Magnum Manila opens its pop up store in the Philippines at SM Aura Premier. The store will open on April 8, 2014 and will close after 12 months. Located at the 5th floor Sky Park Dining area, exactly beside the elevator, you just have to turn left. For the opening , the first 500 people in line will received a FREE Make your own Magnum. Doors of Magnum Manila will open at exactly noon of April 8 and people have to be physically in line to be counted as part of the first 500.
The place is decked out in brown and gold, unmistakably Magnum. As you enter the doors, you’ll see a large Magnum logo on the way against a wooden background. It’s 3 dimensional with light falling on it in different ways.
Go closer and you’ll see that the logo is made up entirely of Magnum ice cream bar sticks, quite impressive and I imagine hard to install. There’s also another mural in the main dining area that uses the same sticks but it was still unfinished at the time of my sneak visit.
These booth chairs are the best seats in Magnum Manila with slivers of drop lighting and a large Magnum ice cream bar behind it.
This is the main draw of Magnum Manila, the Make Your own Magnum ice cream bar station which can only accommodate 2 persons at a single time.
Here’s how to go about making your own Magnum ice cream bar.
1. Pay at the cashier, the Make Your own Magnum costs P100 only. That’s a pretty good deal since it comes with your choice of 3 toppings already.
2. Pick from a wide array of toppings ranging from the usual nuts like almonds and pistachios to more exotic toppings like quezo de bola, chili flakes, parmesan popcorn and potato chips. They will put your 3 choices into a shaker to mix them all together.
3. Coat your vanilla or chocolate bar in dark chocolate, milk chocolate or gold chocolate.
4. They will then put your toppings on both sides of the ice cream bar while the chocolate is still soft so the toppings will stick to it.
5. They will then drizzle your choice of sauce.
6. Finally, a Magnum logo button chocolate to finish your bar off with a reminder to let the chocolate harden for at least 2 minutes to get the Magnum chocolate crunch.
This was my creation, a vanilla ice cream bar dipped in milk chocolate, topped with pistachios, freeze dried raspberries and mallows and drizzled with gold sauce. It’s like a chic rocky road, the slightly sweet and sour ties the whole bar together with the nuts and mallow providing different degrees of texture.
Here’s Irene creation, dark chocolate dipped vanilla ice cream bar with almonds, quezo de bola and potato chips and drizzled with gold sauce. She was going for a more salty sweet complete with crunchy textures. I got a taste and still liked my own creation (love your own).
If you don’t like to experiment, you can choose from their pre-made concoctions.
In addition to the make your own Magnum we also got to try 4 plated dessert creations from the genius mind of Chef Miko Aspiras.
The Pink Friday (P290) will send many a hearts a flutter once they lay eyes on it. There’s basically a strawberry swirl cheesecake in the middle of all that.
Death by Chocolate (P250), just the name will have chocoholics raising their hands to get one. There’s chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. I tried a bit of it and found it to be just slightly sweet.
The Cookie Dough Skillet (P250) features an excellent gooey cookie dough that’s filled with nuts and chocolate and will have you getting more and more.
The Rainbow Dream (P290) is a beauty, my photo does not do it justice. Children will definitely be tempted just by the fun colors alone.
Magnum Manila will formally open on April 8, 2014 and will give the first 500 people their own make your own Magnum for FREE. For P100, I feel it is a wonderful deal, you get to experiment with no one else to blame if you mess up but beam like an idiot if you get it right. I imagine it will be quite chaotic as people flock here and I’ll just wait a while before going back and trying their savory dishes created by Chef Him Uy de Baron.
Opening on April 8, 20145/F Sky Park, SM Aura Premier
McKinley Parkway corner 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
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