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What will be crowned Hong Kong's best convenience store ice cream?
Updates: With 134 votes, Oreo's ice cream sandwich beat out Kit Kat's ice cream bar, which received 72 votes. Though it was close between Melona and Tiger Sugar's boba milk tea bar, Melona won with 103 votes to Tiger Sugar's 93. Tune in this Friday to our Instagram Live at 4pm to catch the semi-finalists going head to head and a mystery guest host. Again, you'll be able to vote in our story or on our website starting Friday.
This frozen Friday, we begin the second round of ice creams in our Game of Cones to decide which is the best ice cream in Hong Kong under $30 (bracket style).
Esther Cheung and Amalissa Hall hopped on Instagram Live to taste, discuss, and rank four ice creams based on these categories: Sweetness, Texture, Practicality and Originality.
If you missed that, we’ve summarised our points below, but don’t let that affect your own decision. It’s your choice which ice creams go to the next round, and which one will ultimately win.
Kit Kat Ice Cream Bar vs. Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich
Deciding between these two is tricky, because it’s all about your chocolate preference. If you like crispy, chocolatey and smooth ice cream Kit Kat is for you. The simple, malty flavored ice cream interior complements the bold crunchy exterior too. It’s also a large ice cream, so definitely good if you want bang for your buck!
If you like a deep, rich, chocolatey and nostalgic experience, the Oreo sandwich is hard to beat. The biscuit is more cake-y than biscuit-y, and cookies n’ creme ice cream filling amplify the Oreo flavours. The sandwich shape is easy to hold and fun to eat.
Oreo ice cream sandwich (top left), Kit Kat ice cream bar (bottom left), Tiger Sugar's Bubble Tea bar (top right), and Melona. Photo: Amalissa Hall / SCMP
Melona Ice Pop vs. Tiger Sugar’s Black Sugar Boba Milk Tea Ice Bar
The Melona is a crowd pleaser, and walks the line of fruity and creamy. With lots of flavours to choose from, the melon is still a strong favourite. It’s a very sensory experience, and the melon is fragrant but not overpoweringly sweet. The texture of the ice cream is smooth, but has an almost chewy mouthfeel to it which is delightful.
Tiger Sugar’s bubble tea ice cream bar was unbelievably and almost unbearably sweet. But, there was also a delicious roasted and almost nutty flavour to it, due to the black sugar. What amazed us most were the bubble tea pearls, which were perfectly squishy and not frozen at all. But, the bar did melt really quickly, so this could be a messy one for sure.