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After I go out for dinner there’s a likely chance I’ll be making a b-line toward the nearest CU or 7/11 for a frozen sugar fix. In South Korea ice cream is found at every corner shop and typically under ₩2,000. Options are bountiful, from exotic red bean to addicting classics of chocolate and vanilla. To give you the inside scoop (no pun intended), I’ve rounded my top five South Korean convenience store confectionery treats.


1. Papico

I’m a chocolate fanatic and this one perfectly satisfies my sweet tooth. Take the squishy bottle out of the wrapper and warm it up in your hands to easily eat while on the go. My students can’t get enough of this stuff and I can always catch them devouring it at lunch.

RATING: 8/10

2. Big Beads Ice – Peach & Kiwi

If you’ve ever had Dippin’ Dots, this is essentially the same thing but the dots are bigger and tastier. The refreshing circle shaped treats melt in your mouth and flavours of peach and kiwi are the perfect tang for your taste buds.

RATING: 9/10

3. Vanilla Milkshake

If you appreciate a McDonald’s vanilla soft serve then you’ll LOVE this milkshake. I’m not a huge vanilla ice cream person but this is a classic. Similar to Papico, you warm the packaging with your hands and drink the milkshake through the top. It’s a good option if you’re looking for a no-mess kind of dessert.

RATING: 8/10

4. Melona Ice Bar

Melona is by far my favourite of the bunch. If you’re a fan of honeydew melon then beware because once you start you’ll constantly crave the taste of this ice bar. It’s creamy, sweet, and the perfect after-dinner palette cleanser.

RATING: 10/10

5. Bungeo-ppang

This fish-shaped pastry contains red bean and pastry cream in the middle. It’s a common street food in South Korea but you can also pick it up at your local convenience store. It’s not my go-to but if I want to try something different, this one is a good one to grab.

RATING: 7/10

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