Matcha Ice Cream Festival Rolls Into Japan’s Roll Ice Cream Factory
18.January.2019 | FOOD
The new Shinkyogoku branch of Roll Ice Cream Factory which opened last Friday is teaming up with Kyoto’s long-standing confectionery shop Takanoya Sadahiro to release several special matcha flavoured ice creams. These will also be available at the other 6 branches of Roll Ice Cream Factory.
MATCHA KYOTO 2019: ¥850 (Tax Included)
The MATCHA KYOTO 2019 ice cream is topped with a pig to celebrate the 2019 Year of the Pig.
Also available on the menu is the Green Tea Kiss (above left) which is topped with three dango, marshmallows, warabimochi, whipped cream and matcha sauce; and the Matcha Whisper (above right) which comes with strawberries, rice flour dumplings, whipped cream, brown sugar syrup and soybean flour.
You can’t beat the rich and bitter flavour of matcha even during winter.
Running: January 11, 2019 – January 31, 2019 (Until March 31, 2019 at the Shinkyogoku, Kyoto branch)
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Official Website: https://rollicecreamfactory.com/
3 New Limited-Edition Botanical Drinks to Arrive This Summer at BOTANIST Tokyo
27.May.2020 | FOOD
BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.
There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.
Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)
A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.
Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)
This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!
Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)
Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.
The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.
Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)
These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.
Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.
Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)
An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.
Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.
Serving: June 1, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Serving: From June 1, 2020
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (1st Floor – Shop / 2nd Floor – Cafe)
TEL: 1st Floor: 03-5766-3777 / 2nd Floor: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/
Tropical Flavoured Pikachu Puré Gummies Dropping This Summer
Japanese confectionery company Kanro has revealed its new limited-edition, tropical flavoured Pikachu gummies which it developed in collaboration with Pokémon for its Puré gummy range. They will be released in Japan on June 2, 2020.
The sweet and chewy tropical gummies are made with pineapple juice which is the main flavour, mango juice, and banana juice. They also added a soda flavour for that Pikachu thunderbolt kick (and to balance the flavours!)
They come in limited-edition Pikachu shapes
A packet of these gummies includes the classic heart-shaped Puré gummy sweets as well as Pikachu-shaped ones. There are also four packet designs all featuring original and exclusive Pikachu illustrations.
Additionally, for a limited time, the regular lemon, grape, and muscat grape Puré gummy packaging feature Pikachu’s paw prints on the front and back. There are even hidden Pikachu-shaped gummies inside these regular packets.
Pikachu online promotion
The product is being promoted over on the official Puré Twitter page. Pikachu is set to take over the page this June with promotional videos.
Puré Gummy Pokémon Dengeki Tropical Flavour
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Official Website: https://www.kanro.jp/pure/
Famous Japanese Matcha Company Collaborates With Japan’s Convenience Stores
26.May.2020 | FOOD
With shops and businesses temporarily closed as a result of lockdown measures in Japan, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart decided that since people can’t as easily get their hands on authentic matcha right now, they would collaborate with the famous matcha company Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten to stock some authentic matcha treats on its shelves. They were released at FamilyMart branches across Japan on May 19, 2020.
Umami Matcha Parfait
The parfait begins with a soft sponge bottom and is then layered with milk mousse and matcha mousse before being topped with matcha jelly, red bean paste, and other tasty accompaniments.
Umami Matcha Cheesecake Baumkuchen
The matcha baumkuchen is made using authentic Uji matcha and is baked to look like a cheesecake. You get the full rich matcha kick with this one.
Hidetoshi Kanbayashi (Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten) | Comment
“We use a blend of first-grade Uji matcha and top it with jelly and matcha mousse. We have made it in such a way that you can enjoy the full flavour and aroma of the matcha itself. Please enjoy.”
Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten Umami Matcha Parfait
Price: ¥298 (Tax Included)
Released: May 19, 2020
Available: FamilyMart convenience stores across Japan (except Okinawa)
Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten Umami Matcha Cheesecake Baumkuchen
Price: ¥298 (Tax Included)
Released: May 19, 2020
Available: FamilyMart convenience stores across Japan (except Okinawa)
FamilyMart Official Website: https://www.family.co.jp/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pompompurin Cheese Tarts
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 today’s recipe, I’ll be showing you how I made a batch of Pompompurin cheese tarts made using store-bought tart cups.
Ingredients (Makes 9-10)
9-10 store bought tart cups
200g cream cheese (brought to room temperature)
1 egg yolk
50ml fresh cream
8g potato starch (katakuriko)
Vanilla beans to taste (can be substituted for vanilla extract)
1 tbsp lemon juice
Pour the following ingredients into a bowl in this order: cream cheese→sugar→egg yolk→vanilla beans→fresh cream→potato starch. Mix well. Make sure when you put the potato starch in last that you sprinkle it thinly.
Bake the tart cups in an oven at 180℃ for 15-20 minutes. If you don’t have store-bought cups, you can use small cocotte dishes.
Leave to cool. Now you can start drawing the face.
For the hat I used sliced chocolate, for the ears sliced cheese, and for the facial features a chocolate pen.
Once you’ve drawn the face, it’s time to tuck in!
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!
Tokyo’s New Cat Shaped Cheesecake Shop ‘Neko Neko Cheesecake’ Opening in May 2020
15.May.2020 | FOOD
ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, is launching an all-new cheesecake shop called Neko Neko Cheesecake which will open in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo on May 20, 2020. Serving cat-shaped cheesecakes, the shop will also take online orders.
Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Kuu Pan from the same company which serves cat-shaped bread. Online deliveries will make for the perfect opportunity to bring that cafe experience to your own home.
Neko Neko Cheesecake – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) / Size: 11cm, 475g
The cake is made from the luxurious French brie cheese Brie de Meaux which is mixed with a homemade apricot jam to create rich, deep flavour. This means the cheesecake not only looks cute, but is the real deal too.
Their secret to bringing about amazing flavour and not just adorable looks can be broken down into four simple steps.
①They use the king of cheeses, Brie de Meaux.
②Although baked, the cheesecake is so soft it has a similar texture to a no-bake cheesecake.
③The sweet and sour homemade apricot jam elevates the overall flavour.
④The combination of mature cheese and the apricot jam changes the flavour to create a completely new kind of cheesecake.
The cheesecakes are boxed in box that has a simple yet chic design with two cats sat side by side.
The store will open on May 20, and online orders will launch on ALL HEARTS MALL on the same day.
Neko Neko Cheesecake
Address: 1-16-14 Jiyugaoka, Meguro Ward, Tokyo 〒152-0035 (Connected to baguette rabbit’s Jiyugaoka branch)
Opening Hours: 9:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except New Year’s)
TEL: 03-6421-1208 (Line to baguette rabbit Jiyugaoka)
*Opening hours reduced due to COVID-19. Check the shop’s official Twitter page below for updates.
Mister Donut Japan Launches Another New Matcha Doughnut Series
13.May.2020 | FOOD
Mister Donut Japan is set to release yet another new limited line of matcha doughnuts in collaboration with Gion Tsujiri and Toshi Yoroizuka at all branches in Japan from May 15, 2020.
Last month, Mister Donut collaborated with Gion Tsujiri and Toshi Yoroizuka to release the “Matcha Itadaki Series.” This time around, they’re joining their sticky baking hands to bring the “Matcha Odoroki Series.” The triple team’s matcha creations are the fitting way to celebrate Mister Donut’s 50th anniversary as Gion Tsujiri brings the best Uji matcha from Kyoto and Uji-born pastry chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka brings his creative ideas.
There are four treats in the line-up: the “Crisp Double Uji Matcha” and “Crisp Uji Match Chocolate” feature cookie and bagel dough bases, creating a crunchy and chewy mix, while the “Pon de Pie Uji Matcha” and “Pon de Pie Chocolate” feature Mister Donut’s classic chewy Pon de Rings combined with a crunchy pie texture.
Crisp Double Uji Matcha – ¥230 (Before Tax)
A chewy and crunchy base laced with Uji matcha and topped with Uji matcha whipped cream and chocolate.
Crisp Uji Match Chocolate – ¥230 (Before Tax)
A chewy and crunchy base laced with Uji matcha and topped with Uji matcha chocolate and chocolate chips.
Pon de Pie Uji Matcha – ¥200 (Before Tax)
Enjoy both a chewy base and crunchy pie mix at the same time, topped with Uji matcha whipped cream.
Pon de Pie Chocolate – ¥200 (Before Tax)
Enjoy both a chewy base and crunchy pie mix at the same time, decorated with chocolate whipped cream.
The Matcha Odoroki Series sees the chefs’ ideas shine through to create desserts that not only taste amazing but look gorgeous too, as well as taking into the account texture.
Matcha Odoroki Series
Serving: May 15, 2020 until Early July 2020
Available: Most Mister Donut branches in Japan
Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Teeny Tiny Disney Cupcakes to be Baked Up by Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan
10.May.2020 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner is introducing nine new Disney “sports festival” themed cupcakes to cake shops through Japan on May 11, 2020.
Cute mini cupcakes with a sports theme
Nine cupcakes make up the collection which feature motifs from popular Mickey Mouse & Friends characters including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy. One look at the picture below is enough to have you thinking what a waste these nearly seem to eat because of how adorable they are.
Disney Sports Festival Cupcakes (Box of 9) – ¥2,500 / Available: May 11, 2020 – June 21, 2020
The designs take inspiration from different sports like tennis, rugby, skateboarding, and more. All nine come in a box so it’s going to be difficult picking which one to start with!
Disney sports design box
Top Row From Left
Daisy Duck Rhythmic Gymnastics: Cheese Cream Roll Cake
Mickey & Friends Basketball: Chocolate & Vanilla Cream Roll Cake
Pluto Running: Chocolate Cream Cake
Middle Row From Left
Mickey & Friends Rugby: Sweet Adzuki Bean Paste Cream Matcha Cake
Mickey & Friends Cheerleader: Strawberry Cream Tart
Goofy Soccer: Orange & Chocolate Cream Tart
Bottom Row From Left
Minnie Mouse Tennis: Lemon Cream & Strawberry Cream Tart
Donald Duck Swimming: White Peach & Lychee Cream Shortcake
Mickey Mouse Skateboard: White Chocolate Cream & Raspberry Puree Tart
Disney Sports Festival (Box of 9)
Available: May 11, 2020 – June 21, 2020
Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Hello Kitty Inspired Doughnuts Released by Floresta Nature Doughnuts
30.April.2020 | FOOD
Healthy doughnut makers Floresta Nature Doughnuts released two doughnuts in collaboration with Hello Kitty on Tuesday which are available to purchase on their website and in-store at select branches.
The adorable Hello Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy arrive at Floresta for the very first time. Both doughnuts are great gifts to treat yourself to, for Mother’s Day, or to send a friend you can’t meet right now due to the lockdown.
Hello Kitty Doughnut Collaboration – ¥450 Each (Before Tax)
Both ring doughnuts are topped with freeze dried strawberries and seat the cute Hello Kitty and Mimmy.
Floresta is also selling sets of these doughnuts on their websiteーyou can get four in total, that’s two each, in the set.
Select branches are selling these doughnuts, but due to emergency measures many branches are closed or now have reduced opening hours. If you’re in Japan and thinking of visiting one of the stores, make sure to check the company’s social media and take all necessary precautions when going out.
Hello Kitty Doughnut Collaboration
Released: April 28, 2020
Floresta Online Store: https://floresta-ec.jp
*Available while supplies last
*Online orders are being prioritised
*You can select a delivery time once you have made your order
Make Authentic Matcha at Home With the New Ippukubox Set
25.April.2020 | FOOD
TAKAHASHI KOGEI has launched a new matcha making set called the Ippukubox which comes with everything you need to make authentic Japanese matcha.
For many of us, our time indoors has increased. When taking a break from remote work we head to the kitchen to make ourselves a drink. We’ve all had those moments when we’re torn between making coffee, black tea, herbal tea, and so on. In those undecided moments, why not try making a cup of matcha instead?
The Ippukubox is a 15cm box which comes with all the necessary gear for making mathca: a chawan cup, chasen tea whisk, chashaku teaspoon, and a natsume tea caddy for preserving your matcha.
The inside of the box is lined with Echizen paper from Fukui Prefecture which not only makes it look beautiful, but protects your matcha tools from becoming damaged as a result of rubbing together.
Generally in Japan, when you think about making matcha, the traditional tea ceremony springs to mind which follows strict rules when it comes to making the drink. But the Ippukubox is made for personal use, and so you can add as much or as little matcha or hot water as you like, and practice making it even if you don’t know the proper techniques. You can even add hot milk to make a matcha latte and enjoy a tasty treat with it.
The chawan teacup is Echizen ware from Fukui and was made specially for the Ippukubox. Its cute size makes it fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, but it’s also spacious enough for using the whisk.
The outside design of the box is also made in such a way that it fits seamlessly into modern living and dining spaces. Each wooden box is handcrafted individually and is layered in a matte coating to protect the wood.
*This chawan teacup is different to the one included in the set
The lid of the box can even be used as a tray as pictured above to fit your drink and snack.
Release Date: May 15, 2020
Price: ¥13,000 (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://o-takahashikogei.com
*Please note that the Ippukubox does not come with matcha or snacks.
nana’s green tea Releases Luxurious Gyokuro Tea Drink and Parfait You Can Take Out
20.April.2020 | FOOD
Modern tea hosue nana’s green tea has 81 branches across Japan. Alongside café-style food, their specialty is traditional desserts and drinks made from traditional teas such as matcha and hojicha. They are now selling a new parfait and chilled drink made from fresh gyokuro green tea for a limited time.
As the days grow gradually closer to summer, the menu blooms to life with the season’s fresh green colours. The desserts at nana’s green tea never fail to boast their own unique and unbeatable flavours. The new parfait and drink are made with a generous serving of gyokuro, which is a fine and luxurious type of green tea recognised by its signature bright green appearance. The rich green tea is sourced from the long-established Kyoto tea-producer YAMAMASA KOYAMAEN.
YAMAMASA KOYAMAEN: Kyoto’s Long-Established Uji Matcha Tea Producers
YAMAMASA KOYAMAEN are the owners of a tea plantation in Kyoto’s renowned matcha region called Uji. With their passion for selling only the best flavour of tea above all else, they have contributed to the growth of Uji-grown tea since the end of the Edo period.
Gyokuro tea is produced with the same careful attention and care as matcha but with a different procedure. nana’s green tea grind the leaves to a fine powder to fully extract its refined essence. From the flavour to the aroma, gyokuro tea provides a completely different experience to matcha. If you love Japanese tea, this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore the wonderful flavours of Uji tea.
Gyokuro Warabimochi Parfait
Gyokuro jelly made from 100% gyokuro Uji tea and white bean paste dusted in gyokuro powder dress this parfait in rich flavours. The warabimochi is also dusted in gyokuro powder to balance its sweetness. The sweetness of the warabimochi and the gentle and refined flavour of gyokuro tea will spread through your mouth. Finally, the parfait is laced in black sugar syrup for a refined accent.
Gyokuro Jelly Frozen
Gyokuro tea and milk are mixed together to create an aromatic and vivid drink mixture. Chunks of soft gyokuro jelly can be seen at the bottom of the drink. Suck them up through your straw for a refreshing and fun texture. As the process of roasting gyokuro leaves is very difficult, it is a flavour that can be difficult to come across. This is the perfect way to enjoy a refined flavour in a casual way.
You can also order the parfait and drink to take out, making it the perfect luxurious treat to enjoy at home. If you love exploring tea, this is an unmissable opportunity.
nana’s green tea
Shop Locator: http://www.nanasgreentea.com/shop/
*Takeout availability varies from shop to shop and may be unavailable in certain regions. Please confirm this with the shop staff.
Rilakkuma Features On the Packaging For Papico Chocolate Ice Cream
Papico, a long-selling brand of ice creams in Japan known for their smooth texture, is teaming up with Rilakkuma to give 1,000 people a chance to win limited-edition Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma hand puppets. The campaign is set to run from April 20, 2020.
Papico is a popular brand of ice cream in Japan that comes in many flavours, such as Chocolate Coffee, which blends chocolate with cafe latte, and the sweet, sour and refreshing White Sour. They also sell numerous limited-edition flavours.
The collaboration designs include Rilakkuma for Coffee Chocolate and Korilakkuma for White Sour. They also come as hand puppets.
The campaign offers 1,000 random people a chance to win both puppets. It will run from April 20, 2020 to July 19, 2020. To sign up, purchase one of the ice creams and apply via the application page included on your receipt.
Matcha Flavoured Caffè Latte to be Released by Japan’s Popular Chilled Coffee Cup Brand
09.April.2020 | FOOD
Mt.RAINIER is launching a matcha flavoured caffè latte in Japan for a limited time starting from April 21, 2020.
Mt.RAINIER launched in February 1993 as a pioneering brand of chilled coffee in a cup. Since then, the company has introduced countless flavours which retain the authentic quality of a drink you would sip on in a cafè. With the number of people working from home rising, Mt.RAINIER is looking to be an easy grab for its customers to refresh and relax them during this time.
With the Olympics being delayed until next year, 2021 is the new year expected for Japan to be in the spotlight. With many people interested and becoming interested in Japanese culture, including the Japanese themselves, the market for providing products to enjoy Japan and its culture is expected to grow. Mt.RAINIER is hopping on board this train with its new “Nippon Color Vibes” drinks series which will include beverages that capture the vibe of Japanese culture. The first drink in the line was cherry blossom flavoured, and the upcoming entry is matcha.
The Mt.RAINIER Matcha Caffè Latte blends together matcha made from leaves carefully selected by tea experts with milk and a shot of espresso.
Mt.RAINIER Matcha Caffè Latte
Release Date: April 21, 2020
Location: Everywhere in Japan
Official Website: https://www.mtrainier.jp/nipponcolorvibes/
*The Mt.RAINIER Matcha Caffè Latte will be featured on the website from April 21, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. (JST)