With the summer temperatures soaring to as high as 39 degrees Celsius, it’s always a great idea to eat ice cream. Gone are the days when our flavor choices are limited to the usual chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, ube and cheese. We’re now in the age of artisan ice cream brands. Local ice cream these days comes in a variety of novelty flavors ranging from the downright bizarre such as salted egg or sili (chili) to the seemingly absurd like green mango with bagoong (shrimp paste) or champorado with dilis (dried anchovies). I kid you not.
However adventurous I am with new tastes, I still haven’t found the chance to try the aforementioned flavors (I would surely love to!). But here are 3 ice cream flavors that I recently tried and loved:
Candied Bacon Ice Cream from Merry Moo (P70/scoop)
I first tried Sebastian’s Ice Cream‘s take on bacon-in-ice-cream a couple of years ago. It’s called Cheddar Bacon, but because of its sharp cheddar cheese taste, it didn’t seem like a dessert-type of frozen delight for me. It was good, but I prefer this Candied Bacon Ice Cream from Merry Moo. I just love anything with bacon in it — and this scoop is real meaty but still has that creamy, delicious sweetness that I look for in ice cream.
Half-baked Madagascar from Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats (P85/scoop)
The “half-baked” part refers to the chunks of yummy chocolate chip cookies folded into its signature vanilla ice cream. The Creamery uses premium Madagascar vanilla beans to make its special ice cream from scratch. It’s so good, I felt quite sorry about sharing the scoop with my daughter Bea. Next time we’ll go for double scoops!
Rainbow Ice Cream from New Zealand Natural (P95/scoop)
What exactly does a rainbow taste like? Strangely, this Rainbow Ice Cream reminded me so much of the taste of my childhood favorite Mandarin Orange Royale from Coney Island Ice Cream. Well, simply put, it tastes like happiness! Swirls of orange, green and purple colors make this ice cream flavor very appealing, but its velvety smooth texture is a testament to New Zealand’s global position as one of the world’s leaders in exporting dairy products. This well-loved imported ice cream brand started out as a small ice creamery in Christchurch, NZ some 30 years ago and is now being sold in over 20 countries around the world.
Forget about the calories. I’ll worry about my waistline later. For now all I want to do is indulge in one of the best things in life — ice cream!