Not too long ago, push-pop ice creams were all the rage here in the Philippines. These treats featured two flavors of ice cream layered together in a plastic tube with a stick underneath that you pushed upwards to get the ice cream out. These were, alas, short-lived as people vastly preferred old-school Drumsticks and ice cream cups.
These days, however, push-pops are getting a new lease on life. But the new variants don’t have the eensiest smidgen of ice cream. Instead, push-pops 2.0 feature mash-ups between cheesecake and another dessert. Layers of cream cheese filling are sandwiched between small bites of cake inside plastic tubes; these are, of course, eaten in the same way as ice cream push-pops.
The Pink Food Shop, a small kiosk near the second floor landing leading from Glorietta to SM Makati currently features several variants: Oreo cheesecake, chocolate cake with blueberry cheese, and the nifty little number featured here: red velvet cheesecake.
I must say that they’re pretty good: the cake layers are none too sweet and have a bit of cocoa duskiness to them beneath the lush flavor of vanilla. The sweetened cream cheese is perfectly balanced flavor-wise: salty and sweet with a wonted tang. And the cream cheese layer is perfectly smooth and not gritty at all.
They’re a trifle pricey at P 125.00 apiece, but given that you can share this with a friend, they’re so worth it. (And there’s the cuteness factor, too: the red velvets look like holiday firecrackers waiting to be popped in celebration!)