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Thursday, April 24, 2014


I remember growing up that when my sister and I like something, we would always go to our Dad to share it with him. Don't think of us as being generous angels, oh no! It's just that with my Dad, when he finds something that he likes, he would buy A TON of it. YES. A TON. And, unlike his greedy daughters, he buys A TON to share with us. Ha ha ha ha!

Anyway fast forward to 2013, my sister pulled the same "move" on my Dad with her newest discovery, CARMEN'S BEST. She let him taste the salted caramel and the rest was history. I remember one time (at band camp?) that when I opened the fridge there were pints and pints of CARMEN'S BEST in different flavors. With that my Chinese Adonis and I would forego the usual popcorn to have a "his" and "her" pint of CARMEN'S BEST. 

posted in @ericjazfoodies instagram posted on Oct. 2013!

Oooh yeah... life has never been so sweet and dandy!

After our barbecue dinner at the epic staycation (SEE HERE), we received an invite to meet THE creator of CARMEN'S BEST himself, Mr. Paco Magsaysay. Even if it was late and we were smelling like barbecue, we went out to the home of CARMEN'S BEST to see the real deal on why it was SOOO good!

Mr. Paco Magsaysay welcomed us to his home with a warm smile that is as comforting as his CARMEN'S BEST ice cream!

He told us that the idea to produce CARMEN'S BEST started when he realized he had all the dairy requirements needed since they owned Holly's Milk!

And with that, CARMEN'S BEST was introduced to the public on February, 2011. 

According to Mr. Magsaysay, what makes CARMEN'S BEST so good is because of the amount of  cream mixed into per pint. He further explained that the reason why his ice cream is priced differently from other commercial brands out there is because of the the butter cream lovingly mixed into it as well

Its not just about the toppings. You really have to HAVE  a good base in order to have delicious ice cream!

My little lords naturally asked a lot of questions how CARMEN'S BEST ice cream was made and Mr. Magsaysay was very nice in giving answers to their curious minds. 

Check out my Andrei's 2 "puyos". He he he he!

Anyway, Mr. Magsaysay said we'll be eating some CARMEN'S BEST ice cream right after he shows us how his delicious products are made.

Look at me trying hard to listen after I heard the words "EATING" and "CARMEN'S BEST". He he he he!

Mr. Magsaysay showed us his 2 machines involved in the production of his CARMEN'S BEST ice cream. Both are made in the Philippines which does the pasteurizing and cooking of the cream mixture. For every 15 minutes, it is able to whip up 15 liters of the base for CARMEN'S BEST. After cooling the mixture down, it is then put into a blast freezer to stop the melting process and we get our much desired CARMEN'S BEST ice cream!

They are able to produce around 100 to 200 pints a day for the benefit of man kind. He he he he!

According to Mr. Magsaysay, CARMEN'S BEST ice cream could last about 6 months in the fridge.

But then, who would be crazy enough to let these "food for the gods" last that long?

At the end of Mr. Magsaysay's CARMEN'S BEST background, he said he will be giving us a little treat!

And no, we're not going to remove the skin from those roasted almonds!

Don't you just hate it when mothers pull that little trick on you to make a job more fun?

Mom : "KIIIIDS! I got a surprise for you! The winner gets to wash the dishes! WOHOO!"

He he he he!

Anyway, Mr. Magsaysay treated us to his own concoction of soft served ice cream! 

This was not available to the market so it really felt like an early Christmas treat for all of us!

And with a generous drizzle of that thick hot fudge, that treat goes straight to New Year's! He he he he!

Mati loved it! He was not really a fan of the complicated ones he usually gets in malls but he does find comfort in a simple cup of soft served from his favorite fast food chain!

And though for us adults this tastes far from THAT, Mati truly enjoyed this special cold treat because it was mega points more of his fast food dessert favorite.



Kids will REALLY be kids! He he he he!

Check out Andrei's puss n' boots stare while Kathi was drizzling some chocolate fudge on her ice cream!

He was really staring! Ha ha ha ha!

Head shot!

This made my little lord follow suit and meekly asked for his own soft served ice cream!

Then squirted some thick hot chocolate sauce on top of it.

Oh wow... perfection!

Awww my little adorable Andrei!

Hmmm... I think I need to get a filling.... 

Well if Andrei felt like doing THAT, I felt like doing THIS with the chocolate syrup!

Kidding! I also got me some CARMEN'S BEST ice cream with chocolate sauce and almonds!

It was gone in a jiffy! (Ngasab ngasab!)

If the special soft served ice cream was not enough, Mr. Magsaysay brought out the piece de resistence, CARMEN'S BEST!

Mr. Magsaysay was especially proud of his CARMEN'S BEST pistachio because he used the finest ingredients to get the ultimate delicious flavor of the nutty favorite!

And yes, with just one taste, we were all exclaiming how this CARMEN'S BEST specialty really gave out that delicious pistachio flavor!

I was really eyeing my default favorite in CARMEN'S BEST... 

But then Mr. Magsaysay brought out CARMEN'S BEST newest flavor -- the Hokey Pokey!

The CARMEN'S BEST Hokey Pokey was creamy and velvety to the tongue. I loved that the ice cream already gave out that lip-smacking smooth honey flavor but with extra crunches from crushed butterscotch balls. So delectable!!! I think I might have a new favorite!!!! YUMMMM!!!!!!

CARMEN' BEST ice cream is priced from P370.00 - P420.00 per pint depending on the flavor. Trust me, every spoonful is worth it. You may never have to reach out for another ordinary ice cream in the market EVER. AGAIN.

Dan dan DAAAN. 

Here are some of CARMEN'S BEST flavors!

Malted Milk, Butter Pecan, Brazilian Coffee, Salted Caramel

Rocky Road, Maple Nut, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Madagascar Vanilla
Cheese, Eggnog, Cookie Dough, Buttermilk, Butterscotch Pecan
Cookies and Cream, Coconut, Honey, Maple Walnut, Hokey Pokey, Cereal Milk, 

Spanish Turon, Green Tea, Kahlua Coffee, Strawberry

Just when I thought the night cannot get any sweeter, the REAL Carmen steps out to say hello to us and bid goodnight to her Dad.

Awwww... it's moments like these that makes me want to show some sweet lovin' to my sons too...



Thank you so much Mr. Magsaysay of CARMEN'S BEST and Kathi Raneses (MUCKING AROUND MANILA) for setting this up!

For orders:
Centrum II Building, 
#150 Valero, Makati City
(02) 809 2042

available in these outlets

Please call 809-2042 / 0917-567BEST

Ground Floor, Centrum II Building, #150 Valero St., Salcedo 
Village, Makati City 

The Market
156 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village,Makati City

#253 Amapola St. Palm Village, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City
995-3279 / 0908-1875535 (Nina Banzon) / 0917-8941239
(Carlo Banzon) / 0920-9329385 (Luigi Banzon)

AK Bistro
Unit W105, Ground Level, One Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, 
Rockwell Center, Makati City

Pasteleria La Nuova
San Antonio Plaza, Forbes Park, Makati
817-8568 / 867-2370

Manila Polo Club
Mckinley Road, Makati 

#2292 Pasong Tamo, Makati City (across Makati Cinema Square beside Motolite)

Tower 1 Icon Residences, 26th St. Cor. 3rd Ave., BGC Fort, Taguig
519-3025 / 0932-8753292 / 0939-2843444
Contact Person : Lilet De Villa

ECHOStore Serendra
Ground Floor, Serendra Piazza, Mckinley Parkway, BGC Fort,
Open 11:00 AM – 10:00PM daily

Weekend Market
G-Strip Open Parking Area, Greenhills Shopping Centre, 
Greenhills, San Juan
Saturdays : 6:00AM – 12:00NN
571-2498 / 0917-8948417

Lasalle St. Cor. Connecticut St., Greenhills, San Juan
Sundays : 6:00AM – 12:00NN
571-2498 / 0917-8948417

Mi Casa
#57 Connecticut St., North East Greenhills, San Juan

DEC Wilson Street
#203 Wilson St., San Juan
721-1105 / 721-3649

Urban Pantry 
Promenade Greenhills Shopping Complex, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan City

#35 A.Z. Avis St. (Former Aplaya St.) Bagong Ilog, Pasig City
571-2498 / 0917-8948417
Contact Person : Marissa Montoya

D Ohmingo's Lil' Bit of Something Cafe
29 Meralco Ave. The Alexandra, Pasig City

Cafe Avelino's
Building A, FB2B, New Tiendesitas Mall, Ugong, Pasig City
Contact Person : Avel de Leon 

Marissa Montoya
571-2498 / 0917-8948417
Weekend Market at Capitol Commons, Pasig
6AM to 12NN every Sunday 

#9 Lily St., Valle Verde 2, Pasig City (across the park/football
631-6395 / 0927-3070278
Contact Person : Francis Del Rosario

#45 Stockholm St., Vista Real Classica Subdivision, Batasan Hills,
697-1507 / 0920-9049225
Contact Person : Brian Chua

#33 Don Rufino Avenue, Corinthian Gardens, Q.C.
514-0220 / 0920-9114226
Contact Person : Rachel Ibanez

ECHOStore Centris Mall, Quezon Avenue Cor. EDSA, Q.C.
709-7800 / 0925-7097800

Unit 4, #138 Scout Rallos Extension, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Q.C. (Near Kamuning and GMA)
0917-8842924 / 0922-4078505 / 664-4765
Contact Person : Hennie Choa
*Please call in advance for orders

Gotcha Cafe
#10 Scout Gandia St., Brgy. Paglisahan, Q.C.

KIDS Academy (Open 24/7)
#100 Katipunan Ave., White Plains, Quezon City
913-1092/ 0922-8084526 

#35 Macopa Street Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City
0916-231-9504 / 0922-920-3740 / 0998-442-2233
Contact Person: Danie

Gabrielle's Meat, Poultry & Specialty Products
#58-A Don Antonio Heights, 
Holy Spirit Drive, QC.
384-0097/ 709-3080

#7 Capitol Hills Drive
Old Balara, QC 

#63 4th St. Rolling Hills Subdivision, New Manila, Quezon City 
(near St. Luke's Hospital and Broadway Centrum, 
pass 9th St. Gate at Victoria Ave.)
Contact Person : Roxanne

#2 Mt. Hubbard Corner Mt. Fairweather St., Filinvest 1, Batasan Hills, QC.
0922-8084526 / 931-0857
Contact Person : Alice

Rosemont Tower
#75 Panay Ave, QC. (Landmark Maldita Salon. Near Victoria Towers and Wensha Spa Timog)
211-2811 / 0922-8860492

Andrei's Nook
Unit 12A Interstate Townhouse, #21 C. Benitez St., Brgy. Horseshoe, Q.C.
6AM-10PM : 570-8072
10PM-12MN : 722-9977

#8 Panday Pira St. Parang Marikina City
Landmark : "Elmer's Pancitan"
0917-8455851 (Joan) / 0933-1757587 (JoMari)

The Village Pantry
The Gardens Complex, Soliven St. Cor. Venezuela St., Loyal Grand Villas Subdivision, Marikina
0939-5834588 / 0927-8977491 / 0920-9042848

#20 Carmine St., SSS Village, Brgy. Concepcion 2, Marikina City
998-2696 / 0917-5051007

Joreen's Place
Unit D Major Dizon St. Cor. J. Tuazon, Brgy. Industrial Valley, Marikina

Kampai Sushi Bar Antipolo
#9 Circumferential Rd. Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City
(along Ynares Center and across Jollibee)
661-7124 / 0917-5435931
Contact Person : Michelle Lucas

Unit 704 Stanford Tower Condominium
#1870 MH Del Pilar, Malate, Manila (Near Malate Church, 
Aristocrat, Roxas Blvd.) 
0922-8259995 / 0917-3259995
Contact Person : Jan Tan

#707 Moriones St., Tondo, Manila (Near Tutuban)
0917-8842924 / 0922-4078505 / 664-4765
Contact Person : Hennie Choa
*Please call in advance for orders

#830 Nicanor Reyes St., Sampaloc, Manila (Across FEU, near UST & Recto)

CM Juno Medical Trading
#1611 Malabon St., Sta. Cruz, Manila (almost beside Petron, near DOH & Jose Reyes)
0917-8512037 / 0922-8182112
Contact Person : Cheryl Santos

(For pick-up only)
Tower 2, St. Francis Shangri-la Compound, Mandaluyong City (beside Shangri-la Plaza Mall)
Contact Person : Kris

#2009 Sandejas St., Blk 3 Unit 8, Pasay City (Near Buendia & Taft)
0917-8842924 / 0922-4078505 / 664-4765
Contact Person : Hennie Choa
*Please call in advance for orders

Ganavida Econaturales
#220 Aguirre St., BF Homes, Paranaque

Yasubei Japanese Resto
Ground Floor, Asiana Power Station, Macapagal Blvd. Cor. Bradco, Paranaque City
(beside Starbucks)
854-3786 / 0917-4999929

Vinci's Delicatessen
912-A Armstrong Ave. Moonwalk, Paranaque
804-0245 / 710-0221 / 0917-5569058

#9478 Lopez Avenue, Batong Malake 4030, Los Banos, Laguna
(049) 501-2842
Contact Person : Pinky

Migo & Gab Deli Shop
Tabia St. Brgy. Segunda Parang Lumban, Laguna
500-9086 / 0916-7955802
Contact Person : Marinette

Unit C Busiliko Apartments Km 41 McArthur Highway, Sumapang Matanda, Malolos, Bulacan
0917-8790855 / 0932-8434977
Contact Person : Aiya Araullo



  1. Wow. Ang haba ng listahan ng outlets. For the first time in history, mas mahaba kesa sa post mo Jaz dear hahahahaha!!! ;)) Sayang I wasn't able to join you!!! </3

    1. Ha ha ha! Yes! Once in a blue moon happening to! I get a lot of questions din kasi where to buy CARMEN'S BEST!! Teee heee!! Mmmwah!

  2. Corniest bloggers ever.

    1. Ouch!!! He he he he! It's okay I'm sure many would agree with you. Ha ha ha ha! Take care and thanks for dropping by :)

    2. Nope. Parang hindi naman corny. Being real lang and good vibes. Anyway, I love the malted milk flavor of carmen's best rather than the salted caramel. I prefer textures kasi over smoothness. Is the hokey pokey any good?
      Thank you and truly appreciate your honest reviews.

    3. Hi there! Thanks so much! Only a few gets my weird humor I guess. Ha ha ha ha ha ha! If you like textures then the HOKEY POKEY is definitely for you because it has crushed butterscotch balls. You'll hear and feel something crumbling along with the vanilla ice cream and caramel. Of course, it's kaniya kaniya talaga. Like me I'm more for the salted caramel. But the Hokey Pokey was a nice change. Thanks again and cheers! Have a good day!


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