This Ice Cream Will Send You to Cloud Nine

The Undercover Eater is getting ready for summer with the newest ice cream on the block.

 

(SPOT.ph) You'd think the flavor of summer would have some kind of citrusy element or maybe a couple of berries or two, but somehow I find myself imagining the next couple of months with a mug in hand. In it, chocolate ice cream speckled with real bittersweet brownies. Hearty, deep, velvet flavors that negotiate all the best things of a brownie a la mode in a little cup that really ought to be filled to the brim.

 

The Choco Rocky Mountain is the latest flavor of Up in the Clouds, which-then unnamed-gained ground for supplying ice cream to Seattle-Canadian food hub, Main Street. Back then, there were only five flavors: Malted Milk, Maple Bacon, Campfire S'Mores, Cookies and Milk, and Butterbeer.

 

Choco Rocky Mountain

 

The Butterbeer, incidentally, was hailed by the Potted Potter cast as the best butterbeer interpretation in Manila. But its sun has set, and it’s come to realize how difficult it is to compete against chocolate.

 

The ice cream's come a long way. Owner Jonathan Co cranked up the first ever batches a couple of years ago with a hand-held Kitchen-Aid, churning out thicker-than-usual concoctions with a delicious homemade quality. Now, they have a name, an endeavor outside of Main Street, and an eight-flavor menu of smooth, silky ice cream.

 

"Jonathan chose the name," says his girlfriend and business partner Jessica Sumagaysay. "Because eating the ice cream is supposed to make you feel like you're in the clouds."

 

Pints

 

 

Custom fridge that’s black to fit Main Street’s look

 

The Choco Rocky Mountain is an obvious frontrunner against the established Butterbeer. Instead of the marshmallow and nuts you've come to expect from this type of flavor, Up in the Clouds' is a milk chocolate that's bold in flavor and richly rewarded with the most delicious brownies that Jonathan made from scratch. Every ingredient, all natural and real, lends itself in the final profile.

 

Lychee on the left, Malted Milk on the right

 

Where others have mango, cherry, or strawberry, Up in the Clouds has Lychee, a fruit that I first found slightly peculiar for ice cream. It turns out to be Jonathan's favorite, and it tastes as if he was determined to make it a success-and to prove doubters like me wrong. A spoonful is like biting into the juicy fruit, with only a difference in texture. It’s immensely light, almost like a sorbet. If chocolate's not your choice, then this is a viable alternative for your summer flavor.

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Which is just as well. Because I want all of the Choco Rocky Mountain to myself.

 

For orders, contact Up in the Clouds at 0917-533-4951, upinthecloudsicecream@yahoo.com. They are also available at Main Street, The Tuscany, McKinley Hill, Taguig for P95/cup and P340/pint.

 

The Undercover Eater works with food on a daily basis and hunts for hidden gems in his spare time. For this voracious and, dare we say, professional foodie, eating is more than a necessity-it's a vocation. Contact him at undercovereater.spotdotph@gmail.com.

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