10 Brain-Freezing Treats From Around the World

Summer sweets should have one requirement: cold.

In the United States, ice cream is king. It’s delivered to the citizens in funny-looking trucks that blast a horrible tune, sure to echo through your brain for hours to come.

Though ice cream is popular throughout the rest of the world, there are many other cool desserts for a chilly sweet tooth fix. From Korea to Italy and everywhere in-between, people love to battle brain freeze while trying to beat the summer heat.

Check out some of these frozen treats from around the globe that you can make yourself.

Frozen Treats From Around the World

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    1. Kulfi

    Kulfi is a popular frozen dessert from the Indian subcontinent. Although similar to ice cream, kulfi is typically more dense and creamier. Like ice cream, kulfi comes in a variety of flavors such as the traditional cardamom, peanut and rose.

    Image: Flickr, Danial Chitnis

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    2. Mais con Yelo

    Mais con yelo in Filipino translates to, “corn with ice.” It’s a mixture of shaved ice, corn sugar and milk, and is popular in the Philippines

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    3. Mexican Chocolate Frozen Bananas

    Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate are a perfectly simple dessert that is popular in both Mexico and the United States. Popular toppings include coconut, crushed nuts and sprinkles, but the possibilities are endless.

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    4. Mochi Ice Cream

    Traditionally a Japanese dessert, mochi ice cream are little balls of pounded sticky rice (mochi) with an ice cream filling. You can also find mochi ice cream in North America, Europe and Africa.

    Image: Flickr, Janine

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    5. Patbingsu

    Patbingsu, which translates to “red beans with ice,” is a Korean dessert that consists of shaved ice, bean paste, fruit, condensed milk and fruit syrup.

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    6. Baobing

    Dating back to as early as the seventh century, baobing is a Chinese shaved iced dessert that is also popular is Vietnam, Taiwan and Malaysia.

    There are many different variations of the dessert, but the main ingredients are typically shaved ice, fruit and syrup.

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    7. Açaí Na Tigela

    Although 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.

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    8. Semifreddo

    Semifreddo is an Italian semi-frozen dessert that is typically made with equal parts ice cream or gelato and whipped cream. The consistency is and texture is similar to a frozen mousse.

    Image: Flickr, Scott Schopieray

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    9. Sno-Balls

    New Orleans residents will be quick to remind you that sno-balls are not snow cones. Although similiar, sno-balls are fluffy and finely ground, while snow cones are coarse.

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    10. Cafe Liegeois

    This French dessert is the perfect way to wake up, consisting of coffee ice cream, whipped cream, and sweetened coffee. Coffee beans are usually added as decorations.

    Image: Flickr, Peter Stevens

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