Your Guide to Korean Ice Cream
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Have you spotted a Korean grocery in your neighborhood or near your workplace? Even though they are usually smaller than supermarkets, they usually offer hard-to-find Korean food
If you have ever rummaged through the ice-cream freezer of a Korean supermarket, it's normal to be drawn to the pretty packaging, but at the same time, feel hesitant, especially when you don't know what you're getting exactly because of the Korean characters.
The next time you go on an ice cream run at your favorite Korean supermarket, use this guide to help you decide:
One of the most common ice-cream bars you can find in Korean groceries, supermarkets, and even Korean barbecue joints is Melona. This sweet and fruity-flavored frozen bar became popular because of its pastel-green color and milky, melon taste. For those who want to try another flavor, they also offer strawberry, banana, mango, and coconut flavors.
Red bean is a popular ingredient for desserts in Korea. You can find it in patbingsu, mochi balls, and ice-cream bars like B-b-big.
Another Korean ice cream known for its sweet red-bean filling is Samanco. It's a fish-shaped wafer ice-cream sandwich filled with vanilla ice cream and sweet red beans. The shape of this ice cream sandwich is inspired by a Korean winter street food called bunggeo-pang, a fish-shaped pastry filled with sweetened red bean paste. If you want to try other flavors, Samanco also has strawberry, chocolate, and green tea flavors.
What happens if you combine the refreshing quality of soda and ice cream? You get Power Cap, a soda-flavored crushed iced candy. The packaging has a tube with a hook for easy opening. If you want more fruity soda flavors, the Power Cap Soda is also available in watermelon and banana flavors.
For those looking for a healthier dessert this summer, Yomamte is a frozen yogurt ice cream on a stick. These healthy popsicles are made with real yogurt mixed with sweet fruits.
Watermelon Bars, or Subak, is a cute, vibrantly colored popsicle that looks like a slice of watermelon—one of the most popular summer fruits! This watermelon popsicle contains real watermelon juice and it also has "watermelon seeds," or chocolate-peanut bits, to add texture.
*This story originally appeared on Yummy.ph. Minor edits have been made by the editors.