An Ice Cream Truck for the Barrios

Update posted by Roberto Oliver On Jul 20, 2015

Ice Cream in the Philippines

Ice cream was introduced to the Philippines during the American occupation. Sorbetes is the traditional ice cream served in sugar cones and bread buns. Instead of using cow?s milk, Filipinos use the coconut milk.Flavors also varied from the usual natural fruits such as mango, avocado, melon, jackfruit, coconut and strawberry to flavors imitating commercial ice cream such as chocolate, cookies and cream, cheese, mocha, ube, etc. Ice Cream is peddled by a Sorbetero who uses a colourful wooden cart with metal canister inside to contain three different flavours.The cart is stuffed with shaved ice sprinkled with salt to produce a lower temperature around the metal canisters and keep the sorbetes frozen longer.

Sorbeteros usually get their ice cream in the morning and walks the streets ringing their bells as they pass by. The Sorbetes industry competes with the big Ice Cream companies operating in the Philippines.

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Update posted by Roberto Oliver On Jul 15, 2015

I grew up in a country where the word "ice cream truck" still does not exist. Usually, we would see a sun tanned man swinging a bell, and who would walk kilometer upon kilometers while pushing a cart of "dirty ice cream." The Filipino ice cream uses the coconut milk instead of cream milk and is flavoured usually with some local fruits and even yam. Of course, as children we would be delighted to see an ice cream man, but I have never seen so much enthusiasm in the eyes of children as soon as they hear the chimes of an approaching ice cream truck here in North America.

You can read in my description a short story of what has led me to wish and hope to share the same experience my children had from Canada to the mostly poor children of a third world country where I came from - the Philippines. With your help, I can fulfill this crusade of sharing happiness to the children of the barrios and small towns than any "sorbetero" (ice cream man) has gone before.

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