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In Which Two Desserts Make For an Intriguing Push-Pop…

Red velvet cake and cheesecake in a single push-pop
Red velvet cake and cheesecake in a single push-pop

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!)



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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