There is quote we love by writer Anne Fadiman: "It is a grave error to assume that ice cream consumption requires hot weather."
This list is inspired by her words, and our logic is what better way to make a gray day better than ice cream! Besides, ice cream seems to be having a moment in Metro Manila with each sprouting ice cream parlor coming up with more and more quirky flavors. Make the most of it and visit these ones we’ve handpicked from the bunch. The kids will find something to love in every one. 1. Outré
As if ice cream wasn’t fun enough, this ice cream parlor makes their cold concoctions with liquid nitrogen. The kids will love seeing the science magic in action! Outré keeps it fresh with exciting new flavors every month including the very interesting “peanut butter gelato topped with melba toast and strawberry jelly slices” creation. On the store walls are doodles in multicolors. Just like the ones you have at home (thanks to the kids’ crayons!). Outré is at 169 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque; and Circuit Lane, Makati.
2. Freezer Burn
The newest kid on the block is creating a buzz. Freezer Burn is currently the “it” place to be when it comes to ice cream parlors, and we can see why. The idea of their store is to put cold ice cream goodness with hot, comforting treats side-by-side. The Morning Glory, for example, comes with maple bacon ice cream served with homemade brioche toast and popcorn. Keep coming back too because they promise to come out with new flavors every month. And, take loads of pictures. The store has a cool pastel and retro vibe going on.
Freezer Burn is at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.
3. Papa Diddi’s
One of the best things we love about Papa Diddi’s (aside from their heavenly ice cream) is their cold treats are made with local ingredients. And, their ice cream flavors don’t stray too far from home either. There’s the Double Chocolate made from Batangas' and Davao’s famous tableas, Roasted Strawberries made from La Trinidad strawberries and also the crowd-favorite Mango Ginger. Plus, the store is super kid-friendly with kids hanging out there all the time (check out their Instagram and see what we mean).
A quick backstory, the restaurant is a tribute to the owner Paul Perez’s father and a percentage of sales go to local libraries to honor Papa Diddi’s passion for reading and his community work.
You wouldn't believe how many ice cream flavors this parlor has--101! Yes, that’s a hundred flavors! It’s basically every kid (and kid-at-heart’s) ice cream heaven. Even the pickiest of eaters will find something to love. Of course they offer the classics (for those who can’t go without the basics) along with flavors like Red Velvet, Blue Cheese, Maple and Bacon, and Pumpkin Spice and even Pinoy Beer and Chicharon for the grown-ups. Carousel Creamery is at 8 Missouri Street, San Juan City.
Coming all the way from Korea is an ice cream parlor that promises organic, flavorful and diverse ingredients. Aside from the organic milk (comes from free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free cows) at the heart of their ice cream, Milkcow also boasts a wide range when it comes to toppings. You might have seen their massive cotton candy-topped ice creams around social media or have heard of their Nutter Butter that’s topped with Nutella chocolate.
Milkcow is at Eastwood Mall, Quezon City; Rockwell, Makati; and Forbes Town Center, Taguig.
6. Merry Moo
Merry Moo has been around for quite some time, even before Manila’s ice cream craze, but nothing beats this oldie-but-goodie. Did you know Merry Moo’s milk comes from dairy farms in Laguna? So, you’re helping out our local farmers with every purchase. Some of their bestsellers include their famous Sea Salt Caramel, Toasted Almond Pineappple, Strawberry Basil and Avocado. Their ice cream is sold in a number of grocery stores, but they also have branches in malls.
Merry Moo is at SM Aura, Taguig; SM Megamall, Mandaluyong and SM North EDSA, Quezon City.
Another ice cream parlor--or maker--that’s been around for a while is Sebastian’s. In fact, they’re one of the first to offer artisanal ice cream to the good citizens of Manila with tubs of it now being sold in grocery stores. Some of their bestsellers include: Champorado, Cookie Dough, Butter Pecan and Mango Sansrival. Other than their awesome soft serves, we also like that they make seasonal ice pops. See if they still have their Strati 30-layer Ice Pops in stocks when you come visit.
Sebastian’s scooping stations are at The Podium, Ortigas; SM Mall of Asia, Pasay; and Regis Center, Quezon City.