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Food roundup: Matcha Oreo ice cream, ube pandan green tea, and other festive delights

By Luis Veron Published Nov 23, 2023 8:47 pm Updated Dec 22, 2023 8:08 pm

The holiday season is upon us, so if you are in the mood for a feast, let this article be your guide in choosing what to try next. 

New deals and offers are being served from the usual fast food chains such as Jollibee and McDonald's, as well as healthy alternatives from Jones All Day. But wait! There's also Filipino-inspired milk teas from Serenitea. Are you hungry yet? Continue reading below to see what else to expect in the food and beverage industry this holiday season.

Patisserie Le Choux-Colat’s holiday chocolate box

This holiday chocolate box (P2,150) made by Chef Ely Salar of Patisserie Le Choux-Colat is every chocolate lover’s dream. Made of single origin cacao from Barayong, Leyte, each order has two of each of six flavors: Strawberry 65% Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Peppermint, Philippine Mango Passionfruit, Bourbon Whiskey Dark Chocolate, The Earl of Grey, and Milk Chocolate Matcha Pistachio.

Butternut Bakery’s Ube Cloud Cream Cake

Just how festive does Butternut Bakery’s Ube Cloud Cream Cake look? Available in 6-inch and 8-inch sizes, the classic offering features “velvety ube goodness, featuring a cloud-like texture that will transport you to dessert paradise.” Each order is good for 6-8 pax.

Goldilocks' holiday cakes

Goldilocks has two dessert offerings that could make your Christmas celebrations a lot sweeter. There’s the Merry Cherry Choco (8” round, P804) that features a moist chocolate cake with cherry and whipped cream filling, buttercream icing, and white chocolate ganache as well as the Christmas Rainbow Magic Cake (9” round, P689) that has a mix of ube, strawberry, and vanilla goodness.

Jones All Day’s new menu items and Vegan creations 
Vegan Cheeseburger

Jones All Day has recently introduced a new range of dishes on their menu, including some Vegan selections for those wanting to live a healthier lifestyle this holiday season.

Get a taste from their line of Vegan Delights, such as the appetizing Banana Hearts Calamari, the satisfying and filling Vegan Cheeseburger made with Tofu, or their 100% Vegan Pepperoni pizza. 

A nutritious, healthy, and filling experience awaits! 

Jollibee Christmas Perfect Pairs and new coffee drinks 

With Christmas fast approaching, we tend to save up our money for the Holiday celebration, and that's where Filipino fast-food giant Jollibee comes in with its latest campaign. 

From Nov. 3 to 30, 2023, customers can avail of Chickenjoy Christmas Perfect Pairs, which pairs the 1-pc. Chickenjoy with their side of choice from Pair A (Regular Fries, Coke Float, Extra Plain Rice, Peach Mango Pie) or Pair B (Cookie Caramel Sundae or Choco Banana Pie) options for P109 and P125, respectively.   

Your morning coffee from Jollibee just got better with the new Jollibee Coffee Blends made of 100% Arabica beans.

The menu includes the Hot Fresh Brew, priced at P45 (exclusive for breakfast hours), Iced Latte (P50 for regular and P75 for large), and Iced Sweet Black, a fusion of iced coffee and sweet syrup which is also available in regular and large sizes.

Serenitea x Pan de Manila


Starting on Nov. 15, Serenitea goes back to its nationalistic roots with its take on its limited-edition holiday flavors by partnering with Filipino brand, Pan de Manila.  

For its 15th anniversary, it will release its 2023 Maligayang Festivi-teas Holiday Drinks with two well-loved Filipino flavors in mind: Yema and Ube.  

The Yema Mais Con Yelo drink mixes green tea with sweet corn, syrup, and ice. The Pan De Manila touch is the topping of yema and the cheese shavings. A sweet-umami refreshing treat!

The other drink, Ube Pandan Green Tea, is a healthier buko pandan beverage, thanks to healthy green tea, but without compromising rich and creamy flavors due to the addition of ube halaya.

The limited-edition drink series will be available in all Serenitea branches nationwide and through third-party delivery apps (Grab, Food Panda). 

McDonald's treats this Christmas

McDonald's has a lot for their customers this season—new flavors, new collectibles, and a lights show. Starting with something new on the menu, their crowd-favorite McFlurry has two new flavors that fruit and green tea lovers would love: Strawberry Oreo and Matcha Oreo. 

For those who have been collecting Coca-Cola Cups, McDonald's will release six color-changing cups that magically transform into vibrant colors.

It doesn't stop there. You'll feel the warmth of the holidays as the stores will be decked in the most festive colored lights called McDonald's Christmas Lights Show starting Nov. 29.

Mouthwatering platters at Tender Bob's

It always feels like the holidays at Tender Bob's with its meat and seafood platters that you and your family can enjoy. The meat platter, which costs P1,535 and is good for 4-5 pax, has U.S. beef ribeye steak, pork chops, pork ribs, and chicken steak complete with steamed rice. The seafood platter (P1,335, good for 4-5 pax), meanwhile, features baked mussels. fish fingers, grilled shrimps, calamari, and steamed rice.

The much-loved restaurant has just opened a branch in SM North EDSA, located at Level 2 of North Towers. If you're dining at its SM Bacoor branch, you'd be happy to know that both platters are on promo for P1,299 (meat) and P1,099 (seafood) until Nov. 30. It's also offering free parking to its customers for a single minimum purchase receipt of P500 (for P30 regular parking) or P1,500 (for P100 valet parking) until Dec. 31.

GrabFood Fan Faves 2023

Not sure what to order? GrabFood can help you with that. Now in its third year, GrabFood has announced the GrabFood Fan Faves 2023, a list of top picks from customers.

Jollibee's Yumburger, Chickenjoy, and Jolly Spaghetti garnered more than 50,000 votes each, landing them on the Platinum Fan Faves. Other winners include Mang Inasal’s Extra Creamy Halo-Halo (Cold Dessert) and Paa Large-PM1 (Grilled Chicken), Starbucks’ Caramel Macchiato (Coffee), McDonald’s McCrispy Chicken Fillet w/ Fries Medium Meal (Combo Meal), Angel’s Pizza’s Creamy Spinach Dip Double Deals (Pizza), and Chowking’s Siomai Chao Fan (Rice Meal).

If you're looking for something healthier, SaladStop’s Hail Caesar Wrap! and Subway’s Subway 6" Meal are each named in the Gold or People-approved Faves category.

For an afternoon pick-me-up drink, Pick-up Coffee’s Kape Kastila and Dunkin’s Iced Coffee Extra Large were also listed in the same award level.

Meanwhile, Trending Faves winners include Yoshinoya's Gyudon, Tropical Hut's Clubhouse Sandwich, Happilee Korean Kitchen's Mini Kimbap in Spicy Pork, and more.

To see the complete list, visit here.