Japan’s Long Reigning Chocolate Brand Releases Limited Edition Flavour to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
16.August.2019 | FOOD
Takenoko No Sato is a popular type of chocolate-covered small biscuit snack sold in Japan. This year, the mini bamboo shoot-shaped biscuit brand has been busy celebrating its 40th anniversary with the Anniversary Dessert Series. Lucky for us, that means the release of a second irresistible limited edition flavour. The new flavour, which is called Takenoko No Sato Strawberry Shortcake, will be released countrywide for a limited time only starting on August 20, 2019.
Takenoko No Sato was born in August 1979 as the younger brother of Kinoko No Yama; a miniature mushroom snack made of a crunchy biscuit stalk and chunky chocolate mushroom head which was released in September 1975. These long-selling chocolate brands have been a popular hit since the day they hit the shops and have won the hearts of everyone from children to adults.
Takenoko No Sato Strawberry Shortcake consists of a crunchy biscuit covered in a layer of tangy strawberry chocolate that tastes like fresh cream and sweet yet sour strawberries.
If you have never tried this iconic Japanese brand of chocolate before, you definitely need to try it to see what all the hype is about. Don’t forget to try the Strawberry Shortcake flavour which is only available for a limited time only.
Takenoko No Sato Strawberry Shortcake (たけのこの里いちごのショートケーキ味)
RRP: ￥200 (before tax) /￥216 (after tax)
Release Date: August 20, 2019
To be released countrywide.
Meiji Co., Ltd. Official Website: https://www.meiji.co.jp/
STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review
Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.
Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡
If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.
You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!
There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.
No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡
The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!
For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.
The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.
It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.
I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.
Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.
They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.
STRAWBERRY MANIA Harajuku
Address: ITO Bldg. 2F, 1-6-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/strawberrymania_harajuku15/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Steamed Minnie Mouse Cocoa Cakes
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.
About 3-4 prep bowls
1 large egg
Oil or 10g melted unsalted butter
50g weak flour (sifted)
5g baking powder
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.
Oil the silicone cake moulds and spoon in your mix.
Steam on a high heat for about 10 minutes.
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.
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!
Silicone Tezukuri Okazu Maker (Mickey Mouse)
Price: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Snoopy, Joe Cool & Charlie Brown Confections by Tabemas Are Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores
08.August.2019 | FOOD
Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has unveiled its new Snoopy, Joe Cool and Charlie Brown wagashi confections that will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan on August 20.
The characters are made from a type of dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. Each of their charm points have been recreated, including Snoopy’s collar, Joe Cool’s shades and folded arm pose, and Charlie Brown’s instantly-recognisable outfit.
Their cute designs make it hard to decide where to start eating from, with Snoopy’s beady eyes, Joe Cool’s composed manner, and Charlie Brown’s smiley face.
Each character is filled with different flavoured bean pastes, maintaining that traditional wagashi touch. Snoopy is chocolate flavoured, Joe Cool is salted vanilla, and Charlie Brown is custard. The three of them line up perfectly for a cute Instagrammable photo. They are limited in stock so if you’re in Japan this summer be sure to stop by a Lawson store.
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Tabemas – Snoopy Series
Flavours: 3 Snoopy (Chocolate) / Joe Cool (Salted Vanilla) / Charlie Brown (Custard)
Price: ¥259 Each (Before Tax)
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Available: At chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores across Japan
*Not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Make Your Own Original KitKat at Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
31.July.2020 | FOOD
Nestlé Japan is opening a new branch of KitKat Chocolatory inside Shibuya’s new shopping mall Miyashita Park on August 4, 2020.
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 product line-up features a range perfect as gifts to friends, family and co-workers, or as a treat to yourself.
Japan is home to eight KitKat Chocolatory branches. The new Miyashita Park Shibuya branch will open as the fourth in Tokyo, as well as the first where you can create your own KitKat products.
My KITKAT: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
“My KITKAT” comes as the world’s first KitKat service where consumers can create their own original chocolate bars.
KitKat Waffle: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Soft Cream: ¥630 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya will also sell a variety of unique and exclusive KitKat desserts, like luxurious soft serve ice cream topped with couverture chocolate. It will also offer a cafe menu created by Nespresso, where customers can pair Chocolatory desserts with seasonal coffee menus, and more.
Shibuya-esque wall art will decorate the interior of the shop, making for plenty of photo opportunities.
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Address: Miyashita Park South 2F, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
Eggs ‘n Things Harajuku’s Exclusive Chocolate Mint Pancakes Ship Nationwide in Japan
13.May.2020 | FOOD
Eggs ‘n Things Japan has announced that it is releasing its “Harajuku Chocolate Mint Pancakes” and “Mango Salsa Chicken & Eggs” to all branches throughout Japan (excluding temporarily closed branches).
Harajuku Chocolate Mint Pancakes: Eat In ¥1,480 (Before Tax), Takeout ¥880 (Before Tax) | Serving: May 15, 2020 – June 11, 2020
The Harajuku Chocolate Mint Pancakes speak for themselves. Enjoy a serving of mint flavoured pancakes drizzled in smooth mint cream which is sure to send a refreshing tinge through your nose. It’s topped with an Oreo cookie, chocolate mint ice cream, and served with a side of chocolate sauce.
*The takeout option doesn’t come with whipped cream or chocolate mint ice cream
Mango Salsa Chicken & Eggs: ¥1,280 (Before Tax) *Takeout option available | Serving: May 15, 2020 – June 11, 2020
A plate of juicy fried chicken and a punchy mango salsa with a flavourful coriander taste and spicy kick.
Two perfect dishes to enjoy an early summer this year, coming to Eggs ‘n Things in Japan this Friday.
Eggs ‘n Things Japan
Official Website: https://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/
KitKat Chocolatory to Release Beautiful New Packaging Illustrated by Misaki Tanaka
05.April.2020 | FOOD
Nestlé Japan is collaborating with popular Japanese illustrator Misaki Tanaka to release a new series of chocolate packaging on April 15 at KitKat Chocolatory. The concept behind the packaging is to have people choose the chocolate they want based on the words and pictures branded on the single chocolate boxes.
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.
KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory – ¥300~¥400 (Before Tax)
There are 15 different package designs in total which will be sold for a limited time. None of the boxes have information of the flavour or name of the chocolates; instead you pick which you want based on how the packaging looks. They make for a great gift to yourself and others.
The words chosen on the packaging reflect the feelings one goes through in love or everyday life. Misaki Tanaka has provided the perfect illustrations to better picture those times.
KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory Full Box (15 Included) – ¥5,100 (Before Tax)
Those who want all of the flavours can purchase the assorted box of 15. The box lid features another original illustration by Miskai Tanaka. And if you roll up to KitKat Chocolatory Ginza between April 15 and May 17, they will have a special exhibition of the illustrations on show.
KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory
Available: 7 branches of KitKat Chocolatory (3 in Tokyo/2 in Osaka/1 in Kawasai/1 in Hiroshima) & Nestlé Japan Website (*Only 15 sets will be sold online)
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/mekakushi/
Ornament-Like Cake Parfaits Now Being Baked Up at Pascal Le Gac Tokyo in Akasaka
05.April.2020 | FOOD
Pascal Le Gac Tokyo is the first overseas branch of internationally-recognised French-based chocolate company Pascal Le Gac which released some breathtaking new desserts to its menu on Wednesday.
Chocolate Parfait Flurry / Phrase Parfait Flurry
The original Parfait Flurry desserts are made in the image of a bloomed flower. When they were released back in April 2019, they instantly garnered attention across social media and news websites for their gorgeous design. Pascal Le Gac Tokyo has brought them back to the menu, this time in the form of cakes.
Cakes that are like parfaits
The new desserts take the same concept of the original parfaits, but instead turns them into cakes. But that doesn’t simply mean taking the parfait ingredients as they are and turning them into a cake. Rather, the cakes recreate the taste of the parfaits, so it’s like eating the real thing. The wine glass that the parfaits were served in have been recreated using icing to give that shiny effect, and the chocolate flowers have been cut thin so they are easy to eat.
Chocolate Flurry – ¥864 (Tax Included)
Starting from the bottom upwards, the Chocolate Flurry is layered with chocolate cookie pieces, chocolate flavoured almond sponge, chocolate cream, chocolate mousse, cacao flavoured vanilla cream, more chocolate cream, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and chocolate glaçage. Every part of this art piece is made with cacao.
Phrase Flurry (Tax Included)
Starting from the bottom upwards, the Phrase Flurry is layered with pistachio cookie pieces, almond sponge, pistachio mousse, strawberry mousse, lychee jelly, strawberry compote, raspberry flavoured fresh cream, strawberry chocolate, and red glaçage. The marriage of strawberry, lychee, and pistachio flavours is nothing short of heavenly.
*Please note that opening hours and closures are subject to change depending on the situation of the coronavirus outbreak. Check the cafe’s official website for the latest details.
Pascal Le Gac Tokyo
Address: 2-12-13 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30) / [Weekends] 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:30)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Exit 2 of Akasaka Station (via Chiyoda Line) / 1-minute on foot from Exit 11 of Tameike-Sannō Station (via Ginza and Namboku Lines)
Official Website: http://www.legac-chocolatier.jp/
MUUN SEOUL: Harajuku’s Korean Cafe Serving Instagrammable ‘Fatcaron’ Macarons
MUUN SEOUL is a cafe located along Tonchan-dori Street in Harajuku that serves Instagram-worthy South Korean food.
Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318
Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318
The cafe sells “fatcarons,” a South Korean-style macaron which have proven very popular with young women in Japan.
Photo by Taeco @taecostagram
Fatcarons are larger than the standard macaron. They are topped with things like strawberries, given marble textures, and more to give them a cute appearance. MOON SEOUL serves many different varieties, all of which are standout compared to normal macarons.
Photo by Sara @__sar310
But the fatcaron experience at MOON SEOUL isn’t complete without ordering the drink above. It’s strawberry milk flavoured, but the milk is whipped until it’s fluffy, giving it a taste like no other strawberry milk you’ve tried. It also has sliced strawberries inside and on top, so if you love strawberries, you’ll love this.
Photo by Yuina @popochan726
You can order your fatcarons for takeout too in a clear takeaway box so you can go have a dessert picnic with your friends, and get a great photo of them all together too.
Address: FLAG F1, 3-27-15, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 12:00 – 20:00
No Regular Holidays
Tea & Chocolate Brownie Released by Dandelion Chocolate and IYEMON SALON ATELIER
18.March.2020 | FOOD
Dandelion Chocolate and IYEMON SALON ATELIER have joined sticky fingers to bake up their new “Tea & Cocoa Brownie” which is now being served at IYEMON SALON ATELIER KYOTO and Dandelion Chocolate Kyoto Higashiyama Ichinenzaka.
This collaboration came about to celebrate 1 year since IYEMON SALON ATELIER KYOTO opened. The chocolates fuse IYEMON SALON’s tea with Dandelion Chocolate’s organic, single origin bean to bar chocolate.
Tea & Cocoa Brownie (Uji Matcha/Houjicha) – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) *Contains 2 of each flavour
The two different flavoured brownies, Uji matcha and houjicha, are filled with a ganache made from Japanese tea and carefully selected chocolate from the Dominican Republic. The chocolate has a strong, rich flavour like that of coffee and cherries, but is still easy to get without it tasting overwhelming. The brownies are also vegan-friendly and gluten-free, containing no eggs, dairy products, wheat, or white sugar. They are the perfect accompaniment to both tea and a mild-tasting sake.
The vegan lifestyle is slowly gaining recognition in Japan, so don’t miss this chance to treat yourself to some melt-in-the-mouth vegan delights.
©Dandelion Chocolate Japan
IYEMON SALON ATELIER KYOTO
Address: 481-1 Kiyoichō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 8:00-23:00 (Course Last Orders 21:00 / Grand Menu & Drinks Last Orders 22:00)
Official Website: https://www.cafecompany.co.jp/brands/iyemonsalon/atelier-kyoto/
Dandelion Chocolate Kyoto Higashiyama Ichinenzaka
Address: 363-6 Masuyachō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
Official Website: https://dandelionchocolate.jp/pages/shop-kyoto
Pink Cherry Blossom Doughnuts Get Baked Up at Mister Donut in Japan This Spring
08.March.2020 | FOOD
Mister Donut Japan is now serving up a sweet selection of cherry blossom themed doughnuts; this includes 3 flavours of their “Sakura Mochi Doughnuts” which have a chewy texture and cherry blossom inspired shape, 3 flavours of the “Sakura French” doughnuts which take their classic cruller doughnuts and sprinkle them with cherry blossom flavoured powder, and a cherry blossom flavour of their popular bite-sized pop doughnuts.
Sakura Mochi Doughnuts
The “Sakura Mochi Doughnuts” were a hit with sweet tooth customers in spring last year, and have made a return in 2020 even more delicious and chewy than before. With a flavour and texture that’s just like eating cherry blossom mochi, these doughnuts come in three flavours: the pink coloured and kawaii “Sakura,” the soybean sugar-coated “Kinako,” and the “Azuki” which is filled with coarse sweet red bean paste and coated in white chocolate.
These doughnuts use Mister Donut’s classic French crullers and turn them into seasonal springtime sakura delights, like the “Sakura” which is glazed with a pink cherry blossom mochi flavour, and the “Sakura Jelly & Whipped Cream” which speaks deliciously for itself.
Sakura Pop Doughnut
A selection of Mister Donut’s popular doughnuts, like Old Fashioned and Chocolate, have been taken and topped with cherry blossom, strawberry, and other flavourings.
Taste the sweetness of spring this season in Japan with one of these tasty doughnuts.
Sakura ga Saku Doughnuts Series
Running: March 6, 2020 – Late April 2020
Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan
Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp
GODIVA’s Irresistible Chocolixir Sakura Drink Available This Spring
23.February.2020 | FOOD
GODIVA Japan Inc. is releasing a new chocolate drink as part of their Chocolixir series. The new drink flavour “Chocolixir Sakura” will be sold from February 16 to April 9, 2020 at GODIVA shops only.
Chocolixir Sakura: ¥630 (Before Tax)
Cherry blossom jelly and pink chocolate curls rest on top of a white cloud of whipped cream to create the appearance of cherry blossom petals. The drink creates the image of beautiful sakura petals as they reflect off the water’s surface, creating the warm image of the rays of the spring sun. The sweet aroma and creamy melt-in-the-mouth white chocolate is divine. This chilled drink also contains small pieces of smashed white chocolate, creating a fun texture in your mouth.
It looks just as wonderful as it tastes. One sip will fill your heart with the refreshing vibes of spring. GODIVA’s velvety smooth chocolate drinks are always to die for. You just have to try it.
Selling: February 16, 2020 – April 9, 2020
*In limited supply, available while stocks last.
Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp
McFlurry and KitKat Come Together in Long-Awaited Collaboration at McDonald’s Japan
13.February.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan has teamed up with Nestlé Japan to release a KitKat® McFlurry®. It was released on Wednesday at all McDonald’s branches in Japan.
It has been seven years since McFlurry® and KitKat® came together in their delicious chocolatey ice cream combination. It was such a hit back in 2007 that it has finally made its fabled return to the delight of sweet-tooth McDonald’s customers.
The KitKat® McFlurry® is a simple combination of smooth soft serve ice cream and crushed KitKat®. It’s also drizzled in a special sauce made from rich couverture chocolate.
The mix of the wafer-like chocolate KitKat® with the soft serve ice cream is a combination to die for, and the sauce only adds to the mouth-watering flavour.
The dessert will be served in limited-edition cups as pictured above. These cups are limited in stock and will discontinue once all are sold.
Running: February 12, 2020 – Early March 2020 (subject to change)
Available: McDonald’s in Japan (Select branches not participating)
Serving: All Day
Price: ¥290 (Tax Included)
*KITKAT and キットカット are registered trademarks of Nestlé Group.
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
9 Must Try Desserts and Sweets in Hokkaido & at New Chitose Airport – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPONWe at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON know our readers love desserts and sweets as much as we do, and that’s why we make sure to never go too long without writing about the latest must-try treats in Japan, like our recent article on matcha desserts in Sapporo.We return to you once more with the 9 must-try delectable delights at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, and at various locations across Hokkaido. If you’re heading to Japan’s northernmost prefecture, and are using this airport, or are travelling throughout Hokkaido, then you can’t miss out on these irresistible picks.Today, we are joined by Kei, a Japanese Instagrammer who posts enticing pictures of the delicious desserts and drinks he has tried at cafes around Hokkaido. He has kindly provided us with his incredible pictures along with a descriptions, which we have translated into English. Enjoy!
GINRYU・BonBon BERRY | New Chitose Airport
GINRYU・BonBon BERRY is a revamp of the original shop, GINRYU. Located on the second floor of New Chitose Airport Terminal, the new shop has teamed up with BonBonBERRY, another store right next to Atami Station in Shizuoka Prefecture.
The shop specialises in Tokachi Ginryu strawberries, a variety of strawberry produced in the town of Otofuke. They have a distinct appearance and taste, with their beautiful white inside, low acidity, and high sugar content.Omocchiizu Strawberry Skewer – ¥432This skewered dessert is made up of strawberries, cheese-filled sticky rice cake, and strawberry baumkuchen. This is the ultimate strawberry indulgence!Strawberry Bavarois – ¥740Bon Bon Soft – ¥500The Strawberry Bavarois and soft serve ice cream look super cute too. The high sugar content of the Ginryu strawberry makes them perfect for any kind of dessert.The shop is stocked full of other great sweet treats too, so be sure to check out their strawberry range.▼GINRYU・BonBon BERRYAddress: New Chitose Airport Terminal – Floor 2FOpening Hours: 8:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-29-4480Official Website: https://www.ginryu-bonbonberry.com/
Chocolatier Masale | New Chitose Airport
Chocolatier Masale is a standout name in Hokkaido. This leading chocolate company have multiple branches – in addition to the Sapporo shops, they have sites in both the lobby and gate lounge of New Chitose Airport.Mousse Glacee White Chocolate & Hokkaido Milk – ¥410Exclusive to the departure lobby branch of Chocolatier Malase, this chocolatey dessert is an ensemble of ice cream made from mousse-packed Hokkaido milk and covered in chocolate. It’s finished with cracked freeze-dried strawberries which give a fruity kick to the smooth taste of the ice cream and delightful chocolate.▼Chocolatier Masale – New Chitose Airport Departure Lobby (ショコラティエマサール 新千歳空港出発ロビー店)
Address: New Chitose Airport Terminal – Floor 2FOpening Hours: 8:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-29-4115Official Website: https://www.masale.jp/
siretoco sky sweets | New Chitose Airportsiretoco doughnuts were created in the town of Nakashibetsu in Hokkaido. The New Chitose Airport Terminal branch is immensely popular for its cute mini animal doughnuts which are steamed instead of being dropped into hot oil, making them a healthier doughnut option.Happy New Year Lucky Rat – ¥420 / Rich★Cream Cheese – ¥390The doughnut on the left celebrates 2020 and the Year of the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac. It’s white chocolate and strawberry chocolate flavoured. It’s also not too sweet and has a soft and fluffy texture. The cheese doughnut has a very cheesy flavour indeed. All the animal faces are also made by hand, so each and every one is unique. Both are really cute looking.▼siretoco sky sweets (シレトコ スカイ スイーツ)Address: New Chitose Airport Terminal – Floor 2FOpening Hours: 8:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-46-2109Official Website: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/yoitoko-style/
Cafe Owl | Lake ShikotsuHandmade Baked Purin – ¥500Cafe Owl is situated in Shikotsuko Onsen, a popular tourist spot about a 55-minute transit bus ride from New Chitose Airport. It has a warm atmosphere to it with its log house-like appearance. Their food menu has just two things on it: pizza and purin (Japanese custard pudding). I ordered a purin and cup of coffee as a set.The photo doesn’t show how big the purin actually is – it’s like a cake slice. It has a refreshing taste and isn’t overly-sweet so can be chowed down easily.▼Cafe Owl (カフェアウル)Address: Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 9:00-17:00Closed: WednesdaysEnquiries: 0123-25-2590Tabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0107/A010701/1023567/
Pennennolde | Lake ShikotsuAtsuma Honeysuckle Rare Cheese & Cocoa – ¥380 / Walnut Chocolate Ganache – ¥380This cafe is also located in Shikotsuko Onsen. Their main meal is muffins, which are served warm inside their very relaxed space. The honeysuckle cheese muffin is thick and sticky, and doesn’t have an unpleasant smell from the cheese. It’s simply delicious. The chocolate ganache too is melted which only adds to the nice texture of the walnuts.The muffins can be ordered for takeout too, so you can take them with you to enjoy the local sights.▼Pennennolde (ペンネンノルデ)Address: Bangaichi, Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 10:00-17:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-25-4115Official Website: http://r.goope.jp/pennennolde/
Kita no Umaimonten Hekisui | Lake ShikotsuRaspberry Chocolate Soft Cream – ¥500This cafe is close to Lake Shikotsu. They sell soft serve ice cream from the famous Iwase Farm located in the city of Sunagawa. This flavour is made with rich chocolate ice cream and is topped with freeze-dried raspberries, creating a great balance between the two.This small place has its own eat-in area too, so you can kick back and relax while you enjoy the taste of some Hokkaido soft serve ice cream.▼Kita no Umaimonten Hekisui (北のうまいもん店碧水)Address: Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose, HokkaidoOpening Hours: Not knownClosed Days: Not knownEnquiries: 0123-25-4115Official Website: Not known
Doremo LeTAO | ChitoseChocolate Noisette Berry – ¥1,540Doremo LeTAO is just a 15-minute walk from Chitose Station. Their “Chocolate Noisette Berry” is packed fully of rich chocolate, nuts, and berries.Berry Mascarpone – ¥1,650The “Berry Mascarpone” comes with four pancakes drizzled in berry sauce, mascarpone, custard, strawberries, and vanilla ice cream. The pancakes have soft meringue inside them, but are still light to eat, so you can rest assured you won’t have a heavy stomach afterwards.▼Doremo LeTAO (ドレモルタオ)Address: 6-1-1 Asahinochi, Chitose, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 11:00-18:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 050-5570-2975Official Website: https://www.letao.jp/shop/doremo.php
Mirtillo | Osatsu
Mirtillo is a gelato shop on the outskirts of Osatsu in Chitose. It’s a tricky place to reach without a car, but it still stands as an incredibly popular gelato store. They have 16 flavours of gelato including several limited-time options.Waffle Parfait – ¥1,000I tried their “Waffle Parfait,” which lets you pick from two gelato of your choice along with toppings. The combination of the crunchy waffles with the gelato is delicious. Added together with the blueberry sauce and fruits, you get a variety of tastes and textures.The blueberries are actually all grown on site.▼Mirtillo (ミルティーロ)Address: 2 Osatsu, Chitose, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 11:00-18:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-23-5323Official Website: http://mirtillo.tank.jp/
Donut Chaya Honwaka | EniwaHonwaka Cocoa – ¥140 / Autumn Chestnut – ¥220Honwaka is a doughnut shop about 1.5km from Eniwa Station. I got to try some of their seasonal autumn flavours: the fluffy and flavourful “Honwaka Cocoa,” and the chestnut and chestnut cream-loaded “Autumn Chestnut.” The chestnut cream is just the right amount of sweetness and has a really delightful chestnut flavour.The store offers limited-time seasonal flavours with each passing season, so be sure to check out my Instagram to see more.▼Donut Chaya Honwaka (ドーナツ茶屋 ほんわか)Address: 7-18-4 Koganeminami, Eniwa, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 11:00-17:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-25-5346Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donutschaya.honwaka/Did you enjoy these dessert picks? We hope you get to try some of them, and if you want even more dessert recommendations from Hokkaido, be sure to follow Kei on Instagram.
Photos & Original Text: Kei / 敬 (@607keih)
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
*Information written in this article is correct at the time of publishing. For more details on each shop, please visit their official websites and social media pages.
*Food names are translated from Japanese into English where appropriate.
Valentine’s Day 2020 Gift Recommendations: Chocolates and Treats at Tokyo Station
If you’re in Tokyo in the run up to Valentine’s Day, and are in in need of some ideas to bestow your loved one, then you’ll want to head to Tokyo Station City where they are never short of great ideas when the season of love rolls around.
From little gifts under ¥500 to more indulgent delights over ¥1,000, Tokyo Station has it all. We’ve picked out some recommendations ranging from chocolates to sweets and other great ideas for those without a sweet tooth.
【Under ¥500】Little gifts to hand out
Heart de Katsu Burger – ¥237 @ Tonkatsu Maisen (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
For a limited time only, Tonkatsu Maisen’s popular katsu burgers are being served in the shape of a heart up right now until Valentine’s Day. If you’re with your loved one in Tokyo until then, then how about enjoying one of these together?
Heart Senbei (3 Included) @ Fujimido (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Senbei are Japanese rick crackers, and these heart-shaped ones come as a set in black pepper, tuna mayo, and ume katsu (plum pulp and bonito flakes) flavours. Perfect for those who don’t like sweet things, and great with a cup of Japanese sake.
Shizuko Chocolate (1 Included) – ¥378 @ Naruto Kintoki Honpo Kurio (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Kurio’s potato sweet bean jelly is made from the store’s sweet potato bean paste which is set and thus has the original flavour maintained. It’s mixed with dark chocolate for that luxury feel as well as sweet potato skin.
Coffee Bean Chocolates (50g) – ¥432 @ Marche du Chocolat (GRANSTA)
For those with more of an adult flavour palate, these coffee beans are coated in milk chocolate. A must-have for all coffee lovers out there!
[¥500-¥1,000] Show your love with prices too good to overlook
Jelly in Puree Chocolatey in Sachinoka Strawberry & Dark Chocolate (24g) – ¥500 @ Hitotsubu Kanro (GRANSTA) *Available until March 14, 2020
Part of Hitotsubu Kanro’s popular “Jelly in Puree Chocolatey” series, this limited edition flavour is made with sachinoka strawberries. Pick from four different designs.
Orangette (1 Box) – ¥680 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Those who love a mix of chocolate and fruit will want a box of these orangettes, which exquisitely combine the bitterness of orange peel with chocolate. Exclusive to GRANSTA.
Hazelnuts & Puffs (1 Box) – ¥680 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Two types of chocolate, hazelnut and puff, fill up a box of these treats, each with their own crunchy textures. Also exclusive to GRANSTA.
USHIO CHOCOLATL (1 Included) – ¥810-¥864 @ SHARED TOKYO (GRANSTA)
These chocolates are made simply from cocoa beans and salt. The packaging is super stylish too making them a great gift. They are limited in stock, so if you like the look of them, you’d best get in there quick.
[Over ¥1,000] High quality and luxurious indulgence
Cher Milieu – ¥1,404 @ le billet (Ecute Tokyo)
Made with rich Belgian sweet chocolate, sharp and bitter dark chocolate, and orange-flavoured sake, these raw chocolates are a welcome melt-in-the-mouth experience for Valentine’s Day.
Raw Chocolate (9 Included) – ¥1,500 @ Quatre (Ecute Keiyo Street)
Each and every one of these raw chocolates is handmade with the chef’s specially-selected chocolate and lots of fresh cream from Hokkaido. Every bite is a trip to chocolate paradise.
Dassai Matcha Truffles (4 Included) – ¥1,620 @ Waraku Beniya (Ecute Tokyo)
Waraku Beniya’s Dassai Matcha Truffles are made with high quality Uji matcha from Kyoto, an original blend of white chocolate, and a special brand of Japanese sake.
Tokyo Station is the place to go this Valentine’s Day, and there’s plenty more to see in addition to what’s on this list. Now is the time to give back to your loved one with a Valentine’s treat.
*All listed prices include tax
Tokyo Station City Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/
Valentine’s Day 2020 in Japan: Must-Buy Chocolate & Sweet Gifts
Christmas is over, and Easter is still on the horizon, but if you love chocolate as much as we do, never fearーas our sweet tooth cravings will soon be satisfied with the season of love.
In Japan, shop’s and restaurant’s are already carving their Cupid arrows to fire at customers for Valentine’s Day to tempt them into one of their many tantalising treats. If you’re in Japan this year, we’ve whipped up a list just for you of five must-buy gifts for Valentine’s Day 2020.
Almond Chocolate Truffle | Garrett Valentine’s Tin | Valentine’s Mix
Garrett Popcorn is an American brand of popcorn that boasts a myriad of gourmet handcrafted popcorn flavours. You may not know that it’s also a household name in Japan, where they also make the popcorn fresh every day for snack-hungry customers. For Valentine’s, they serving up an exclusive series full of love which consists of the “Almond Chocolate Truffle,” “Garrett Valentine’s Tin,” and “Valentine’s Mix.”
Almond Chocolate Truffle in Garrett Valentine’s Tin – From ¥1,130
First up, the Almond Chocolate Truffle. If you’re not already drooling at that name, let the description begin: this popcorn takes Garrett’s crushed almond CaramelCrisp™️, coats it in chocolate, and sprinkles it generously with a dust storm of cocoa powder. The fragrant scent and texture of the almonds adds an incredible touch to the combination of the sweet, velvety milk chocolate and the slightly-bitter bite of the cocoa powder. Get in the Valentine’s mood even more by purchasing one of the Garrett Valentine’s Tin – the perfect accompaniment to your movie night in with your loved one.
Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & Strawberry) – ¥1,200
Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & White Chocolate Bark) – ¥1,200
Last year, Garrett Popcorn release a cute heart-shaped tin big enough to fit in the palm of your hands. 2020 will see the return of the tin, this time with two different designs: one with kissing lips and the other with hearts.
Inside the first tin is a mix of sweet chocolate cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ and sour freeze-dried strawberries. The other tin, which has a more sophisticated chocolate brown and salmon pink design, contains the same cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ but combines it with “white chocolate bark” – a white chocolate made with almonds and dried cranberries.
▶︎Garrett Popcorn Valentine’s Day Products
Running: January 10, 2020 – February 14, 2020 (Mix available from January 17, 2020) *While supplies last
・Almond Chocolate Truffle: Small ¥620/Medium ¥1,100/Large ¥1,720/Jumbo ¥3,450/Quart Tin ¥1,750/1 Gallon ¥4,400/2 Gallons ¥8,400
・Garrett Valentine’s Tin/Quart Tin: From ¥1,130
・Valentine’s Mix: ¥1,200
Available: Garrett Popcorn Shops®︎ branches in Japan
Official Website: http://jpgarrettpopcorn.com/
Ruby 2020 Assortment
KitKat Chocolatory is releasing a new assortment of KitKat treats for the Valentine’s season in Japan made with ruby chocolateーthe fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, white, and darkーwhich was developed by Belgian-Swiss chocolate makers Barry Callebaut.
KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment – ¥1,200
Ruby chocolate gets its striking pink colour from the original bean and has a distinct fruity sourness to it. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day giftーor even just as a treat to yourself!
▶︎KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment
Running: from January 15, 2020
Available: KitKat Chocolatory store/Online
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
GODIVA, one of the main players in the Japanese chocolate game, has developed the “Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Collection”ーan assortment of individually unique chocolates. The “chronicle” refers to the many places the chocolates have encountered since being created, both in the past and present.
Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart (Contains 6) – ¥3,240
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment (Contains 15) – ¥6,264
The “Original Maya” considers the civilisation and mysteries of Mesoamerica. The “Cocoa Honey Delight” uses honey to sweeten the chocolate like they did in the latter half of the Middle Ages when there was no sugar. The “Modern Love”burns into your mind the image of its vivid red heart lovingly made with sweet and sour strawberries, ganache, and milk chocolate.
▶︎GODIVA Valentine’s Collection 2020
Running: from January 10, 2020 (Limited Time)
Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart: 6 Set ¥3,240/12 Set ¥5,400
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment: 4 Set ¥1,296/6 Set ¥2,160/10 Set ¥3,240/16 Set ¥5,400
Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Kare Assortment: 6 Set ¥1,080
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Collection: 4 Set ¥1,836/6 Set ¥2,700/9 Set ¥3,888/12 Set ¥5,076/15 Set ¥6,264/20 Set ¥8,208
Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Koi Suru Chocolate
Valentine’s Collection 2020
The base of these treats is chocolate by Shiroi Koibito. The collection was first released in January 2018 and is very reminiscent of Hokkaido chocolate. There are lots of chocolates in the collection made with cute pink ruby chocolate too.
Mille-feuille (Contains 3) – ¥520
These mille-feuille are layered with milk and white chocolate and coated in things like couverture chocolate and ruby chocolate.
The Heart (Contains 7) – ¥1,080
Each of these hearts has its own distinct sauce: the ruby chocolate has blackcurrant, the milk chocolate has caramel, and the white chocolate has yuzu.
▶︎Koi Suru Chocolate Valentine’s Collection 2020
Release Date: January 17, 2020
Available: ISHIYA store/Online
Mille-feuille: 3 Set ¥540/6 Set ¥1,080/12 Set ¥2,160
The Heart: 7 Set ¥1,080/14 Set ¥2,160
Official Website: http://www.ishiya.co.jp/koi_choco/
Valentine’s Dessert Plate
Morozoff specialises in western-style sweets, and at Cafe Morozoff, they’re serving up a Valentine’s-only dessert.
Valentine’s Dessert Plate – ¥1,200
The beautiful dessert plate is an assortment of cute heart-shaped treats. The rich chocolate mousse has an orange scent, and the fluffy chocolate sponge combines sweet and sour strawberries with smooth whipped cream which elevate the flavour of the chocolate.
▶︎Morozoff Valentine’s Dessert Plate
Running: January 15, 2020 – February 14, 2020
Available: select Cafe Morozoff branches in Japan
Price: ¥1,200 (comes with tea or coffee)
Official Website: http://www.morozoff.co.jp/
Did you enjoy this list? There’s plenty of Valentine’s Day delights to be enjoyed while in Japan. Which on this list has you drooling the most?