I’m the type of girl who loves to customise and loves what can’t simply be ‘copied and pasted’. From monogramming clutches, to rose gold trimmings on my car – I love giving anything I buy a little creative difference. While I can fall in love with trends as quickly as the next person, I can’t help but utterly love the thrill of finding a small business just as creative as my own heart, to splurge a little on something you just can’t buy anywhere else.
My Mr. always shakes his head as a new package will arrive on the doorstep, and smile as I explain what grand plan I’ve got for a hand-woven basket adorned with silk tassels – and even if it were for use as a ‘puppy toy basket’, he somehow seems to understand and lets me create a home full of unique finds and gold edged marble coffee coasters.
So when I realised there were places in the world where making your own Magnum Ice Cream was a thing, it naturally formed it’s own mental note, and a place on the bucket list at #40. Now I know that this isn’t exactly a big thing, or hardly notable for some. But my bucket list has never solely been about the big things, and if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know the little things are just as important to me too. And this here little thing, well I’ve been dying to tick it off the list for a long time now.
Whilst exploring the endless aisles of Orchard Road’s shopping district in Singapore earlier this year, we stumbled across the first customisable Magnum Ice Cream connoisseur I’ve ever seen. Registering the mental note made years earlier, I excitedly dragged my Mr. into the shop with me whispering, “This is the place I’ve been telling you about!”. He was already pulling a paper note out of his wallet to pay for the ice cream knowing there was too much excitement in my eyes to ever have dragged me back out.
Step one of making your own Magnum involves selecting the toppings for your ice cream, and with so many to choose from, it took a little time to decide. Eventually choosing crushed cashews, gold drops (like small golden balled 100’s and 1000’s) and rose petals (it had a nice colour contrast to it…), I watched from the other side of the glass as my very own Magnum flavour was brought to life. Dipped in white chocolate, decorated with my selected toppings, drizzled with milk chocolate and made complete with a small round chocolate logo at the bottom, my custom Magnum was placed in a small container and handed to me. You should have just seen my smile.
To date, it’s been my favourite Magnum yet, and so it should have been – I designed it. And yes while I can agree that my world would have kept spinning without having stopped to make my own Magnum, it’s often these kinds of things – unremarkable in their own right – that collectively contribute to a life story. It’s like enjoying a Singapore Sling in Singapore, or posing next to the Eiffel Tower, or any of those “When in Rome” moments that seem silly at the time, but in their own way add to your story.
It’s these little things that you look back on and are always glad you did. Or at least that’s what I think, and if that makes me too easy to please, then so be it, I can definitely deal with that! Stamping embossed initials on my pj’s and making my own ice creams – I wouldn’t have it any other way!
#40: Make my own Magnum Ice Cream – Check!