BICE Churns Unique Ice Cream Flavors You Won’t Find Anywhere ElseNovember 5, 2016
Ever wondered what your favorite TV show would taste as ice cream? Well, Buccino de Ocampo has. The creative mind behind Buccino’s Ice Cream Experiments, or BICE for short, churns some of Manila’s most unusual ice cream flavors. Initially an engineer and graphic designer by trade, Buccino started in the industry by managing his sister’s now-defunct café in Quezon City. The menu sorely lacked desserts, or anything sweet for that matter, which prompted de Ocampo to start whipping up his own. What started out as an ingredient for his milkshakes, the ice cream eventually became Buccino’s primary interest.
Learning the process of ice cream making through YouTube, he started experimenting with ingredients, building his repertoire up to 28 distinct flavors. It comes as no surprise that we’re curious to find out de Ocampo’s sources of inspiration, he shares that he finds it in the most unlikely places. Examples are BICE’s ginger, mint, and spiced nuts ice cream, inspired by the popular TV series: Game of Thrones (or if you prefer the book—A Song of Ice and Fire) and the tinapay at kape, a homage to the typical Filipino breakfast of pan de sal and brewed coffee. Proving that he has no shortage of ideas, Buccino shares that you won’t find the basic flavors you grew up with at BICE instead expect well-balanced unique creations.
We got a taste of a few of his originals, namely: Rose and Olive, Muscovado and Bacon, and Soy Sauce and Kasuy. True to his word, the ice cream boasted of depth and balance. He plays with the distinct characteristics of the ingredients and highlights them in such a way that each complements the other components.
A prime example of textural and flavor balance is his muscovado and bacon, a spoonful is thoroughly appreciated as it unfurls in your mouth. First, you taste the darkness of muscovado, then the tell-tale saltiness of bacon. We were surprised to find still crisp pieces of bacon mixed into the ice cream. Following the steps of the first pint, the soy sauce and kasuy treats its components similarly, where the toyo’s pungency is tempered by the nutty and creamy characteristics of the nut. Although, where the two former pints are exercises in robustness and playing with contrasting and complementary ingredients, his third flavor shows subtlety. The rose and olive tastes light and mainly plays on the fragrant components, urging you to concentrate on the ice cream alone.
In the end, as we mull things over, it’s clear that de Ocampo has succeeded in what he set out to do, which is to create a product that enables people to explore their tastebuds and experience more of food. At this point, we’re still marveling at how well Buccino de Ocampo executes his unlikely flavor pairings and we’re excited to see what he else has in store for us in the future.
Buccino’s Ice Cream Experiments
An ice cream scoopery serving one of a kind flavors