Ever since I sampled Selecta’s Caramel Cheesecake ice cream, I’ve been a bit iffy about commercial cheesecake ice creams in general. Unless it’s Cara Mia’s New York Cheesecake gelato, I’m not a major fan of the flavor.
Most cheesecake ice creams currently available hardly taste like cheesecake at all. In fact, the only reason you know it’s a cheesecake ice cream is the presence of graham cracker chunks – an approximation of the graham cracker crust used for most cheesecakes – scattered throughout the rich cream. There are cheese ice creams available in this part of the world (of which Selecta’s Quezo Real stands out), but they’re not cheesecake ice creams;
However, I had something of a change of heart when I encountered MiniStop‘s flavor of the season yesterday morning. Available since last month, it involves mammoth swirls of soft-serve cheesecake ice cream in a large two-toned Belgian cone. I was rather iffy about it at first, but when I saw droves of people – BPO slaves and 9-to-5’ers alike – lining up for cones at 7:30 AM, I just had to try it.
I was not disappointed. This creamy treat actually does taste like a real cheesecake. A hint of lemon (or some other citrus) adds a welcome tang reminiscent of the taste of an actual cheesecake. The texture is velvety smooth and actually holds its shape better than most commercial soft-serve ices. Plus, the taste balances well with the slightly sweet, cocoa-smoky taste of the sugar-waffle cone it’s been poured into. Definitely value for money at just P 15.00 a cone! (If you’re not much of a cone fan, you can also get a swirl of ice cream in a paper cup for P 18.00.)
Incidentally, even standard-issue cheesecake ice cream has its place in the sun. Case in point, this cake-shake recipe you may wish to try:
The Cheesy Queen Shake
- 1 glass cold milk
- 2 scoops cheesecake ice cream
- 1 slice good-quality store-bought cheesecake (best choice in my opinion: the cheesecake from the Union Jack Tavern)
- 2 – 4 ice cubes
Put all the ingredients in a blender. Blitz on the highest speed for 30 seconds; lower speed to one notch down and blitz an additional 20 seconds. Pour into one large tumbler or two 8oz. glasses. Serve immediately.