Human beings have been searching for a worthy hangover cure dating all the way back to the Saturday morning after alcohol was discovered. Unfortunately though, we’ve had little success. So pardon my skepticism after hearing that a South Korean convenience store chain has started stocking a new solution to a night out at the bars. But that said, who wouldn’t hope that this thing actually works: a hangover fighting ice cream bar.
The product is called “GYEONDYO-BAR,” which, according to WPXI says translates to, “Hang in There.” The company says the name is intended to “expresses the hardships of employees who have to suffer a working day after heavy drinking, as well as to provide comfort to those who have to come to work early after frequent nights of drinking.” Sounds like South Korea is having a really productive day!
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The grapefruit flavored ice cream bar purportedly gets its special anti-hangover powers from the inclusion of 0.7 percent Oriental raisin tree fruit juice – a traditional remedy that has been used in Korea dating back to at least the 17th century. According to a 2012 study, it apparently even worked to reduce symptoms of intoxication in rats. And that’s no easy task; rats like to party!
Still, I feel like if Oriental raisin tree fruit juice was really the panacea heavy drinkers have been searching for, the top drawer of my nightstand would already be overflowing with it. Regardless, when you’re hung over, there are worse things to put in your mouth that something cold and refreshing like an ice cream bar. And at the bare minimum, you can always leave the bar in its wrapping and simply use it as an ice pack on your throbbing head.