Kesong Puti Affogato: A Great Dessert Made from Grocery Ice Cream and Store-Bought CoffeeSeptember 23, 2019
- Mikka WeeWords
Who doesn’t love ice cream? A childhood indulgence that has seeped well (and strong) into adulthood, it has the innocent power to lure and tempt. Meant to be consumed in moderation, it can punish severely by making your clothes feel tighter when abused—a growing problem for all of us in the Pepper team, especially when our senior editor, Pamela, decided to open Pandora’s Box and introduce us to Magnolia’s Kesong Puti Ice Cream.
To say we were hooked is an understatement. Consuming a gallon of this with a group of aggressive eaters is an experience. Several spoons shoveling rich, carabao’s milk ice cream in search of kesong puti globs with sizes that range from microscopic to dice-sized squares and boasting achievements afterwards can really show a person’s true colors. We’ve had phrases such as, “Your kesong puti is nothing compared to mine. Look,” with tongues sticking out as a testament to our competitiveness. If we were all part of The Hunger Games, I have a strong feeling we’d end up killing each other before running towards the cornucopia.
But everything changed when our food reporter, Mia, decided to make a Kesong Puti affogato with a tiny, green can of Nescafe Espresso. And that’s when the globs of cheese didn’t matter—well, they still did—but swirling bittersweet espresso with a scoop of this wicked, salty-sweet ice cream was enough proof that things that come in cans and plastic tubs, when slapped together accidentally and experimentally, can produce some of the most comforting (and cheap!) desserts ever.