McDonald’s Japan Unveils Crunchy Cookies and Cream Triangular Chocolate Pie

09.October.2019 | FOOD

McDonald’s Japan’s deliciously-loved triangular chocolate pie is making a return this year in an all new cookie’s and cream flavour, in addition to the regular chocolate flavour, both of which will hit branches across Japan for a limited time from October 15.

The chocolate pies have a crunchy exterior made up of layers and layers of delicious pastry. They’re filled with warm, melted chocolate to complete the tempting treat.

This year sees a tasty new entry to the chocolate pie series, one filled with a sweet-smelling vanilla cream containing smashed Oreo® cookies. This creates an enjoyable texture of the smooth cream and the crunchy pie.

There is of course the hugely popular original flavour known as “Black” which contains almonds and sweet melted chocolate cream. Once you order your pie of choice you’ll be left wondering where to start eating from!

 

Each pie also comes served in their own special packaging, both of which are limited in stock.

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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)

    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.

     

    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)

    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.

     

    Pretzel Cookie

    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)

    Stock: 50

    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

  • Starbucks Brews The Perfect Potions to Possess Your Heart This Halloween

    06.October.2019 | FOOD

    Starbucks Japan is opening the portal to a whole new realm of flavour from October 11, 2019. Premonitions reveal that two devilishly delicious masquerade-themed drinks are to emerge for the Halloween season and infiltrate the menus of Starbucks branches across Japan. The two drinks called Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® and Halloween Masquerade Raspberry Mocha, are sure to give you an out-of-body experience. 

     

    Just one sip of the Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® will pull you into a masquerade party world. The mysterious full red appearance of this devilish drink is tinged red with a tangy sauce which is a blend of raspberries, cranberries and strawberries. White chocolate brownies have been blended to make the frappuccino base. This is topped with a ghostly cloud of whipped cream sprinkled with dark cocoa powder. Red sauce can be seen trickling down the sides of the cup, tainting the white whipped cream. You will immediately be tricked into treating yourself to this irresistible drink. 

     

    Like a luxury dessert, not only do the colours of the frappuccino contrast, but the sweet fruity tang makes for the perfect contrast with the white chocolate brownie

     

    If your regular Starbucks order is the White Mocha, then make way for your new Hallow-queen: The Halloween Masquerade Raspberry Mocha. This is made with a startling shot of espresso which has a sweet yet tangy mixed berry flavour. This is masked with a white mocha flavour. 

     

    Starbucks has brewed the perfect potions to steal your heart this Halloween. Dare you try one?

     

    * The above image is an illustration.

  • 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!

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  • McDonald’s to Make Our Dreams Come True with Oreo® Roll Cake

    01.December.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan is set to grant the Christmas wishes of the Oreo® craving population by announcing its limited-time Oreo® Roll Cake, which will be sold at McDonald’s branches across Japan that own a McCafé by Barista from December 4. 

    A thick, fluffy blanket of bitter cocoa sponge cake cradles a melt-in-the-mouth cream mixture studded with cocoa cookies. The cake is topped with a bed of crunchy oreo biscuits. Each mouthful will deliver the crunchiness of the cookies, smooth cream and soft sponge all in one go. 

     

    Make the most of your Oreo® Roll Cake experience by going for the ¥500 cake set which includes a medium café latte or americano (hot or cold) and your choice of cake. McDonald’s is still selling their popular Marshmallow Cream Tart and Raspberry and Chocolate Cupcake, which can also be ordered as part of the deal. There’s no better way to enjoy a cake than with a soul-reviving cup of McDonald’s coffee so we highly recommend you take advantage of the deal, which is running until January 14, 2020. 

  • McDonald’s Japan to Release Pink Triangular Strawberry and Chocolate Pie

    29.November.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan is releasing a new strawberry flavour of its popular triangular chocolate pie dessert on December 4, 2019: the Sankaku Choco Pie Amaou.

     

    The chocolate pies have a crunchy exterior made up of layers and layers of delicious pastry. They’re filled with warm, melted chocolate to complete the tempting treat.

    The new flavour is made with strawberry powder made from Japanese amaou strawberries which are known for their distinct flavour and subtle sweetness and sourness. McDonald’s Japan released an ordinary strawberry flavour last year, but this one promises to be even richer in flavour.

    The choco pies will be released in a special pink strawberry packaging for a limited time.

    McDonald’s is also still selling the Sankaku Choco Pie Black which we covered last month. It contains almonds and sweet melted chocolate cream. These are also available for a limited time onlyーuntil late Decemberーso don’t miss out on these McDonald’s-exclusive treats!

  • McDonald’s Releases Luxuriously Chocolatey Winter Drinks

    20.November.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s McCafé by Barista serves up delicious coffee around the clock. From November 27, a heart-warming, chocolatey lineup will be arriving in McDonald’s restaurants across the country which own a McCafé by Barista. The four new drinks to spice up your winter are: the Premium White Chocolate Frappé, Premium Chocolate Frappé, Premium Hot Chocolate and the Premium Iced Chocolate.


    Whether it’s a frappé, hot drink or an iced drink, pick your favourite to match your mood.

    The Premium White Chocolate Frappé consists of white chocolate sauce and milk mixed with smashed pieces of chocolate. The drink is topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce made from high-quality couverture chocolate. Finally, two chocolate sticks garnish the drink.White chocolate shavings dust the drink, creating the wonderfully wintery image of snow. Take a sip of this high-quality, Instagram-worthy drink to enjoy the chocolate melt in your mouth. The pieces of chocolate floating in the drink will add a wonderful texture to your experience.

    From the left: Premium Iced Chocolate, Premium White Chocolate Frappé, Premium Chocolate Frappé, Premium Hot Chocolate.

     

    The Premium Chocolate Frappés, Premium Hot Chocolate and Premium Iced Chocolate drinks are just as luxurious as the Premium White Chocolate Frappé and enjoy the same beautiful toppings.

     

    Get in the winter spirit with one of McCafé by Barista’s luxurious, winter-limited drinks.  

     

    *The above images are not real and are representations of what the drink will look like. 

  • McDonald’s Japan to Release Hot Cinnamon Melts Dessert For Wintertime

    14.November.2019 | FOOD

    Roll up to McDonald’s in Japan from November 20 to enjoy the return of the delicious Cinnamon Melts dessert, coming to all branches across the country.

    McDonald’s Melts series is a popular dessert in Japan. It introduced the new Double Chocolate Melts earlier this year. Customers have been waiting for the return of the elusive Cinnamon Melts since 2017, the first time the flavour made an appearance in seven long years. Well, their wish has finally come true. Look forward to tucking into soft pastry glazed with cinnamon sugar and drizzled in a sweet cream cheese syrup.

    When customers open a box of these delicious delights, their noses are met with the tempting cent of cinnamon. Served warm, they are the perfect choice for tackling the harsh cold weather.

     

    Compare their test with the Double Chocolate Melts which were released on November 6 and are still available for a limited time, or pair them with a cup of Premium Roast Coffee which the fast food chain revamped this year with a richer and more delicious flavour.

  • McDonald’s Japan Unveils Marshmallow Cream Tart & Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

    31.October.2019 | FOOD

    McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s Japan will release its new “Marshmallow Cream Tart” and “Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake” on November 6, both of which will be available for a limited time until the end of March 2020.

    Marshmallow Cream Tart – ¥340

    The tart has a dough base made from baked Graham crackers. It’s layered with almond cream and chocolate ganache and topped with marshmallow that has been browned on the top. It offers a delicious variety of textures, from the smooth ganache to the sweet and fluffy cream and crunch tart base.

    Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake – ¥340

    The cute cupcake is a bitter dark chocolate decorated with a smooth sweet and sour raspberry cream.

    You will be able to order either of these desserts as a set with either a regular size hot or iced Americano or latte until January 14, 2020 once they are released.

  • Check Out the Chocolate Matcha Frappé at McDonald’s This Autumn

    23.September.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s is bringing back its irresistible Uji Matcha drinks series this autumn and adding a brand new drink: The Choco Matcha Frappé, which will be sold from September 25 for a limited period. This drinks series is only available at McDonalds Restaurants which serve the McCafé by Barista menu. 

     

    The overwhelmingly popular Uji Matcha Series is currently being served for a limited period. From a Strawberry Matcha Frappé to Uji Matcha Chocolate and even Oreo® Cookie toppings, this series is the perfect way to indulge in a fusion of Japanese and western flavours. The Choco Matcha Frappé is the latest drink to join this series.

     

    The base of the chocolate Matcha Frappé consists of chocolate whipped cream and a layer of high quality Belgian couverture chocolate sauce. The next layer is the frappé, which consists of matcha milk made from matcha sourced from Uji, Kyoto. This is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate sauce and sprinkled with bitter cocoa Oreo® pieces. The faint green colour of the matcha is a wonderful contrast with the chocolate colour, creating the image of autumn.  

     

    The mild flavour of the Uji matcha and chocolate is a matcha match made in heaven that you will want to taste again and again. The crunchy, bitter Oreo® cookie pieces create a texture adventure and enhances the flavours of the chocolate and matcha. This frappé is the perfect way of enjoying both the colours and flavours of autumn.  

     

    The Matcha Frappé Latte, Matcha Latte and Iced Matcha Latte have been returning to the menu year after year since their first appearance in 2014. These drinks are also available this year. The entire drinks series is made using the slightly bitter Uji matcha sourced from Kyoto: the birthplace of matcha. The mellow flavour is perfectly balanced out by the milk. These matcha drinks are definitely worth trying. 

  • McDonald’s Japan Reveals Caffè Latte McShake in Collaboration With Mt. Rainier

    12.September.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan is collaborating with Morinaga Milk Industry’s popular long-selling products Mt. RAINIER Caffè Latte to release the McShake x Mt. RAINIER Caffè Latte to McDonald’s branches across Japan for a limited time from September 18.

     

    Mt. RAINIER Caffè Latte is known for its tempting mix of rich aromatic espresso and full-bodied milk, and those flavours are about to meet another sumptuously compatible partner: the McShake. By using the McShake, which has a distinct creamy texture and subtle sweetness, McDonald’s has redefined the Mt. RAINIER Caffè to create an incredibly refreshing dessert-like coffee drink.

     

    Only the best coffee beans are used in Mt. RAINIER and are sourced from 60 countries around the world. The new McShake beverage has a shot of full-bodied coffee syrup made from the extract of those pressed coffee beans for a harmonious amalgamation of flavours.

    The drink is available in small and regular sizes, with small sizes only coming served in a special cup with the Mt. RAINIER Caffè Latte logo on it. These cups are limited in stock.

     

    McDonald’s Japan is also holding a hashtag campaign to give 100 random people an original McCard and one case of Mt. RAINIER Caffè Lattes. Details below.

  • McDonald’s Japan’s Cool Summer McFizz Beverages Release on July 10

    04.July.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan has announced that it will release three new carbonated McFizz beverages as part of a summer campaign. The McFizz Blue Hawaii, McFizz Blood Orange and McFizz Lemon & Ginger will be served from July 10.

     

    McFizzes are cool and refreshing carbonated beverages perfect for the summer heat. They are served in a variety of vivid colours.

    McFizz Blue Hawaii

    This refreshing light blue drink contains apple juice (1%) which has a refreshing sour taste. Blue Hawaii is a staple of summertime.

    McFloat Blue Hawaii

    The same as the McFizz Blue Hawaii but is transformed into a dessert drink with a dollop of rich and velvety soft serve ice cream.

    McFizz Blood Orange (1% Juice)

    The alluring orange gradation of the McFizz Blood Orange gives it a cute appearance. A mix of sweet and rich blood orange and refreshingly sour grapefruit juice, this is another perfect pick for the summer.

    McFloat Blood Orange (1% Juice)

    McFizz Lemon & Ginger (1% Juice)

    This drink uses lemons from Sicily which have a characteristically bright yellow colour. It’s mixed with ginger for an added refreshing bite.

    McFloat Lemon & Ginger (1% Juice)

     

    Each drink is served in cups featuring cute illustrations of a boy and girl in live. You can make a cute photo by lining them all up together♡

    Fan away the hot weather this summer by picking up one of the new McFizz drinks from McDonald’s in Japan!

  • McDonald’s Japan Reveals Oreo® Chocolate & Strawberry Oreo® Chocolate Frappes

    24.June.2019 | FOOD

    McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan will begin sales of their new Oreo® Chocolate Frappe and Strawberry Oreo® Chocolate Frappe on June 26. The drinks are an upgrade of their hugely popular Chocolate frappe drink with a mix of Oreo cookies and strawberry sauce.

    Strawberry Oreo® Chocolate Frappe: Regular ¥410 / Large ¥450

    The Strawberry Oreo Chocolate Frappe is a rich chocolatey frappe mixed with fruity strawberry sauce. It’s topped with velvety whipped cream which is drizzled in a chocolate sauce made with 54% couverture chocolate from Belgium and topped with Oreo® cookies. One sip invites your taste buds into a myriad of flavours from the crunchy texture of the cookies to the sweet and sour strawberry sauce.

    Oreo® Chocolate Frappe: Regular ¥390 / Large ¥430

    The Oreo Chocolate Frappe is all of that minus the strawberry sauce. It was first sold at McDonald’s Japan back in March this year for a limited time and proved hugely popular with customers.

     

    Lift your spirits during Japan’s damp rainy season with a delicious Oreo frappe.

     

    *Oreo is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International, Inc.

  • Summer Kicks Off at McDonald’s with Fruity Summer Drinks

    08.June.2019 | FOOD

    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.

  • McDonald’s Japan Releasing New Waffle Cone With All the Toppings

    26.May.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan is adding a new addition to its regular Waffle Cone series which combines all three toppings. It will be released for a limited-time only at McDonald’s branches across Japan on May 29, 2019.


    For the mere price of ¥150 customers can pick up one of three Waffle Cones currently on sale at McDonald’s in Japan: Plain, Chocolate & Almond, and Strawberry. Each consists of a crunchy waffle cone filled with rich soft serve ice cream.

    To celebrate one year since the fast-food chain launched this dessert, they are having a limited run of Waffle Cones that combine all toppings.
    Drizzled onto the milky rich soft serve ice cream is chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, and almonds, which add layers of delicious flavour and texture to the already-tasty Waffle Cone. They will also come served in a new sleeve with a more modern design.

  • McDonald’s Japan Reveals New Iced Winner Coffee

    21.May.2019 | FOOD

    On May 22, McDonald’s Japan is releasing its new “Iced Winner Coffee” for a limited time at McCafé by Barista branches.

     

    Iced Winner Coffee: Regular ¥320 / Large ¥360 (Tax Included)

    The drink’s base is an iced Americano which contains a refreshing shot of espresso that embodies a rich and full-bodied flavour and fragrance. Added to that is a smooth and milky whipped cream which marries exquisitely with the coffee. There’s also a hot version of this beverage too, so pick your drink of choice depending on what you’re feeling that day.

    McDonald’s Japan will also hold a limited-time campaign titled “World Coffee Tour” starting on May 22 to celebrate all the different ways coffee is drank around the world. For the campaign, customers can choose from one of four coffee beverages including the Iced Winner Coffee, Iced Americano, Cappuccino and Flat White together with a dessert: either a macaron, sugar doughnut or brownie. This “World Coffee Tour Set” offers ¥50 off the usual price of a coffee and desserts.

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