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New Climate, New Cravings

Fellow volunteer Dan was on his fifth Coke of the day, I kid you not, when I finally asked him: “Is this how many sugar waters you chug back home in America?” (I may have added “you freak” to the end of this sentence.)

“Nope,” replied Dan with a (literally) sweet grin, “I never touch the stuff at home. But in Ghana, it’s heaven!”


But wait– judge not, lest you be judged, self!

Sure enough, it pains me to report that this week I, too, have fallen victim to a heat-induced food addiction. The name of my addiction is… Fan Ice.

Fan Ice is simply this: a five-inch by two inch floppy plastic sack stuffed with frozen sugar cream in either Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry. The Strawberry flavor is actually yogurt rather than cream (“Fan Yogo”), and for some reason costs a few pesowas more. Either way, Fan Ice is a sigh of pure pleasure in the scorching heat of Ghana, and is one hundred percent worth those thirty to thirty-five cents!

So how do you consume it, exactly? To taste happiness, merely rip the corner of the plastic off with your teeth (I’m supremely bad at this and cover myself with creamy splatters each time, while leaving a long, skinny tube of pulled plastic instead of a neat tear), put your hot little hand around the icy satchel, and squeeze, suck, squeeze! YUM!

Fan Ice is sold in a few corner stores (though some stores with Fan Ice banners don’t actually have any, the teases), but it seems to be most commonly found hawked, half-melted, by street vendors with the tall cardboard boxes poised gracefully atop their heads like the gentleman pictured to the right.

“Sssss! Yogurt!” Hollered John to a woman across the street that fateful first day I tried the stuff. The hawker leaped across the traffic and bounced the box effortlessly from her head to her hands in a matter of seconds… and I was hooked.

Depending on the amount of (slightly worrisome) melting and re-freezing and re-melting the Fan Ice has experienced in its lifetime due to sitting under hot sun or being refrigerated in a town with frequent power outages, the consistency of the creamy treat will be different each time you buy it. Maybe there will be round kernels of ice amid the sugar, or maybe there will be long crystals to chomp, or maybe it will all be smooth as milk. Regardless, however it’s all good, because it’s aaaaall gooood. Mmm!

So what about you? You’ve moved between hot and cold climates yourself, either at home or abroad. Got any kooky climate change craving confessions to share?


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Eriber S

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

Fan Ice seems very good. I would like to try it sometime.

Ivanna C.

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

I bet Fan Ice is way better than the artificial ice cream that I'm used to eating. I think having a food craving in another country away from home is the best. When I went to the Dominican Republic with my family, almost every day I ate mangoes straight from the trees! I could not get enough of them; they were so delicious and refreshing.

Edwin J.

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

Whoa! I've never in my life have ever ate vanilla ice-cream in such a away! I became so accustomed to eating vanilla ice-cream through a cup or a cone that seeing this is just abnormal to me. I even love the fact that the price is thirty to thirty-five cents. The normal price for small cups of Ben and Jerry's ice-cream is around 16.00, and even with my coupons it's never that usually cheap like thirty cents! I really want to try this product out one day seeing as how you loved it so much.

Margot W

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

The fan ice sounds fun!!! I would love to try it some time. I don't remember any food cravings from when I went to London, except tea, and clotted cream. Ghana seems like a really interesting place to visit.

Bailey C

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

Wow! I wish I could try Fan Ice and see if I can compare it to food in America.

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