Tray’s Anatomy: Happy Lemon and Serenitea Clash Over Cookies & CreamFebruary 13, 2019
- Addi dela CruzWords
With just a few more weeks till Christmas, the food scene has started to undergo a yuletide makeover. From Starbucks’ Peppermint Mocha to CBTL’s Winter Dream Latte, the limited edition beverages offered by the different cafés and teashops cue what is, to most of us, the most wonderful time of the year.
In line with this tradition of Christmas season opportunism, Serenitea has whipped up a new holiday-only flavor Cocoa Cookies N’ Cream, to challenge Happy Lemon’s long-existing Oreo Cookies and Cream milk tea. Which place offers the better “I’m eating a cream cookie sandwich through a straw” experience? Let’s find out.
Value for Money
Happy Lemon’s Oreo Cookies and Cream is available in both small (12oz) and large (16oz) sizes, with the latter priced at PHP 110. The Cocoa Cookies N’ Cream from Serenitea, on the other hand, is offered only in one size (24oz) for PHP 140.
Since an ounce of Happy Lemon’s costs around half the price of that of Serenitea’s, the former emerges as the more sulit option between the two. If you’re saving up for extra expensive holiday presents this year, I say go for Happy Lemon.
Cocoa Cookies N’ Cream wins the first round, grabbing an early 1-0 lead.
I set the sweetness level of my drinks from both establishments to the default 100% to keep things fair.
The cocoa base from Happy Lemon hit just the right spot for me, flavor-wise. It has a rich but not too chocolate-y flavor. The white cream topping, reminiscent of the one on their famous Rock Salt & Cheese, only serves to make the drink taste even better. One sip and I’m in love.
Serenitea’s Cocoa Cookies N’ Cream tastes a bit like Nesquik. It’s easier to tell that it’s artificially flavored. If you order this drink, I recommend adjusting the sweetness level to 75% or lower. I found the standard 100% too sweet.
Still, Serenitea deserves some props for the addition of some kind of custard to the base. It provides a nice break from the overly sweet milk tea and the mild bitterness of the Oreo cookies.
I enjoyed both products, and liked how different they both were from each other. I declare this round a draw, with both drinks getting a point each. The score is now 2-1, still in favor of Happy Lemon.
When it comes to showcasing the star of the drink, Happy Lemon does not disappoint. Each order of Oreo Cookies and Cream is topped with a generous amount of crushed Oreo bits. In fact, there’s so much Oreo, I found myself still scooping out spoonfuls of ground cookies long after I finished the drink.
Serenitea’s holiday drink, on the other hand, could use a bit more of everyone’s favorite cookie sandwich. I’d like about a cup more crushed Oreos before I’ll be a happy kid.
I also don’t like that they tossed in the Oreo bits when the cup’s already filled to the brim. When they seal it shut most get stuck underneath the lid. I was tempted to tear off the plastic lid and just lick off the stuck Oreos bits.
For its superior Oreo cookie execution, Happy Lemon steals the third round, as well as the entire competition with a commanding score of 3-1.
When it comes to value for money, flavor, and the use of the cookies, long-standing milk tea giant like Serenitea proves to be no match for Happy Lemon’s upstart entry.
The size of Serenitea’s Cocoa Cookies N’ Cream may be tempting, especially for someone with a huge appetite, but trust me when I tell you that Happy Lemon’s Oreo drink is the wiser choice.