Chocolate Flavoured Purin Buns Releasing at MINISTOP Convenience Stores in Japan

19.October.2018 | FOOD

With the temperature beginning to drop, MINISTOP are releasing two new sweet steamed buns. The purin flavoured buns were released on October 19 while the chocolate purin buns will be released on November 9.

MINISTOP’s sweet steamed buns are a popular favourite. The purin flavoured buns were released last year and blew up on social media. They are returning again this year in limited quantities. Both the purin and chocolate purin buns are on the small side making them perfect as a snack or to fill a hole. Their designs are eye-catching too.

Marugoto Purin Bun

This bun is stuffed with an entire purin which is a whole dessert in itself. It’s topped with caramel sauce and a sprinkling of cocoa powder to make the bun itself look like a purin too.

Marugoto Chocolate Purin Bun

This is a chocolate version of the purin bun. It’s stuffed with a rich and velvety chocolate purin. The outside is topped with chocolate to make it look like another chocolate purin.

 

MINISTOP’s sweet steamed buns are a hit every year. Which one do you want to try the most?

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    01.October.2018 | FOOD

    Halloween is almost here, which means it time to start getting in the spooky mood. The new Halloween Minion Banana Chocolate Tarts just dropped pre-sales at Ministop branches across Japan on October 2, with general sales beginning on October 17 at AEON Retail.

    These tarts are the perfect treat for the Halloween season, featuring designs of Minions from the popular Despicable Me film franchise together with other Halloween motifs like pumpkins and monsters. They are yellow like the Minions and banana flavoured – Minions’ favourite flavour.

    The tarts are crunchy and are covered with a white chocolate coating. Inside is a banana flavoured mousse layered like a cheesecake as well as chocolate mousse. The banana and chocolate make for a deliciously rich combination.

    Part of the fun of buying these tarts is choosing which one to go for. There are 6 designs to choose from that include Bob, Jerry and Stuart. The packaging too has Minion decorations with Halloween colours.

    A special campaign is also being held from October 2. Three lucky people have the chance to win the above Minions Christmas cake by posting their photos of their tarts with the hashtag #トリックオアミニオンタルト on Twitter and Instagram.

     

    Get your hands on a cute Minions tart in Japan this Halloween!

  • Ministop will release thick matcha dessert using “Nanaya” green tea

    19.February.2018 | FOOD

    Ministop (convenience store) will release “Okoicha (thick matcha) Sweets (dessert)” using “Nanaya’s matcha produced in Shizuoka Prefecture.  “Nanaya,” is Marushichi Seicha’s (a tea brand) popular tea sweets factory. This sweets item will be released from the 20th of February 2018 onward, subsequently, at Ministops throughout Japan.

     

     “Nanaya” is a dessert factory which sells “the world’s thickest matcha gelato” which has many fans from both in Japan and abroad.

     

    This time, 3 desserts produced by the established tea maker from Shizuoka “Marushichi Seicha” which runs “Nanaya” will be released. Suitable matcha is used in each dessert (Mont Blanc, Pudding, Stick Cake). It is a thick tasting matcha dessert series which will be sold for three weeks.

     

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    Product name: Okoicha Mont Blanc – 280 yen (tax included)

    Available areas: throughout Japan

    Release date: Kanto/Tokai/Kinki/Shikoku/Kyusyu – 2018/02/20 (Tue.)

    Tohoku – 2018/02/21 (Wed.)

    A thick-tasting Mont Blanc where whipped cream, matcha custard and matcha cream are placed on top of the matcha cake.

     

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    Product name: Okoicha Cake – 180 yen (tax included)

    Available areas: throughout Japan

    Release date: Kanto/Tokai/Kinki/Shikoku/Kyusyu – 2018/02/20 (Tue.)

    Tohoku – 2018/02/21 (Wed.)

    A stick cake where matcha chocolate are decorated on top of the cake using rich flavored matcha sponge cake.

     

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    Product name: Okoicha Pudding – 200 yen (tax included)

    Available areas: throughout Japan

    Release date: 2018/02/20 (Tue.)

    A smooth matcha pudding using the best grade matcha.

     

    Let’s enjoy these full-fledged matcha desserts at Ministops.

     

    ■Information

    Nanaya:http://nanaya-matcha.com/

    Ministop:https://www.ministop.co.jp

  • The sweet steamed bun “Marugoto Purin Man” returns to MINISTOP stores around Japan!

    03.December.2017 | FOOD

    Japan’s convenience store MINISTOP are releasing a deliciously sweet chuukaman (Chinese steamed bun) called Marugoto Purin Man. The sweet steamed buns will begin sales at MINISTOP stores up and down the country from December 1st, and by December 8th they expect every MINISTOP in Japan to be selling them. That’s 2245 stores as of October 2017!

     

    The Marugoto Purin Man was first released back in January this year where it became a huge hit and appeared all over social media in Japan. Demand for the product to go on shelves again has been heard with the release of an even better product.

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    The appearance is made to look just like a purin, mixed with cocoa powder and caramel sauce. The sweet purin and caramel are slowly steamed, making a perfect partner for the warm outsider layer. The bitterness of the caramel has also been eliminated, so both kids and adults can enjoy the flavour.

     

    Its small size makes it a perfect snack and, since it’s a hot dessert, the best thing for the cold winter. Warm yourself up with a Marugoto Purin Man!

     

    ■Information

    Marugoto Purin Man

    Price: ¥108 (tax incl.)

    On Sale: Sales begin on December 1, 2017 and will reach all MINISTOPs in Japan by December 8, 2017

    *Limited Stock

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    Pikachu Frappes

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