In a tropical, almost unforgivably humid country like Singapore, ice cream is essential. And fortunately for us, there are lots of ice cream options to choose from, from artisanal ice cream parlours, convenience store varieties and even those sold on carts along Orchard Road.
At its heart, ice cream is merely a composition of milk and cream but what sets a good one apart from a great one is the quality of the ingredients used and the careful manipulation of sweetness and richness. A brand that never fails to exceed expectations, presenting an intensely pleasurable experience with every lick, is Häagen-Dazs.
In the spirit of Christmas, the colossal brand has released two limited edition flavours—Cream Cheese Mochi and Tiramisu Mochi. An extraordinary marriage between traditional Asian mochi and European desserts, each and every soft, pillowy morsel presents a flavour and textural profile that far surpasses the common ice cream dessert. For an amplified experience, head on down to one of their stores to enjoy full-on crafted desserts featuring the two seasonal offerings such as the So Mochi Together Fondu and the oh-so-gorgeous Gondola Tiramisu.
A duo that aims to bring joy and sheer decadence to both the young and the old, what better way to soak up the festive Yule, than to cosy up around your loved ones, sharing and indulging in top-quality ice cream?
TWO DAZZLING NEW FLAVOURS
The brand prides itself on only sourcing the best ingredients from around the world to concoct their various ice cream varieties and their two new offerings are no exception. The mochi is steamed in Taiwan and the Tiramisu Mochi—along with its cream cheese counterpart—derive their cheese fillings from Europe.
Singaporeans love their cheese and as recent food trends have shown, we love having cheese in desserts, in tea, in buns, in everything.
Made with top quality cream cheese from Europe, the new Häagen-Dazs Cream Cheese Mochi (S$14.50) ice cream has delicate cheese notes that delivers the authenticity of a light, creamy taste just like a fluffy cheesecake. Scattered throughout like precious jewels are small delicately-sized, steamed Mochi pieces that do well to provide a chewy texture with every bite.
The new Häagen-Dazs Tiramisu Mochi (S$14.50) ice cream uses real Mascarpone from Italy and, again, features the pillowy steamed Mochi bits from Taiwan. Uniquely soft, almost buttery and accented with a pleasant chew, the ice cream boasts a heady profile of coffee with a slight sour tinge to it from the mascarpone. A surefire hit among coffee lovers, this was easily our favourite flavour between the two.
SO MOCHI TOGETHER FONDUE
Buying a tub and enjoying their ice cream in-store is never quite the same. In-store, they come up with a myriad of creations which change on a frequent basis depending on the product that’s in season, so as to amplify said limited edition flavour.
A royal rumble of various ice cream and sorbets, the So Mochi Together Fondu (S$46++) comprises Tiramisu Mochi, Cream Cheese Moshi, vanilla, Belgian chocolate, white peach & raspberry, green tea, mango and raspberry ice cream, along with mango and raspberry sorbet.
Along with fruit and cookie accompaniments that serve to provide vibrancy and texture—all neatly arranged around a pot of melted chocolate—this massive treat is ideal for sharing among a family and is also a great way to try out all their flavours.
Elegantly plated, the Bistro Paris (S$21.90++) sees a cheesecake that’s adorned with a berry purée, macadamia nuts, kiwi bits, biscuits and various chocolate elements. The ice cream of choice for this dessert is the Cream Cheese Mochi and to balance out the richness of it, a healthy scoop of raspberry sorbet.
CHEESE FOAM GREEN TEA LATTE
Providing a subtle bitter-sweet flavour, the Cheese Foam Green Tea Latte (S$8.90++) is an excellent choice to lounge about with. Topped with a sweet cheese foam, the otherwise robust bitter flavour is given an added surge of sweetness.
Served alongside it is a brittle along with a scoop of the Cream Cheese Mochi ice cream.
A dessert that’s literally too beautiful to consume, the Gondola Tiramisu (S$19.90) amazes with its intricate detail and promise of sheer decadence with every eager mouthful.
A wonderful expression of the new Tiramisu Mochi ice cream, a bowl made entirely out of chocolate is fitted with lady finger biscuits and additional coffee and vanilla-flavoured ice cream are added to further emphasise the apparent notes of coffee and rich cream. Caramel brittles are also scattered around the plate to provide texture and a profound nutty flavour.
The Tiramisu Coffee (S$7.10++) is essentially a liquified version of the Italian dessert, right down to the creamy core. This coffee-intense beverage packs sweetness and a delightful hint of vanilla that is nicely underscored by a strong, subtly bitter hint of coffee—a good reminder that we were still threading along the lines of a flavoured coffee rather than a dessert.
Sweet, robust and creamy in all its glory, this unique cuppa is perfect should you ever be hankering after a midday pick-me-up.
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