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Honey Creme is a Taiwanese dessert chain store known for their Korean-style soft serve ice cream. The first outlet opened in Taiwan in March 2014.
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Doesn't Live Up To Its Hype
At one point of time, Honey Creme was on everyone’s Instagram feed, with its beautiful creations of soft serve ice cream topped with honey comb. Like everyone else, I made a trip down to Somerset to try it out.
And I was sorely disappointed. I honestly would have preferred a Mcdonalds ice cream cone instead. The soft serve was no where as milky as I thought it’ll be, and I also didn’t like the honeycomb, although that’s probably my personal preference at work because I didn’t envision actual honeycomb to be waxy. Overall, Honey Creme was a letdown and you’d be better off at Mcdonalds.
Deliciously messy ice cream
Looking for ice cream that will give you a sugar rush? Look no further! Honey Creme has the sweetest soft serve ice cream I’ve ever eaten. This may not suit everybody’s taste buds, but I love it.
My favourite is the Organic Cotton Candy Affogato. The espresso they use is strong, and when poured over the cotton candy, makes a delightful combination to counter the bitterness of the espresso. It is also fun to watch the espresso melt the fluffy cotton candy into the ice cream. Things can get messy with the huge lump of cotton candy though, so don’t play with your food...too much.
I tried the cotton candy one, and welll there was nothing outstanding about this place at all. I only tried it after the hype died down and I'd heard all the people say "it's overrated", "it's not that good" so my expectations were already lowered.
There was no queue by the time I went to try it, and I didn't really know what to expect. Despite having heard about how it was disappointing, I still thought there'd be something special or different about the ice cream served here. There was nothing. Sure, their flavours are unique, but that's about it.
I'd probably go back if I feel like splashing money unnecessarily on ice-cream, but I don't expect that to be anytime soon.
decent, but not worth the hype
Honey Creme’s hype has died down a touch by now, but I remember the horror stories of its 45 minute queue on its opening day. 45 minutes?! Who has that much time to expend on a $5.50 cup of vanilla ice cream?
Being a true blue Singaporean, this legendary queue piqued my interest. I found myself drawn towards the store at 313 one quiet afternoon with a whopping number of 3 people lined up. “This must be my lucky day,” I thought. I was going to taste the best ice cream in the world. I was going to take my first mouthful of it and experience some sort of life-changing revelation. It was going to be magical!
Alas, magical it was not. When I took my first bite, it initially tasted exactly like a Mcdees vanilla cone - saccharine sweet and one note. I was nearly going to express my firm disappointment to my companion when a strong milky aroma quickly followed that overwhelming sweetness. Indeed, what sets a Honey Creme cup apart from your typical McFlurry is the richness of its dairy content. The milk and cream used is extremely fresh, which gave its ice cream a full, bordering on heavy, undertone I have never tasted before in any other soft serve. And I liked it very much.
I paired my ice cream with honeycomb, said to be the most popular choice amongst customers. The honey lent a nice earthiness to the milky soft serve, but the comb itself was a chore to eat - it stuck to my teeth and tasted almost plasticky after a few chews.
In all, I would recommend anyone to try a cup of Honey Creme’s soft-serve, if only out of curiosity. I’m still on the fence as to whether this is worth a second visit, but I am certain that this is not worth a 45 minute wait.
Honestly, the soft-serve ice cream tastes like just any other brand out there, and the addition of a honeycomb is a unique thought, but doesn't really help the taste. I suppose the honeycomb was good, but then again, it's unfair to credit Honey Creme for it since the honeycomb isn't actually manufactured by them, and they probably rely on a supplier for it too.
I suppose the only good thing I gotta laud Honey Creme for is the originality of thought in concocting this product, but execution-wise, it is lacking.
The long queues and above-average price tag are also disincentives, compelling me to never visit the store again. Really, largely overrated.
I expected more
Honey Creme – a popular soft serve ice-cream store opened its doors to the public at 313@Somerset on the 26th October 2014 in Singapore. It is a short distance away from Somerset MRT (NS23).
There was so much fuss over this new store in town. In addition, with the reviews on how good this is overseas and it is a must-try, I went on the first day. Yes, I should have known better, the queue was crazy. The opening time on that day was one in the afternoon. I overheard some people talking and the first few came way earlier than I did. That alone raised my expectations and curiosity as of how good this exactly is.
After two and a half hours long of waiting, yes it is that long and with the heat from the afternoon sun. The staff provided customers in queue with cups of water, a plus point. I got to the counter and ordered the Honey Creme Organic Cotton Candy while my friend ordered the one with the organic honeycomb. Prices start from S$4.60 for a cup of soft serve ice-cream (original). For that, it would be considered slightly pricier.
A generous amount of organic cotton candy is placed on top of the soft serve, with pink Himalayan salt on top and I have to admit that I was slightly impressed by that. Himalayan salt itself it good as it is packed with minerals, and it goes well when you eat it with the cotton candy. The soft serve itself was not overly sweet. It tasted slightly milkier and smoother than the others available in the market.
However, I would say it was not what I expected from the queue and the reviews. Go at off-peak hours of the day if you are not looking to queue for too long. In my opinion, 10 minutes is the maximum that I would queue and probably not more.
Doesn't live up to expectations
Everyone was calling this the next Llao Llao, with people queueing for up to 20 minutes just to order their Organic Cotton Candy or signature Honey Comb ice cream. Since I really loved Llao Llao, I decided to give this a shot as well.
We queued for around 15-20 minutes outside before finally placing our order. We asked her what was the best,and she said Honey Comb was their Signature while Organic Cotton Candy was the bestselling in SG. We decided to go for the second option!
The interior of Honey Creme was rustic and quite cute, and I liked that they had water for those who were waiting as well. When I finally got my ice cream however, I was severely disappointed. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't a "this is SO worth the queue" either. You're honestly better off getting the 70cent McDonald's ice cream and putting your own cotton candy on top.
Was so hyped for this, but it fell short of my expectations. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing (pretty sure I asked for the best), or maybe it wasn't an ice-cream day for my second stomach, but it surely wasn't a "WOW this is heaven" nice it was just... nice.
The ice-cream was sweet, creamy and soft, I almost couldn't feel it in my mouth! What I liked was the taste of the cotton candy with the ice-cream, that is definitely a first. The queue took really long however, we queued for about twenty minutes and waited for our ice-cream for about another five. The concept of the store was to my liking though, although they could only accommodate a few groups of people. They definitely need more space!
But for $5.50 a small cup of ice-cream topped with candy floss...not sure if it's worth the time and money, moreso the hype. Might give it another try, but this is my rating for now!