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  • Writer's pictureKevin Dam

"Redefining Traditional Desserts: A Colorful Twist on Rainbow Bingsu"

Rainbow Bingsu is a colorful and refreshing Korean shaved ice dessert perfect for hot days or as a cheerful treat. It's typically layered with various fruit toppings and sweetened condensed milk. Here's a simple recipe to make Rainbow Bingsu at home, with some tips and tricks to ensure it's both visually appealing and delicious.


  • Dish name: Rainbow Bingsu

  • Cuisine: Korean

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes

  • Serving time: 5 minutes

  • Yield: 2 servings


  • 2 cups of shaved ice

  • 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk

  • Assorted fruit (strawberries, kiwi, bananas, blueberries, mango), chopped

  • 2 scoops of rainbow sherbet or assorted flavors of ice cream

  • Multicolored tteok (Korean rice cakes), optional

  • Fruit syrup or flavored sauce, optional

  • Whipped cream, for garnish

  • Sprinkles or edible glitter, for garnish


  1. Prepare the fruits by dicing them into small pieces for easy eating.

  2. Shave the ice using a shaved ice machine or blender until it has a fluffy, snow-like texture.

  3. Begin layering the shaved ice into two serving bowls.

  4. After adding a layer of ice, drizzle a small amount of sweetened condensed milk over it.

  5. Spread a layer of assorted chopped fruits on top.

  6. Add another layer of shaved ice and press it down gently.

  7. Top with scoops of rainbow sherbet or ice cream.

  8. Decorate with additional fruit, tteok, fruit syrups, or sauces if desired.

  9. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of edible glitter or colorful sprinkles.

  10. Serve immediately with a long spoon.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Shaved Ice: For the best texture, the ice should be finely shaved, not crushed. This helps it absorb the flavors better.

  • Layering: Build the layers thoughtfully to achieve a balance of flavors and colors with each spoonful.

  • Milk Flavors: Experiment with different flavors of condensed milk, such as strawberry or chocolate, for added variety.

  • Fruit Choices: Use fruits that complement each other in flavor and create a pleasing color palette.

  • Chill Bowls: Chill your serving bowls in the freezer before building the bingsu to help prevent the dessert from melting too quickly.

  • Ice Cream: Use ice cream flavors that are colorful and pair well with the fruits you've chosen.

  • Immediate Serving: Serve the bingsu as soon as it's assembled, as it will start to melt quickly.

  • Sweetness Control: Adjust the amount of sweetened condensed milk and syrups to control the overall sweetness of the dessert.

  • Decorating: Have fun with the presentation by using vibrant garnishes that make the bingsu visually striking.

With these tips and this recipe, you'll create a stunning Rainbow Bingsu that's as delightful to look at as it is to eat. Enjoy the mix of cool, sweet ice and the fresh burst of fruity flavors!

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