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What Is Hwachae, The Korean Chilled Watermelon Dessert That's All Over TikTok RN?

So simple but so good!
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) TikTok/@betweenspoonfuls, TikTok/

If you've been scrolling through your TikTok late at night—I know I have—then you've probably already seen the viral Korean chilled watermelon dessert all over your FYP. Also known as hwachae, it's a simple flavorful snack that only requires five ingredients, which makes it the perfect thing to whip up when you just want something that ~*hits the spot*~.

Ready to upgrade your late-night cravings? Keep on reading:

How to make hwachae: Ingredients needed

  • 1 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 1/2 cup of lemon-lime soda
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of condensed milk, sugar, or honey (it's all up to your preference!)
  • Seedless watermelon (can be balled or cubed)

How to make hwachae: Instructions

  1. Before starting, prep your watermelon balls by using a melon baller to scoop out pieces to put in your fruit bowl.
  2. For your bowl, you can either use a regular old bowl or if you want to be *extra*, you can use half of a watermelon after its insides have been scooped out.
  3. Mix your milk and condensed milk into the bowl. You may also use sugar or honey if you prefer something that you can really adjust to your liking.
  4. Add the lemon-lime soda and mix well.
  5. Include the watermelon balls into your mixture. You can also mix in other fruits if you'd like!
  6. Although optional, you can add ice cubes to your hwachae to keep it chilled.

Tip: If you want to level up your hwachae, you definitely can! Don't feel limited by only using watermelon balls—you can also add in your favorite fruits like strawberries or blueberries for added flavor. If you want something ~boozy~, you can also pour in as much soju as you'd like for a truly refreshing dessert!

Ready to make your own hwachae? Here are some TikTok videos to get you inspired: My hobby is making foods ???????????????????????????? #fyp #hwachae #healthy #yum ? Super Shy - NewJeans

@fitrubalance Making Hwachae for the first time???????? #hwachae #koreandessert #desserts #koreanfoood #howtomake #Recipe #healthy #yum #fruitbowl #fruitsalad #asmr #viralfoodtrend #foodcravings #weightloss #fyp ? Confess To You Koihlejxes - Koihlejxes

@betweenspoonfuls make hello kitty fruit punch with me ???? my take on korean hwachae ???? #sanrio #hwachae #hellokitty ? Cute Girl - EXJUNE

@vy.lvv ???????????? #hwachae ? new jazz beat by frozy808 and picassio - Rachel

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