Name: Kkamjjic Ice Cream Drink
Origin: South Korea
Found at: Freshia, Tustin
Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Nicotinic Acid, Inocitol, Vitamin C, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B6, Hydrochloride, Milk Flavor, Citrus Flavor, Lemon Flavor, Acesulfame K, Sucralos
Why I Bought It: There were two reasons: the prospect of a clear liquid that advertises itself as an ice cream drink and the toy it came with.
There are several things wrong with this product. First and foremost: It suffers from a packaging overload. In order to drink the thing, I had to get through five levels of plastic packaging. There was the wrap that had the instructions. The outer and inner cap. The mouth piece guard. And when I thought I was done, there was the seal on the lip of the bottle. And the toy that it came with? Clearly a choking hazard.
This drink, mind you, is targeted for children. But it's more child proof than a medicine bottle.
The bottle itself, by the way, is so rigid that even a vice wouldn't be able to squeeze the drink out of there. It's easily twice the thickness of the thickest soda bottle you'll ever find.
Now after all that work and wasteful packaging, you'd expect this drink to be friggin' life altering. Well, it's not. Unfortunately, it underwhelmed. It did not, in fact, taste like ice cream. If it tasted like anything, it was like flat, Diet Sierra Mist.
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.