Magic Ice Cream

Magic Ice Cream


OK, I admit, I should have known better, but there is something in me which finds it hard to resist the off-beat and bizarre.

This packet of instant, easy, DIY ice cream called to me from the shelf of an Indonesian supermarket, and was in my kitchen before I knew it. Luckily, the instructions on the back came in English, too, so there was no problem puzzling out what to do.

Basically, you measure out 300cc of iced milk or water, whisk in the contents of the sachet of powder for 5 to 10 minutes (an electric mixer of some sort is clearly needed here…) then add the chocolate chips and freeze for 5 hours.


Hmm… In truth, you cannot beat fresh and lovingly sourced ingredients for something like this, rather than opening up a packet of premixed powder whose main ingredient seems to be sugar. This was never going to be as delicious as the carton claimed, but in fact it was so tasteless and weird that it was binned after 2 spoonsful.

Luckily I went for the chocolate flavour rather than the durian or mung bean varieties that were also on sale. This was from Pondam, but I don’t expect any other manufacturer can do a better job.

Colour Change Mask

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Always on the lookout for something new and unusual, I was excited to find these ‘magic’ colour change masks in SaSa. Billed as a ‘first’, and (of course) coming from Korea, the sheet mask is printed with a design using heat sensitive ink, which changes colour as the temperature rises. The idea seemed to be that once the mask had changed from blue to lilac, it was time to take it off and pat in the product still remaining on your skin. In practise, however, this did not work as planned.

My first mistake was to try using the mask straight from the packet, which had been in my bathroom and was therefore at room temperature. What I should have done was read the instructions properly first which, since they are mostly in Korean, meant looking for a website with an English translation.

The key point there was that the mask should have been stored at 3-10 degrees C, so I stashed one in the fridge for a while. This being Singapore, however, the ambient temperature is almost always around the 32-34 degrees C at which the mask changes colour. Which it promptly did, before my eyes, before I could get it on my face. I expect that in colder places – including Korea – this does actually work as expected, and would be quite interesting and satisfying to watch. As it was, I had to work fast, with an ice pack in one hand and a camera in the other, to get some usable photos (see below).

But never mind, the various active ingredients (which include marine and plant collagen, chamomile and liquorice) were presumably not affected by the temperature change anyway. So in the end, this is just a slightly more amusing take on the standard sheet mask which is so popular in Asia at the moment. A neat idea, and less than S$5.

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