6 New Desserts In Manila Perfect For This Summer


Though the weather these days seem largely bipolar (sunny one moment, raining the next), there are still days when the heat is just too much to bear. Lucky for us, there are so many places you can go to here in the metro for new, cool, refreshing desserts!

From ice cream and popsicles to different kinds of shaved ice treats, these six places have definitely got you covered during the warmer days!

1. Vampire Penguin

At first glance, it’s easy to mistake Vampire Penguin as another place serving shaved ice desserts. But all you need is one spoonful to learn differently.

Vampire Penguin Manila

Photo from Michelle Ann Y.’s looloo review for Vampire Penguin

Vampire Penguin’s desserts are actually called shaved snow, which has a fluffier texture compared to the shaved ice treats we know.

Denise J. tried the bestselling Strawberry Cheesecake and had this to say in her looloo review: “I loved the huge chunks of cheesecake on the sides as well as the swirls of condensed milk and strawberry sauce around the border of the plate. As for the actual shaved snow dessert, it’s so fine and flavorful that it almost tricks you into thinking you’re eating ice cream. All of these things combined is a heavenly party in the mouth.”

Vampire Penguin is located at 3/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig.

2. Sugar Factory

Proud owner of a sweet tooth? If you haven’t tried Sugar Factory yet, you’re long overdue for a visit! Known mostly for their crazy, Instagram-worthy milkshakes, Sugar Factory now has ice cream sandwiches on the menu for even more sugar rush!

Sugar Factory Manila

Photo from Norman Lester T.’s looloo review for Sugar Factory

Norman Lester T. tried the Strawberry Rainbow, which is made up of strawberry ice cream and rainbow sprinkles sandwiched between sugar cookies and called this dessert “a steal.” “Comparing its price among the other desserts, this is so sulit,” he explains in his looloo review. “The cream on top was so rich in texture and in flavor. I swear this was perfect in ending our dinner.”

Sugar Factory is located at G/F Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

3. Wasai Peanut Ice Cream Roll

Ever heard of a peanut ice cream roll? If you’ve had the chance to travel to Taiwan, chances are you already know what it is. But if not, it’s time to head to UP Town Center to check out Wasai!

The peanut ice cream roll is generally a dessert version of a spring roll. First, shaved peanut brittle is placed on top of the wrapper, followed by your choice of ice cream. Wasai currently has six flavors available and all are homemade! Just before it’s rolled into the familiar form of a spring roll, wansuy is added for an additional kick of freshness!

Wasai Peanut Ice Cream Roll is located at G/F Phase 1B, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

4. Sebastian’s Ice Cream

No matter what year, no matter what occasion, Sebastian’s has consistently rolled out new flavors and cold treats that suit the season. This year, Sebastian’s offers not one but two kinds refreshing desserts to beat the summer heat!

First off are the Summer Sorbets! Made with real fruit and no dairy, there are four flavors you can choose from: Buko Pineapple, Orange Dark Chocolate, Berrylicious, and Dalandan.

Aside from the sorbets, the popular Fruitsicles make their return to the menu for the season! Sebastian’s likewise makes use of real fruit as well as cane sugarl for its Fruitsicles, which also come in four different flavors: Mango, Kamias, Buko, and Sampinit.

Sebastian’s Ice Cream has branches in SM Mall of Asia, The Podium, Salcedo Village, Makati, and Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

5. Rita’s Italian Ice

This summer, Italy meets the Philippines over at Rita’s Italian Ice! This year, Rita’s turned our favorite Filipino desserts into Italian ice flavors!

Called the Summer Fiesta flavors, they include the Ube Mango and Ginataan Bilo-Bilo!

Rita’s Italian Ice has branches in V-Mall, UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center, and SM North EDSA.

6. Crazytella

For those who are firm believers that there is no such thing as too much Nutella, Crazytella is the perfect dessert place for you.

Serving all things Nutella over at The Yard Underground, Crazytella serves a variety of cold desserts on the menu, including the Fryce Cream (fried ice cream in a crispy shell) and Smoresicle Pops (ice cream bars smothered in marshmallow creme, then torched).

Crazytella is located at The Yard Underground, 207 Christian Route corner Hillcrest Circle, Oranbo, Pasig.

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Bella Javier

Bella is a lover of all things sweet, a multi-time winner of the timeless children’s party and icebreaker game, Name That Tune, and a self-proclaimed queen of wishful thinking. A wanderer whose hunger lasts 24/7 and a proud owner of an oldies playlist mixed with songs she can sing fluently but does not understand, she’ll choose neither Edward or Jacob when asked that same old question.