TL;DR – Why settle for the boring ice cream cone?
The food scene is Singapore is one that is constantly evolving as chefs creatively invent, reinvent, recreate, and even fuse flavours together. Desserts are no different, even something as simple as ice cream can be presented and served in a number of intriguing ways!
1. Ice Cream Rose
Your bae will surely appreciate this but do be careful – apparently there have been some unfortunate #icecreamrosefails due to our extremely hot weather in Singapore, so it is definitely advisable that you don’t sacrifice your ice cream for the sake of Instagram! 😉
You can find this gelato rose at Ge!ato at Westgate Mall for $3.90.
Address: #01-K1 Westgate Mall, Gateway Dr, Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 11AM–10PM
2. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
There’s no better way to have your ice cream and satiate your sweet tooth than to have it sandwiched in between to pieces of freshly baked crispy or soft, chewy cookies that come in an assortment of flavours (Chocolate Chip, Lemon Zest, Brownie, Brown Sugar, Chocolate Short Bread, Chocolate Fudge, Chewy White Sugar and Shortbread). The cookies are paired perfectly with ice cream (Vanilla Bean, English Earl Grey, Pure Peppermint, Toasted Marshmallow, Chocolate Hazelnut, Peanut Butter, Green Tea, Coffee, Strawberry) that complement each other and are guaranteed to tantalise your taste-buds!
The Ice Cream & Cookie Co
Address: 5 Burn Road, #01-01, Singapore 369972
Monday – Friday 9AM–6PM
Closed: Saturday & Sundays
3. Flowerpot Ice Cream
You don’t have to be a herbivore to enjoy this dessert! This elegant flower pot dessert not only gets points for creativity in terms of the concept, but also for that element of surprise hidden in every pot. It comes in a flower pot filled with crumbly chocolate soil, mint leaves, berries, edible flowers and creamy caramel sea salt ice cream buried underneath it all. It certainly is a sweet treat for your eyes and stomach! You can order it ala carte for $16++ or as part of the Mezza9 dessert extravaganza platter for $36++.
Mezza9 @ Grand Hyatt
Address: Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211
Monday – Sunday: 12–3PM, 6–11PM
4. Popcorn Soft-Serve Ice-Cream
Sweet Monster is a Korean dessert brand that sells American-style ice cream that is most commonly enjoyed at theme parks and carnivals. Sweet Monster’s packaging and design is bound to capture the attention of both young and old with their brightly, coloured cartoon monsters. They offer a whole range of desserts from milk shakes, cakes to waffles with ice cream. However, the star dessert would be their popcorn soft-serve ice-cream that comes in a variety of flavours that you can choose from – Caramel Monster, Mix Monster, Milk Monster, Strawberry Monster, Tangerine Monster, Choco Monster. You can choose between the junior cup ($4.80) or regular cup ($6.80).
Address: Velocity @ Novena Square, #01-61
Mon – Sun 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
5. Coconut Shell Ice Cream
If you’re looking for a slightly healthier and refreshing alternative to the regular sweet ice cream, then you should try the Thai Coconut Ice Cream that is a highly popular dessert among tourists and locals in Thailand. It is even more fun to scoop it out of a coconut shell. The thick, creamy coconut ice cream is presented in half a husk with a scoop of coconut gelato and an additional scoop of sorbet ($5.50) with 3 toppings (red beans, peanuts, sweet corn, nata de coco, atap chee or aloe vera) which you can choose from. The coconut ice cream comes with a bucket of fresh coconut juice as a palate cleanser before you enjoy the ice cream. You can find this refreshingly creative dessert at Pong Gelato @ *SCAPE 2!
Address: *SCAPE 2 Orchard Link #02-18D, Singapore 237978
6. Ice Cream Rolls
The ice cream rolls are basically a handmade ice cream dessert made by pouring a base of dairy or soy milk onto an iced grill pan which is chilled to -35 °C and it is mixed with a combination of fruits (banana, black berry, longan, peach etc.), chocolates (m&m, oreo, kinder bueno, nutella etc) and other ingredients like red beans, mashmallows or smores, the mixture is then chopped up, flattened and rolled.
Choose 1 base (chocolate, vanilla, matcha, yoghurt or plain)and 2 mixers for $5.40.
21 Cube Artisan Ice Cream
Address: *SCAPE 2 Orchard Link #02-29
Monday-Sunday 12:00 – 22:00
7. THE Taiwan famous Peanut Ice Cream Roll
If you’ve been to Taiwan (check out this article on the street eats of Taipei), then surely you’d know about their peanut ice cream roll which is essentially an ice cream wrapped popiah-style with peanut candy shavings and coriander. The folks at Dessert Story even specially flew in the real peanut candy block all the way from Taiwan for this!
5 outlets across Singapore, see full list here.
8. Singapore-style Ice Cream (Bread) Sandwich
Last but definitely not least would be our uniquely Singapore, highly iconic, ice cream sandwich. This dessert has probably played an integral role in the typical Singaporean childhood. There’s just something so warm and comforting about the simplicity of the dessert, no fancy Michelin-Star stuff – just a slice of (rainbow) bread and a perfectly cut block of ice cream.
Another variation of eating this dessert would be replacing the bread with 2 thin, crisp wafers. This is the quickest and most affordable way to give yourself a nice sweet treat, as you walk through the sweltering heat. You can easily get this dessert from one of the ice cream vendors selling from their pushcarts, it would cost you approximately $1 or $1.20 (depending on the vendor). These vendors are mostly spotted around the Orchard, Chinatown or Bugis area.