The Magnum Cafe Launch

The Magnum ice cream bar has been making waves since its launch back in February of 2012. Though a lot of its strong beginnings can be attributed to tweets and posts by social media celebrities, the product more than lived up to its promise. The belgian chocolate coat was rich and delicious while the ice cream was smooth and creamy. And at the P50 price point, it was an unbeatable sweet treat for any time of the day, any day of the week!

Based on the ice cream bar’s success in Manila, Magnum decided to open a pop-up store in the Sky Park of ┬áSM Aura in BGC. I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch to sample not just a Magnum bar custom made for me, but their savory menu conceptualized by Chef Him de Baron of Nomama and Magnum ice cream inspired desserts by top Pastry Chef Miko Aspiras.

I started with the mushroom soup which was quite hearty. I was careful not to finish the entire bowl because I knew the night was more about the desserts.

Mushroom Soup

For the main course, there were 2 options – a meat or a fish dish and I of course selected the beef. I must commend Chef Him because the rib-eye was excellent. I definitely wasn’t expecting a steak dinner so that in itself was a treat but I was very pleasantly surprised at how delicious it was considering the star of this cafe is meant to be the ice cream. It was great alone, cooked and seasoned to perfection, and even better when dipped in the accompanying sauce.

Beef option

Fish option

On to dessert, I could hardly wait to sample the sweet endings of Chef Miko. We tried 3 – The ‘Pink Friday’, the ‘Rainbow Dream’ and the ‘Death by Chocolate.’ My favorite by far was the Pink Friday made with a superb strawberry swirl cheesecake on a bed of crust-like speculoos cookies, served with fresh strawberry coulis and a vanilla magnum bar with pink white chocolate. The Rainbow Dream is a play on rainbow cake crumbs with a vanilla magnum bar of a slice of rainbow cake with cream cheese frosting. And lastly, the Death by Chocolate is perfect for chocoholocs – a pan of chocolate lava cake topped with a chocolate truffle magnum bar and rich, fudgy brownies. Truly, death on a plate!

Pink Friday 290Php

Rainbow Dream 250Php

Chef Miko Aspiras with his creation ‘Death by Chocolate’ 250Php

On to creating my own customized magnum bar (I know, how could I ingest that much sugar, but it was so worth the naughty indulgence). You begin by selecting your toppings. They have a wide range of regular toppings such as marshmallows, chocolate chip cookie crumble, pistachios, pretzels, etc. They also have more special toppings like gold nuggets, honeycomb and freeze dried raspberries and more unexpected ones such as potato chips, sea salt, chili and queso de bola. Once you have selected your choice of 3 toppings, they shake it up for you and it is on to creating the actual bar. You can choose from classic vanilla or chocolate truffle ice cream. Then you select your dip: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate or golden caramel. After your ice cream bar is dipped, your toppings are put and finished off with a drizzle of more chocolate.

Toppings

Choose your bar: Classic Vanilla or Chocolate Truffle

Dip!

Top and drizzle!

My creation was perfect: vanilla ice cream dipped in milk chocolate, topped with sweet honeycomb, sour freeze dried raspberries, and salty potato chips, then drizzled with dark chocolate… YUM!

My perfect Magnum bar

Some of the evening’s other concoctions

The Magnum Cafe opens today, April 8, 2014. make sure you stop by!!!

My hubby and I and our sweet treats

Magnum Cafe is located in 5/F SM Aura Premiere Sky Park, BGC Taguig

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