also have a secret menu, so here’s the insider scoop for all our readers: they have a Mangoong flavor which consists of their green mango shaved ice, green mango bits, and bagoong! It’s a Filipino treat that you will surely love! 😉

Location: Third Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City

5. Krates by Kopi Roti (https://www.facebook.com/kratesbykopiroti/)

Krates is Kopi Roti’s third wave coffee concept. You’ll be happy to know their line-up includes the all-time favorites: kopi bun and kaya toast! They are also bringing in some new additions, like the Krates Strawberry and Chocolate, Krates Redeye, and coffee shakes. For a medley of flavor, go for the Krates Strawberry and Chocolate, which has caramel milk, strawberry, and chocolate, all in one iced coffee drink! But what I fell in love with was the Krates Redeye – it is a refreshing take on coffee on the rocks as it marries silky espresso milk with Krates’ coffee iced cubes for a cool and crunchy experience!

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Location: Industrie Food Loft, 2nd Floor, City Golf Plaza, Julia Vargas Ave, Ortigas Avenue, Ugong, Pasig, Ugong, Pasig City

Bonus: How about some budget refreshers? Try the new McDonald’s Creamy McFreeze! Get vanilla soft serve on top of your Frozen Coke, Royal, or Berry Delight for only P29!Taste_Summer_Treats14

Photo from McDonald’s Facebook page

We hope this list helps you stay cool this summer!

Have anything to add? We’d love to hear them! Just leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

 

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