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Here are 4 Cold Treats We’re Craving for This Crazy-Hot Summer

February 17, 2020

March is finally here, and so is the harsh summer heat. As much as we appreciate an ice cold glass of water, cold desserts offer a different kind of satisfaction. Whether it’s flavored ice or halo-halo, a tub of ice cream, or a cup of gelato, cold desserts around the Metro cool off a hot head and manage to make us more functional after a long day under the sun. Here are some of the team’s favorite cold desserts and why we crave for them in the summer.

1. Ministop’s Hershey’s Chocolate Ice Cream


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Nothing beats the heat like an ice cream cone. Yes, I end up more hydrated after scoops of ice cream, but a fresh cold batch of dirty ice cream or a convenience store’s soft serve cools off a hot head and instantly satisfies the sweet tooth. Ministop’s Hershey’s Chocolate Ice Cream is my personal summer staple. Family Mart may offer unlitwirl, but all I really need is just enough cold, creamy chocolate to cool my tongue. For PHP 18 in a cone and PHP 15 in a cup, you get that distinct Hershey’s flavor in the rich creaminess of soft serve ice cream. Ministop’s soft serve is always better in a cone, as their cones add that extra crunch to the creaminess. It’s the perfect ice breaker (get it? okay, that was corny) after that long walk to the office or after a heavy lunch outside. – Gela

2. Rita’s Italian Ice Gelati


Rita’s Italian Ice’s Gelati just gets me and my fruity cravings every time.  A top layer of frozen custard (I usually opt for Vanilla), thick and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness, is followed by smooth Italian ice for which they have loads of fruity flavors (needless to say it takes me a while to decide which to choose but my favorites so far for the summer are lemonade or cherry). And when I start to miss the taste of frozen custard, it comes back right on cue at the bottom of the cup. I just hope they open more branches soon, especially now that the summer sun is in full throttle. – Kathy

3. Razon’s Halo-halo

Sometimes, with all the trendy desserts appearing all over Metro Manila, we forget what’s simple. At the end of the day, I’m a traditionalist, and there’s nothing more satisfying to me than Razon’s halo-halo. Maybe there are better versions, or definitely more loaded ones, but this one stays true to my Kapampangan roots and reminds me so much of home. I never really liked halo-halo to be honest, and always found a way to spoon out the weird-textured and odd-colored beans. But when my Kapampangan father introduced me to this toned-down version of the Philippine’s treasured cold treat, I don’t think I’ve ever looked back. My sisters and I would violate my mom’s attempts to curb our weight by sneaking out of the apartment, then buying our favorite Potato Corner-Razon’s combo (which we still do nowadays, really). It’s the combination of shaved ice, evaporated milk, leche flan and saba that makes it delightfully sweet but never overtly so, always uncomplicated, and uncompromisingly nostalgic. – Meya

4. Milk Cow’s Milky Honey


I’m a big fan of milk—like literally. In Hong Kong, especially during my childhood days, I’d always find myself cradling a bottle of Kowloon Dairy even though there were many other beverage options around. What I love about Milk Cow’s Milky Honey soft serve is its rich taste and extra creeeaamy texture. It’s doesn’t even have a hint of vanilla. The honey adds a nice touch of sweetness to it without overpowering the milk flavor. I heard if you add a bit of sea salt to it, it’s gold. Oh my god, I want two servings of it right now. – Mikka

What’s your favorite cold treat during summer? What other cold desserts do you recommend? Tell us in the comments section below!

Gela Velasco Gela Velasco

Gela is a young adult slowly settling into her late twenties. She likes to make a mess in the kitchen when no one’s looking, dance till dawn on long weekends, and dream about beef on lazy afternoons. On some days she learns how to write good in graduate school. Her life goals include sashaying somewhat like Beyonce and to write a cover story on Leonardo di Caprio.

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7 responses to “Here are 4 Cold Treats We’re Craving for This Crazy-Hot Summer”

  1. Melody Buendia says:

    Rita’s in Greenhills and Milkcow here at Eastwood, also known as ” treat to self.”

  2. Lily says:

    Cherry Italian Ice with Chocolate Custard! Fave combo!

    Pero solb na ako sa Arce Dairy Mantecado!

  3. Beryl says:

    I always hate seeing Razons Halo Halo in the list of Summer Snacks. Its not even a legitimate Halo-Halo.. It only has Banana in it.. and milk.. its more like a Saba con Hielo.. oh and yes its 100 pesos. Ice and Banana and Milk for 100 pesos.. seriously? Add a few more bucks and go to Ritas instead! Their Ice Custard is the best 🙂

    • Pamela Cortez says:

      Hi Beryl! It is halo-halo, but the Kapampangan version which only has macapuno, saba, corn, ice, leche flan and evaporated milk- kind of how there’s ceviche all over the Philippines, but some varieties have chicharon, some use coconut milk, some use vinegar only, etc. In my opinion, Razon’s is definitely classic Kapampangan, and I sometimes prefer it to the more familiar loaded version, because it keeps it to it’s essence. 🙂

    • Punky says:

      Beryl, Razon’s Halo-Halo IS a legit Halo-Halo! It’s a kapampangan and a more sophisticated kind. Some research before bashing can help. I tried Ritas and it’s great, but not as crave-worthy as Razons.

  4. Cow says:

    Where can i get those Milky Cowy stuff? I need it in me right now. I need it in my life.

  5. leeflailmarch says:

    MilkCow’s organic sundae, even served plain, is awesome.

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