TikTok’s latest viral food is a Filipino dessert made of avocado, condensed milk and ice.
Avocados rose in popularity in the 2010s when consumers learned about the abundance of nutrients that one serving of the fruit offers, from monounsaturated fat and magnesium to folic acid. Countless cafes began offering avocado toast, which soon became a well-known brunch menu item given its silky texture and Instagram-worthy presentation.
A similar trend happened a few years ago to sinh tố bơ, a Vietnamese drink, that blends avocado, ice and condensed milk to create a thick smoothie, just like how TikTok user @_mindofmusic – who didn’t like the dessert at first because of an unripe avocado – decided to blend the three ingredients together in their video.
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TikTok users such as @anna..paull have uploaded videos of themselves enjoying other kinds of avocado dishes. In the Australian TikTok user’s video of a Filipino dessert, which has garnered over 2.1 million likes and 14,900 comments since April 4, she shows a sage green bowl of crescent ice, a perfectly ripe avocado and a plant-based condensed milk alternative made with rice and oat flour. She slices the avocado in half, peels it and then chops it into the bowl of ice.
“I know avocados are mostly eaten salty, right? Or spicy like with tacos and stuff?” she asks her viewers. “Why not sweet? Why? They taste so neutral.”
She drowns her avocado and ice mixture with her plant-based condensed milk, then eats a spoonful and loudly crunches on the ice.
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“This is delicious,” she says. “You have to try it. Trust me. If this is a dessert in the Philippines and they have been eating it for years, you know it’s delicious.”
Filipino families have their own variations of this dessert. Some prefer to finely grind their ice in a blender or mash their avocados for a less chunky consistency.
Some TikTok users have also tried customizing it. In her TikTok video, @chloe_dillon dusts some Milo chocolate powder over the avocado, ice and condensed milk mixture.
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This dessert, however, did not appeal to other users who posted videos of themselves trying it and sharing their first impressions.
“It’s not serving it for me,” TikTok user @dawnnfarmer says. “The avocado is squishy.”
Those without a blender, can try paying a visit to their local Vietnamese restaurant. Chances are, they might sell sinh tố bơ – creamy, thick and refreshing for the summer.
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