Ice cream is a tricky thing. You’re asking for a brain freeze if you bite into it while it’s still really hard and cold. But you also can’t let it thaw for too long, unless you like slurping up your ice cream like soup. Good thing soft serve ice cream solves this dilemma for all of us! Incorporated with air, it comes out of the machine all nice and soft but not melted–the perfect texture for eating!
We usually hit up fast food joints and convenience stores for soft serve ice cream but did you know that there are a ton of other places (there are nine on this list!) that have come up with their own premium version? Made with better quality ingredients, you’re not going to mind spending a little bit more for a cone or cup of milkier, creamier soft serve ice cream!
1. Bucky’s Counter
Anyone who’s ever tasted a Bucky can confirm that they are, indeed, not just brownies. These hefty blocks of pure goodness have become such a sought-after treat that Bucky’s actually opened up its own store (before, you could only buy their goods via delivery or from Toby’s Estate branches). But there’s so much more to get than just a Bucky from Bucky’s Counter, like soft serve ice cream!
Their carabao’s milk soft serve is available in quite a few variations. You can have it as a soft serve cone with bits of Bucky and salted caramel, or you can have it with waffles and salted caramel. You can even enjoy it affogato style with a shot of espresso and your choice of Bucky!
Bucky’s Counter can be found at these locations.
2. Dojo Dairy
Just like how martial artists perfect their craft in their respective dojos (what training grounds are called in Japan), Dojo Dairy has perfected the art of making ice cream. Using only real, quality ingredients, every scoop of their premium ice cream is smooth, rich, and flavorful. If you want a cheaper alternative (because their ice cream flavors can get pretty pricey), go for their soft serve. It’s just as delicious and they’re generous with the servings!
You can get your soft serve ice cream either in a cone or cup and you can also add cereals to it for extra texture. In her looloo review, Julie J. raved about it, saying: I loved the crunchy feel of the cereal and the ice cream was creamy and yummy…really good!”
Dojo Dairy can be found at these locations.
3. Exchange Alley Coffee House
For all the Magnum Opus fans out there, here’s another coffee shop that’s also by the coffee genius, Jonathan Choi. Even though Exchange Alley Coffee House (fondly called EACH by their regulars) has its own unique personality, you can expect the same level of quality when it comes to their specialty coffee. Aside from caffeine, EACH also has a bunch of other mouthwatering things on the menu, including soft serve ice cream!
Their version of the dessert might be the most unique so far because instead of the typical sugar cone, the swirl of homemade milk soft serve ice cream sits on top of a langues de chat cone! ICYDK, langues de chat is a type of French biscuit that’s crisp, buttery, and sweet!
Exchange Alley Coffee House can be found at Lifestyle Bldg., Molito Complex, Madrigal Ave. cor. Alabang-Zapote Rd., Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.
4. Honey Creme
Honey Creme is many different things. They serve up Korean-style ice cream but they actually opened their first branch in Taiwan. As for their honeycomb, they import them all the way from New Zealand! Despite their confusing background story, one thing’s for sure–their soft serve ice cream is top notch. From the milk down to the toppings (cotton candy included), they use only organic products so you know you’re licking up quality stuff.
Whether you like your soft serve ice cream simple or with crazy toppings, there’s something for you on the menu. The Original, Honeycomb, and Raw Honey are the more straightforward options while the Caramel Popcorn and Organic Cotton Candy are the wilder flavors.
Honey Creme can be found at these locations.
5. LAVA Cheese Tarts
When the Japanese cheese tart trend blew up in the metro, LAVA proved that you didn’t have to be from Japan to contribute to the craze. This local company, which proudly uses local ingredients, had people lining up for a taste of their version of the dessert which boasts of an extremely cheesy molten middle. This time, they have another cheesy item on the menu that’s also worth visiting their store for–soft serve cheese ice cream!
You can have this new dessert either plain or with mix-ins. Chili G. went for the latter and raved about it in her looloo review, saying: “SO GOOD!!! The ice cream had just the right consistency and saltiness. The walnuts were nice and fresh so it added the perfect ‘crunch’ to the ice cream.”
LAVA Cheese Tarts can be found at these locations.
For the longest time, the only type of cheesecake Filipinos knew about was the ultra dense kind from New York. That is until Pablo came into the picture and introduced us all to the magical version by Japan. But did you know that ooey gooey cheese tarts aren’t the only thing you can help yourself to at Pablo? They also have soft serve ice cream for those who prefer to have their dose of sugar in the form of a cold, creamy dessert!
For those with a cheese craving to satisfy, get yourself a cup or cone of their heavenly cheese soft served ice cream. But if you want a combination of sweet and bitter, go for the matcha flavor. If you can’t decide, you can always have them swirled together!
Pablo can be found at these locations.
When it comes to making frozen yogurt, Pinkberry definitely knows what they’re doing. Using only high quality ingredients, including non-fat yogurt packed with live and active cultures and real non-fat milk, their froyo is one of the best you’ll find in the metro. While this has always been their specialty, they recently came up with another sweet and cold item to add to the menu–Pinkbee’s! It’s their version of soft serve ice cream and its’ a great alternative to their froyo.
Their Pinkbee’s may be indulgently creamy but you can enjoy it sans the guilt because it’s light milk ice cream that’s low in fat and rich in calcium and vitamins. You can get it in a bunch of different flavors, including Honey Honey, Cookies & Cream, and Chocolate Hazelnut.
Pinkberry can be found at these locations.
8. Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory is the type of place you go to when you’re in a “treat yo’self” kind of mood. The prices here aren’t exactly wallet friendly so do expect to splurge a little bit. You won’t regret it though because their signature cheese cookies, delicately light but packed with flavor, are simply to die for! Another thing that’s worth spending your money on is their new soft serve ice cream. It’s just as heavenly as their cookies!
The milk flavored soft serve ice cream is made with Jersey milk and Hokkaido mascarpone cheese, while the cheese variant is a mix of cream cheese and Hokkaido gouda cheese. If you can’t decide between these two, you don’t have to. You can get both in one cup!
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory can be found at these locations.
The matcha craze hit the nation a few years back so you might be thinking that this matcha-centric dessert place from Japan is a little late in coming to the country. It may not be the peak of the trend anymore but that doesn’t seem to matter because looloo reviewers are loving Tsujiri! One of the bestsellers here is the soft serve ice cream which you can get in matcha or vanilla. Another popular pick is the Tsujiri Matcha Sundae!
Bernisse C. got the sundae and raved about in her looloo review, saying: “The ice cream had a very strong matcha flavor just the way I like it and the mochi balls complimented it very well. It was really fun to chew on while I enjoyed authentic matcha flavors dancing on my tongue.”
Tsujiri can be found on the 2/F of S Maison at Conrad Manila, Seaside Blvd. cor. Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila.