Even if you’ve only been in Korea for a short time, you’ll have noticed that it goes through trends. When a product or kind of food becomes popular, restaurants or shops pop up all over the place to sell that product or food. Last summer, the trend was ice cream served with honeycomb, so tiny shops sprang up all over Daegu to cater to that demand. There is still a trend for international snacks, and you can find a store selling treats from all over the world on practically every street corner.
Another trend that came to Korea this past summer, but has survived the cold of winter, is the macaron ice cream sandwich. A macaron is a French dessert where cream is put between two meringue-based, often brightly colored, cookies. Macarons are not to be confused with the coconut meringue dessert called macaroons. In Korea, they have taken the traditional macaron, increased the cookie size by at least three times, and replaced the boring cream with ice cream! You can buy these sweet indulgences from a number of different ice cream shops downtown, but if you want one that is quality tested by a helpful representative from the Colorful Daegu blogging team, you should go to Janny Sweet House.
Janny Sweet House serves fully customizable macaron ice cream sandwiches that you will want to eateven when it is freezing outside. The two choices you need to make when ordering your macaroon ice cream sandwich are your ice cream flavor and your color/flavor of macaron cookie exterior. The macaron cookies come in a range of bright colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, and brown. All the cookie colors are the same plain meringue flavor except brown, which is chocolate flavored.
After you’ve chosen a cookie, it is time to choose your ice cream. The ice creams are already lined up in the freezer in pre-cut circular bricks. The flavors are plain yogurt, cherry, chocolate chip, cream cheese, caramel nuts, mint chocolate chip, and cookies and cream. All macarons are 3,500 won, and Janny Sweet House does not skimp on the portions. The advertisements outside the shop say that they are “big,” and that is no lie.
Janny Sweet House may be able to thrive even in the cold winter months because, in addition to the macaron ice cream sandwiches, they also serve delicious, warm crepes. There are three main kinds of crepes: cream-based, Nutella-based, and Lotus-based. Lotus is a “crunchy, caramelized biscuit spread” from Belgium. Crepes range in price from 2,800 won to 3,800 won depending on what and how many fillings you want in it.
Janny Sweet House is located on the same street as Traveler’s Bar and Grill. Go out of exit 10 at Banwoldang Station. Take your first left, and walk down a small alleyway. At the end of the alley, turn right, and then take your first left after that. Traveler’s will be on your left. If you continue walking straight down that street for about 5 minutes, you’ll see Janny Sweet House, which is also on the left side of the street. It is a cute blue and white building that is made to look a bit like a house. “Janny Sweet House” is written above the door with a big, pink bow next to it.
It is always very clear when a new trend has been discovered in Korea. What is not as clear is whether the trend will survive for any length of time. Will the macaron ice cream sandwich be around to provide relief from the heat of summer, or will the shops that sell them slowly begin to dwindle away? It’s anyone’s guess. So if a macaron ice cream sandwich from Janny Sweet House sounds delicious, you better so get one before it’s too late.
[Janny Sweet House]
-Address: 15-1, Samdukdong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 삼덕동1가 15-1)