Archive for October 2nd, 2010


Häagen-Dazs ice-cream fondueThere’s something strangely fun with having an ice-cream fondue. You know the chocolate fondue fountains that hotel restaurants are so fond of displaying? After a certain number of greedy guests have had a go at sticking fruits, marshmallows, chocolate bits and what have you into the fountain, they invariably leave behind a sticky trail of chocolate on the chocolate fountain contraption?

Well I had subconsciously assumed that it would be pretty much as messy with the ice-cream fondue. Chocolate plus ice-cream, double the mess, no?

Häagen-Dazs chocolate solidifies on ice-cream

Well as you can see, ice-cream fondue isn’t messy because the ice-cream instantly solidifies the chocolate! Now why didn’t I think of that?? The ice-cream doesn’t melt into the chocolate sauce either because the ones used for the fondue are extra frozen. It’s almost like a work of art, trying to see how thick a layer of chocolate you can apply to the ice-cream.

You have to eat it fast though. The ice-cream does eventually realise it is no longer in the freezer after a while, I think about 10 – 15 minutes? Haagen Dazs ice-cream tends to melt faster than other ice-cream from cheaper stores. This is not a bad thing at all. This means that there have been no unnatural additives added to the ice-cream to make them stay solid for longer. I just hate eating ice-cream that doesn’t melt. It makes me wonder if I’m eating some chemical concoction that would not have have existed naturally in this world.

 Häagen-Dazs frozen mini ice-cream

Every fondue comes with 4 mini scoops of Belgian Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies & Cream and Vanilla. These are the only flavours available for the fondue because they have to be frozen longer. This little indulgence will set you back by about $42. Great fun when you’re with a bunch of firm friends.

Häagen-Dazs However, this is what I like to have at Haagen Dazs when I’m not in the communal mood (very often almost always). Macadamia Nut ice-cream and Belgian Chocolate ice-cream with almond flakes. One of my favourite ice-cream combinations. The almond flakes are a must. It’s like having rice during a Chinese meal. It gives more texture to the ice-cream and brings out the ice-cream flavours even more. Yummy!!!

Despite the number of ice-cream shops that have sprouted in Singapore in recent years, Haagen Dazs remains, by far, my most favourite ice-cream brand. Other places may offer unique flavours or cheaper prices, but they just don’t hit the spot. In my opinion, to find the best ice-cream in Singapore, go to Haagen Dazs!


Häagen-Dazs @ Hilton
581 Orchard Road
Singapore, 238883
Tel: 65-6734 3321
Fax: 65-6732 0412

More Häagen-Dazs shop locations in Singapore:

Häagen-Dazs website:

Häagen-Dazs Menu: (large file, click only if you have fast internet access)

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

You know what? On a recent trip to Vivocity, I made a startling revelation. I couldn’t find a single nice and unique cafe to sit down and have a cuppa! I came across Coffee Bean, Gloria Jeans, 2 Starbucks (!), Tom n Toms etc but these you can find in many locations around Singapore. I wanted to experience something different!

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

Alas, I had no choice but to finally settle for Max Brenner Chocolate Bar. At least, they only have one other outlet which is at Esplanade. The thing I know about Max Brenner is that their expertise is in chocolate and chocolate drinks. I think they serve one of the best chocolate drinks in Singapore – the Pure Chocolate Truffle Granita Drink. It costs about $7.50 and is 1 tall glass of pure rich and sweet chocolatey goodness blended with ice. 1 glass of that fills me up so much I normally have to split it with another person. I still get 100% of the happiness though.

Well that’s what I would have definitely ordered at Max Brenner, had I been hankering for something chocolaty. BUT, it was 4pm and a coffee was in order. So we decided to order their iced cafe latte.

The iced cafe latte was served in their signature Alice Cup, with metal straw. I was wondering who Alice was the whole time there. The Partner lost no time in humming the song “Who the F*** is Alice” to irritate me. Well I googled and the Alice so referred to is Alice of Wonderland. No wonder the glass says Drink Me!

 Max Brenner - Iced Cafe Latte Max Brenner - Iced Cafe Latte

The iced latte was not bad but not strong enough. At least it had a smooth taste. And because the sugar syrup was not pre-added, we didn’t end up with a sickly sweet drink. Still, I would recommend ordering their Pure Chocolate Truffle Granita Drink if you’ve never tried Max Brenner before. That, in my opinion is their best drink in the house by far.

Max Brenner (Esplanade)

8 Raffles Avenue, #01-06/08 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
Phone number: +65 6235-9556

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thurs – 11:00am to 11:00pm
Fri-Sat – 11:00am to 12:00 (Midnight)

Max Brenner (Vivocity)

1 Harbourfront Walk Vivocity #01-116 Singapore 098585

Tel: +65 6278-4218

Sun-Thurs – 10:00am to 9.45pm
Fri-Sat – 10:00am to 11:00 (They don’t have a Singapore website)

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