Posted in The Grocery Shop-a-holic, The Joy of Snacks

In Which Sweet Treats Come from a Most Unlikely Source…

Hershey's Dark Hot Chocolate

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.)

Vanilla soft-serve at Mini-Stop

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.  😀



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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