Ice cream has been always been among the favorite treats among Cebuanos and with the upcoming El Niño, its popularity will likely increase as people try to find ways and means of relieving themselves from the heat.
One best-selling ice cream treat Cebuanos love is not found in the malls or ice cream shops. It is generally referred to as the “Flavor of the Road” or the “Dirty Ice Cream.” This ice cream treat is home-made from cow’s milk or coconut milk. Similar to other Filipino food, like blot and taho, the “Dirty Ice Cream” is sold along the streets by your friendly neighborhood sorbetero or ice cream vendor.
It can be served on a wafer cone, plastic cup, and even on a bread bun. The flavors of the ice cream are determined by what is available for the season. Among the much-loved flavors are cheese, mango, ube and chocolate. There are also some times when the sorbetero would offer not-so-common flavors, such as mocha, vanilla, melon and avocado.
The rough texture of the ice cream is the main reason why it is called the “Dirty Ice Cream” and not because of the way it was made. This notion may have also resulted from the continuing Westernization of our culture, which holds the belief that food items sold along the streets are considered “dirty.” This is not always the case since the “Flavor of the Road” has been patronized by generations of Cebuanos for decades and will continue to provide its exquisite taste for future generations of Cebuanos.
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