Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Steamed Minnie Mouse Cocoa Cakes

11.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

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.

Today, I will show you the perfect recipe for making chocolate Minnie Mouse cakes using the Mickey Mouse Tezukuri Okazu Maker kit which you can buy on Belle Maison.

 

1. Ingredients

About 3-4 prep bowls

1 large egg

40g sugar

Oil or 10g melted unsalted butter

15ml milk

50g weak flour (sifted)

10g cocoa

5g baking powder

2.

①Crack the egg into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and whisk well.

②Add a drizzle of oil or melted butter and milk and whisk again.

③Add the sifted flour and stir in gently with a rubber spatula.

3.

Oil the silicone cake moulds and spoon in your mix.

4.

Steam on a high heat for about 10 minutes.

 

5.

Now it’s time to make Minnie’s ribbon. I got this ribbon mould from Daiso. Place it onto some baking paper and outline the shape with a pen. Fill the outline with red-coloured chocolate and leave to set in the fridge. Once it has completely set, add the polkadots.

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Once the cake has finished steaming, stick her onto a lollipop stick so it the cake be eaten like a lollipop, and fix the ribbon onto the top of Minnie’s head.

And she’s finished! It looks cute when you put a Mickey and Minnie one together side by side. You can make a lot of cute recipes using the Okazu Maker, so get your hands on one and try making your own!

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!

 

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Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

 

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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Mickey Mouse Gratin Pie

    13.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

    Today, I will show you the perfect recipe for using the Mickey Mouse bread warmer you can buy online at Belle Maison. The warmer can be used for bread, pies and more. They will keep your food from going cold and drying out so it’ll still be as delicious as when you put it in!

     

    1. Ingredients

    Frozen pie sheets

    Frozen gratin

     

    2. Leave the pie sheets to come to room temperature for 5-10 minutes and then roll out slightly.

    3. Cut out two large circles for the face. If you don’t have a cutter you can substitute it with a cup or something similar

    4. Take one of the circles and cut a smaller size circle like below.

    5. Using egg yolk, stick the hollow circle from Step 4 onto the circle from Step 3. For the ears, check the size of the face you have cut out and cut them accordingly. Affix to the face with egg yolk.

    6. Layer egg yolk over the years and the outside of the face and then pierce holes with a fork all over.

    7. Add the frozen gratin to the middle and bake at 200℃ for 13-15 minutes.

    The recipe may be simple but looks just like something sold at Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery in Tokyo Disneyland! You can add mint sauce to the middle or even make it a meat pie. Whatever you do it’s sure to be delicious!

    Pop into your bread warmer for cute presentation. These make for great nibbles to share with people!

    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!

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Winnie the Pooh S’more Cookies

    23.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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 edition, we’ll be using a recipe from the Disney dessert cookbook Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes. In the book, there is a recipe for making s’more cookies of Mickey’s gloves, but I decided to shake things up a bit and make Winnie the Pooh ones instead. The glove recipe is super cute as well, so if you can get your hands on the book I definitely recommend trying that out too.

     

    A s’more is a marshmallow wedged between chocolate and cookies. The cookie dough isn’t overly sweet so it’s extremely delicious even if you pack full with marshmallows and chocolate.

     

    Ingredients

    Cookie Dough

    100g unsalted butter

    80g powdered sugar

    A pinch of salt

    20g egg yolk (1 medium egg)

    190g sifted wheat flour

     

    S’mores

    Marshmallows

    Chocolate

    Chocolate Pen

     

    1.

    Allow the unsalted butter to come to room temperature then knead in a bowl well. Slowly add the the powdered sugar, egg yolk and sifted flour in that order while mixing.

    2.

    Once the mix comes together, line it across a baking sheet and flatten evenly. Once flat, put in the refrigerator and chill in the refrigerator from at least an hour to overnight. In the recipe book it says to use a round dough cutter but I actually own a Winnie the Pooh cutter so I used that. Cut the dough to the size of your liking. Line them on a baking tray and bake at 160℃ for approximately 20 minutes.

    3.

    Once baked, leave to cool. Next, start drawing on the face. I made a video to show how I did it so check it out below.

    4.

    Place the marshmallows on the side of your cookie without the face and melt in a 500w microwave for 20 seconds. Place the chocolate on the warm marshmallows and then pop the face back on. The marshmallows and chocolate are more delicious when melted, so I recommend eating them as soon as you take them out of the microwave.

    It was fun to put in the amount of chocolate and marshmallows that I wanted.

    They are perfect for parties too!

    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!

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Disney Tsum Tsum Chocolate Covered Cookies

    01.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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, we’ll learn how to make a recipe from the book Disney Tsum Tsum Sweets Recipes pictured above.

     

    As well as the characters pictured on the front cover, others include Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck. We’ll make the ears from marble chocolate than our usual chocolate plastic. The middle is like a sandwiched cookie, so you get a deliciously crunchy texture♡

     

    1. Ingredients

    Silicone cupcake case (my cupcake sections are 6cm)

    White chocolate

    Matcha chocolate

    Marble chocolate

    Chocolate plastic (also called “modelling chocolate”)

    Chocolate pen

    Oreo cookies

    Pink, yellow, blue and green food colouring

     

    2. Melt the chocolates separately over a bain marie and pour them into separate sections of the cupcake case, about halfway in each.

    3. Place Oreo cookies into each like so.

    4. Cover the cookies with the remaining chocolate and chill in the refrigerator until set.

    5. Once fully set, the final step is to decorate with our chocolate plastic, marble chocolate and chocolate pen.

     

    Sully’s purple ears are made with chocolate plastic.

    Pooh’s ears are made from marble chocolate.

    To see how I fully decorated my cookies check out the video I made below!

    Lining them up like Disney Tsum Tsum toys makes them look really cute! All of the recipes I used this time are from the Japanese recipe book Disney Tsum Tsum Sweets Recipes (Japanese Title: ディズニーツムツムのスイーツレシピ). It shows how to create lots of different characters!

     

    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!

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

     

    ©Disney

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    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!

  • Tokyo Disney Resort to Release Frozen 2 Goods that Will Melt Your Heart

    08.October.2019 | FASHION / FOOD / MOVIE / SPOT

    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.

     

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  • Minnie Mouse Takes Over Tokyo Disneyland for ‘Very Very Minnie!’ Event in 2020

    07.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    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!”

  • New & Exclusive Frozen 2 Merchandise Releasing in Japan This Year

    06.October.2019 | FASHION / MOVIE

    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.

     

     

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    *Select Disney Store branches are not stocking these products. Outlet branches also not participating
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  • Top 6 Desserts Made With Luxurious Pink Ruby Chocolate

    06.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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)

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    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.

     

    Ruby Mille-feuille

    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)

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    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.

     

    Pretzel Cookie

    Released: September 20, 2019

    Available: At mass retailers across Japan

     

    Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise – ¥5,000 (Before Tax)

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    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)

    Stock: 50

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    Official Website: https://givreetokyo.shop-pro.jp/

     

     

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    Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs

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    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)

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  • Jump Into the World Of Pixar with Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event Coming Winter 2020

    05.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    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.

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    Decorations Forky from Toy Story 4 will also be making an appearance around the park.

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  • 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.

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  • Top 5 Halloween Treats to Pick Up at Japanese Convenience Stores This Year

    04.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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

    Price: ¥200
    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
    Available: 7-Eleven

     

     

    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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Tokyo Disney Resort to Unlock A Whole New World in 2020: New Area, New Attractions, New Adventures

    30.September.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo Disney Resort will be telling the guards to open up the gates to an enormous number of brand new attractions, events and much more all at once on April 15, 2020. Over the course of the year, there will be so many exciting events and programs all over the resort that you will be wanting to waltz into Disney Resort® every day. This is the perfect chance to experience your perfect Happily Ever After. 

     

    In short, Alongside the numerous seasonal programs and events, Tokyo Disneyland will be expanding Fantasyland. A new area will be built inside it called New Fantasyland, which is dedicated to the Disney film Beauty and the Beast. There will even be a new attraction called ‘Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast’, an indoor theatre called ‘Fantasyland Forest Theatre’, and much more. Along with the new Fantasyland developments, Tomorrowland will be home to the new ride ‘The Happy Ride with Baymax’ and Toontown is getting an attraction called Minnie’s Style Studio. 

     

    New Disneyland Attractions to Open on April 15, 2020

    New Attraction: Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast

    There will be a brand new large-scale attraction dedicated to the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. Enter the picturesque village of medieval France where Belle resides. Embark on a journey through the film in a dancing teacup and become part of famous scenes as the nostalgic movie music embraces you. You will want this beautiful moment to last forever.

     New Indoor Theatre: Fantasyland Forest Theatre

    This is the first ever full-scale indoor theatre to ever be built at Disneyland and it will reside in Fantasyland. The theme of the theatre is travelling the wonderful world of music with your favourite Disney characters. The live performances to take place on the stage will be undoubtedly dynamic and intense. 

    Minnie Mouse Meet and Greet Facility: Minnie’s Style Studio

    For the first time in forever, Tokyo Disneyland is setting up a greeting facility for Minnie Mouse to greet guests. Head to Toontown to meet fashion designer Minnie Mouse in her beautiful costumes. Make sure to get a picture with her! 

    *Toontown, where Minnie’s Style Studio is located, will be presented by Kodansha Ltd.

    The Happy Ride with Baymax

    If you’re a fan of Big Hero 6 then this ride is for you. Your favourite personal medical healthcare companion Baymax will pull you along on a thrilling and rather unpredictable journey. 

    * The Happy Ride with Baymax is presented by Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.

     

    Seasonal Events

    Tokyo DisneySea ‘Disney Easter’ Special Event

    March 27- June 12, 2020

    Tokyo DisneySea has some incredibly exciting news: The Usapiyo chicks are due to hatch in time for Easter! These mysterious chicks with bunny ears are sure to have your heart hopping with happiness. They will be taking part in a show held at the Mediterranean Harbor. The Usapiyo will be joining Mickey Mouse and the gang to celebrate spring and fill your heart with excitement and fun. 

     

     

    Tokyo Disneyland Special Program: ‘Happy Fair with Baymax’

    June 4 – November 1, 2020

    This program will take place in Tomorrowland and will see the park filled with decorations, photo spots, merchandise and menu items themed on Big Hero 6. Your excitement levels are bound to inflate dramatically!

     

    These are just a few exciting events that 2020 holds in store. Be Prepared for some fun!

     

    *All images in this article are illustrations. 

    ©Disney

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