From take-home ice cream tubs to freshly churned soft-serves, these are some of the best chocolate ice creams we've tried.
$5 a scoop and $12.50 a pint, from all Chocolate Origin outlets. Including #B1-01 Bugis Junction (6337-1220); and #B3-10A 313@Somerset (6884-4019). They sure took their time to expand from their three-item menu (two types of whole chocolate cakes, and a mini lava cake) since they first opened shop in 2011, but the wait was well worth it. It's a gutsy dose of dark Belgian chocolate, luscious in the mouth, with a long, deep cocoa finish. A little goes a long way. From $4.90 a scoop, and $15.50 a pint, from all Awfully Chocolate Stores. Including #B1-52 Raffles City (6338-3527); and #01-15 Square 2 (6250-7106). "Hei" translates to "black" in Mandarin, and it was everything the name and pitch-black colour promised. The cocoa hit on the palate was strong but (thankfully) not bracing, with the creamy mouthfeel balancing out the intensity of the chocolate. $9 a cone, from all Godiva outlets. Including Basement 2, Takashimaya Department Store (6738-3657); and #B1-K1 Raffles City Shopping Centre (6837-0632). This was one of the priciest soft-serves out there, but it was a darn good splurge ─ satiny and dark, and swathed in a crisp Begian waffle cone that's rimmed with crunchy chocolate biscuits. Sheer luxury. $18 for a 400g tub, from Emporium Shokuhin. #01-18 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard (6224-3433). We're big fans of the gelato counter at Emporium Shokuhin, and this housemade tub of dark chocolate has a lot of coca oomph. What's surprising is that it starts off super rich and velvety but finishes really cleanly in the mouth. Even after a huge scoop (or more), you wouldn't feel overwhelmed at all. From $5.90 for a cup, and $16 for a 400g tub, from Matchaya. #01-72 Icon Village (9767-9811). This cosy little kiosk is devoted to Japanese soft-serve ice cream in all its numerous sweet and savoury flavours ─ from matcha to sesame and even kuri (chestnut)! The silky swirls of the Nama Choco carry an elegant bittersweetness from the combination of single origin dark chocolate with fresh cream.
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