Discover A Whole New World of Exotic Flavours with Ginza Cosy Corner’s Aladdin Petit Cake Set
19.June.2019 | FOOD
To celebrate the release of the live action adaptation of Aladdin, Ginza Cozy Corner is releasing an Aladdin-themed petit cake set to be sold at all branches that sell fresh cakes. This cake set will take you on an adventure to a whole new exotic world of flavours. The cakes will be sold for a limited time only from June 17 to July 11, 2019.
Aladdin Star Festival Collection (9 mini cakes)
The box is decorated with the iconic scene where Aladdin and Princes Jasmine soar through the night sky. Inside the box, you will discover a wide range of magical petit cakes, each themed around a character or a symbolic item from the film. The theme of three wishes from the film is a sprinkle of inspiration on the cakes. We recommend you think of the story whilst enjoying them.
Let Aladdin sweep you away into a romantic world of exotic flavours with these limited edition sweets.
Aladdin Star Festival Collection (9 mini cakes)
Price: ￥2,500（￥2,700 after tax）
Available: June 17 to approx. July 11, 2019
Ginza Cozy Corner Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/index.html
Disney’s Jasmine Themed Items Releasing in Run Up to New ‘Aladdin’ Film
Disney’s Aladdin live-action adaptation will be released in Europe and the Us on May 24, 2019 and in Japan on June 7, 2019. In the run up to its release, Disney Japan has revealed a new line of Jasmine themed items that will be released on the Disney Japan online store on May 14 before rolling out at Disney Stores across the country on May 21.
The items include products made in collaboration with Japanese natural cosmetics brand Laline, a brand new Disney Store original series, and Disney Princess BEAR by UniBEARsity plush toy bears.
Disney Japan’s collaboration with Laline is an eye-catching assortment of cosmetic and self-care items all of which come in refreshing packaging with white as the base colour. Each item is made with natural ingredients and all are targeted at people of all ages.
The line-up includes body scrub which contains mineral-rich dead sea salt and grapeseed oil, body mist, hand cream and more. Designs include the Jasmine range which come with fresh blue colouring and an elegant oriental flower fragrance. The Ariel range is cute pink and smells of delicate cherry blossoms. A selection of Disney original items not part of the collaboration are also being sold with the same designs.
To celebrate the release of the new Aladdin, Disney Stores in Japan are releasing an original new series. These items have an oriental mood to them with their mix of white and blue and feature a beautiful drawing of Jasmine on them. Items include a round towel which is perfect to use both indoors and outdoors. If you look closely the print also includes illustrations of the magic lamp and Genie too.
UniBEARsity is a Disney series that debuted in Japan featuring bear counterparts of Disney characters. The new “Disney Princess BEAR by UniBEARsity” are teddy bear plush toys based on Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie. Embroidered on the sole of each bears’ feet is a Genie bear. Disney Japan will also release costumes of this series too.
No fan of Disney will want to miss out on this range of cute and special Aladdin merchandise!
Release Date: May 24, 2019 (June 7, 2019 in Japan)
Official Website: https://disney.co.uk/movies/aladdin-2019
Disney Store Aladdin Page (Japanese): https://store.disney.co.jp/special/aladdin.aspx
*Select stores and outlets will not stock these products.
*Designs, prices, release date, and store list subject to change.
Disney’s Aladdin Film Celebrated in Japan With Themed Cafes in Tokyo & Osaka
Disney’s new live-action Aladdin film is set to be released in Japan on June 7. To celebrate, two branches of OH MY CAFE in Tokyo and Osaka are set to collaborate with the movie from June 14 and 15 respectively.
“LOVE” is the concept of this collaboration, with everything from the cafe decor to the menu line-up steeped in the essence of romance.
Customers who book a table in advance will randomly receive one of the two above-pictured original Aladdin lunch mats.
Aladdin’s Magic Lamp Curry: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
Receive a magical lamp of your own with this black curry which is accompanied with a fluffy meringue salad topped with your own Genie.
Magic Carpet’s Special Wrap Salad: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
One of many Instagrammable choices on the menu, this plate comes with fried bread made in the image of Carpet and an assortment of ingredients to wrap in the bread.
Jafar’s Evil Chicken Cream Plate: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
This chicken cream plate is inspired by Jafar and is served with a generous portion of delicate saffron rice.
Aladdin & Jasmine’s Fruit Drink (Yoghurt Flavour): With Bottle – ¥1,750 (Before Tax) / Without Bottle – ¥750 (Before Tax)
Enjoy this refreshing yoghurt drink poured on top of an assortment of delicious fresh fruits.
A Whole New World Grape Flavoured Starry Sky Drink: ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
Experience a whole new world in the starry night sky with this cloud-inspired shaved ice drink.
The cafes will also sell a range of exclusive merchandise.
Acrylic Key Ring (Aladdin & Jasmine): ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Acrylic Key Ring (Genie): ¥950(Before Tax)
Charm Set (3 Charms): ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Enter the world of Disney’s Aladdin in Tokyo and Osaka this summer.
Aladdin OH MY CAFE
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: June 14, 2019 – July 15, 2019
kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi
Address: Shinsaibashi Opa Floor 9F, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Running: June 15, 2019 – July 15, 2019
Aladdin OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://magic.ohmycafe.jp
Petite Disney Tsum Tsum cakes on sale at Ginza Cozy Corner from November 1st!
27.October.2016 | Uncategorized
For a limited time only, confectionary store Ginza Cozy Corner will be selling petite, Disney themed cake sets from November 1st to December 16th. Characters featured on these delicious treats include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Winne the Pooh, Olaf, Squeeze Toy Alien, Curious Oyster, Baymax, Piglet, and Jiminy Cricket.
You’ll feel like you’re at a buffet deciding which of these cute little tasty cakes to try first. Eat them as a snack or have them at tea time. We also recommend having some ready for family and friends if you throw a party. There’s no doubt that Disney Tsum Tsum fans will love these cakes with their fun designs and delicious taste! Disney Tsum Tsum surpasses generations and is loved by all. How about enjoying an early Christmas party together with your favourite cute character? ♡
Petite Gateau Christmas <Disney Tsum Tsum> Collection (9 cakes included)
On Sale: November 1st, 2016 to December 16th, 2016
Price: ￥2,100 (total with tax included: ￥2,268)
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This Week’s Dessert: Savouring Autumntime Matcha Sweets at ATELIER de GODIVA in Ikebukuro
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.
I’ve been working relatively hard as of late. I had some spare time before a business meeting, so I took advantage of the occasion to treat myself to some desserts. My destination: ATELIER de GODIVA located inside Seibu Ikebukuro.
GODIVA has numerous stores throughout Tokyo, but Ikebukuro’s concept store branch has an eat-in space that’s perfect for that tea or coffee break.
ATELIER de GODIVA boasts that same level of quality when it comes to their desserts, some of which are exclusive to this branch. There are only three branches: this one in Seibu Ikebukuro (Tokyo), another in Daimaru Kyoto (Kyoto), and the last in Hakata Hankyu (Fukuoka). The cake I am showing you today is a special dessert sold only in these three branches (and is takeout only at Hakata Hankyu).
The first delight I ordered was the Mousse Matcha Cherry.
Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)
Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last
The shiny cake is served on a round white plate with a dollop of matcha ice cream. The pink berry sauce is drizzled around the plate to make the plating even cuter.
Time to tuck in. This extravagant cake is supported by a fluffy matcha mousse topped with a crunchy chocolate sable. On top of that still are juicy cherries, adding a hint of freshness to the cake. The matcha glaze on the mousse has just the right amount of bitterness, which when coupled with the subtly sweet matcha mousse makes for a heavenly balance of flavours. Lined around the base of the mousse are sweet and sour dried raspberries which elevated the matcha-ness of the matcha mousse.
The matcha ice cream which it comes with when you order to eat in is rich and creamy.
I was full up after my dessert, but since I’d taken the time to come here I wanted to order a drink too… so I got a takeout Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami from a shop adjoining ATELIER de GODIVA.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami – ¥602 (*Takeout only at the GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro branch)
This new drink is part of GODIVA’s chocolate and tea pairing series. The chefs at GODIVA have carefully selected the best varieties of tea to combine with chocolate. This one is an iced drink made with white chocolate and matcha.
It’s a mix of GODIVA’s popular smooth and sweet white chocolate and rich Uji matcha. It’s crowned with a sprinkling of bitter Uji matcha powder. All of the flavours are highlighted in this sweet drink. The crunchy white chocolate pieces you sip up as you drink are delicious. It’s the kind of drink where you’re sure to find something new each time you take a drink.
My 30-minute tea break is my little self-indulgence for the day. Spare minutes in my daily schedule affords me the chance to go and enjoy some delicious desserts. You should treat yourself to some special autumntime sweets too.
Matcha Adzuki ATELIER Tablet – ¥800
I’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. The present I bought today was a tablet chocolate handmade in the shop. The matcha white chocolate has almonds in it as well as Japanese-style chocolate mixed with adzuki. It has a strong matcha flavour and isn’t overly-sweet. You can also request for a ribbon to be tied around it for gift-giving. It’s a chocolate that’s sure to bring anyone joy.
Writer：Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
ATELIER de GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro
Address: Seibu Ikebukuro B1F, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-21:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto
Address: Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sun] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Hakata Hankyu
Address: Hakata Hankyu B1F, 1-1 Hakataekichūōgai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Sun-Thurs] 10:00-20:00 / [Fri-Sat] 10:00-21:00
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami
Running: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
GODIVA Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Disney Launches Merchandise Collaboration with Fashion Brand SHIPS
15.October.2019 | FASHION
The new “DISNEY DESIGN COLLECTION by SHIPS” collaboration launched on Tuesday (October 15) featuring all-new exclusive merchandise sold at Disney Store branches across Japan.
The collection, made in collaboration with fashion brand SHIPS, features simple and chic designs. Many of the items incorporate motifs from the classic Steamboat Willie, the animated short film which marked Mickey Mouse’s debut. SHIPS has even created its own original logo with their company name written in a rope-like font. The items are exclusive to Disney Store Japan.
From clothing like hoodies and caps to everyday items like a mug and notebook, this unisex collection is packed full of fun goodies for everyone to enjoy. The long-sleeved navy hoodie has a simple design with the SHIPS logo displayed proudly on the hood. The bag is made from a light material and can hold a high capacity of things. It also comes with an additional pouch for more lightweight and convenient use.
But the collaboration doesn’t stop there. It in fact goes both ways. SHIPS themselves are also selling their own exclusive items as part of the collection with Mickey Mouse motifs. Their merchandise is different from that at the Disney Store. The designs feature a retro-style Mickey, with fashion items covering all bases including men, women and kids. There’s also a tote bag, bandanas, and more.
Be sure to visit both the Disney Store and SHIPS to see what else they have in stock.
DISNEY DESIGN COLLECTION by SHIPS
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Hat: ¥2,900 (Before Tax)
Face Towel: ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
Long-Sleeved Hoodie: ¥7,000 (Before Tax)
Long-Sleeved T-Shirt: ¥4,500 (Before Tax)
Bag: ¥6,500 (Before Tax)
Mini Bag: ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
Product Page: http://disneystore.jp/ships
Full Moon Salted Caramel & Paradigm Shift Pudding Cooked Up By firando
15.October.2019 | FOOD
Mirai Image and firand have teamed up to create a new dessert brand named “firando.” Their website launched just recently, and their first products, “MANGETSU” and “PURIORI,” were shown for the first time at the 9th Tsuhan Expo which took place on September 26-27. Sales of these two confections went live on their official website on Tuesday (October 15).
During the Edo portion of Sakoku, when Japan closed its doors to most foreign trade and foreign nationals, Hirado was called “firando” and thrived as a port for international trade. During this time, caramel, then a western-style confection, found its way to Hirado, and has since resurfaced in Hirado, Nagasaki.
“MANGETSU” is the Japanese term for full moon. This salted caramel treat is made with a very special salt: it’s taken from the sea of the beautiful Hirado Island only when the tide is high during an evening full moon. It’s also made with freshly-squeezed raw milk shipped directly from the only dairy farmer in Hirado that has been passed down the generations. The dessert is completely additive-free, using no preservatives or artificial colouring. It uses the highest quality unrefined sugar from Kagoshima Prefecture that is easy on the body, with each and every grain being accounted for in the 10-second cooking progress. The milk has a rich flavour, and the full moon salt adds a pleasant accent, resulting in a refreshing aftertaste.
The “PURIORI” is a Japanese-style pudding whose concept is “going back in time.” The concept asks, “What if you went back in time to the end of the Edo period and presented nanbangashi* to the Matsuura feudal lord?” The pudding piles together the layers of Japan’s confection culture. It’s made with rare eggs from Nagasaki Prefecture that you can’t get on the marketplace.
*Nanbangashi are a variety of Japanese sweets derived from Portugal and Spain
firanodo has whipped up some seriously special and luxurious desserts here. If you find yourself in Nagano, be sure to visit their store, and don’t forget to check out their website below.
Address: 310-2 Tsuyoshichō, Hirado, Nagasaki
Products: MANGETSU / PURIORI」
Official Website: https://firando-caramel.com/
Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Transforms For Halloween 2019
11.October.2019 | FOOD
Royal Park Hotel Tokyo in Nihonbashi has begun its Halloween festivities for 2019, including a bone-chilling black and orange food and dessert menu, spooky decorations, a photo spot in the first floor main lobby, and more.
Check out their mouth-watering sweets assortment! Their Halloween Afternoon Tea set is packed full of autumntime flavours, from the glass desserts, to the apple chiboust, chocolate pocket watches with bats on them, adorable monster burgers, and more.
The hotel is also offering a Halloween Dinner Buffet on weekends and holidays decorated in Halloween colours. Pile your tray with figs and blackcurrants, chestnut mousse, pumpkin tarts, and plenty of other tasty treats, all prepared fresh in the kitchen.
This is just a peek into the hair-raising fun happening right now at Royal Park Hotel Tokyo. There’s also the Halloween Cocktail Fair, Halloween Sweets & Bread event, and much more.
Spend your Halloween here, or even use it as an opportunity to try wearing your Halloween costume out so you’re ready for October 31!
Halloween Afternoon Tea
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Location: Fontaine (Floor 1F Lobby Lounge)
Price: ¥4,840 Per Person (Tax Included)
Halloween Dinner Buffet (Weekends & Holidays Only)
Running: October 5, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Location: Symphony (Floor 1F Lobby Lounge)
Price: ¥7,260 Per Person (Tax Included) / Seniors ¥6,050 Per Person (Tax Included)
*¥4,235 Per Person (Tax Included) for those aged 4-12 years and 65+
Halloween Cocktail Fair
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Location: Fontaine (Floor 1F Lobby Lounge) / Royal Scots (Floor B1F Main Bar)
Price: ¥1,936 Per Person (Tax Included)
Halloween Sweets & Bread
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Location IKI (Floor 1F Sweets & Bakery)
Royal Park Hotel Tokyo
Address: 2-1-1 Nihonbashikakigarachō, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.rph.co.jp/
Tokyo Disney Resort to Release Frozen 2 Goods that Will Melt Your Heart
Disney’s Frozen is thawing back to life with the release of Frozen 2 which will premiere on November 22, 2019. To celebrate, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are gearing up with the release of approximately 30 kinds of exclusive merchandise which will be released on October 18. These are definitely worth melting for.
Plush Toy Hand Warmer: ¥2,900
Kid’s Cape: ¥3,900
The cold bothering you? Now you can let it go. Your kids will be prepared to embark on any winter adventure while staying stylish and warm with this magnificent Elsa and Anna-themed cape. Your sidekick Olaf has also come to life in the form of a Plush Toy Hand Warmer and is the perfect companion to keep your hands warm this season.
Drink Bottle: ¥2,700
Lip Balm: ¥900
There is also a big lineup of goods aimed at adults. The lineup consists of drink bottles, lip balms and much more. These items are perfect for everyday use no matter what season it is.
Pancake Sandwich (Potato Salad and Corned Beef) with a souvenir pouch: ¥1,300
Disneyland will also be serving up a delicious pancake fit for a princess which comes with a souvenir pouch. This Olaf Pancake Sandwich will be sold from October 18, 2019 to January 8, 2020. Two fluffy and sweet pancakes sandwich a potato salad and corned beef filling. The sweet and salty flavour will leave you and your friends finishing each other’s sandwiches!
There will also be a photo spot located on the wall of the Cinderella Castle (Tomorrowland) where you can get a photo with your favourite Frozen characters. Make sure you plunge into the world of the film and join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven for a special photo.
*Please check the special edition website to find out more about the availability dates of the photo spot.
Special Cake Set: ¥2,000
The Disney Ambassador Hotel’s Hyperion Lounge will be selling a Special Cake Set and Special Drink from November 1 to December 19. The Special Cake Set consists of a lemon and cherry cheese tart. Can you spot the sugar paper Anna and Elsa on the plate? Eat the tart together with the lemon meringue for a refreshing flavour.
Special Drink: ¥1,300
The Special Drink is an autumn-themed Maple Syrup Iced Tea which perfectly depicts the autumn scenes of the film.
Tokyo Disney Resort® is giving you a first-time-in-forever-opportunity to experience the world of the film and is definitely worth checking out.
Tokyo Disney Resort: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo DisneySea: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tds/
Special Edition Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/frozen2/
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Official Website: https://www.disney.co.jp/movie/anayuki2.html
*The merchandise and special edition menu items are subject to change without prior notification. Please be aware that all Frozen 2 merchandise and menu items are limited in stock. This could cause items to sell out.
* Please refer to the Special Edition website to find out more information on the limited sale periods, shop locations and availability of Frozen 2 menu items and merchandise.
Minnie Mouse Takes Over Tokyo Disneyland for ‘Very Very Minnie!’ Event in 2020
The all-new Minnie’s Style Studio is set to open in Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 2020 as a character greeting location where you can meet the Disney cast. In the run up to its opening, Minnie Mouse is hosting a 70-day kawaii-packed event entitled “Very Very Minnie!” which will run at the park from January 10 to March 19 next year.
There’s so much to look forward to at the event. The “It’s Very Minnie!” show will take place at the Showbase amphitheatre where Minnie and her fellow Disney comrades will look back at past events and dress up in various costumes they’ve worn up to now, along with music, serving lots of different styles such as Latin, romance and club. For the finale, the Disney characters will step out in all-new costumes inspired by Minnie. They will also dance along to a new theme song.
There will be a mini parade titled “Very Minnie Remix” packed full of Minnie references. The parade will make a stop in 6 areas around the park, with the characters and cast dressed in new costumes, inviting guests into the world of Minnie Mouse. Depending on the day you see the parade and what location from, you can expect to see something different every time, meaning you can enjoy the parade multiple times.
There will of course be plenty of cute Minnie-themed food and merchandise to enjoy too. Merch will feature Minnie’s iconic polka dot design.
Special Set – ¥990 @ Huey, Dewey and Louie’s Good Time Cafe
Sparkling Tapioca Drink (Strawberry Yogurt) – ¥450 @ Huey, Dewey and Louie’s Good Time Cafe
Minnie has a cute line-up for food and drink across various cafes and restaurants in the park. The “Mickey Mouse Pizza” now on sale at the Huey, Dewey and Louie’s Good Time Cafe will be transformed into a Minnie Mouse Pizza for a limited time. There’s also the tapioca drinks, filled with tapioca pearls so it looks like Minnie’s polka dots.
Special Set – ¥2,800 @ Eastside Cafe
Blue Bayou Course – ¥5,200 @ Blue Bayou Restaurant
Eastside Cafe is also getting in on the action, serving up a cute pasta dish with pink sauce and a ribbon, as is the Blue Bayou Restaurant where you can dine on a Minnie Mouse-inspired course.
The park will be decorated in all things “Very Very Minnie!” and they will change throughout the duration of the event. Be sure to find all the photo spots too for Minnie, Mickey, Donald and Goofy too.。
Enter the dreamy world of Minnie Mouse next year with “Very Very Minnie!”
Very Very Minnie!
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
New & Exclusive Frozen 2 Merchandise Releasing in Japan This Year
In preparation for the release of Frozen 2ーthe highly-anticipated sequel to Disney’s 2013 internationally-acclaimed animated feature film FrozenーWalt Disney Japan has unveiled a whole brand new batch of merchandise which will roll out at Disney Store branches across Japan. From Elsa and Anna dolls clad in their new outfits to other collectables, this line-up is a must-grab for any fan of the globally beloved film.
Tote Bag – ¥3,000 / Doll Set – ¥4,500 / Mug – ¥1,800 / Tissue Box Cover – ¥2,800 / Pouch – ¥1,500 / iPhone X & XS Case – ¥2,300 / Notebook – ¥800 / Ball pointPen Set – ¥1,500 / Key Chain – ¥1,600
Disney Store branches across Japan have a beautiful line-up of Frozen 2-themed original items lined up, all released today (October 4). The merch focuses on Elsa, Anna and Olaf and features designs based on the new film.テ
Items include the snowy Olaf tissue box cover, which while simple adds a kawaii touch to your room, and a set of ballpoint pens with sparkly stones in them which would be perfect to share with a friend. There’s also various collectables, like dolls and figures.
Hairi – ¥9,000 / Koushu – ¥2,500 / Snow – ¥9,000
This teddy bear line-up features Japan-original characters from UniBEARsity wearing Elsa, Anna and Olaf costumes. All three will be released at Disney Stores and the online store in japan on November 21.
Hairi and Snow are wearing ribbons, one pieces and shoes, both dressed as Anna and Elsa respectively. All the bears are packaged in a special box. Online pre-orders opened today.
Disney Store Japan is also holding a campaign where if you spend over ¥3,000 (including tax) on all Frozen merchandise, you will receive the above-pictured original acrylic tray.
Frozen 2 will be released worldwide on November 22, 2019.
*Select Disney Store branches are not stocking these products. Outlet branches also not participating
*While supplies last
*Product designs, prices, release dates and participating branches subject to change
*All listed prices do not include tax
Frozen 2 Product Campaign
Summary: If you spend over ¥3,000 (including tax) on all Frozen merchandise, either in-store or online, you will receive an original acrylic tray.
Running: October 4, 2019 until stock runs out
Location: Disney Store Japan branches and Disney Store Japan Online
Details (Japanese): https://www.disney.co.jp/store/news/d20191004_01.html
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Official Website: https://disney.co.uk/movies/frozen-2
©2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Top 6 Desserts Made With Luxurious Pink Ruby Chocolate
Ruby chocolate is a variety of chocolate that was introduced in 2017 as the 4th main type of chocolate alongside milk, white and dark. It didn’t hit Japan until October 2018, but since then, the luxury pink delight has been getting much love with the release of many new products. The ruby colour of the cocoa beans is completely natural.
I attended a product conference held by Barry Callebaut, the Belgian-Swiss chocolate company which introduced ruby chocolate to the world. I got to try out various confections made using this chocolate.
When talking about ruby chocolate, you’re inclined to highlight its striking pink colour. But the looks are just part of the story. Compared to dark, white and milk chocolate, ruby chocolate is said to have the strongest cacao fruit flavour. Though it’s chocolate, it has a sour, fruity kind of taste.
Until last year, I was more about the eye-catching pink colour of the chocolate, so I ended up overlooking that ruby chocolate is often paired with berry-type fruits when it comes to confections. I get it nowーso it has a sour taste? Well then, this year I really want to go all out and appreciate the unique flavour of this ruby chocolate.
Today, I’m going to showcase six new products made with Callebaut® Ruby Chocolate. I’ve tried them all, so I can properly break down the flavours and how delicious they are for you!
Ruby Chocolate Otabe – ¥660 (Before Tax)
This Japanese confection is a combination of ruby chocolate and “Otabe,” which is a confection known as “yatsuhashi,” a popular souvenir sweet from Kyoto. Much time is put into making the ganache to ensure the fruitiness of the ruby chocolate remains intact. The ganache is wrapped in chewy yatsuhashi which is made with domestic koshihikari, which is a type of rice, and carefully selected water. There’s no way this could be anything short of delicious!
At the taste-testing session, I got to see the ruby chocolate Otabe being made right in front of me. It was done by a kimono-clad Nara who normally makes confections in the factory.
The rich and sour ganache combined with the chewy yatsuhashi is a match made in heaven! The pink colour really is cute after all, isn’t it? By wrapping the fruity chocolate in mochi, it creates even deeper flavours in your mouth.
This product will be sold at Kyoto Station and various tourist sites around Kyoto, so if you ever visit the city, make sure you’re on the lookout.
Ruby Chocolate Otabe
Running: October 11, 2019 – Early May 2020
Available: At Kyoto Station and tourist spots around Kyoto
Official Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/
Ruby Mille-feuille – ¥600 (Before Tax)
From Juchheim comes these ruby chocolate-coated mille-feuille fingers, laced with butter from Hokkaido and strawberry and raspberry mixed cream layered into a crunchy sandwich.
The puff pastry is of course tasty, and the sour flavour of the ruby chocolate mixed with the sourness of the berry cream packs a seriously fruity punch. It’s an overall crunchy and rich dessert, but it also has a refreshing taste to it, so one person is sure to be tempted by more than one.
Released: October 1, 2019 (Online orders from October 8, 2019 )
Available: At all 272 branches of Juchheim in Japan / Juchheim Premium Online Shop
Online Shop: https://e-shop.juchheim.co.jp/
Pretzel Cookie – ¥480 Each (Before Tax)
Food company Rosenheim have taken their crunchy butter pretzel cookies and coated them in various chocolate flavours, including ruby, sweet, milk, and white.
The ruby pretzels have that distinct vivid pink colour and of course taste fruity. There’s six in a pack, so you can share them with friends.
Released: September 20, 2019
Available: At mass retailers across Japan
Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise – ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
Callebaut’s new ruby chocolate iced cake will be released from Maison Givrée. It’s topped with a ruby chocolate and raspberry ice cream and is adorned with cool and refreshing lychee sorbet.
The best way to eat this cake is when the ice cream has melted a little bit. You can enjoy the sweet fragrance of the ruby chocolate and the marriage between its sour flavour and the raspberry. Try savouring the melted sorbet and ruby chocolate ice cream by leaving it in your mouth.
Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise
Running: October 11, 2019 – December 13, 2019
Delivery Window: December 20, 2019 – December 25, 2019 (subject to change)
Available: At Maison Givrée and its online store
Official Website: https://givreetokyo.shop-pro.jp/
Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs – One Box ¥1,450 (Tax Included)
You can pick up a box of these ruby chocolate corn puffs at Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux on the 2nd floor of InterContinental ANA Hotel Tokyo. They have a shiny pink pearl-like appearance. The crunchy corn puffs are thick-cut which goes well with that fruity ruby chocolate taste.
Ruby Chocolate Pear Tart – ¥650 (Tax Included)
These cocoa-laced and ruby chocolate powdered baked tarts are also sold at Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux. They’re topped with almond cream and a pear compote. They’re also topped with a ganache made from ruby chocolate and a redcurrant puree. Their design is made so that it looks like a flower, crowned with extra redcurrants.
Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs
Running: All year round
Ruby Chocolate Pear Tart
Running: October 1, 2019 – January 14, 2020
Available: Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux (InterContinental ANA Hotel Tokyo – Floor 2F)
Hotel Official Website: https://anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/en/
I’m all about ruby chocolate’s deep flavour now. If you’ve yet to try it then you’ve got to get your hands on some, to enjoy both its striking pink appearance and that sour cacao fruit flavour.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Jump Into the World Of Pixar with Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event Coming Winter 2020
Tokyo DisneySea has announced that it will hold a special event next year titled “Pixar Playtime” from January 10 to March 19. The event will plunge guests into the world of Disney•Pixar animated films.
The exciting “Pixar Playtime Pals” stage show is returning again for Pixar Playtime 2020. Guests will be invited to join in with familiar faces from the Pixar character cast for the show, which will take place at Mediterranean Harbor. Bo Peep from Toy Story 4 will make her first-ever appearance. At the end of the show, an entire band of characters will take to the stage for a grand finale with colourful balloons and decorations.
Head over to American Waterfront to catch the one and only Lightning McQueen from the Cars film series who will be rolling his way to greet the crowd. Guests are encouraged to join in with the Lightning McQueen Victory Lap where they will parade around the New York area along to jubilant music.
There will also be a Ratatouille stall where you can have fun cooking together with Remy.
Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
Horizon Bay Restaurant is serving up around 20 exciting dishes based on the Pixar cast, including an ocean-themed hamburger inspired by Finding Nemo and a roll cake based on the lovable Dory.
Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Vulcania Restaurant
If you love Monsters Inc., then you’ll want to dine at Vulcania Restaurant where you can get your teeth into a custard-filled Mike Wazowski steamed bun.
Lots-o’-Cookie Sandwiches – ¥400 Each @ Liberty Landing Diner
There are countless Pixar-inspired foods, drinks and desserts to look forward to at this year’s Pixar Playtime, and that includes plenty of never before seen options.
Scattered around all areas of the park you will find instantly-recognisable Disney•Pixar decorations, including the iconic Pixar Ball, as well as photo spots based on the Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Coco film series’.
Decorations Forky from Toy Story 4 will also be making an appearance around the park.
If it’s merchandise you want, you have over 100 items to choose from, such as the Pixar ball-themed smartphone case, headband and jumper; the Lightning McQueen Victory Lap series including the plush toy, flag, sun visor and more; and plenty of other exciting goodies.
Disney Hotels will will be offering special Tokyo Disney Resort® Vacation Packages which includes accommodation and access to the Pixar Playtime shows and food menus. There will also be lots of special events taking place as part of the festival, including at Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta and up and down the Disney Resort Line.
Pixar Playtime Pals
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Munch On These Crispy Freshly-Baked Custard Apple Pies Made With Sweet Potato at RINGO
05.October.2019 | FOOD
RINGO, a shop which specialised in freshly-baked custard apple pies, has announced that it will release its new Yakitate Custard Oimo Apple Pie on October 17.
RINGO opened its first branch in Ikebukuro, Tokyo back in 2016. Since then, it has expanded and opened 12 branches across Japan, including Osaka and Fukuoka, and 3 stores overseas. They sell over 6 million custard apple pies every year. Since their products are baked fresh in-house, you can watch and see how they are made.
The new Yakitate Custard Oimo Apple Pie is a crunchy 144-layer pie packed full of custard cream and an autumntime sweet potato paste for an added subtle sweetness.
The sweet and sour apple filling is made with a range of domestic apples, including the hatorazu ringo apple from Aomori Prefecture. The pastry is also laced with cocoa powder and topped with roasted white sesame seeds. A deliciously fitting dessert for the autumn season!
Yakitate Custard Oimo Apple Pie
Running: October 17, 2019 – November 10, 2019
Price: ¥465 (Tax Included)
Available: At RINGO branches across Japan (except ekie Hiroshima and Sendai Station)
*There are is a limited number served per day
Official Website: http://ringo-applepie.com
Top 5 Halloween Treats to Pick Up at Japanese Convenience Stores This Year
October is here, meaning Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re not up for dressing up in a costume or going out this year, then you can still get in the Halloween spirit by picking up one of the many Halloween exclusive goodies now being sold at Japanese convenience stores. We’ve picked out our top 5 favourite for you.
Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte
Starbucks Japan is now stocking its sweet caramel pudding latte across most convenience stores in Japan. The golden-capped cup features a spooky Halloween design, decorated with ghosts, pumpkins and bats. Enjoy Halloween in a cup with the beverage’s rich and sweet caramel pudding flavour.
▼Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte
Available: Most convenience stores across Japan. Select branches not stocking.
Calbee Jagabee Black Consomme
These crunchy potato sticks are a popular savour snack in Japan. This Halloween, Calbee has coloured their sumptuous sticks black, and made them taste like delicious consomme. This is a 7-Eleven and Ai Group-exclusive. Its cute pot design will have you grabbing one off the shelf without even thinking.
▼Calbee Jagabee Black Consomme
Price: ¥138 (Before Tax)
Available: 7-Eleven and Ai Group
KOIKE-YA Karamucho Hot Chili Flavour
The classic thick-cut Karamucho potato chips have been sprinkled with extra spiciness for that heated kick. The packet features all the familiar faces of Halloween, from a witch to a pumpkin, bats, a graveyard and more. If you’re a spice-seeker then this one’s for you. Also a 7-Eleven and Ai Group exclusive product.
▼KOIKE-YA Karamucho Hot Chili Flavour
Price: ¥128 (Before Tax)
Available: 7-Eleven and Ai Group
7-Eleven Marshmallow Chocolate Ganache Daifuku
7-Eleven is also releasing a range of its own original Halloween treats, including this sweet white daifuku which looks like a marshmallow and is filled with rich chocolate ganache. A Japanese and Western-combined confection you can enjoy with one hand.
▼7-Eleven Marshmallow Raw Chocolate Daifuku
Price: ¥118 (Before Tax)
Available: 7-Eleven (Except in Okinawa)
7-Eleven Black Cat Sachertorte
Black cats are a popular symbol of Halloween, particularly in Japan. This cake is made with chocolate cream and vanilla cream and is coated in a crunchy chocolate coating for even more tasty texture. This is a seriously cute choice you’re sure to love!
▼7-Eleven Black Cat Sachertorte
Price: ¥308 (Before Tax)
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Did you enjoy our picks? There are plenty of Halloween-themed foods, confections and sweets to look forward to this year at convenience stores in Japan. Head to your closest one and see what they have in stock.
The Luxurious KitKat Chocolatory is Revamping Its Chocolate Line-Up
03.October.2019 | FOOD
Nestlé has announced that it is revamping its 16 products* at the KitKat Chocolatory which will be released on October 11, 2019.
*One of these products will be released in late November
The KitKat Chocolatory is a direct-to-consumer chain, serving premium, handcrafted KitKats made with top quality ingredients and production methods under full direction by Takagi Yasumasa―the owner and chef of LE PATISSIER TAKAGI. Its luxurious line is endless, with products ranging from the elusive ruby chocolate, whose cocoa beans give the finish product its pink colour, to volcanic chocolate made from rare cocoa beans sourced from volcanic islands, and beyond.
The Chocolatory takes regular KitKats and the brand to a whole new level while still having that sense of familiarity, making their products great gifts and personal treats.
The new line-up of 16 products is considered by four categories: 1) the chocolate type, 2) where the cocoa beans are produced, 3) the production process from bean to bar, and 4) the combination between chocolate and other ingredients. Each and every bar has been given equal attention to create chocolates with different flavours, enabling consumers to discover not only which tickle their taste buds, but the story behind each unique bar.
There is a rapidly growing interest amongst consumers who want to know where their food comes from and how it’s made. When it comes to specialist chocolate products, a lot of information isn’t widely known. That’s the reason behind KitKat Chocolatory’s revamp, as well as to create chocolate that nobody has experience before.
Let’s take a look at four of the new KitKats you can get your fingers on.
Enjoy the Chocolate Varieties
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Bitter – ¥300 Each (Before Tax)
A hallmark product since KitKat Chocolatory opened, the Sublime Bitter is couverture chocolate made with 66% cocoa. The bar is a blend of three different cocoa beans from Ghana, Madagascar, and the Dominican Republic. This addictive delight reserves the original bitterness of the cocoa while having a fruity tinge to it.
Enjoy the Difference Between Cocoa Production Areas
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic Malakula Island – ¥400 Each (Before Tax)
This mysterious ‘volcanic chocolate’ is made from extremely rare cocoa beans sourced from the volcanic Malakula Island which was voted one of the happiest places on earth. It has a distinct bitterness and very fragrant scent reminiscent of the ground.
Enjoy the Chocolate Making Process
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Raw – ¥300 Each (Before Tax)
The cocoa beans of this “raw” chocolate are cooked at a lower temperature than usual to draw out a more natural flavour of the original bean, like it’s been plucked right out of a cocoa bean farm and placed into your hands.
Enjoy the Combination Of Ingredients
KitKat Chocolatory Moleson – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)
Finally, here is the world’s first ingredient-topped KitKat. It uses the smooth, melt-in-the-mouth KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Milk bar as the base, and is topped with sweet and sour dried cranberries and fragrant crushed almonds, creating a flavourful and textural ensemble.
Discover a whole new world of KitKat and chocolate when the new products drop at KitKat Chocolatory on October 11.
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/