8 Unique Ice Cream Desserts – Dawn Of A New Ice Age
There’s no denying the time-tested combination of ice cream and fluffy waffles. The warm and spongy base serves as the perfect versatile canvas to complement the wide range of ice cream flavours. We’ve certainly seen it served as a dessert staple in restaurants and cafes. But in a bid to ice out the competition and attract the crowds, many have started putting their own spin on this age-old classic. From encasing the ice cream in a blanket of meringue to topping it on a french almond tart, here’s a list of some unconventional ice cream dessert pairings that’ll make you rethink the way you consume ice cream.
1. Sprout Salad Bar
Popping by a salad bar might be the last place you would expect to satisfy your sweet tooth, but their Acai Banana Egglet Waffle ($12.90) is a (slightly) healthier dessert option for those who are watching their calories. The egglet waffle was the perfect combination fluffy batter and crisp edges, and came with scoops of acai sorbet and banana slices. We particularly liked how Sprout’s dedication to serving honest and healthy food extends to even their desserts – the dish was light with just a hint of sweet.
Sprout Salad Bar
Address: 41 Duxton Road, Singapore 089505
Phone: +65 6221 1227
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 8:30pm; Sat: 11am – 7pm
2. Churn Creamery
As delectable and adorable as they sound, the Puffones ($1.50) over at Churn Creamery is an amalgamation of flaky puff pastry and a wafer cone. The result is a charmingly crunchy sweet cone that’s lined with a generous coating of dark chocolate from their running chocolate tap. Reminiscent of a pain au chocolat, we paired their Puffone with a scoop of PB&J ice cream ($4.80 per scoop) for a frozen pastry delight. But don’t be fooled by the portability of this Puffone – the flaky layers and molten chocolate coating could make for a potential, albeit delicious, mess. We learnt it the hard way.
Address: 124 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088533
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 11pm; Sat: 2pm – 11pm; Sun: 2pm – 10pm
3. Scoop Therapy
Created by the brains behind the wildly popular cronuts, frozen s’mores have found its way onto our shores and into Scoop Therapy’s kitchen. The S’mores ($6.50) is our local rendition of Dominique Ansel creation, which is a dark chocolate ice cream and cracker crumb core encased within a torched marshmallow exterior. The marshfellow is torched upon order, creating an almost bitter smoky charred fragrance that juxtapose the sweet interior nicely. This petite dessert could be gobbled up in four bites, and certainly seemed a little too overpriced.
Address: The Odeon Katong, 11 East Coast Road, Singapore 428722
Phone: +65 6247 9335
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu: 2pm – 1pm; Fri – Sat: 12pm – 12am; Sun: 12pm – 10pm
4. KOOKS Creamery
Ice cream cookie sandwiches get a complete revamp with KOOKS Creamery and their molten cookies, which comes fragilely loaded with gooey lava goodness. We had their KOOKS Signature Lava Set ($8.50) which came with a chocolate molten cookie that burst to reveal its chocolatey contents as soon as it was topped with a scoop of milk cereal ice cream. It could take a while for the dessert to be prepared and served, but just mere minutes before you wipe off the contents from the pan. But was it worth the wait? Definitely.
Address: Blk 211 Serangoon Avenue 4, #01-02, Singapore 550211
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu, Sun: 12pm – 10pm; Fri – Sat: 12pm – 11pm
Perhaps the greatest thing about this heartland gelato parlour is in its uncanny pairings. From unique flavour profiles (think tropical Watermelon Lychee sorbet and paddlepop-esque Bing Bong) to their novel signature gelato-tart dessert combination, Geometry’s a true hidden gem nestled under a HDB block. We had their Handcrafted Tart with a single scoop of Earl Grey Tie Guan Ying ($10.60), which was a harmonious blend of east and west flavours. The french almond tart base was the perfect base for the tea-perfumed gelato that came packed with floral notes and a hint of bergamot.
Address: Blk 2 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-5142, Singapore 150002
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, Sun: 12pm – 9:30pm; Fri – Sat: 12pm – 11pm
6. Brother Bird
Sharing the same location as Stateland Cafe, this artisanal ice cream parlour serves up a lean menu featuring their signature soft serve and mochi donut pairings. Their Matcha Burst ($15) comes with a swirl of cookie butter soft serve and three matcha mochi balls that comes loaded with an oozing reservoir of molten matcha sauce. You’ll want to pop these chewy glutinous balls straight into your mouth – cutting into them makes for a foodporn worthy shot, but you lose all the molten goodness as a result. While the individual components tasted good on its own, the flavours ultimately failed to come together and we found ourselves eating the various parts of the dish in silo.
Address: 32 Bali lane, Singapore 189868
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed – Sun: 12pm – 10pm
7. Sinseh: The Grocer
Ice cream sandwiches might be run of the mill, but ice cream bagel sandwiches deserves our undivided attention. And swapping out plain boring bread slices for doughy and substantial bagel makes sense when you think about it – they hold up better and don’t get soggy quite as easily. The White Princess ($10) was a sweet and royal affair of blueberry bagels sandwiched between a scoop of bandung flavoured ice cream and sprinkled with mini marshmallows and strawberry pocky bits. Our only gripe was with the misleading char-marks on the bagel – we were expecting it to be warm and freshly toasted, but it felt like it was left out in the cold for a while.
Sinseh: The Grocer
Address: 9 Jalan Pisang, #01-01, Singapore 199076
Phone: +65 6291 5743
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 12pm – 9:30pm
8. Milk & Honey Gelato
Not to be mistaken with the frozen yogurt chain Milk & Honey, Milk & Honey Gelato is tucked away in Bukit Batok HomeTeamNS and serves up plated desserts alongside their gelato offerings. We had their Mud Ball Pie ($5.90), which was an adorable donut waffle that came with a scoop of oreo-crusted gelato and hot fudge sauce on the side. The donut waffle was denser the usual waffle, and the crushed cookie bits made for a medley of textures when eaten with the donut waffle and gelato.
Milk & Honey Gelato
Address: HomeTeamNS Clubhouse, 2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7, #01-01/02/03, Singapore 659003
Phone: +65 9822 5043
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11am – 10pm; Fri: 11am – 11pm; Sat: 10am – 11pm; Sun: 10am – 10pm