Fun frozen treat from Eyescream and Friends

Chocolate gelato from Eyescream And Friends.
PHOTO: Eyescream & Friends

Eyescream and Friends is made for the age of SnapChat, Instagram and Twitter.

I have posted pictures and videos of the Barcelona chain's cute chocolate shaved gelato monster on all three channels. The monster reminds me of the ghosts from the Pac-Man game.

Think Taiwanese shaved ice meets scoops of Italian gelato, and frozen yogurt chain-style toppings from nata de coco to sprinkles.

The gelato is made in cylindrical solid blocks which are frozen at minus 25 deg C. Flavours include vanilla, chocolate, cheesecake and wildberry yogurt. Non-dairy options include mango and strawberry.

The frozen treat is fun to eat. Gimmicky? Yes, but enjoyable nonetheless. Each serving costs $6.90.

WHERE: Eyescream and Friends, B1-48 Wisma Atria

MRT: Orchard

OPEN: 10am to 10pm daily

TEL: 6376-2862

INFO: www.facebook.com/eyescreamandfriendssg


This article was first published on Dec 30, 2016.
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