Satisfy Your Strawberry Cravings at Strawberry Fetish, Shibuya109
Along with the renovation of department store SHIBUYA109, Japan’s first ever shop dedicated to candy-coated strawberries will be opening on the food and drinks floor (basement floor 2). The strawberry sweets shop, appropriately named Strawberry Fetish, will open on June 28, 2019.
Candy-Coated Strawberry Stick: ￥400 (after tax)
The theme here is “strawberry evolution”. These strawberry treats are perfect for adults as well as children.
Long Candy-Coated Strawberry Stick: ￥600 (after tax)
Black Candy-Coated Strawberry Stick: ￥200 (after tax)
These candied strawberry treats are an upgraded version of the candied strawberries that are often served at Japanese festivals. From different toppings to different lengths, the menu consists of a wide variety candied strawberry sticks.
Enjoy the crunchy and crispy sound as your teeth break through the carefully crafted candy coating. With just one treat, you can enjoy both delicious crunchiness as well as an elegant yet cute appearance.
Strawberry X Milk: ￥550 (after tax)
Strawberry X Strawberry: ￥650 (after tax)
There are also many other strawberry flavoured items on the menu. If you love strawberries, you just have to pop by.
Address: Shibuya109 (Basement floor 2), 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10:00 ー 22:00
No regular closing days
Address: 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Try These Mouth-Watering Cherry Daifuku Sweets Made With Seasonal Cherries ♡
11.June.2019 | FOOD
Kofukudo has been selling delicious and elegant Japanese sweets for over 140 years. From June 14, they will release a new season-limited flavour of their popular *daifuku. The season-limited sweet will be called Sakuranbo Daifuku. (Cherry Daifuku).
*Daifuku is a type of round, sweet mochi dough that is traditionally filled with a sweet filling such as red bean paste.
Cherry Daifuku: ￥270 each (after tax)
These daifuku are made using the seasonal Sato Nishiki cherries which are at their peak harvest time in June. This means that this is the only season where you can truly enjoy the beautiful flavour of this cherry. After extensive trial and error, a wonderfully balanced daifuku was created. The white bean jam has a mild sweet scent of cherry. Paying the slightest attention to detail, the sweet was carefully crafted in order to fully extract the fresh and juicy flavour of the cherries whilst preserving their high quality sweetness. A cherry casually sits on top of the white mochi of the daifuku. You just won’t be able to resist taking pictures of this cute treat.
This is perfect to set out on the dining table at a party. These seasonal sweet treats would also make the perfect gift when visiting a friend.
Take a light bite of luxurious daifuku to experience the best of traditional Japanese sweets.
Sakuranbo Cherry Daifuku
Price: ￥270 each (after tax)
※ This product may not be available at all Kofukudo shops. The limited sales period, the contents of the product and the price may vary from shop to shop.
Kofukudo Official Website: https://www.kakiyasuhonten.co.jp/cate/brand/?c=001006001
McDonald’s full-time barrister café feature McCafé by Barista serves original café coffee. As part of McDonald’s, they will launch summer drinks on Wednesday 12th June. From this day, the Peach Smoothie will be sold. There will also be a limited-time summer fruits smoothie which will be changed approximately every month. The first drink for round one is the Mango and Passionfruit Smoothie.
Peach Smoothie: M: ¥440, L: ¥480 Extra toppings M: ¥500 Extra toppings L: ¥540
The summer drinks season will continue until late September. This year will mark the fifth year running of McCafé by Barista’s popular menu. This summer, the Peach Smoothie will keep you refreshed with its peachy goodness. Peach purée and peach tea syrup is mixed to create the body of the smoothie. The drink is topped with a sauce filled with chunky pieces of peach.
Mango & Passionfruit Smoothie: M: ¥490, L: ¥530, Extra toppings: M: ¥550 , L: ¥590
The limited-time drinks will be changed approximately each month. For the first round, the Mango and Passionfruit Smoothie is on the menu with its southern tropical vibes. The refreshing mango sauce made from Alphonso mango purée is combined with a flavourful yet moderately sour passionfruit sauce. The sauces are then mixed with ice. The drink is topped with a sweet and fruity sauce which contains chunky fruit pieces. The sweet and sour balance is just right. In addition, if you pay an extra ¥60 on top of your purchase when you order either of these drinks, you can increase the toppings on your drink!
A round two and three of fruit smoothie summer drinks series has been planned. Don’t forget to pick up a stamp card! Every time you purchase from this menu, you will receive a stamp. Collect four and you will be awarded with a free smoothie from the regular menu or a frappé (M size)
These smoothies are full of fruity feelings! Enjoy layers of luxury to your heart’s content.
Available: Wednesday 12th June ー end of September (Subject to change)
Mango and Passionfruit Smoothie
Available: Wednesday 12th June ー end of July (Subject to change)
Available at: McDonalds nationwide that have a McCafé by Barista (98 of these currently exist in June 2019)
Selling times: Dependant on McCafé by Barista’s opening hours. (Varies depending on the branch)
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/shop/barista/
La Bohéme Bonbon Parfait Releases Cute, Fresh & Fruity Parfaits This Summer ♡
03.June.2019 | FOOD
The reigning ruler of Café La Bohéme and La Bohéme Qualita‘s menu is the Strawberry Bonbon Parfait. As a summer special, a new challenger; the Lemon and Pineapple Bonbon Parfait, is stepping in from Monday 10th June 2019! Which will you pick?
Lemon and Pineapple Bonbon Parfait ¥1,200 + tax
The trademark feature of the new Lemon and Pineapple Bonbon Parfait is its luxurious mountain-load of fresh pineapple fruit pieces and round lemon slices! Enjoy the yoghurt with the sweet yet sour pineapple. It also contains cool honey lemon jelly. The perky vitamin C colour of this summer-limited bonbon parfait will add rays of summer vibes to your beautiful smile!
Strawberry Bonbon Parfait ¥1,200 + tax
As the regular favourite and ruling champion, the Strawberry Bonbon Parfait will remain standing proudly on the summer menu from its unshakable position! Sweet yet sour strawberries are piled generously on top of this parfait, making it perfect for a social media post!
La Bohéme has many regular customers who order the same bonbon parfait time and time again. Of course, you can pop by on your own or even with good company. This would make a great date spot ー you could both order different drinks, taste and compare them and upload all your beautiful summery pictures to social media! This would also make for the perfect dessert, or even just something to enjoy on the go!
These popular bonbon parfaits are definitely worthy of being part of your Instagram feed!
La Bohéme Bonbon Summer Parfaits
Available from: Mon 10th June 2019
※ Sales will end once stock is fully depleted.
Sold at: La Bohéme Qualita Shibuya, Setagaya, Shinjuku Gyo-en, Jiyugaoka, Shirokane, Kitaaoyama, Omotesando & Odaiba.
※ Not sold at the following chains: Ginza, G-Zine Ginza, Azabu-juban, Sakurashinmachi, Motomachi-Chukagai
Official website: https://boheme.jp/
Mogu Mogu Nippon | Convenience Store: Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Houjicha Latte Ice Cream
This is the first article of a new series here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON we are calling Mogu Mogu Nippon (“Gobbling Japan”).
It’s no secret that we here at MMN love eating. At any time of the day someone in the office is eating or drinking something. We have a particular weakness for new products and limited edition seasonal items that are released here in Japan. From time to time, someone will buy something and share it amongst everyone!
In Mogu Mogu Nippon, we will showcase a selection of food, sweets and more that we want to recommend to you―our readers. For this first entry, we are heading to the convenience store to review the Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Houjicha Latte.
Here in Japan, Häagen-Dazs regularly scoops out a variety of limited edition ice cream flavours, many of which are tea flavoured.
The one we recommend is their Houjicha Latte. This flavour was first released back in 2017 and has gone on to become hugely popular. Demand for this limited edition product to return has been huge (and I’m one of those people!). If you love tea, especially Japanese tea, then you’ll find this one irresistible.
Matcha and matcha flavoured products are enjoying a boom around the world today. Like matcha, there are a lot of houjicha items sold here in Japan.
The Houjicha Latte Häagen-Dazs ice cream is on sale right now for a limited time. I ate mine during snack time.
Upon opening the lid you are met with a spiralling marble-like pattern in your ice cream which are two different types of houjicha. The ice cream is rich and has a full-bodied milk flavour. This is coupled with the fragrance and delicious taste of the tea making for a seriously refreshing ice cream. The balance between the flavours is perfect, so you get richness but your taste buds are also left feeling refreshed.
The ice cream isn’t overly sweet and has just the right amount of bitterness from the houjicha. The sweetness of the milk fills your mouth and harmonises it all.
We recommend the Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Houjicha Latte to those looking to eat a dessert made in Japan. You can pick up a cup at most convenience stores across the country, so be sure to give it a try if you’re here for summer, especially if you’ve never tried houjicha sweets or desserts before!
Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Houjicha Latte (Limited Edition)
Available: At most major convenience stores, supermarkets and department stores in Japan
Price: ¥272 (Before Tax)
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/houjicha_latte/
Treat Yourself To Some Afternoon Teatime In Tokyo
Hello, my name is Banako and I am a MOSHI MOSHI Friend!
Today I’m going to introduce you to a café called Chansonnier Acorite, which is located close to Mejiro Station; an area bustling with life. Just a minute walk from the station and you will be surrounded by European interior decor and utensils, and gorgeous cakes that are the talk of the town!
To get there, exit the station, turn left and go down the stairs and you will immediately find it.
I ordered the cake set that even allows you to choose your own plate. (￥1,280)
This set comes with one cake of your choice and a drink. Don’t forget to choose your own plate!
It was so hard to choose from these beautiful plates, yet having a choice definitely sparked delight. These plates were specially selected and have been imported all the way from Europe.
You can see the delicious cakes through the showcase. From there, you can choose which one you want. The cakes vary depending on the season and time of day.
I ordered the most popular cake and drink combination; the Rose Chiffon Cake and a Hot Tea.
The Rose Chiffon Cake looked beautiful and tasted just as good as it looked. The fluffy sponge cake was topped with some moderately sweet cream and faintly fragranced rose petals.
This could be easily consumed by anyone ー even those who don’t really like sweet desserts. This place is full of fun little details, such as the cute teacup that matched the plate I chose and the unique and playful design of the teapot.
After finishing the delicious meal, I had kiwi and strawberry tea. It had a refreshing yet slightly sour taste and was very easy to finish.
Besides cakes, there is also a breakfast menu, and a beef stew set menu of which only 20 meals are served per day. Recently, the café has been creating original collaboration menus by cooperating with models and illustrators.
This place is both close to the station and is loved by many regular customers. If you are looking for comfortable spot where you can relax for hours, look no further.
Come heal yourself and relax with some delicious afternoon tea at Chansonnier Acorite.
Café Chansonnier Acorite
Address: Floor B1 Planet Mejiro, Mejiro, Toshima, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 8:00 ー 23:00
No regular holidays
Opening hours and holidays may change so please ensure to check in advance.
Access: 1-minute walk from Mejiro station (JR Yamanote line)
Battle The Heat With 5 Cute, Refreshing Foods and Drinks at Tokyo Disneyland
The Star Festival celebration Tanabata Days is currently underway at Disneyland, but it’s already over 30 degrees outside. You’ll find yourself all sweaty just by standing up. That’s why today we will be introducing you to foods and drinks that will keep you cool and refreshed in this baking heat.
A Cute Mickey Biscuit Ice Cream ♡
Head to ICE CREAM CONES at World Bazaar to get your hands on a soft serve ice cream with chocolate (￥500). A wafer cone is filled with delicious soft serve ice cream and then topped with chocolate sauce and bright, colourful chocolate. Finally, a biscuit decorated with Mickey’s winky face is placed on top.
The shop’s interior is decorated with cute pastel colours which make it the perfect spot for a picture, however, a picture with Cinderella’s castle in the background is also a grand idea.
This is perfect for those of you who are looking for something both refreshing and cute. The ice cream has a rejuvenating flavour and tastes perfect along with the bitter cone.
A Refreshing Cold Meal: Beef Salad Udon Noodles
This one is recommended for those of you who are hungry but want to eat something cool rather than a burger. If this is you, head to Plazma Ray’s Diner at Tomorrowland for their cold beef karubi udon (￥780).
Thick cold noodles are served in a delicious soup along with pieces of beef, aubergine, okra and other summer vegetables. It even includes a pink fish paste cake cut into the shape of Mickey’s face. You are bound to finish this refreshing meal quickly on a hot summer’s day.
Perfect for the Peckish : A Sweet Treat
The same shop sells a Monsters, Inc-themed Mike sandwich biscuit that is filled with chocolate ganache (￥400). This is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re in search of a quick energy boost.
Cool chocolate and marshmallows are squished between the two biscuits. Have you noticed the giant eye on the top of the biscuit? You just won’t be able to resist taking a photo. When you’re slightly peckish, make sure to give it a try!
A Moderately Sweet Refreshing Drink
This one is for the coffee-lovers. Pop by Café Orléans to pick up the D’s Delights Vanilla Smoothie & Coffee Jelly (￥500). Underneath the vanilla smoothie is a layer of coffee jelly. The top of the smoothie is filled with cocoa. We recommend you thoroughly mix the vanilla smoothie and coffee jelly before drinking it. The sweetness of the smoothie and the bitterness of the coffee jelly are a match made in heaven. When you’re tired of walking and need something sweet and refreshing, this drink is sure to power you up back to full battery.
Fruity Shaved Ice With Actual Fruit Pieces
Last but not least is the Shaved Ice (￥400) which is sold at many places including Huey, Dewey and Louie’s Good Time Cafe. There are two flavours to choose from; Japanese pear and Japanese orange. The sauce poured all over your ice contains actual pieces of fruit that will bring you right back to life. If you pay an extra ￥400, you can get your shaved ice served in a Toy Story-themed souvenir cup that you can take back home with you.
With all the sun and excitement at Disneyland, you could overheat, so please take care and make sure to rejuvenate yourself with something refreshing and delicious!
Tokyo Disney Resort
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/
Running: June 6 ー July 7, 2019
Special Edition Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/fantasy/tanabata2019/tdl/index.html
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/
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
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/
GODIVA Releases New Heavenly Chocolixir Tea and Chocolate Pairing Drink
03.October.2019 | FOOD
As the almighty creator of the chilled chocolate drink called the Chocolixir, GODIVA has now transcended to a whole new level with its Tea Magic Series which pairs luxurious GODIVA chocolate with a specially made tea. The fourth and final heavenly Chocolixir drink for the Tea Magic Series has now been revealed to be called the Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami. This is a pairing of GODIVA white chocolate and Uji matcha. A limited number of these will be released for sale from October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019.
The GODIVA Tea Magic Series is made using the finest GODIVA chocolate. The chocolatier considers the most appropriate tea to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and only uses the finest tea leaves to make the drink. The result is a chilled chocolate tea which is filled with a flavour that will enlighten you. Hojicha Chocolate tea was the first tea of the series and was released on July 1st.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (270ml): ¥602 (before tax)
GODIVA’s mildly sweet and velvety white chocolate is blended with rich uji matcha tea and then chilled to a perfectly refreshing temperature. A light cloud of whipped cream floats on the surface and is sprinkled with carefully made uji matcha powder. Matcha chocolate sticks garnishe the drink.
From your first sip to your last, your mouth will be filled with a rich and luxurious matcha flavour. From time to time, your tongue will discover the exciting texture of small pieces of smashed white chocolate pieces.
This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the luxurious flavour of mild white chocolate blended with rich uji matcha.
GODIVA Tea Magic Series: Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (Final Drink)
Available: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Only available at GODIVA shops
Branch search: https://www.godiva.co.jp/boutique/?view=map&store_list_id=50
Hokkaido Confectionery Makers Ishiya Open New Cafe in COREDO Muromachi Terrace
30.September.2019 | FOOD
COREDO Muromachi Terrace is a new shopping complex in Nihonbashi, Tokyo that opened its doors on September 27, 2019. Confectionery company Ishiya, which is known for its Shiroi Koibito cookers that are considered a souvenir and speciality of Hokkaido, opened its first ever cafe outside Hokkaido entitled ISHIYA NIHONBASHI at the shopping centre.
ISHIYA NIHONBASHI is the first cafe managed by Ishiya outside of Sapporo, Hokkaido. The cafe’s concept is to treat the people of Tokyo to the wonderful flavours of Hokkaido. This includes a selection of popular sweets and desserts, including the Shime Parfait―a common accompaniment to the end of any drinking party in Sapporo.
During the day, the establishment offers a sumptuous cafe menu whipped up by the chefs, such as pancakes and parfaits. Let’s take a look.
Strawberry Ishiya Pancake (Fluffy) – ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
The Ishiya Pancakes are fluffier than clouds, made lavishly with cream cheese and fresh cream. They’re topped with even more fresh cream and strawberries and are finished sweetly with condensed milk and a sweet and sour raspberry sauce. The pure white cream and raspberry sauce make these pancakes look cute and tempting♡
Shiroi Koibito Blend Coffee – ¥400 (Tax Included)
This original blend of coffee was crafted so it goes perfectly with a Shiroi Koibito biscuit. When you order a cup of this coffee you get one biscuit to enjoy with it.
During the evening and late night, the cafe serves snacks made to pair with alcohol as well as exclusive parfaits drizzled in Japanese sake. They also sell the “Shime Parfait,” a classic post-drinking dessert in Sapporo.
Parfait Nihonbashi – ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
This Nihonbashi-exclusive parfait is topped with alcohol which you drizzle sake over. The parfait includes rich jelly. You can create even more delicious flavours with the accompanying matcha pudding or brown sugar syrup.
The cafe also sells Saqu, colourful high-class biscuits normally only sold in Hokkaido. They make for a perfect souvenir.
Taste the flavours of Hokkaido in Tokyo at Nihonbashi’s newest hot spot.
Address: COREDO Muromachi Terrace 1F, 3-2-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
No fixed holidays except when COREDO Muromachi Terrace is closed.
This Week’s Lunch: Peach & Yoghurt at dotcom space Tokyo in Harajuku
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 in order to live a happy life.
Today, I went and got my lunch early ahead of my morning work. I visited dotcom space Tokyo, a café in Harajuku where you can indulge in a laid-back experience.
©️photo Takumi Ota
The café is just a 4-minute walk from the Takeshita Street exit of Harajuku Station. Its atmosphere is so peaceful and related that you wouldn’t believe it’s right next to noisy and busy Takeshita Street. It’s a spacious place with simple and stylish furniture and furnishings. I fancied something sweet this time, so I went and ordered the Peach & Yoghurt bread.
©️photo Takumi Ota
©️photo Takumi Ota
The interior decorating scheme is based on wood; you can feel how particular they were about the furniture. It’s easy to wind down at this café due to its spacious interior. It’s common to see workers scattered throughout too. It’s a nice place to leave your desk for a little bit for lunch for a change of pace.
Peach & Yoghurt ¥680 / Iced Café Latte ¥550
The bread is piled with a generous serving of yoghurt cream and shiny peach which the light shines on.
I feel happy just looking at this delicious treat. Just spellbinding!
I sliced my first piece and popped it into my mouth. The bread is deliciously chewy, and the refreshing yogurt cream and sweet peach filled my mouth. The bread itself is a thick-cut slice and made by Pelican, a bakery in Asakusa. It has a chewy and moist texture you can’t find anywhere else.
The yogurt cream isn’t overly sweet, instead having a more refreshing flavour to it. When eaten together with the sweet ripened peach, the gorgeous mix blends together around your taste buds and melts in your mouth. Depending on the season, you can pick fruits other than peach too. They always have seasonal choices. I’m looking forward to their autumn and winter line-up.
The iced latte has a slight acidity to it, my favourite kind of flavour. It went really well with the Peach & Yogurt bread. The café is also particular about its coffee bean selection; one of its baristas is noted to be a past “Japan champion” when it comes to coffee. I’ve got to try the hot coffee the next time I visit.
A set meal, burger or the likes would have been good too, but I had my eyes set on a sweet dessert lunch. Getting a moment to chill out and enjoy something sweet made me happy today. I recommend enjoying some autumn fruit-topped bread too as the seasons change.
Apple Juice ¥450
I’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. I bought them some apple juice, which is poured into a cup with a smiling face on the side. It’s made from 100% apples from Nagano. The straw is made from environmentally-friendly sugarcane.
Writer:Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
dotcom space Tokyo
Address: 1-19-19 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://www.instagram.com/dotcomspacetokyo/
Disney Ambassador®️ Hotel Now Serving Adorable Cake & Drink For Halloween
Disney Ambassador®️ Hotel is also getting in on the Halloween action, with a bone-chilling food and drinks line-up at the Hyperion Lounge.
Disney Halloween Cake Set – ¥1,700 (Available until October 31, 2019)
The eye-catching blueberry mont blanc is served with either tea or coffee. The sweet and sourness of the blueberry combined with the cream cheese is spot on.
It’s also filled with blueberry jam for even more of a blueberry kick. Mix together with the powdered mango for extra flavour.
This cake set is serve from 12:00-22:00, but there is a limited number of servings per day so be sure to get in there quick!
Disney Halloween Special Drink – ¥1,300 (Available until October 31, 2019)
The Instagram-worthy drink is serving autumn vibes with its chestnut syrup and orange colour. It’s also topped with whipped cream and a cute chocolate bat. The drink has a refreshing mix of range juice and grape juice which balance deliciously with the purple sweet potato whipped cream and sweet syrup. There’s also grape jelly hidden underneath the cream.
This is also served from 12:00-22:00, and gets you an original coaster. These are limited in availability.
Tokyo Disneyland – Disney Halloween 2019
Running: September 10, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Event Page (English): https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdl/event/detail/tdl_halloween2019/
Disney Ambassador®️ Hotel
Official Website: http://www.disneyhotels.jp/en/dah/
Cute Disney Halloween Confections Coming to Ginza Cozy Corner
24.September.2019 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner has revealed a new batch of adorable Disney-themed Halloween sweets that will be available to purchase between September 27 and October 31.
Disney Halloween Collection (9 Sweets) – ¥2,300 (Before Tax)
Ginza Cozy Corner’s Halloween treats prove popular every single year. This year they’re taking on a completely new theme they are calling “Mickey & Friends’ Trick or Treat.” The Disney Halloween Collection includes an assortment of individual confections each with motifs of Mickey and the Disney cast, such as Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck.
Mickey’s is a candy apple tart, Minnie’s is a candy-inspired roll cake, Donald’s is a chocolate ice cream tart―the list goes on. Each one has been carefully designed to be as cute and delicious as possible. Perfect finger-food treats for Halloween parties and simple get-togethers!
Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Pudding – ¥360 (Before Tax)
Minnie Mouse Pumpkin Pudding – ¥360 (Before Tax)
There are also Mickey and Minnie-themed puddings made with sweet and rich pumpkin. These milk puddings spurt out bright-red raspberry sauce when your spoon hits the middle. Each pudding also comes with its very own Mickey or Minnie dressed in vampire outfits.
Be sure to visit Ginza Cozy Corner if you’re in Japan for Halloween this year for some cute and tasty Disney treats!
Ginza Cozy Corner
Line-Up: Disney Halloween Collection (9 Sweets) / Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Pudding / Minnie Mouse Pumpkin Pudding
Available: September 27, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Pound Cake For Halloween
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, I will show you how to make the perfect treat for Halloween: a pumpkin and cream cheese pound cake, finished with cute bats and a ghost. This is a super easy recipe that can be made by simply putting everything into a blender and baking it in the oven. By the end of you you will have yourself a Halloween-themed rich pound cake as soft as Japanese pudding.
1: Ingredients (Makes one 22cm pound cake)
150g cream cheese
250g cooked pumpkin (skin and seeds removed)
150ml fresh cream
20g soft wheat flour
2: Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender
3: Once the mix takes on a smooth texture, pour into a cake tin and bake at 180℃ for 40 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool, then leave in the fridge overnight.
4: Once the cake has set, slice a piece and add your dollop of fresh cream for your ghost and decorate.
To see how I did the toppings, check the video I made above. Once your cute toppings are done, your cake is ready to enjoy!
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!