A cold, creamy hangover cure? We’ll drink to that!
Ice cream is the comfort food we use to relieve heartbreak, sick days and lonely Friday nights—but now the dessert is also being used to recover from a long night of drinking. The Gyeondyo-bar —which translates to “hang in there”—was released on Friday in a chain of South Korean convenience stores, according to Reuters.
Apparently, booze and business in South Korea go together like Ben and Jerry’s. South Koreans consume 12.3 liters of alcohol per year, beating out the rest of Asia-Pacific, according to a 2014 World Health Organisation report. While Americans turn to cold showers and hot coffee, drinkers there lean on hangover remedies like soups and beverages.
The cold treat’s headache-healing powers is reportedly due to oriental raisin tree fruit extract, which has been used in Korean hangover cures since the 17th century. And the bar’s grapefruit flavor offers a sweet yet sour-ish blend that likely isn’t too far off from last night’s beverages.
Its name “expresses the hardships of employees who have to suffer a working day after heavy drinking,” a representative for convenience store chain Withme FS said in a press release, “as well as to provide comfort to those who have to come to work early after frequent nights of drinking.”
—Marquaysa Battle, @MarquaysaBattle