McDonald’s Japan to Release Winter Chocolate Drinks at McCafé by Barista Branches
13.November.2018 | FOOD
McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s Japan are release four new beverages for the winter season which will drop on November 14. They include the Premium Raspberry Chocolate Frappe, Premium Chocolate Frappe, Premium Hot Chocolate, and Premium Iced Hot Chocolate.
Premium Raspberry Chocolate Frappe: Regular Size ¥500
This fruity frappe is a mix of chocolate powder and raspberry syrup topped with shaved white chocolate and raspberry sauce. The rich taste of the chocolate creates an exquisite balance with the sweet and sour raspberry.
Premium Chocolate Frappe: Regular Size ¥490
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re drinking pure chocolate, then this treat is for you. Expect your taste buds to enjoy the full-bodied and indulging taste of this frappe’s chocolatey goodness.
Premium Hot Chocolate: Regular Size ¥450
Premium Iced Chocolate: Regular Size ¥450
Your mouth will water at this fragrant and sweet-tasting chocolate drink which comes with both hot and iced options.
The iced version combines cold milk with chocolate powder and chocolate sauce. This is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate shavings allowing for delicious enjoyment of different textures.
The hot version also mixes together chocolate powder and chocolate sauce but is instead served hot with foamed milk.
All four of these beverages also topped with two chocolate sticks made from cocoa beans farmed in West African countries including Ghana.
Beat the cold this winter with this line-up of premium chocolate drinks.
Premium Chocolate Frappe
Running: November 14, 2018 – Mid December 2018 (subject to change)
Premium Raspberry Chocolate Frappe
Premium Hot Chocolate
Premium Iced Chocolate
Running: November 14, 2018 – Mid January 2019 (subject to change)
Available: All McDonald’s branches in Japan with a “McCafé by Barista” café (91 branches as of November 2018)
Branch List: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/coffee/top.php
McCafé by Barista Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/menu/barista/
McDonald’s Japan to Release 4 Limited Edition Matcha Beverages Including Matcha Latte
11.September.2018 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan has unveiled four new beverages that will go on sale from the company’s McCafé by Barista chain from September 12 for a limited period. The drinks include Brown Sugar Syrup & Soybean Flour Matcha Frappe, Matcha Latte Frappe, Iced Matcha Latte and Matcha Latte.
Mcdonald’s Japan’s seasonal autumn-time matcha series of drinks is a huge hit every year. This year they are putting in even more matcha powder from Uji in each of the drinks to make the matcha flavour even more full-bodied.
Brown Sugar Syrup & Soybean Flour Matcha Frappe: M ¥490 / L ¥530
The popular Brown Sugar Syrup & Soybean Flour Matcha Frappe was first brought to McDonald’s in Japan last year. It takes the classic matcha latte frappe made with delicious milk farmed in Japan and combines it with rich and flavoursome soybean flour as well as brown sugar syrup from Okinawa Prefecture. It’s topped with chewy white rice flour dumplings and whipped cream. It’s creamy and irresistible.
Matcha Latte Frappe: M ¥450 / L ¥490
By adding more Uji matcha to the Matcha Latte Frappe they have added an extra layer of richness of the drink. The whipped cream is sprinkled with matcha powder giving it a Japanese-style taste and appearance.
Iced Matcha Latte: M ¥390 / L ¥430
The characteristic of the Iced Matcha Latte is the full-bodied flavour created by the bitter Uji matcha and milk. Like the Matcha Latte Frappe, the whipped cream is complemented by powdered matcha which gives a Japanese flavour to this dessert drink.
Matcha Latte: S ¥350 / M ¥390
The Matcha Latte is decaffinated and combines the flavourful taste of Uji matcha and subtly sweet milk.
Try McDonald’s new matcha drinks while in Japan this autumn.
McDonald’s Japan to Release Black & White Chocolate Pies Again This Year
23.October.2018 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan will release its two new triangular-shaped black and white chocolate pies again this year on October 26. The pies are made by adding layers upon layers of pie dough to create crunchy three-sided pie. These are filled with gooey chocolate cream that elevates the pie to the next level.
The black chocolate pies at McDonald’s boast unshaken popularity. This delicious treat is packed with a melty chocolate cream made with almonds. The level of sweetness is also on point.
The white chocolate pies contains a rich white chocolate cream made with sweet-smelling vanilla beans and almonds.
Ever since the triangular chocolate pies hit McDonald’s in Japan in February 2007 they have continued to be gain popularity for over 10 years. Every year people call out “the chocolate pie season is here!” and struggle with which to go for.
This year, they will be served in cute limited edition packaging. If you put both the black and white packages together they will even create a heart shape.
Other flavoured chocolate pies are set to be released this winter too, and there will be a commercial for them featuring Japanese actress Maika Yamamoto.
Which crunchy chocolate pie will you be warming yourself up with this winter?
Black Triangle Chocolate Pie
On Sale: October 26, 2018 – Late February 2019 (subject to change)
White Triangle Chocolate Pie
On Sale: October 26, 2018 – Late November 2018 (subject to change)
Available: At most McDonald’s branches across Japan
Chocolate Pie TV Commercial – “Am I the only one not eating these?!” (15 Seconds)
Initial Broadcast: October 25, 2018
Product Page: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/sankakuchocopie/
The new Strawberry Matcha Frappe will be released on October 10 at McCafé by Barista outlets, the official McDonald’s cafés attached to numerous McDonald’s branches in Japan.
McDonald’s Japan has recently been selling a series of different matcha drinks for autumn. Following on from their Brown Sugar Syrup & Soybean Flour Matcha Frappe, a Japanese-style tasting drink, the new Strawberry Matcha Frappe uses strawberries for a more Western flavour.
The Strawberry Matcha Frappe is a brand new drink to McDonald’s, mixing together the full-bodied flavour of matcha together with sweet and sour strawberries. It includes both a strawberry paste made from whole strawberries and a strawberry whipped cream at the bottom. Sitting on top of these is a matcha latte frappe which uses slightly bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto and delicious milk farmed in Japan. Crowning the drink is more strawberry whipped cream and sprinkling of matcha powder. The refreshing taste of the strawberry sauce coupled with the whipped cream serves to elevate the great flavour of the matcha even more.
The beverage will be available from October 10. Until then you can enjoy McDonald’s Matcha Latte Frappe, Matcha Latte or Iced Matcha Latte.
Strawberry Matcha Frappe
Price: Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530 (Tax Included)
Running: October 10, 2018 – Mid November (Subject to Change)
Available: At McDonald’s branches across Japan with a McCafé by Barista (Approx. 89 branches as of October 2018)
*The branch list can be viewed on the official McDonald’s Japan homepage (Japanese).
McDonald’s Official Homepage: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/menu/barista/
Make Your Own Rilakkuma Valentine’s Day Treats With Kai’s Recipe Kits
22.January.2020 | FOOD
Cupid is readying his arrows for Valentine’s Day 2020 which is right around the corner. It’s the time of the year to show your special someone that you love them with some tasty chocolatey treats.
If you’re wanting to make a grand gesture this year by making your own gifts, but are struggling for ideas or are intimidated by the task, the Kai Corporation in Japan has you covered with its collection of Rilakkuma goods. Now you can make some Instagram-worthy gifts with little effort. Let’s take a look.
Make lots of Rilakkuma chocolates with this simple tool
Rilakkuma Silicone Chocolate Maker – ¥850 (Before Tax) – Buy Here
Five different patterns of Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Korilakkuma make up this silicone tray, allowing you to make lots of bite-sized chocolates at once. This is perfect for sharing between you and your loved one or amongst friends. It can be used for making gummy treats and ice for drinks too, meaning it’s useful for the entire year.
Make cute cookies by simply pressing your dough
Korilakkuma Cutter Set – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here
Anyone can make cute Korilakkuma cookies easily with this cutter set which you simply press the dough with. It comes with two different poses so you can make an assortment of them. If you know someone who’s not a fan of chocolate, then this is a perfect alternative.
Decorate your sweets and desserts with this mini chocolate tray
Mini Chocolate Tray – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here
This chocolate tray makes makes chocolate bears which can hold things like nuts and candy. They can be used in a lot of creative different ways. The tray was made in collaboration with Cookpad.
Super simple recipes that take out the work
Here are some super simple recipes that remove the labour out of making and decorating sweet treats. Learn how to make Instagrammable delights with these items and techniques.
Korilakkuma Cookie Marshmallow Sandwich – Item Used: Korilakkuma Cutter Set
All you need to do is warm some marshmallows in a microwave and stick them between two cookies for a gooey and crunchy treat. At some toppings like freeze-dried strawberries for colour and to make them even cuter.
Gateaux Chocolate Cupcakes – Item Used: Rilakkuma Face Cupcake Paper Wraps (5 Included)
Make your Valentine’s cupcakes even more adorable with these paper wraps with Rilakkuma’s kawaii face on them.
Tiny Bear Chocolates: Item Used – Mini Chocolate Tray
There are many creative ways you can utilise these tiny bear chocolates. Make them hold small candy, nuts, and other delicious bites, or just simply top them on another dessert.
Take the stress out of making something for Valentine’s Day this year with this range of items from Kai.
KAI Online Store: https://www.kai-group.com/store/
Love At First Sip: Starbucks Japan To Release Valentine’s 2020 Drink Series ‘CHOCOLATE with’
13.January.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan has developed a new Valentine’s drink series called ‘CHOCOLATE with’ to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020. Some drinks in this romantic series include the Chocolate with Almond Praline Frappuccino® and the White Chocolate with Latte®. The series will be launched on January 17, 2020 in most Starbucks cafés across Japan.
The ‘CHOCOLATE with’ series aims to spark a sense of anticipation for the next delicious flavour to fill the gap and hopes to tempt more people to surrender to the delicious flavour of chocolate. This fun series aims to be loved by all genders and all ages across Japan.
Left: CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
Middle: CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
Right: White CHOCOLATE with Latte: Short ¥450, Tall ¥490, Grande ¥530, Venti® ¥570
The CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino® is a chocolate-flavoured drink with refreshing yellow streaks of passion fruit sauce, chocolate chips and shaved chocolate for the topping. This Frappuccino® enjoys both a fruity flavour as well as comforting chocolate. *Contains less than 5% passion fruit juice.
The CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino® is made by mixing chocolate sauce with caramel and coffee for a creamy and deep base flavour. Crunchy and fragrant candied almonds and chocolate sauce top the drink, providing a very chocolatey experience perfect for any chocoholic.
The elegant and sweet White CHOCOLATE with Latte contains creamy and smooth couverture chocolate white flakes, espresso and warm milk, combined for a strong and relaxing flavour.
Right: CHOCOLATE Mousse with Latte (Hot): Short ¥390 Tall ¥430 Grande ¥470 Venti® ¥510
Left: CHOCOLATE Mousse with Drip Coffee (Hot): Short ¥340 Tall ¥380 Grande ¥420
These ‘CHOCOLATE Mousse with’ drinks are perfect for drip coffee and Starbucks latte fans. These Valentine’s season-limited drinks are customisable so you can enjoy the delicious flavour of chocolate mousse in the form of a new Valentine’s drink. The smooth chocolate mousse is light and melts in your mouth. By adding the drip coffee, the flavours merge together for a brand new and exciting flavour experience.
CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino®Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
On January 31, the CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino® with its delicious aroma, chocolatey flavour and fun textures will make its debut. The tea is made from a blend of several different kinds of tea. Milk and milk tea powder is added to enhance the flavour and then blended with white mocha syrup and chocolate chips. This is the perfect chance to enjoy chocolate and milk tea in one drink.
This year, Starbucks will also be selling Valentine’s merchandise. This year’s theme colours are pink and navy. A range of cute yet fancy designs decorate Starbucks’ classic flasks and mugs and is bound to deliver a heart-warming experience with every sip. There are also pink Starbucks cards decorated with hearts and love letter-themed message card sets in the series. If you’re looking for a causal-style gift for someone special, how about something from the Starbucks Valentines series rather than traditional chocolates?
Come try a drink from the CHOCOLATE with series for a new and exciting chocolate drink experience.
Starbucks Japan CHOCOLATE with Drink Series
CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino®
CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino®
White CHOCOLATE with Latte
CHOCOLATE Mousse with Latte
CHOCOLATE Mousse with Drip Coffee
Selling: January 17 – February 14, 2020
CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino®
Selling: January 31 – March 31, 2020
*Available while stocks last
Available At: Most Starbucks cafés across Japan
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp
McDonald’s Japan McCafé by Barista Releases Oreo®︎ Drink Series You Can’t Resist
11.January.2020 | FOOD
In Japan, McDonald’s McCafé by Barista will soon be releasing a new drink series that you won’t be able to resist. The new series includes the Oreo®︎ Choco Frappé, Oreo®︎ Hot Café Mocha and Oreo®︎ Ice Café Mocha and it will be released on January 15 for a limited time only.
Mc Café by Barista has developed three new drinks based on their popular Choco Frappé and Café Mocha, to which they have added crunchy Oreo®︎ cookies. The series includes both hot and cold drinks, catering for a range of moods.
Oreo®︎ Choco Frappé
The Oreo®︎ Choco Frappé is back with a rich chocolatey flavour and mellow aroma. This high-quality sweet drink is accented by crunchy Oreo®︎ cookies. With your first sip, the bitter Oreo®︎ flavour will spread through your mouth.
Oreo®︎ Hot Café Mocha
Oreo®︎ Ice Café Mocha
The Oreo®︎ Hot and Ice Café Mochas are brand new drinks. Using their Café Mocha as a base, the drinks are topped with whipped cream, drizzled with a sauce made from high-quality Belgium couverture chocolate, and sprinkled with chocolatey Oreo®︎ cookie pieces. This enhanced Café Mocha is sweet and enjoys the crunchy and bitter goodness of Oreo®︎ cookies.
If you’re in Japan, pop into your nearest McDonald’s and try one for yourself!
Oreo®︎ Drink Series
Release Date: January 15, 2020
Oreo®︎ Choco Frappé: ¥410 (M), ¥450 (L)
Oreo®︎ Hot Café Mocha: ¥320 (S), ¥360 (M)
Oreo®︎ Ice Café Mocha: ¥360 (M), ¥400 (L)
McDonald’s Japan Releases Their First Ever Dessert Pies Aimed at Adults
08.January.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan will release a creamy Belgian chocolate pie and creamy sweet fromage pie aimed at adults at McDonald’s restaurants across Japan from Japan 15 for a limited time.
McDonald’s Japan’s pie series has proven to be very popular over the years. Other pie flavours in the series include the Hot Apple Pie from the regular menu, their limited-period Sankaku Choco Pie and Bacon Potato Pie. Now, McDonald’s is set to crown their first pie of the year to be “made for adults”. Both pies are packed with delicious and carefully made cream – the perfect petit treat.
The Belgian chocolate cream pie is made from a crunchy pie shell that was kneaded with cocoa powder. The hollow shell is stuffed tightly with Belgian chocolate and is bursting with chocolatey goodness. There is a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness.
The sweet cream fromage pie is made from a crunchy shell that was kneaded with parmesan cheese. The pie shell is then filled with cream cheese. In just one delightful bite, enjoy the flavour of parmesan and cream cheese as they blend together. The aftertaste of the parmesan perfectly balances out with the sweet and salty touch of the cream cheese.
For the first time, McDonald’s is even presenting these desserts in packaging that looks like it is aimed at adults.
The desserts look just as good as they taste so hurry down to your nearest McDonald’s for a delicious and crunchy adventure.
Otona no Cream Pie: Belgian Chocolate
Otona no Cream Pie: Sweet Fromage
Selling: January 15, 2020 – Early February (Subject to Change)
Selling throughout restaurant operating hours
Price: ¥150 (After Tax)
Available at most McDonald’s restaurants across the country
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Surprise That Special Someone on Valentine’s Day with Décadence du Chocolat Japanese-Style Chocolates
03.January.2020 | FOOD
Décadence du Chocolat will release their popular Valentine’s chocolate assortment from January 23, 2020 for a limited time only. Each carefully crafted chocolate is packed with Japanese flavours and originality by chocolatiers who follow a detailed procedure. The assortment range features three Valentine’s bonbon chocolates. The shop will also be releasing their popular LOVE KISS chocolate again this year in Yuzu Orange and Strawberry-flavour.
Valentine’s Limited Bonbon Chocolate Assortment (Contains 4): ¥1,100
Valentine’s Limited Bonbon Chocolate Assortment (Contains 24): ¥5,200
The bonbon assortment of four contains one Kinako chocolate which is made with roasted soybean flour, a Muscovado Matcha chocolate, an Apple Hojicha chocolate made using roasted green tea, and the shop’s popular standard bonbon chocolat. The boxes come in 4, 9, 12 and 24 chocolates to cater for every situation. These chocolates are bound to be the perfect gift for your partner whether they are Japanese or foreign.
Décadence du Chocolat’s lip-shaped LOVE KISS is popular every year and has become a symbol of Valentine’s Day. Concealed in a beautiful box fit for a wedding ring, just seeing it is enough to fill your partner with excitement. This year’s LOVE KISS chocolate is made with a yuzu orange and strawberry ganache for a sweet and tangy flavour.
These Japanese-style chocolates are the perfect way to treat anyone on Valentine’s Day.
Décadence du Chocolat Shop Information
Ginza (Main Shop)
Address：G-ZONE, 1-2-3, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Address: Domi Koishikawa, 5-6-9, Koishikawa, Bunkyo City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Closed Tuesdays*)
*Open on February 4
Address: Noren-gai, 1-1-4 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Monday – Saturday: 10:00-20:00
Sundays and National Holidays: 10:00 – 20:00
Official Website: https://decadence.jp/
Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee and Dandelion Chocolate Release Chocolate and Cherry Apple Pie
22.December.2019 | FOOD
Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee—a cafe chain in Japan—has teamed up with bean to bar chocolate company Dandelion Chocolate to release a special new dessert. The “Chocolate and Cherry Holiday Apple Pie” is now available to enjoy until January 13, 2020.
This lovingly-made ambrosial temptation is made with kougyoku apples from Aomori Prefecture which have a luscious sour kick to them. It’s combined with dark and sour cherries, which give a fruity flavour, and chocolate made from chocolate beans sourced in Guatemala. It’s held together by a crunchy pie pastry which is topped with velvety chocolate custard and ganache. The richness of the chocolate together with the apple makes for a delicious marriage of flavours.
The Guatemala bean chocolate too matches perfectly with the apples and cherries, which have a full-bodied flavour reminiscent of wine. There’s also chocolate nibs for added texture. This is truly a dessert for the gods, so don’t miss out.
Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee x Dandelion Chocolate – “Chocolate and Cherry Holiday Apple Pie”
Running: December 14, 2019 – January 13, 2020
Available: At Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee branches and Dandelion Chocolate branches in Japan
Prices (Before Tax):
・Takeout: One Slice ¥570 / Whole ¥4,500 (*Reservations must be made 3 days in advance for a whole pie. Orders up to December 25, 2019 come with Christmas decorations.)
・Eat In: One Slice ¥800 (Comes with sauce and ice cream)
・ Online Shop: ¥4,500
・Takeout/Eat In: ¥570
・Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee – Branch List: https://grannysmith-pie.com/info.html
・Granny Smith Apple Pie & Coffee Online Shop: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/grannysmith/
・Dandelion Chocolate, Factory & Cafe Kuramae / Dandelion Chocolate Omotesando / Dandelion Chocolate Kamakura: https://dandelionchocolate.jp/
Jun Matsumoto’s New Kinoko Party Wins Meiji’s Best Chocolate Snack National Election
Meiji announced the long-awaited results of the 2019 National Election for Meiji’s long-selling chocolate brands Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato on December 17 and held an event to showcase a new commercial.
The election ran for almost four months from August 5, 2019 and saw people of Japan casting their vote for their favourite of the two Meiji chocolate snacks: Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato, represented by Jun Matsumoto (the leader of the New Kinoko Party) and Akihiro Miwa (the leader of the New Takenoko Party) respectively. A total of 10,587,785 votes were cast.
The New Kinoko Party won 6,021,986 votes while the Takenoko Party received 4,565,799 votes, marking a difference of 1,456,187 votes between the two. At the event, the leader of the winning party Jun Matsumoto said: “The New Takenoko Party has finally been beaten this time around at this 3rd National Election. It’s no doubt thanks to all of the citizens of this country who came together as one team and voted. I thank you all.”
Akihiro Miwa also commented on his first loss, saying: “Ah, this is disappointing. Really disappointing. But my love for Takenoko no Sato remains unchanged, and I want the same for the people of this country—for them to continue loving Takenoko no Sato.”
The two party leaders held a discussion after results were announced. Matsumoto said to Miwa, “I’m glad you were able to recover,” commenting on Miwa’s unfortunate bout of ill health. Miwa came right back with, “No matter what happens when it comes to myself, I’ll resurrect like a phoenix.”
At the end of the talk, the event moved on to the topic of Meiji having revamped their two chocolate products for the first time in 40 years. The two party leaders taste tested both and compared their delicious tastes.
This election closes the books on battle between Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato which has taken place for nearly 40 years. To celebrate this, the “Kinoko no Yama & Takenoko no Sato National Election No Side Association” (きのこの山・たけのこの里国民総選挙ノーサイド協定) was formed. Both party leaders signed the papers to make it official, after which Jun Matsumoto announced his retirement as party leader. “Following our first win, I can now retire from the New Kinoko Party without worry. The New Kinoko Party will forever be eternal!” Matsumoto said, and he placed down his microphone and sash and left the stage.
A campaign is being held to promote the Kinoko no Yama & Takenoko no Sato National Election No Side Association where you can win the chocolate products. Get involved by signing up below.
Kinoko no Yama & Takenoko no Sato National Election No Side Campaign
Running: December 17, 2019 at 12:00 (JST) to January 25, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
1. Visit the special site and click “Webで応募” (sign-up online) to fill out the form.
2. After entering your details click “応募する” (finish sign-up) to complete your application
2. Retweet the application Tweet of either account (here or here). Or, post the following hashtags when following the respective accounts: for the New Kinoko Party it’s #きのこたけのこ国民総選挙ノーサイド and #きのこの山, and for the New Takenoko Party it’s #きのこたけのこ国民総選挙ノーサイド and #たけのこの.
・One each of Kinoko no Yama (74g) and Takenoko no Sato (70g) with No Side packaging
・2 party original QUO cards with ¥500 each on them
・Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato squishies
*40 sets available for 40 people
Special Site: http://sousenkyo.kinotake.jp/?link=kie19071102
Kinoko no Yama & Takenoko no Sato
Brand Website: https://www.meiji.co.jp/sweets/chocolate/kinotake/
Starbucks Japan Reveals New Matcha White Chocolate Hot and Iced Drinks For Christmas
17.December.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan is celebrating Christmas 2019 with two new delicious beverages: the Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬 and Hot Matcha White Chocolate, both of which will be available to order between December 19 and 25 for this year only.
Both versions of this delightful holiday season drink are the perfect accompaniment to the winter days, combining richly fragrant matcha with smooth white chocolate. The Frappuccino🄬 enjoys the addition of maple syrup for a distinct sweetness which mixes gorgeously with the matcha and milkiness of the white chocolate.
The hot version is made with foamed milk which too is soaked in the full-bodied kick of the matcha. The fluffy texture of the foamed milk together with the sweet taste and velvety white chocolate is a combination sure to get you addicted.
If you’re in Japan for Christmas this year, be sure to stop by Starbucks for a cup of Matcha White Chocolate.
Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬
Tall: ¥570 (Tall size only)
Hot Matcha White Chocolate
Short: ¥430 / Tall: ¥470 / Grande: ¥510 / Venti®: ¥550
Running: December 19, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
Notes: Listed prices do not include tax. Both drinks contain less than 0.5% cocoa.
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Handmade Christmas Chocolate Santa and Snowman Released at ATELIER de GODIVA in Kyoto
13.December.2019 | FOOD
GODIVA Japan released two new chocolate products at the Daimaru Kyoto branch of ATELIER de GODIVA, a chocolate shop which combines GODIVA’s skilful craftsmanship with chocolate artistry. Named “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Santa Claus” and “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Snowman,” the two chocolate artworks were released on Wednesday and are available until December 25.
Each and every one of these chocolate sculptures are handmade in-store by the shop’s chefs. They are exclusive to ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto and the perfect Christmas treat to adorn any Christmas party this holiday season.
These cute Christmas-exclusives not only taste delicious, but are fun to look at. Santa is sat in a chimney ready to deliver the presents while the snowman is sat next to a Christmas tree looking warm with its scarf.
Both of these are limited in stock and won’t be available ever again after they sell out, so don’t miss out.
ATELIER Christmas Showpieces
Running: December 11, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Price: ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax) *Takeout only
Available: ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto (Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
GODIVA Japan Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp
McDonald’s Japan to Release Premium Raspberry White Chocolate Frappe at McCafé by Barista Branches
12.December.2019 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan has revealed its new “Premium Raspberry White Chocolate Frappe” beverage which will go on sale at McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s from December 18 for a limited time.
The drink is part of McCafé by Barista’s hugely popular “Premium Chocolate” beverage series, featuring a red and white contrast as part of the holiday season.
A cup of this frappe contains a a specially made frappe sauce which is a mix of white chocolate sauce and milk. Added to that is a raspberry sauce. It’s topped with creamy whipped cream and thin and crunchy white chocolate shavings and finished with two chocolate sticks made from a mix of cocoa beans from West Africa including Ghana. The milky white chocolate frappe goes deliciously well with the sweet and sour raspberry. A fitting drink for the holiday season.
Premium Raspberry White Chocolate Frappe
Running: December 18, 2019 – Mid January 2020 (Subject to change)
Price (Tax Included): Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530
Available: at McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
McDonald’s Japan is set to grant the Christmas wishes of the Oreo® craving population by announcing its limited-time Oreo® Roll Cake, which will be sold at McDonald’s branches across Japan that own a McCafé by Barista from December 4.
A thick, fluffy blanket of bitter cocoa sponge cake cradles a melt-in-the-mouth cream mixture studded with cocoa cookies. The cake is topped with a bed of crunchy oreo biscuits. Each mouthful will deliver the crunchiness of the cookies, smooth cream and soft sponge all in one go.
Make the most of your Oreo® Roll Cake experience by going for the ¥500 cake set which includes a medium café latte or americano (hot or cold) and your choice of cake. McDonald’s is still selling their popular Marshmallow Cream Tart and Raspberry and Chocolate Cupcake, which can also be ordered as part of the deal. There’s no better way to enjoy a cake than with a soul-reviving cup of McDonald’s coffee so we highly recommend you take advantage of the deal, which is running until January 14, 2020.
Oreo® Roll Cake
Price: ¥340 After Tax
Available: December 4, 2019 – End of March, 2020
Selling At: McDonald’s Restaurants across Japan with a McCafé by Barista
*Please check the McDonald’s Japan Official Website for more information.
Selling Times: During McCafé by Barista Running Hours. *Varies from restaurant to restaurant.
Top 10 Most Popular Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station’s HANAGATAYA Store | 2019 Edition
HANAGATAYA is a souvenir variety shop that opened in Tokyo Station’s central passage back in July. After over 5 months of sales, the store has revealed its Top 10 most popular products based on sales.
The line-up features a selection of HANAGATAYA exclusives, as well as products from elsewhere which have received pre-sales at HANAGATAYA. You will be spoilt for choice with this selection, all of which are perfect for ringing in the New Year when travelling back home. Let’s take a look.
Banana Custard Cream – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Emblem Design (Tokyo 2020 Official Licensed Product) – Contains 8 – ¥1,134 (Tax Included)
Officially licensed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, these chewy cakes are made from domestic Japanese rice, and are filled with deliciously creamy banana custard.
Tokyo Banana Butter Madeleine (Tokyo Banana World) – Contains 4 – ¥560 Tax Included)
Exclusive to HANAGATAYA come these all-new butter madeleine’s created by famous confectionery company Tokyo Banana. These baked treats feature a buttery fragrance and taste, and are made with a banana confiture and finished with fresh lemon.
*Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street
Toro One Press Chocolate Chick (Tokyo Hiyoko) – Contains 3 – ¥648 (Tax Included)
This year marks 107 since the company Hiyoko was established. The “Toro One Press Chocolate Chick” is a new confection from them: an adorable skyward-looking chick made up of three chocolate layersーeach with their own distinct flavour. At the heart of the chick is a moist chocolate paste.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Cheese Wich – Contains 5 – ¥594 (Tax Included)
These light and refreshing cheese cookies, called Cheese Wiches, are filled with a chocolate-coated melted cheese sauce. Three layers means an enjoyable amalgamation of flavours and textures.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Chocolate Chestnut Eggs (Ginza Tamaya) – Contains 4 – ¥800 (Tax Included)
“Goma Tamago” is a popular bite-sized egg-shaped confection. This chestnut flavour was created for HANAGATAYA, a mix of dark chocolate and vanilla flavoured chestnut paste.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Strawberry Cookie Sandwich (Berry UP!) – Contains 8 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Berry UP! is a cute confectionery brand which creates baked strawberry sweets. Keeping with that theme, they have created a crunchy quintuple-layered cookie sandwich filled with sweet and sour strawberry chocolate.
Shinjuku Curry Ebi (Shinjuku Nakamuraya) – Contains 6 – ¥600 (Tax Included)
If you’re looking for something more savoury, then this one’s for you: Shinjuku Nakamuraya’s light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth ebi, coated in curry spices. One nibble is enough to get you instantly hooked.
Strawberry Polvorón (Berry UP!) – Contains 6 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Another entry from Berry UP!, these polvorón shortbreads are made from lots of fresh strawberries mixed with condensed milk and mascarpone, creating a subtle sweetness that’s enough to have your mouth watering.
BLUE MELTIN SAND (Tokyo Campanella) – Contains 8 – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
What if herbal tea and cookies became its own snack? That’s what Tokyo Campanella asked too, and so make it a reality. Their BLUE MELTIN SANDs are cat’s tongue cookies stuffed with a herbal tea sauce that has a natural blue colour.
Premium Cacao Full Sablé (Mary Chocolate) – Contains 18 – ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Finally, we have a premium edition of chocolate company Mary Chocolate’s Cacao Full Sablés. This one’s for the adults, a sophisticated combination of bittersweet chocolate and berries.
*Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street
Did you enjoy this list? Which one takes your fancy the most? Whether as a souvenir for the folks back home, or as a treat to yourself to celebrate 2020, if you’re in Tokyo this year then be sure to give HANAGATAYA a visit.
Official Website: https://www.j-retail.jp/hanagataya/