I have a shameless love for ice cream from the simple to the artisan, I eat and love them all. So when I received an invitation to get a sneak taste of Sebastian’s Ice Cream’s new stuff for summer, how could I resist. Fast forward to the day itself, where I meet the mad genius behind Sebastian’s Ice Cream, Ian Carandang at his Podium stall. The Podium branch is the one we frequent most when I get a craving for his colorful and delicious Sapin Sapin ice cream or Lauren’s forever favorite, the Salted Caramel dive bar.
I was expecting to try one or two new flavors but Ian dropped a bomb on us, informing us that we would be trying 16 (yes, 16) different things from 2 new lines that he will be launching for the summer. The two lines are called Fruitsicles and Ala Mode Bars and will be available starting April 20, 2014. The roll-out will take 8 weeks with one variant from the ice pop and ala mode bar line being made available.
Fruitsicles (P65-85 each)
The fruitsicles were the first ones we tried, all 8 of them in order of availability. The fruitsicles are inspired from Mexican paletas contain loads of fruits and most of them are dairy free. These are not your normal popsicles that were basically coloring, flavoring and sugar. The fruitsicles are perfect for the summer, light and refreshing. I can probably eat a couple in one go.
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Mango Mania, ripe mangos with mango chunks. This is like putting the mango inside the freezer and then eating it after a while, icy but with lots of soft mango fruit chunks. This one really showcases our local mangoes.
Buko Blast, the quintessential local ice pop but elevated by reducing the coconut juice in half and adding a touch of coconut cream as well as buko strips. This had an intense and bold coconut flavor that Irene and I could not help but finish off. I’m not a fan of buko juice but I really enjoyed this one. Irene is looking forward for this one.
Strawberry, made from Trinidad Valley fresh strawberries. I was hoping to really enjoy this was it was so-so for me despite my love for strawberries. There was something missing for me.
Avocado, made from avocados and milk. Fruits are some of the hardest stuff to work with and it shows in this avocado ice pop. The avocado tasted a little bit off, like it was not yet ripe enough.
Watermelon and Mint, fresh watermelon infused with mint. I actually did not like my first bite of this, the mint flavor was really different for my taste buds. I kept on biting and am happy I did, the taste grew on me. This feels like a non-alcoholic mojito with the strong mint flavors.
Kamias, fresh kamias fruit. This was the one I did not like the most, it was super sour for me. There was also some chunks of kamias that were not strained away as you can see the two tones of color on the ice pop.
Pineapple Toasted Coconut, oven toasted coconut seeped in pineapple juice overnight. One bite and I immediately tasted the smoky coconut mixed with the sweet pineapple flavors. Refreshing with nuanced flavors that was a hit with everyone.
Mixed Berry Hibiscus, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and blackberries infused with hibiscus (gumamela) tea. I enjoyed this one more than the strawberry because of the varied berry components bringing flavor depth.
ALA MODE BARS (P120, introductory price)
The ala mode bars are Ian’s take on frozen cake pops, those cute little things popular in children’s parties. The ala mode bars have a layer of cake topped with ice cream or sorbet and dipped in chocolate. Each bar is stunning visually and taste wise.
Vanilla Brownie, brownie with vanilla ice cream and dipped in vanilla white chocolate and dark chocolate, topped with sprinkles. This is simple creation but nonetheless enjoyable, the brownie and vanilla ice cream mix is familiar.
Fudge Cake, chocolate cake mixed with fudge and dark chocolate ice cream, dipped in Dark and Milk Chocolate with mini choco chips on top. This one reminded me of the Hostess Ding Dongs, in cold form, strong chocolatey flavors.
Caramel Cake (inspired by Estrel’s), salted caramel pound cake with salted butter caramel ice cream, dipped in butterscotch and topped with cake crumbs and caramel. This was so addictingly good, sweetness is just right with the whole bar being tied together by the salted caramel ice cream.
Black Forest, cherry brandy flavored choco cake with Maraschino cherries and vanilla ice cream, dipped in Dark and Vanilla white chocolates, garnished with shaved dark choco and a slice of cherry. I’m not really a fan of cherries so this was not that interesting for me.
These two pics show the ala mode bars’ cross section, the cake bottom is around 1/3 of the whole bar so you still get a good dose of ice cream/sorbet in every bite.
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Strawberry Shortcake, pound cake with strawberry sorbet dipped in orange zest infused white chocolate, topped with strawberry gelee and a slice of strawberry. This is basically the strawberry ice pop with a pound cake underneath. The addition of the white chocolate dipping and the pound cake made me enjoy this more than the ice pop.
Ube Macapuno Cake, ube cake with macapuno strings and coconut ice cream dipped in ube white and vanilla white chocolate, topped with coconut flakes. I dubbed this one the Barney bar because of its violet color and was prepared to hate it. The coconut ice cream and delicious ube cake won me over.
Mango Torte, mango cake and mango sorbet dipped in orange zest infused white chocolate, topped with mango gelee and a slice of mango. Taste wise, it is similar to the Mango mania so I really enjoyed it also.
Tres Leches, pound cake soaked in condensed milk, evaporated milk and cream with tres leches ice cream, dipped in vanilla white choco, garnished with cake crumbs and tres leches drizzle. This was the sweetest ala mode bar yet it was still super enjoyable because of the strong milk taste.
Magnum Manila may give you a nice experience but Sebastian’s Ice Cream‘s ala mode bars are superior taste and texture wise. Watch out for the Fruitsicles and Ala Mode Bars, with Mango Mania and Vanilla Brownie being made available starting April 20, 2014 with 2 more variants launched each subsequent week after. Our comments and suggestions were really well received by Ian so he’ll be improving on them some more.
Sebastian’s Ice CreamBranches: 4/F Podium Ortigas Center Contact No.: 0927-453-7426 G/F Regis Center (across Ateneo) Katipunan Contact No.: 0927-290-1633 2/F SM Mall of Asia Pasay City Contact No.: 0915-489-5753