Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)
Make the most out of the season of the sun with these summer sweets. These will help you stay cool for the summer and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. Check out these desserts (and memes) for an instant craving. We promise it’s like a summer vacation in your mouth.
Shaved Ice Desserts
Kakigōri is a traditional Japanese summer treat. It's made up of shaved ice, syrup, condensed milk, and toppings. The ice is shaved using a kakigori ice shaver/snow cone machine which is operated by turning its crank by hand. It's a staple in summer festivals and it comes in different flavors such as matcha (green tea), melon, sweet plum, strawberry and in different varieties.
Bingsu or Patbingsu is a Korean shaved ice dessert. “The earliest forms of patbingsu consisted of shaved ice and two or three ingredients, including red bean paste, tteok, and ground nut powder.” Unlike kakigori the bingsu served in cafes is made from an automatic ice shaver machine. Both of them have the consistency of freshly fallen snow that melts as soon as it makes contact with your mouth, heavenly.
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This shaved ice dessert from the Philippines literally means mix-mix or mixed together. It is made up of shaved ice, evaporated milk, and a whole variety of ingredients such as sweet beans, nata de coco, kaong (sweet palm fruit), cornflakes, rice krispies, leche flan (caramel pudding/flan), sago, gulaman (agar jelly), and is commonly topped with ube (purple yam) ice cream. The shaved ice commonly used for halo-halo is more coarse and has bigger particles compared to kakigori and bingsu. It’s made using a hand ice shaver or a blender.
Gelato is Italian ice cream and it is the word for ice cream in Italian. It has lower fat content and is richer in flavor compared to others. The traditional flavors of gelato consist of vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio, cream (also known as custard), and Stracciatella (fior-di-latte gelato with chocolate chunks).
Panna cotta is Italian for “cooked cream”. It’s a molded chilled dessert often served in restaurants but also easy enough to make at home.
Açaí na tigela
Açaí na tigela is a healthy and tasty treat from Brazil. “The preparation differs depending on region, açaí na tigela is a Brazilian dessert typically consisting of frozen, mashed açaí palm fruit. It's served in a bowl or like a smoothie. The açaí is also accompanied by granola and other fruits.”