I used to think that Haagen Daz's Macademia Nuts was my favourite ice cream, until Ben and Jerry's came to take over with their Chunky Monkey. Then there was the close compeitor of Azabu Sabo's milk tea flavour. But it was until I went to Taiwan and discovered the wonders of mix-in ice cream at Cold Stone, which totally swipe me off with their Apple Pie creation. Although not available in Singapore, I discovered a really close substitue: Marble Slab!
Situated right opposite Hua Li Xuan in Iluma, it had a small eat-in area with coach seats and round bar tops. I was attracted by their claim of being the first to introduce mix-in ice cream on a cold stove. The creator must be good right?
You could either choose one of their signature creation or create your own with a large variety of base flavours and mix-ins, ranging from pecans, biscuits, cutted fruits and even Nutella spread! There's also a spread of ice cream cakes, sundaes and smoothies available on the menu.
Berry Rush in Waffle Cone ($9.00)
The strawberry ice cream has a smooth and creamy texture, being a sourish base with sweet aftertaste. Topped with generous amount of blueberries and raspberries, the overall feel was pretty good. Still, I wanted to relive the Cold Stone experience, so I went back on another day for my own creation!
Original Creation ($8.00)
I chose Apple & Spices as the base, mixed in with caramelised biscuits and sliced bananas. Despite the unimpressive look, it tasted really good! Thick, rich cream with a strong apple cinnamon flavour, eaten with mouthfuls of slightly sticky biscuits crumbs and banana. Alas, they don't serve caramelised apples as a topping, else it would be even better!
At $6.00 for a regualr base and $1.00 for each topping, it could be pretty expensive if you go mix-crazy. But the quality of the ice cream has justified the price and the serving was reasonable too. Will definitely be back for more!