Ah, popsicles. When you’re a kid, there’s nothing better to help cool off on a hot summer day. Unfortunately though, as we get older, a lot of the popsicle’s features start to become more cumbersome than enjoyable: the stick gets all sticky when you hold it, the juice can drip on the floor if you’re not careful, it can take an annoyingly long time to soften up, and then, if you bite it, you get a one-way ticket to brain-freeze city.
Thankfully, Japanese Twitter recently came up with an alternative way of enjoying one of Japan’s favorite popsicles: Gari Gari Kun. These rectangle-shaped popsicles are known for their outrageous flavors and low price, making them popular with kids.
But here’s a new, fancier way of eating them that’s getting adults just as excited.
The original tweet, explaining the simple process, has been extremely popular on Japanese Twitter. (Translation below).
“To everyone dying of summer heat, here’s a way to make Gari Gari Kun popsicles taste even better. Fill a glass 1/3 full with no-sugar carbonated water, and break the popsicle into it using just a spoon. It’s like a sherbert gelato that’ll make you smack your lips. Perfect for an after-bath snack!”
That’s… a really good idea! It has all the deliciousness of a popsicle without the sticky hands, spills, or pained teeth after biting into frozen ice too hard.
We immediately went out and bought a Gari Gari Kun, some carbonated water, and set to work to rekindle our love with popsicles.
First, we put the Gari Gari Kun somewhat awkwardly into the glass.
Second, we filled the glass 1/3 full with carbonated water. Be careful not to fill it too much or it might become too watery.
Third, we smashed it with a spoon and removed the stick when possible.
Really good, actually! The carbonated water melted the Gari Gari Kun just enough to not be super hard, but still leaving a satisfying (and cooling) crunch.
And you don’t even have to wash your hands (or your floor) when you’re done eating it!
While we only tried it out with the original soda-flavored Gari Gari Kun, we assume the same process would work with most popsicles, so go ahead and experiment to see what your favorite popsicles from your childhood turn into!
Source: Twitter/@gchan_hibi via Hachima Kiko
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