After a night of heavy drinking, we've all chugged gallons of water, popped ibuprofen ,and even napped our Sundays away in the hopes of sooth our throbbing craniums. But nothing ever seems to successfully treat a nasty hangover (well, except time. But no one's got time for that!).
Technological advancements have brought us hangover-free wine and Vitamin Vodka to prevent hangovers, and scientists recently discovered that Asian pear juice could soothe hangovers. But one convenience store in South Korea has upped the ante: They've concocted an ice cream that promises to cure hangovers big and small—a truly giant leap for mankind. And, no, this isn't a joke.
South Korea is the largest consumer of alcohol in all of Asia according to a 2014 World Health Organization report. And CNBC reports that South Korea spends over $126 million a year on hangover cures. Crazy, right?
Enter: The Gyeondyo-bar. The name translates to the "hang in there bar" (get it?). The grape fruit-flavored dessert is made from oriental raisin tree fruit juice—a hangover remedy that's been cited in Korean medicine books as far back as the 17th century.
Earlier this week, the convenience store issued a statement explaining their inspiration behind this invention: The name of the bar, they said, "expresses the hardships of employees who have to suffer a working day after heavy drinking, as well as to provide comfort to those who have to come to work early after frequent nights of drinking." Wouldn't we all love to feel that level of empathy every time we showed up to work still drunk from the night before?
Now all we have to do is patiently wait for this miraculous invention to make its way stateside so we can try it out for ourselves. 'Til then, try one of these 5 Healthy Recipes for Hangover Cures.