Dark and Delicious Halloween Spirit Possesses Crunchy and Creamy Pastries

28.September.2019 | FOOD

Every year choux pastry shop CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU sells 2 million of their unique, crunchy and creamy choux pastries. This Halloween, these white angelic sticks of heaven have been possessed by the Halloween spirit and will be sold from October 1 – 31.

 

The devilishly delicious Black Zaku and Black Zaku Soft Serve Ice Cream were overwhelmingly popular when they were first sighted last year. Now they are being revived again for the Halloween season and will be haunting practically all CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU branches across Japan. 

Black cocoa powder is infused into the crunchy choux pastry. The empty shell is then filled with a molten custard core which is made using Hokkaido milk and purple sweet potato paste. Once you take your first crunchy bite, you will be completely possessed by the Halloween spirit.

This Halloween, the original pure white ice cream has been inverted. From the ice cream to the wafer cone, the Black Zaku Soft Serve is completely black. The ice cream is incredibly soft and creamy and full of flavour. The black colour comes from white chocolate dyed with bamboo charcoal. This chilling ice cream is only around for the Halloween season and tastes wicked!

 There is more than just Halloween treats at the shop. The regular Croquant Chou Zaku Zaku and regular Zaku Zaku Soft® are also being served. Head to a store with an adjoining kitchen to sink your teeth into freshly made delicious treats. 

 

There is no better trick to treating yourself this Halloween than to indulge in a beautiful, black, crunchy and creamy sweet treat!

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    Happy Monster – ¥980 @ Cafe Crepe

    Delight in this cute pumpkin and fresh cream crepe, filled with pumpkin ice cream and snug in an orange crepe wrap. Housed inside is an adorable purple sweet potato mont blanc monster wearing a witch’s hat.

    A movie-themed parade will take place on Saturday October 26 at the event in line with the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival. Children and adults can take part in the parade if they dress up. The 1km parade will last 25 minutes.

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    ▼Halloween Parade

    Date: October 26, 2019

    Time: 10:30-13:30 (subject to change)

    Location: Roppongi Hills Arena

    Participation Conditions: Anybody who dressed up can join (the theme is “Movies”)

    Participation: Free

    Enquiries: 03-6406-6000 (Roppongi Hills Information)

     

     

    Halloween will hit Roppongi Hills for the entire month of October. Be sure to visit if you’re in Japan next month!

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    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.

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    Minnie Mouse Pumpkin Pudding – ¥360 (Before Tax)

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  • Tokyo DisneySea’s Dark Halloween Festivities For 2019 Begin

    14.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Disney Halloween 2019 has finally begun! The Tokyo DisneySea fun is set to run until October 31 where it will provide guests with a dark and mysterious Halloween experience that will keep you on edge… like something’s about to happen, but you’re not sure what.

    Tokyo DisneySea’s decor takes on a more grown-up bewitching look compared to Tokyo Disneyland’s cute decorations.

    Hung throughout the park you will find decorative banners featuring illustrations of Disney characters dressed in their spooky garments. This year, Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the cast invite guests into a truly bewitching wonderland.


    If you pop over to American Waterfront you’ll find some great photo opportunities, like the Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck statues waiting to welcome you at the entrance, clad in hauntingly beautiful attire and stood next to night-black pumpkins and dried flowers.


    You’ll find the rest of the costumed characters further in too. Be sure to get photos with everyone!

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    Nothing has been left out from the Halloween spell this year, even the food menu and drinks which arrive in festive colours like black and purple like this bandage-wrapped mummy steamed bun and rubber ring steamed bun.

    Inside the mummy is a delicious concoction of chicken, cabbage, and other veg.

    The rubber ring steamed bun is the perfect snack to munch on as you walk around the park. It’s filled with rich teriyaki chicken wrapped in a striking purple dough.

    All of the food is packaged in cute packaging too―don’t throw it away straight away and check out which illustration you got!

    Assorted Sweets – ¥430 @ Gondolier Snacks and elsewhere

    Check out these bite-sized confections, from a mini baumkuchen cake on a lollipop stick to strawberry cheesecake and purple sweet potato cream mochi. The chewy mochi Mickey can only be described as kawaii♡

    Grape Tapioca Tea – ¥500 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    Sparkling Black Tea Tapioca Drink – ¥450 @ Hudson River Harvest

    Tokyo Disneyland’s tapioca drinks are really popular in summer, and for Halloween they’ve arrived with all-new flavours, exclusive to the Disney Halloween event.

    There’s lots to see and experience at this year’s Disney Halloween. Be sure to look everywhere, even in shop windows. And if you’re eager to see more of the food and drinks available at both parks then click here.

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