The heat in this part of the world has become unbearable of late, prompting people to seek edible relief in ice-cold water, chilled beverages of all sorts, and – naturally – ice cream. From the “dirty” ice cream peddled by neighborhood carts at P 5.00 a pop to cups of authentic Italian milk ices at upscale gelaterias, everyone has been screaming for ice cream of late.
This particular soft-serve find was, in fact, not found at any ice cream parlor but at Pepper Lunch. This is the kuromitsu ice cream, a lovely, drooping swirl of vanilla soft-serve with rivulets of black sugar (kuromitsu, a very dark brown sugar produced in Okinawa) caramel.
‘Tis lovely, this syrup-drizzled ice cream: the dark syrup is somewhat smokier tasting than a caramel made with conventional brown sugar with a rather ferrous tang to it that is softened by the vanilla-infused cream. It’s not a dessert you’d shovel into your mouth; it’s one that needs to be savored in small dabs, each melting wantonly in your mouth and filling it with smooth coolness.
And at P 39.00 a demitasse, it’s certainly an affordable indulgence. 😉