One of TikTok’s latest viral food trends is a dessert that’s widely consumed in the Philippines, made with avocado, condensed milk and ice.
While the three-ingredient dessert is also eaten in Vietnam and other parts of Asia, this recent trend sees TikTokers acknowledging the dish as Filipino. Sinh tố bơ, a Vietnamese drink, is another similar treat that blends the three ingredients together to create a thick smoothie.
Australian TikToker @ann..paull uploaded a video of the avocado dessert on April 4 that has garnered over 2.1 million likes and 14,900 comments. In her video, she gathers a 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.
@anna..paullTrust me 👹♬ original sound – Anna Paul
“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 the avocado and ice with her plant-based condensed milk, then eats a spoonful of the mixture, crunching loudly on the ice.
“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 other users on the social media platform have also tried the dish, customizing it to their own preferences. TikTok user @chloe_dillon shared a video dusting some Milo chocolate powder over the avocado, ice and condensed milk mixture.
@chloe_dillon Reply to @siennaa.246 yum yum 🥰 #milo#avocado#condensedmilk#desert#food#fyp#viral ♬ original sound – Chloe
The 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.”
Avocados spiked in popularity in the U.S. 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.