Don’t Cringe! Trust Us, This Chocolate-Tomato Ice Cream from Paradis is an Unbelievably Delicious CreationJune 21, 2015
- Mikka WeeWords
Ice cream is a thing of nostalgia. Reminiscent of days when we would be resistant to nap-times, the familiar jingle or ring from a metal bell instantly put us in a trance; our tongues already hung out, ready to swipe that scoop of brightly-tinted frozen cream. We dove head-on into decadent caramel sundaes, cherishing each precious drop of the sticky golden syrup, and chocolate-coated ice cream bars sent electrifying saccharine rushes to the brain, supplying us with an energy surge that lasted for half an hour (before we crashed into beds that overflowed with stuffed animals).
Today, ice cream has seemed to undergo an identity crisis. It has started to dress itself up in millions of crushed miscellanea. It has swum in many seas of sweet syrup. Ice cream started to show up in tutus made with fairy floss and accessorized with syringes half-sticking out from its surface.
Tucked inside the foodie neighborhood of Kapitolyo is Paradis, wherein lies the subject of today’s ridiculously good find: a bizarre Chocolate Tomato ice cream, which has become one of the most noteworthy dessert finds in the area. Chocolate Tomate Ice Cream what!?! Ridiculous, right? But let me tell you this: it’s really some damn good ice cream.
I admit I was intrigued when I heard about this Choclate Tomato ice cream, but the flavors were undeniably delicious in their own right. Texture-wise, it was thick, dense, but still held rough, gritty bits of ice that clung to the first few spoonfuls. But that is easily forgotten; the chocolate flavor is bold and in-your-face—intensely dark and luscious, just how I like it. In between bites, you get a surprise of fleshy tomato, which feels more like dried peach or apricot on the palate. The flavor of the plump, red fruit is still present but very subtle, a far cry from my initial assumption of a tangy, chunky marinara sauce studded with hefty chocolate chunks. I found out after that they used tomato jam, which was probably why the tomatoes tasted the way they were: more candied than stewed.
Another flavor that I thoroughly enjoyed was the Beet & Orange, which was pleasant and refreshing. You’d think that the beet’s earthiness might be too much to handle, but the sublime citrus flavor nuanced it just right, punctuating the tricky vegetable with just the right amount of tang—I could imagine this as the perfect palate cleanser to be enjoyed in between meals.
Other variants sampled were a Pumpkin flavor, which was rich, creamy, and reminiscent of fall, autumn, and a well-spiced pumpkin pie; the Malunggay flavor, though, was hard to take in. It tasted like a salad creamed with its dressing and churned into ice cream—but then again, what do you expect when an ice cream is plainly named ‘Malunggay’, right?
Should you find yourself ambling around Kapitolyo in the days to come, check out Paradis and sample their interesting frozen treats. Though I’m betting you’ll come out with scoops of that Chocolate Tomato ice cream with maybe take-away containers filled with more of the stuff, and a Beet & Orange hiding in one of them.
Have you tried Paradis? Which flavor did you enjoy the most? Tell us about your experience with a comment below!
Address: 91-B East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
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