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July 09, 2014

BASKIN-ROBBINS Back in Manila! (A Review)

July 09, 2014

BASKIN-ROBBINS Back in Manila! (A Review)





What's your favorite
Baskin Robbins flavor?

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BASKIN-ROBBINS is America’s Favorite Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop, founded by brothers-in-law Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins in 1945. The brand was last seen in Manila more than a decade ago but has now made a comeback. The timing couldn't be more right, because Manileños have been craving for better ice creams. :)

We had to wait for close to 2 hours on Baskin Robbins' opening weekend, but it was well worth it. Part of the fun is in choosing from 31 delicious flavors and customizing how you want to enjoy your ice cream.

Here's a photo essay of our Baskin Robbins experience last weekend in BGC...


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Baskin Robbins is located on the Upper Ground Floor of the BGC Cinema Building in the Central Square.

BASKIN ROBBIN BGC-8.jpgBASKIN ROBBIN MENU: INDULGE (Sundae) | SCOOPS OF JOY (Scoops) | REFRESH (Drinks) | CELEBRATE (Ice Cream Cake)

It's set up as an island kiosk. You have to line up because they only have one counter for order taking and payment.

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You can do a taste test to determine your favorite.

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Step 1. I recommend ordering 3 flavors for sharing...

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...in the freshly made waffle cups. :) 

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COCONUT - MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP - GREEN TEA - ✮ RUM RAISIN

The Rum Raisin is the most interesting among these flavors. You can tell which the best tasting ones are from the half-full containers.

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PRALINES 'N CREAM - CITRUS TWIST ICE - COOKIES 'N CREAM - ✮ PISTACHIO ALMOND

I love the rich pistachio flavor and how the roasted almonds counterbalance the sweetness and umay feeling.

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✮ CARAMEL TURTLE TRUFFLE - CHOCOLATE CHIP - RAINBOW SHERBET - ORANGE SHERBET

My favorite creamy vanilla ice cream, with caramel-filled, milk chocolate-flavored turtles, and a caramel ribbon!

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BLACKBERRY YOGURT - STRAWBERRY YOGURT - MAUI BROWNIE MADNESS - MANGO YOGURT

The boys loved the Strawberry and Mango Yogurt. The Maui Brownie Madness was also really good but a little too rich.

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It took us an hour to wait in line, plus another hour to taste the flavors and figure out how to customize our ice cream. :)

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Step 2. Go for the Caramel Pralines, Reese's Peanut Butter, or Maple Walnut toppings for your vanilla flavor-based ice cream. Consider the Marshmallow topping for the kids. :)

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I don't recommend the preserved fruits because they're just too sweet.

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JAMOCA - VERY BERRY STRAWBERRY - CHOCOLATE - VANILLA 

Try the Jamoca, an exclusive coffee blend flavor for Baskin Robbins. If you want a richer strawberry taste, go for the Very Berry Strawberry instead of the Strawberry Yogurt.

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✮ CHOCOLATE MOUSSE ROYALE - CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CRUNCH - GOLD MEDAL RIBBON - PRALINES 'N CREAM

I like the velvety smoothness of the Chocolate Mousse Royale.

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✮ JAMOCA ALMOND FUDGE - CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH - COOKIES 'N CREAM  - WORLD CLASS CHOCOLATE

Another favorite of mine is the Jamoca Almond Fudge, which is coffee with chocolate and roasted almonds. World Class Chocolate is a favorite among foodies :)

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CARAMEL TURTLE TRUFFLE - CHOCOLATE CHIP - GREEN TEA - MANGO TANGO

You can try the green tea or fruit flavors to complement the other rich flavors.

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Step 3. This is automatically added so make sure you tell them if you don't want whipped cream.

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Final Tip: Try getting 2 rich and one light flavor for your ice creams. Then choose toppings with nuts to counterbalance the sweetness.

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Two full scoops in a cup cost P199, while one full scoop in a cup is P119.

(If a full scoop is too much, you can get the junior scoop in a cup for P85, or 2 junior scoops for P145. See Baskin Robbins Menu.)

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There are dining tables at the back where you can hang around and enjoy your ice cream. It might be wiser to order take out since this section is always full.

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It's really awesome to have BASKIN ROBBINS back in Manila! Their presence will surely help build and intensify the competition for the best ice cream in Manila.

My favorite flavors are the CARAMEL TURTLE TRUFFLE, PISTACHIO ALMOND, RUM RAISIN, JAMOCA ALMOND FUDGE, and CHOCOLATE MOUSSE ROYALE. Most foodies rave about the WORLD CLASS CHOCOLATE. What's your favorite? Any recommendation?

The only issue for me is the flavors are too rich and nakakaumay. Consider combining flavors with nuts together with a flavor that is fruity or light. The junior scoop should be enough.

Budget is about P120 per scoop (average). 

BASKIN ROBBINS
Upper Ground Floor, Central Square, Bonifacio High Street Central, 5th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City. (BGC Cinema building)
FacebookBaskin-Robbins Philippines
Websitehttp://baskinrobbins.ph
Email: digitalbrphils@gmail.com

About Baskin Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 35th annual Franchise 500® ranking, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium ice cream, specialty frozen desserts and beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at nearly 7,300 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,000 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies.

For more info, visit Websitehttps://www.baskinrobbins.com/

Live an Awesome Life,

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Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

Disclosure: We paid for our ice cream. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. The Ice Cream Cakes look interesting. :) Will check this out for our next birthday celebration. Any recommendations?

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