The convenience store on the corner sounds like the most unlikely place to get something along the lines, say, of a bespoke hot chocolate or a killer-diller ice cream, but – believe it or not – it actually happens.
7-11s, Mini-Stops, and C-marts in this part of the world may not have such treats as o-nigiri or oden in broth like the ones in Japan or Taiwan, but they do have things like rich, dark hot chocolate and swirly-cones to satisfy afternoon cravings.
Along with the usual French vanilla and mocha cappucinos over at 7-11, that particular chain has started serving Hershey’s Special Dark hot chocolate. It’s a bit more bitter than the usual machine-pumped hot chocolate sold over at 7-11, and even has a bit of a savory-ish vibe going for it. While certainly not the posh sort, it’s certainly chocolatey enough to quell any cravings that may hit around three in the afternoon.
Incidentally, certain 7-11 branches still offer iced cappucinos (in classic and mocha) which are pleasant for beating the weird heat we’re experiencing despite the fact that we’re supposed to be smack in the middle of the monsoon season.
Another new treat from 7-11 is the sundae cone – specifically, the chocolate sundae cone! P 15.00 (approximately US$ 0.35!) gets you a huge Belgian waffle cone filled with a massive swirl of cocoa-flavored soft-serve. It’s pretty darned huge, quite satisfying, and the only issue I have with it is the fact that you have to fend off the lunch-hour crowds to get one! (Best, of course, to stop by after office hours; less ice-cream-mad crowds to deal with.)
Of course, if you’re more of a vanilla person, the classic vanilla giant sundae cone at Mini-Stop will be your choice. And, at a mere P 12.00 (US$ o.28!), it’s also the most reasonably priced ice cream treat for all of you urban-dwellers out there. 😀