Summer time is on its way and no doubt you’re getting excited about the prospect of enjoying the blue skies and warmth of the sun on your skin. Although do you find that in the summer season, your hunger pangs for sweet stuff rockets sky high? Do you feel that if you’re out and about or lying on a picnic blanket, it would be a crime not to have, say, an ice cream? Don’t worry, you’re not alone; many of us including myself have such desires. Now, when I find myself having such desires in Berlin, Germany, I immediately head over to Bandy Brooks for some sweet stuff that my heart and taste buds love, and I have to recommend that you check out Bandy Brooks when in Berlin too.
A sweet-tooth connoisseur's heaven
It is a rather tiny cafe that has three branches across Berlin. The first branch is on Friedrichstrasse, the second branch is on Karl-Liebknecht Strasse and the third branch is on Alte Schonhauser Strasse. All branches are open from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. Whilst the café is small, it thinks big in its offering of chocolates and macarons and truly does create a sweet-tooth connoisseur’s heaven.
The chocolates on offer include dark, milk and white chocolate. My favourite has to be the “strawberry white” which is a white chocolate truffle with a strawberry filling However, if you like your chocolate with a bit of spice, then the “ginger and honey” has your name written all over it; it is milk chocolate with a honey and gingerbread ganache. With dark chocolate being known to be healthier, if you’re watching your waistline yet can’t resist trying one of the chocolates, I would recommend the “blueberry” which is a dark chocolate with a blueberry ganache. It’s bitter, fruity and flavoursome. If you would like to take one away in a box, it costs 1.60 EUR (2 USD); a box of four costs 5.90 EUR (7 USD). If you fancy having a chocolate lollypop instead, the cost is 3.50 EUR (4 USD) and there are a number of flavours on offer.
The macarons available range in flavours and include vanilla, chocolate, lemon, pistachio, raspberry and coffee. One macaron costs 1.60 EUR (2 USD); however, with the variety of flavours, it would only be fair on your taste buds if you tried a few.
Twenty brilliant flavours of ice cream available
With twenty varieties of ice creams and sorbets, the range of flavours available is quite overwhelming. All of these products are made without any additives and are of exceptionally good quality. The ice cream is definitely churned fresh every day and if you’re in Berlin for more than a day, you will find yourself going back for ice cream here because of the ample choices.
However, if you’re only in Berlin for a day and you have a little bit of time to spare (and are not looking for an ice-cream-on-the-go-in-a-cone), I would suggest having a sundae. I would have to recommend the Mark Twain or the Huckleberry sundae to treat your taste buds. The Mark Twain sundae consists of Belgian chocolate ice cream, crunchy macadamia ice cream and mocha ice cream which is topped with caramel and chocolate sauce, macadamia nuts and fresh whipped cream; this sundae costs 6.90 EUR (8 USD). The Huckleberry Sundae consists of yoghurt ice cream, mango and strawberry sorbet and seasonal fresh fruits with homemade strawberry sauce and fresh whipped cream; this sundae also costs 6.90 EUR (8 USD).
Mmmm is all I can say to this sweet bonanza
If you’re on the go or are not too sure whether you can finish an entire sundae, then a cone or a tub of ice cream is a must. The options in respect to the ice cream flavours include Belgian chocolate, mocha, caramel, chocolate chip, vanilla, raspberry, yoghurt, hazelnut, crunchy macadamia, strawberry, mango, lemon and many more. One scoop costs 2.50 EUR (3 EUR); two scoops cost 3.90 EUR (4 USD) and three scoops cost 4.90 (6 USD) EUR. If you’re looking to put some whipped cream on top of that too, it will cost a further 0.80 EUR (1 USD).
If you’re worried that this sweet bonanza of an experience is going to be a bit messy, but you’re tempted by all the flavours, then the next best thing has to be, of course, a milkshake. Milkshakes can be made from any of the ice cream flavours on display and cost 4.90 EUR (6 USD). My recommended flavours for ice cream or milkshake would be the hazelnut or the cookie dough.
Whatever you’re having (whether it be an ice cream or a milkshake), the first thing that you will do once you’re mouth has embraced the flavoursome loveliness will be to say, “mmmm”. After that, you are most likely going to find that you won’t be saying or doing anything else except inhaling your sweet treat! No time to talk when you’re having such a good time with your chosen item from this sweetie galore. If I’m honest, I struggled to even take a snap of my item as I simply wanted to focus on enjoying it but I knew that I had to capture it so that I could encourage you to head on over to this place.
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Recommended branch is Friedrichstrasse
Hands down to Bandy Brooks which certainly fulfils desires and creates the craving for one to return as soon as possible. Each of the Bandy Brooks’ branches are lush, clean and inviting and brilliant places for a quick stop to recharge. My favourite branch and the one that I would urge you to visit is in Friedrichstrasse because I especially like the outdoor seating area that overlooks this busy street. You can sit back and watch the world go by whilst enjoying the lovely sweet item that will hit all the right spots!
If you do visits Friedrichstrasse, make sure that you look at the pavement immediately outside the entrance of Bandy Brooks as there is a rather creative item that represents Berlin’s main moments. I won’t spoil it by telling you exactly what it is but I can guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised!
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