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Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats

By Abby Sadoy Photos By LAWRENCE TABUDLO
May 15, 2016

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Mahalo-Halo ($5.99)

Getting a sweet taste of the Philippines has gotten a lot easier since Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats opened its second location in the state at Kapalama Shopping Center.

The company is known for distributing frozen-treat products nationally, and opened its first retail space in May 2015 within Waipahu’s Seafood City supermarket. The business then expanded with a store in Las Vegas before jump-starting its Kalihi storefront debut with a soft opening in March. Diners can look forward to the grand opening Saturday, May 21.

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Offering a wealth of Filipino flavors, Magnolia brings forth unique temptations made with real ingredients from the Philippines. The shop has more than two dozen flavors of ice cream that rotate every so often, from typical Chocolate and Strawberry to locally inspired Kona Coffee, Haupia and Taro.

But, as you make your way across the ice cream counter, you’ll likely see a tub or two worth a double take.

“(Customers) can expect something new and something different,” says store manager Rhea Quemado, in regard to Magnolia’s flavors.

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Some of the less-common flavors customers will find here are inspired by creamy Filipino desserts. Mais Queso (corn and cheese) ice cream, for instance, is similar to mais con hielo, while Buko Pandan is reminiscent of a customary coconut dessert of the same name.

Customers also can enjoy frosty drink creations featuring ice cream, shave ice and more. Magnolia is a self-proclaimed “halo-halo place,” and its best-seller, Mahalo-Halo, delivers a palate-friendly thrill. Translated as “mixed together,” halo-halo blends divine flavors and textures in one must-have treat.

Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats

1210 Dillingham Blvd., Kalihi
845-4063
Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.