Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pikachu Pumpkin Purin

16.September.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

 

In this recipe you’ll learn how to to easily make a Pikachu Pumpkin Purin using a blender!

 

1: Ingredients


Weck glass
200g pumpkin (Skin removed, mashed soft)
125ml milk
125ml fresh cream (Substitute with milk if you don’t have fresh cream)
30g-40g sugar (Adjust according to the sweetness of the pumpkin)
5g-7g gelatin (Soak in advance)

 

2:
Blend the pumpkin, sugar, milk and fresh cream together. Add the soaked gelatin and blend again.
☆After soaking the gelatin, heat gently in the microwave and melt completely.

3: 
①Draw a face on the glass with melted chocolate.
②Make ears, eyes and cheeks with coloured modelling chocolate. Make the ears by adding melted chocolate to the tips.
③Paste the parts in step ② on the inside of the glass. Affix well making sure not to let air in. Once attached, cool in the refrigerator until the parts have fully solidified.
④Once the parts in step ③ have cooled, pour in your pumpkin purin liquid from earlier.

Place into the refrigerator. Once it has set, add fresh cream and the ears and you’re done!

 

Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

 

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I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

 

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    26.August.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

    In this “character recipe” you will learn how to make a Winnie-the-Pooh Baked Cheese Cake using a food processor. This menu item is very easy to make and is so delicious!

     

    1:Ingredients

    20cm diameter circular pie pan

     

    ☆Pie shell

    Crackers (RITZ) 80g

    Melted butter (unsalted) 40g

     

    ☆Cheese cake filling

    Cream cheese 250g

    Granulated sugar 100g

    Salt – moderate amount

    Sour cream 180g

    Vanilla beans – one pod

    One egg

    One Egg yolk

    Lemon juice – one tablespoon

    Cake flour – one tablespoon

     

    2:Put the crackers into a food processor and grind them up. Then, put butter into the processor and mix the ingredients together.

     

    3:Cover a potato masher with a food wrap and put the ingredients in step 2 inside the pie pan. Press until the shell is firm.

    ☆It is recommended to use a “drop out bottom” pie pan but you can use a disposable paper pie pan if you don’t have one.

     

    4:

    ①Mix cream cheese

    ②Mix granulated sugar and salt into ① after it gets creamy

    ③Pour in the sour cream and mix it in with the ingredients.

    ④Add the vanilla beans and mix it together with the ingredients.

    ⑤Add the egg and egg yolk and mix them together with the ingredients.

    ⑥Add the lemon juice and cake flour and mix them together with the ingredients.

    Pour in the cream cheese mixture into the pie pan mentioned in step 3.

    Bake in a preheated oven (160℃) for 50 minutes to an hour. Cool the cheese cake and remove the paper at the bottom carefully.

    ☆Make adjustments in the baking time depending on the oven that you are using.

    ☆This time, I didn’t want the cheese cake to look brown so I placed some aluminum foil on the top of the cake after baking for 20 minutes.

     

    5:Cool the cheese cake in the refrigerator and decorate it.

    ☆I used a store-bought cheese cake to make the ears and hands of Winnie-the-Pooh.

    Decorate the cake with your favorite fruit! The cake is delicious even without decorations, of course!

     

    6:Use a circle cutout as shown in the photo below to make the ears and hands. I bought the cutouts at Seria (a 100-yen shop).

     

    Draw the face using a chocolate pen and….voila, your Winnie-the-Pooh Baked Cheese Cake is now complete!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling. My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

     

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Totoro Black Sesame Seed Purin

    05.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this character recipe you’ll learn how to make a Totoro black sesame seed purin.

     

    1: Ingredients

    Black Sesame Purin Mix (purchased from Daiso)

    Milk

    Pura Chocolate (Swiss chocolate also fine)

    Transparent Jar (Weck jar used)

    ☆For Decorating:

    Almonds

    Fresh Cream

    Fruits of your choice

     

    2: Cook the black sesame seed purin according to the box instructions and leave to cool.

     

    3: Cut the chocolate into eyes, a nose and stomach and decorate the features with a chocolate pen. Make a leaf with a green pura chocolate.

    ☆Cool each part in the refrigerator to fully harden.

     

     

    4: One the chocolate in step 3 has solidified, place it on the inner side of the jar as shown in the photo.

    Add whiskers with the chocolate pen.

     

    ☆Once everything is in position, leave it to cool in the refrigerator once more.

     

     

    5: After cooling again, pour in your black sesame seed purin mix from step 2.

    ☆If you do not leave the chocolate to completely harden it will fall off.

    ☆Place in the fridge once more to harden and you’re done!

    Finish off by decorating with fresh cream, add almonds for ears and top with a cherry.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling.
    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Korilakkuma Coffee Jelly Parfait

    22.July.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this recipe you’ll learn how to make a super easy Korilakkuma Coffee Jelly Parfait with Dororich, a coffee jelly that can be bought in Japan.

     

    1: Ingredients

    Coffee Jelly (*the coffee jelly used in this recipe was bought at Daiso)

    Chocolate Pens

    Milk

    Ice Cream

    2: First we will make Korilakkuma’s facial features with the chocolate pens. Draw your favourite illustration of Korilakkuma onto parchment paper. Be sure to draw the base of the ears sharp so they can stick into the ice cream later on.

     

    Fill in the lines of the ears and mouth with a white chocolate pen. Once they’ve fully solidified, draw on the eyes and details of the mouth in black and use pink to finish the ears. Place into the freezer to fully harden.

     

    ☆If the features aren’t fully solidified they will melt and break when you put them onto the ice cream.

    ☆The coffee jelly used in this recipe was prepared according to the instructions on the box.

    ☆The coffee jelly sold at Daiso can be made by simply dissolving in water.

    3:

    ①Use a hot ice cream scoop to scoop out a ball of ice cream. Using a heated scoop ensures a rounder shape. It only melts the ice cream a tiny bit so it’s fine to add the facial features. It’s harder if you try adding them to hard ice cream as they will break apart easily.

     

    ②Place your solidified coffee jelly into a glass and add extra ice cream for add layers.

    4: Finally, top with your Korilakkuma you made in step 3.

    If you a little bit of milk and mix you’ll get a delicious combination of ice cream and coffee jelly♡

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling.
    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

     

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn How to Make a Pompompurin Parfait

    08.July.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this recipe you’ll learn how to make a cute Pompompurin Parfait

    It’s something you can make at home and is topped with a Pompompurin made out of sweet potato.

    1. Ingredients

    Store bought roll cake

    Fruits of your choice (fresh or canned)

    Fresh cream

    Sweet potato powder

    Milk

    Butter

    2. First things first, sorting out the sweet potato.

    ①Dissolve the sweet potato powder into the milk, add the butter ans mix

    ②Form Pompompurin’s face.

    ③The size will depend on the size of the parfait glass you are using.

    ④Mix in part cocoa to make the hat, and roll hands into little balls.

    ⑤Add a little bit of water to some egg yolk then brush onto the surface. Making sure not to brown your mix, cook at 140-150℃ for around 10 minutes.

    ⑥Leave to fully cool down then drawn on the face with a chocolate pen or melted cocoa.

    3. Cut fruits of your choice into bite-size chunks. Add a touch of kawaii by cutting banana or kiwi into flower shapes.

    4. Arrange the fruits neatly around the side of the glass and add alternating layers of any leftover fruit, roll cake and fresh cream.

    5. Cap everything off with a slice of roll cake so that the sweet potato Pompompurin sits nicely on top.

    Place him on top and you’re all done♡

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series!

     

    Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling.
    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

     

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe – Learn how to make “Hello Kitty mille-feuille”

    17.June.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

    This time you’ll learn to make “Hello Kitty mille-feuille” using bar chocolate.

     

    1: Ingredients

    1 frozen pie sheet

    some fresh cream

    strawberries

    chocolate bar

     

    2:

    ①Take out a frozen pie sheet from the freezer and after thawing for about 3 minutes, cut into 3 parts.

    ②Bake ①in the over at 180℃ for 15~20 minutes.

    ③After ② has cooled, divide the baked pie sheet into 2 using a knife.

    ④Place fresh cream and strawberries on ③. (as much as you like)

     

    3:Shape the chocolate bar

    Flatten out the white chocolate and using the Hello Kitty cookie cutter cut out a Hello Kitty face. Cut out the ears, nose and eyes after you have colored the white chocolate.

     

    4:After it is finished, cool it for a while in the fridge. (By cooling it the chocolate will become hard and this makes it easier to decorate.)

     

    5:Place the Hello Kitty on top of the mille-feuille. Viola! Your “Hello Kitty mille-feuille” is now complete.

    It’s easy to use chocolate-bar chocolate to form various shapes so it is very suitable to make “character-sweets.” A simple mille-feuille can be transformed into a cute and fancy sweets item just by decorating it with a Hello Kitty.

     

    There’s plenty more character-themed dishes on the way from Kaori! In the mean time, please check out her Instagram page where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes.

     

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    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and enjoy making dinner, sweet treats and character food using bread♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy transforming food into characters and making cute meals♡

    You can see more of my character food and bentos on my Instagram page → @kaopan27

     

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe ― Learn How to Make a ‘Korilakkuma Apple Cake’

    02.June.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    This time you’ll learn a simple recipe to make a gorgeous Korilakkuma apple cake that even novice cooks can follow!

     

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    1: Ingredients

    15cm cake tin (you can also use a loaf tin or smaller tin to cook individual ones)

    100g weak flour

    5g baking powder

    60g unsalted butter

    80g sugar

    2 eggs (small or medium)

    1 apple

    10 walnuts

    Cinnamon sugar (to taste)

     

     

    Preparation

    ・Thinly slice the apples and squeeze over lemon juice. Cut 2-3 to the slices into a Korilakkuma shape.

    ・Roughly chop up the walnuts.

    ・If you don’t have cinnamon sugar, mix together one tsp of cinnamon with 1/4 cup of sugar.

    ・Combine the weak flour and baking powder and sieve.

    Melt the butter over a bain-marie.

     

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    2: Separate the egg yolks and whites. Thoroughly whisk the egg whites. Combine with the egg yolks, add the flour and mix.

     

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    3: Stir the mix in step 2 well. Add the melted butter in the places where it looks like there’s some flour left and mix.

    Add the mix to your cake tin and add your sliced apples that you prepared (but not the Rilakkuma shaped pieces).

     

     

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    4: Place the walnuts all over the mix.

     

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    5: Sprinkle over cinnamon sugar.

    Cook in a preheated oven at 170℃ for 20-25 minutes, then add the Korilakkuma apple slices and cook for a further 5-10 minutes.

     

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    6: If you cut a good shape of Korilakkuma out with your apple then leave it as it is. If the shape didn’t turn out well, cut out a white chocolate Korilakkuma and place it over the apple.

     

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    7: Draw the facial features with a chocolate pen.

    Once the apple cake is done, decorate all of your Rilakkuma, and you’re done.

     

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    The moist cake goes together perfectly with the apple, walnuts and cinnamon sugar! It’s delicious eaten fresh, but its level of moistness increases if you eat it the next day.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series!

     

    Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    ■Profile
    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling.
    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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    Kintsuba is a type of traditional Japanese confection of sweet beans wrapped in wheat-flour dough. Nakataya is famous for their kintsuba, which are made with large-grained beans and red bean paste. They have maintained the flavour and quality of these confections, each of which is made with the utmost precision, and all individually.

     

    This year marks the 85th anniversary since Nakataya opened. The long-standing store hopes to bring in more foreign and younger customers by collaborating with Hello Kitty.

    They have crafted several flavours. Pictured above is the apple pie flavour, Hello Kitty’s favourite. It’s made with fuji apples from Aomori Prefecture which is known for its incredible apples. It’s mixed with white bean paste and is lightly flavoured with cinnamon.

    The mixed berry flavour is a fruity sweet and sour mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries which have been mashed together with white bean paste.

    The confection comes in two kinds of packaging: one designed by Nakataya’s founder Nakata (中田憲龍), and a Hello Kitty version where she is dressed as a dragonーa symbol of the shop. This is a completely original Hello Kitty design made specially for the collaboration.

    The outer packaging is made with a wrapping cloth to both pass down an aspect of traditional Japanese culture while also catering to the eco-friendly lifestyle of the modern age. It’s made from amuzen fabric and can be reused. The inner packaging is a simple paper tray so can be recycled. And if you take the wrapping cloth back to the store, they can refill it with the three Hello Kitty kintsuba confections at a discounted price.

  • McDonald’s Japan Unveils Marshmallow Cream Tart & Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

    31.October.2019 | FOOD

    McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s Japan will release its new “Marshmallow Cream Tart” and “Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake” on November 6, both of which will be available for a limited time until the end of March 2020.

    Marshmallow Cream Tart – ¥340

    The tart has a dough base made from baked Graham crackers. It’s layered with almond cream and chocolate ganache and topped with marshmallow that has been browned on the top. It offers a delicious variety of textures, from the smooth ganache to the sweet and fluffy cream and crunch tart base.

    Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake – ¥340

    The cute cupcake is a bitter dark chocolate decorated with a smooth sweet and sour raspberry cream.

    You will be able to order either of these desserts as a set with either a regular size hot or iced Americano or latte until January 14, 2020 once they are released.

  • Omotesando Hills Christmas 2019: Christmas Chocolate Parfait & Other Delicious Desserts

    30.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Omotesando Hills shopping complex recently began rolling out information for its Christmas celebrations for 2019. Omotesando Hills Christmas 2019 is set to run from November 13 to December 25.

     

    Enchanting illuminations will adorn the main building and its atrium, taking on the theme “Christmastime seduced by water magic.” Restaurants and eateries will also serve up some limited-time goodies for “CHRISTMAS SWEETS with CHOCOLATE.” Christmas shoppers can also look forward to getting their hands on a range of festive items amongst other things.

     

    CHRISTMAS SWEETS with CHOCOLATE

    10 restaurants throughout Omotesando Hills will serve up chocolatey Christmas-themed desserts from November 13 to December 25. There’s a lot to look out for, including the strawberry-packed parfait, a parfait made with noble rot wine jelly, a vegan tiramisu and more. Let’s take a look at a select few of these mouth-watering delights.

    Parfait do Noel – ¥1,870 (Tax Included) @ HUGO & VICTOR (Main Building Floor 1F)

    This Christmas parfait is lavish with fresh strawberries and adorned with tempting dark chocolate ice cream and chocolate flavoured macaron. It’s also layered with a spicy crumble, caramel sauce, and smooth chantilly cream. Your taste buds will be treated to each distinct flavour and texture as you spoon your way through the dessert.

     

    Serving: 11:00-20:30 (Until 19:30 on Sundays)

    Noble Rot Wine Parfait – ¥1,980 @ Wine Shop Enoteco & Bar  (Main Building Floor 3F) *15 served per day

    Noble rot wine has a distinct rich sweetness like that of honey. This jelly used in this parfait is made with noble rot wine from intenrnationally revered winery Baron Philippe de Rothschild and topped with chocolate ice cream and orange. Pour over the rest of the wine to complete this sophisticated dessert.

     

    Serving: 11:00-21:30 (Until 20:30 on Sundays)

    *Contains alcohol

    Vegan Tiramisu Chocolate Parfait – ¥1,518 (Tax Included) @ Cosme Kitchen Adaptation (Main Building Floor B2F)

    Vegan food has not entered the mainstream in Japan yet but more and more places are catching on. This mascarpone-flavoured vegan tiramisu is made with tofu and nuts. It has a refreshing taste and is sure to fill you up with its mix of tofu gateau chocolate, organic and domestic blueberries, cacao nibs, and organic coffee.

     

    Serving: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

    *Contains alcohol but can be ordered without alcohol

    Raw Chocolate & Wine Marriage – ¥1,100 (Tax Included) @ bar à vin PARTAGER (Main Building Floor 3F) *15 served per day

    Another one for the adults is this sweet made with rich raw chocolate and red wine, served together with with a fruity wine in a glass. Enjoy the bitterness of the chocolate together with the full-bodied notes of the wine.

     

    Serving: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

    *Contains alcohol

     

     

    Omotesando Hills Limited-Edition Items

    20 stores throughout Omotesando Hills will sell holiday season-inspired items between November 13 and December 25, from bags and purses in Christmas colours to cosmetics and fragrances. Here’s a small peek at what’s to come. Everything will be limited-edition and available while supplies last.

    Bag – ¥53,900 (Tax Included), Wallets – ¥31,900 Each (Tax Included) @ EPOCA UOMO PRIMA (Main Building Floor 2F)

    Adorned in Christmas colours are this bag made from soft sheep leather from Turkey and three fold purse. The inside of the bag is made with synthetic leather, and the bag itself is both light and holds plenty.

    Millefiori Christmas Gift – ¥12,650 (Tax Included) @ Millefiori (Main Building Floor B2F)

    This gorgeous kit is decorated with bright-red preserved flowers and contains high-quality room fragrances from ZONA. The scents include the refreshing “Oxygen” with citrus notes and the “Musk Flower” with elegant floral notes. These are limited in stock with only 5 available for each.

     

    There are countless other sweets and items to get your hands on at Omotesando Hills this Christmas season, so if you’re in Tokyo, don’t miss out.

  • New South Korean Cafe ‘Cafe de paris’ Opens in Laforet Harajuku

    30.October.2019 | FOOD

    In South Korea, which has been dubbed “a cafe battleground,” one particular cafe called Cafe de paris has stood out from the rest for their visually impacting fruity desserts. This immensely popular chain is now heading to Laforet Harajuku with a new branch opening on November 1.

    Cafe de paris first appeared in Japan back in February this year, with its eye-popping “Bon Bon” parfait series attraction a great deal of attention for its Instagram-worthy appearance. In just six months, it exceeded 100,000 customer visits. The cafe, however, was only open for a limited time. But that’s about to change, as Laforet Harajuku welcomes the country’s first permanent branch.

     

    The cafe interior takes on a light blue and white colour scheme, with table and counter seats lining the room and gorgeous chandeliers adorned overhead.

    Kumo Smoothie – ¥594 (Tax Included)

    To commemorate its opening, the new shop has developed a new item exclusive to the Laforet Harajuku branch: the “Kumo Smoothie.” Inspired by fluffy clouds, this fruit-packed smoothie comes in a pink strawberry milk flavour and blue sky-coloured soda flavour.

    And of course, Cafe de paris’s famous fruit-topped Bon Bon parfaits will be sold too, with the upper part of the parfait towering 20m high. There are 5 seasonal fruits to choose from, such as strawberry, mango and grape.

     

    Cafe de paris has plenty of cute must-buy goodies for customers to enjoy, so if you’re in Japan, why not take the opportunity to try out something popular in South Korea  too while strolling around Harajuku?

  • Deliciously Rich Freshly Baked Caramel Cheese Tarts Cooked Up at BAKE CHEESE TART

    30.October.2019 | FOOD

    Japanese food chain BAKE CHEESE TART, which specialises in freshly baked cheese tarts, is serving up a rich new delight for the holiday season: the “Freshly Baked Caramel Cheese Tart” will be released on December 1.

    Freshly Baked Caramel Cheese Tart – ¥290 Each (Tax Included)

    Made with an original blend of cheese mousse, this fragrant cheese tart is mixed with rich caramel and has a gentle flavour. The saltiness of the cheese mousse helps bring out the sweet taste of the caramel, effectively creating a salted caramel flavour.

    The cream cheese used for the cheese mousse is a balanced mix of carefully chosen cream cheeses, with the majority of them coming from Hokkaido, to bring out unique flavours and textures. And to make the tart itself nice and crunchy, it is doubled-baked: once by itself, and again with the mousse on stop. The characteristic bitterness of the caramel has also been eliminated, so kids and adults alike can enjoy the tart this holiday season.

    And to get people in the Christmas spirit, the tarts are served in holiday season packaging too. Available for a limited time only, grab yourself a tart and get munching.

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