When I’m feeling sad and cranky, nothing cheers me up better than a pint of ice cream. It’s like it effectively calms all of the burning pain and anger in my body, and makes it all go away. If you love ice cream, too, and are looking for new flavors to try or new brands to discover, here is a list of 8 stores you need to check out now.
8 Ice Cream and Gelato Flavors You Need to Try Right Now
8. Selecta Bestsellers’ Coffee Crumble
Other flavors to try: Cookies and Cream, Choco Almond Fudge, Double Dutch, Quezo Real, Rocky Road
Selecta ice cream is a staple in many Filipino homes and it makes sense why. Their ice cream is delicious and comes in a wide variety of flavors. There’s a lot to choose from but we recommend the Bestsellers collection, which has added milk fat for a creamier and milkier flavor. We love the Coffee Crumble, which uses Monk’s Blend Coffee folded with chocolate chips and cashew nuts.
Their other flavors are upgraded versions of classics. Choco Almond Fudge is also a must-try since it has indulgent chocolate ice cream, perfectly roasted almonds, and fudgy brownies. Double Dutch has French vanilla ice cream generously loaded with cashews, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. Rocky Road’s rich chocolate ice cream is blended with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and peanuts. Whichever flavor you’re getting, you know it’s going to be creamier than the ones you’ve tried before. These are best enjoyed with K-dramas and you can check out our pairings here.
7. Black Scoop’s Halo Halo Surprise
Other flavors to try: Okinawa Brown Sugar with Pearl and Black Mascarpone with Graham
Black Scoop Cafe’s main goal has always been to bring the joy of contemporary coffee culture and reinvented swirl creations to the hearts of Filipinos. From the very start, they have committed themselves to be the best in their field. When we entered the ‘new normal’, Black Scoop realized that people were ordering for their entire families and not just for themselves. That’s when they came up with their Pints-to-Go Collection: so you can share the goodness of their swirls with your loved ones.
Choose from three different flavors, all of which come newly swirled and with fresh toppings. The one that stood out for my family the most, though, was their Halo Halo Surprise. It was definitely a pleasant surprise to see so many toppings atop Black Scoop’s signature swirl, which has already been a favorite in the household for a while now.
6. Magnum’s Almond Pints
Other flavors to try: Classic and White
In case you didn’t know yet, the crowd favorite Magnum is now available in pints! Just like the iconic ice cream bars, each tub is expertly crafted with Magnum’s thick, made to be broken Belgian chocolate, which lines all sides of the pint from top to bottom. Inside the shell is smooth Madagascar vanilla ice cream and shards of more Magnum Belgian chocolate.
It was extremely hard to decide on a favorite here since they are all ultra-delicious, but we’d have to go with our favorite ice cream bar flavor: Almond. What we love the most about Magnum’s pints is how it offers a whole new experience. You let the pint rest for a while and then use a spoon to break the top chocolate layer before digging in and indulging in the same delicious Magnum taste that we all love.
5. Daisy’s Home Crafted Ice Cream’s Dairy M&M’s
Other flavors to try: Cereal Milk, Toasted Marshmallow, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean, and More with Dairy, Vegan, and Sugar-Free Options – Plus Various Toppings!
Daisy’s Home Crafted Ice Cream was named after Patrick Yeo’s boxer dog as a tribute because of the joy that she brings to their family. “I wanted our ice cream to be just like that: happiness in every pint,” he explains. Patrick is a culinary graduate who decided to make ice cream during the summer for his family and his neighbors. Now, he has some great fruit suppliers to bring out their delicious fruit flavors. He also uses chocolate made from cacao powder and teas that are brewed before churning made from whole leaves. This explains why their ice cream is so flavorful.
The best thing about Daisy’s is that their ice cream is highly customizable. Whether you’re a diabetic, a real ice cream aficionado, a keto buff, or vegan; they have options for practically everyone so that anybody can get the ice cream fix that they deserve. You can also choose your own level of sweetness and whether you want a sugar-free sweetener. We love their toppings, too! From M&M’s to Malteser’s, you can have your favorite toppings added to your ice cream flavor of choice to make you extra happy.
4. Merry Moo’s Cheesy Mamon
Other flavors to try: Rocky Road, Double Dutch, Cookie Dough, and More
The idea for Merry Moo started when Kelvin Ngo tried out unique artisan ice cream in Singapore, where they had interesting local flavors like Teh Tarik and Durian. They eventually started joining food fairs and weekend markets before serving their ice cream in premium malls and groceries. Because of the pandemic, though, they are now more focused on online channels so everybody can get their Merry Moo fix safely from the comforts of their homes.
Merry Moo’s Ice Cream is dense, smooth, and hella creamy; and their flavors are to die for! Our current favorite is the Cheesy Mamon from their Chunky Bunch. I swear I have never tasted anything quite like it! You seriously need to try it for yourself. They use their own chunky mix-ins for most of their flavors by using caramel glazed cacao nibs and almonds, by the way.
3. Hygge Beverage Co’s Vegan Coffee Gelato
Another flavor to try: Strawberry
Hygge Beverage Co started earlier this year by importing Oatly, a vegan/plant-based alternative to dairy milk, here in the Philippines. A lot of the time, when you eat something vegan or dairy-free, it doesn’t really taste the same; but that isn’t the case with Oatly. In line with this, Hygge Bev thought about creating more products with oat milk and providing vegan/plant-based products that still taste amazing. That’s where their gelato comes in.
Since their bestseller for Oatly is Barista, they decided to launch a Coffee flavor for the many coffee lovers in the country – and I have to say: I’m not vegan, but it is hella good. I honestly couldn’t tell that their gelato is vegan. Believe it or not, their delicious gelato is vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free, yet still tastes like regular, rich, and creamy ice cream. Amazing! They also have a Strawberry flavor which uses Baguio strawberries to support local.
2. pan de nice’s Thai Milk Tea
Other flavors to try: Cereal Milk, Jasmine Cheese Tea, Earl Grey, Taro, Chocolate Earl Grey, and Uji Matcha
pan de nice started with a love for dessert, selling filled doughnuts and freshly brewed milk tea until they eventually ventured out to frozen gelato. Since the owners tend to have intense milk tea cravings to the point where they order it every day and whenever they travel, they decided to base their gelato flavors on their favorite milk tea drinks.
My favorite milk tea? Thai milk tea! Having grown up in Bangkok, Thai milk tea has always been my go-to, and pan de nice’s gelato does not disappoint. It’s like they took actual Thai milk tea and somehow magically turned it into ice cream. So. Darned. Good. If you can imagine your favorite milk tea in the form of frozen dessert, that is exactly what pan de nice has to offer. I love that they don’t offer typical flavors and that they are spot on in terms of quality, flavor, and texture. Their gelato also has lower cream content and therefore less fat (only around 8%). Delicious and guilt-free? Sign me up for more, please!
1. The Pantry on 9th’s Brown Sugar & Pecan
Other Flavors to Try: Baguio Strawberry Field, Philippine Mango, Deep Cocoa, Ube Halaya, and Madagascar Vanilla Bean
The Pantry on 9th started when Carmela Adduru’s son was diagnosed with gout in his early 20s. His condition made them re-evaluate their food choices and their subsequent effects on their health. Since it is almost impossible to source food in grocery stores that are free from artificial flavors, hydrogenated oil, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup, their mom decided to curate her own version of recipes that wouldn’t trigger these health conditions.
After learning that other people were also looking for healthier alternatives to comfort food, they decided to introduce these products through The Pantry on 9th. Here, you can enjoy comfort food without worrying about your health or compromising your well-being. The Pantry on 9th’s ice cream flavors only contain 5 ingredients (as it should be): egg yolk, milk, cream, sugar, and the flavor that complements and brings the pureness of its base to life.
They promise that the quality of their ingredients are carefully chosen and responsibly sourced. For the Madagascar Vanilla Bean, for example, they only use real vanilla pod. For the Philippine Mango and Baguio Strawberry, they source fruits directly from local farmers. For the Ube Halaya, they use their own halaya concoction with grits of real ube sourced from the local market. As for the ice cream base, they combine it with Bukidnon Milk Company’s Premium Fresh Milk. “We always go back to our guiding principle that none but the ones sourced naturally can tender the freshest, best, purest, and truest flavors and taste,” they say.
Their delicious ice cream aside (which are available in pints and half pints), they also offer other baked goods that are free from additives, preservatives, stabilizers, artificial coloring, and harmful emulsifiers, such as AURO Chocolate Revel Squares and Limoncello Olive Oil Bars. Make sure to try those out, too!
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor and brand? 🙂
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