Are you a fan of Magnum ice cream bar? I’m not, but Brandon is. The only Magnum pleasure store in the Philippines is at SM Aura Premier (in Taguig). Magnum Manila allows you to make your own indulgence. But I heard the store is going to be there only before the next school year starts.
You can choose between a vanilla or a chocolate bar, then have it coated with your pick from a selection of dips that include white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and limited edition gold, after which you can fix on three kinds of sprinkles from the wide array of toppings. I can’t imagine weird pretzels, potato chips or dried mangoes, but when it comes to ice cream, I realized anything goes — it’s like painting a blue sky with clashing colors and it will still look great. Then, the final part is choosing your drizzle from the same selection as the dips.
Brandon wanted a dessert tray, but was torn between a Red Velvet and a Pink Friday, a beauty dusted in pink and laid on a bed of cheesecake, speculoos cookie crumbles, glazed strawberries and pink Nerds. I think Pink Friday was not available, so it got easier for him.
Rainbow Dream caught my attention, but it was also not available. Apple Pie, Cookie Dough Skillet and Death by Chocolate, all by Chef Mikko Aspiras, looked interesting, but after realizing that the next day was going to be Chef Sandy’s Seven Desserts shoot, I ordered just hot green tea. Yes, it was a test of discipline and strength (chos).
It was Alma who created her own chocolate Magnum.
Savory eats created by Nomama chef Him Uy de Baron are also on the menu. The place is posh, but prices are not exorbitant. The Belgian chocolatey interiors, complete with upturned dripping chocolate lamps and chocolate bar seats, designed by the Calmas, conjure whimsy and pleasure.
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