6 Chinese Ice Cream Treats at a Corner Store near You

By Ryan Gandolfo, Phoebe Kut and Mollie Gower, August 7, 2019

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It’s hot. We get it. Whether you’re in the capital city or living in the PRD, the sun is out and the centigrade is through the f*ckin’ roof. While living out the rest of the summer inside is tempting, there are things to do and people to see.

So, next time you’re out and about, swing by your local convenience store and snag yourself an ice cream, because, let’s face it, nothing beats the summer heat like an ice-cold treat.

Below, we give you some of our favorite Chinese ice creams (no Häagen-Dazs here, folks) to cool you off before that Beijing bikini comes out.

Cheese Oolong Tea Ice Cream Cone

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Inspired by the cheese foam craze, this ice cream cone follows the same formula but with crunchy nuts sprinkled on top. The first layer hits you with that salty cheese flavor, followed by a light oolong tea filling wrapped in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone. Overall, not bad.


Red Bean Popsicle

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Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this one. Creamy, moderately sweet and refreshing, with lil’ chewy beans inside – what’s not to love? Do yourself a favor and buy one before we purchase them all.


Salted Egg Yolk Ice Cream

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The sweltering summer galvanized us to gaze longingly into shop freezers filled with ice cream and drool at the possibilities. Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry... Salted egg yolk? You betcha. This ice cream bar will wow your taste buds. Trust us...


Red Bean and Sticky Rice Ice Cream Sandwich

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This ‘coolwich’ combines two Chinese favorites: red bean and nuomi (sticky rice), which gives a pretty bizarre yet satisfying flavor. Covered in a golden waffle-like exterior, it’s a surprisingly filling dessert.


Matcha Cheese Ice Cream Cone

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Arguably the tamest flavor of our Chinese ice cream selections, the matcha cheese ice cream cone attacks your taste buds with an intense salty cheese taste, then the matcha mellows you out, providing a refreshing aftertaste. Sounds weird, we know.


Red Date Milk Flavored Ice Cream

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This date milk flavored ice cream is a favorite among those looking to jianfei (lose weight) while still enjoying a creamy treat. Is it actually healthy? Of course not, it’s ice cream. But since dates are loaded with vitamins, you can tell your friend Susan you’re sticking to the diet regimen.


Are we missing your go-to convenience store ice cream? If so, pipe up in the comments section to tell the world (or don’t, maybe it’s your little secret).

[Cover image via Pixabay]

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