CHECK IT OUT: Sebastian's New Milkshakes Include Peanut Butter and Jelly and Ultimate Chocolate

Ian Carandang's frothy new drinks may just rival his ice cream.

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( If summer were a war, Sebastian’s would be our stronghold. Ian Carandang has it heavily fortified with a battalion of ice cream, ice cream bars, popsicles, and sorbets. It’s a sanctuary, really—all three scooping stations—against the blistering heat.


But the ice cream artisan who predictably churns out the most unpredictable frozen treats doesn’t stop there. Milkshakes. The logical evolution in a place where ice cream is made. Sebastian’s has nine—thick, luscious soldiers ready to combat the heat. Three are battle-hardened veterans while six are new recruits testing the proverbial waters. Four are based on chocolate and five on vanilla. Two have actual cake in them.


Each shake is P125, which puts them all on equal footing when competing for a customer’s affections. Each sip, a question of whether underneath that whipped cream crown is actually very good soft-serve ice cream in a tall paper cup. Sebastian’s milkshakes are a workout for the lungs and a confirmation that they are the real deal.


Salted Butter Caramel


We were told that the Salted Butter Caramel is the bestseller. It’s positively buttery, flourished with a caramel sweetness that’s broken down with a dash of salt. We’d hate to make a butterbeer comparison, but this, at least in terms of flavor, is how it should be.



Tres Leches



Peanut Butter and Jelly


This is what Sebastian’s is known for: combinations that are unapologetically bold but also very inconspicuously balanced. The Tres Leches could easily teeter over into something overwhelming, but it reminds us of childhood days sneaking in a chug of condensed milk. The Peanut Butter and Jelly has obvious nostalgic appeal. It doesn’t disappoint in delivering that classic combination, and it’s nuttier than any of Ian’s wackier inventions.


Vanilla Pound Cake



Banana Cream Pie


Milkshakes that don’t hold back are no featherweights. A cup is a brawny challenge with the Vanilla Pound Cake being, perhaps, the lightest of the set. Cake is actually blended into the shake, which offers the flavor but not the heftiness. The Banana Cream Pie exhibits that perky fruity flavor. You can pretend it’s a smoothie—only with richer rewards.


Fudge Brownie



Ultimate Chocolate Shake



Peppermint Brownie


Ian’s milkshake flavors may seem tame considering his reputation for the unusual, but he doesn’t fail to surprise—or impress. His four chocolate drinks each flaunts its own personality, drawing out careful nuances that make worlds of difference: the subtler notes of the cake-infused Fudge Brownie, the wonderful flutter of menthol in the Peppermint Brownie, the deep and dark smite of the Ultimate Chocolate Shake. It is the Caramel Peanut Butter Cup, however, that assembles everything that defines comfort. In a literal cup.



Caramel Peanut Butter Cup


Any (good) dessert place elicits emotion. At Sebastian’s, your mood shifts from the cranky summer version of Scrooge into a happy kid in candy land. Or, more appropriately, ice cream land. This is no war. Sebastian's has already won.

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