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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    The two new Samurai Mac burgers are crafted so the bellies of both kids and adults alike will be satisfied after they chow it down. The burgers mix together Japanese flavours, like charred soy sauce, which is lathered over thick-cut beef burgers.

    The “Charred Soy Sauce Thick-Cut Double Beef Burger” is piled with two fat juicy patties made from 100% beef, the taste of which is elevated by the addictive charred soy sauce.

    The “Charred Soy Sauce Bacon & Tomato Thick-Cut Beef Burger” is made with a single 100% beef burger and a generous and balanced serving of veggies. The soy sauce once again brings all the flavours together.

     

    McDonald’s Japan has appointed award-winning Japanese actor Masato Sakai as the campaign ambassador to promote the Samurai Macs on social media and the McDonald’s website to help cheer on those working hard every day.

  • McDonald’s Japan Releases Citron and Pistachio Flavoured Macarons at McCafé by Barista Branches

    26.March.2020 | FOOD

    McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan released two new flavours in their macaron series on Wednesdayーpistachio and citronーwhich will be served for a limited time until the end of August this year.

     
    The pistachio and citron flavours join McCafé by Barista’s colourful macaron series alongside vanilla, raspberry, and chocolate, which cost just ¥150 each.

     

    The pistachio flavour is filled with a pistachio powder-dusted pistachio cream, giving the crunchy macaron a deliciously nutty flavour and fragrance.


    The citron macaron is filled with a refreshing and sour lemon cream. Both of the new flavours are the perfect treat for the start of spring and going into the summer season. They’re even better with one of McCafé by Barista’s high quality coffees.



    McCafé by Barista is also serving the “Special Macaron Set” for ¥500 which comes with any two macarons of your choice and a medium hot or iced latte.

  • McDonald’s Japan Reveals White Chocolate Strawberry Latte and Frappe

    18.February.2020 | FOOD

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    White Chocolate Strawberry Frappe – ¥490

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    Iced White Chocolate Strawberry Latte – ¥390

    White Chocolate Strawberry Latte – ¥390

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    Refresh yourself this spring in Japan with a cup of McDonald’s new White Chocolate Strawberry drinks.

  • 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.

  • McDonald’s Japan McCafé by Barista Releases Oreo®︎ Drink Series You Can’t Resist

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    In Japan, McDonald’s McCafé by Barista will soon be releasing a new drink series that you won’t be able to resist. The new series includes the Oreo®︎ Choco Frappé, Oreo®︎ Hot Café Mocha and Oreo®︎ Ice Café Mocha and it will be released on January 15 for a limited time only.

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    Oreo®︎ Choco Frappé

    The Oreo®︎ Choco Frappé is back with a rich chocolatey flavour and mellow aroma. This high-quality sweet drink is accented by crunchy Oreo®︎ cookies. With your first sip, the bitter Oreo®︎ flavour will spread through your mouth.

    Oreo®︎ Hot Café Mocha

     

    Oreo®︎ Ice Café Mocha

    The Oreo®︎ Hot and Ice Café Mochas are brand new drinks. Using their Café Mocha as a base, the drinks are topped with whipped cream, drizzled with a sauce made from high-quality Belgium couverture chocolate, and sprinkled with chocolatey Oreo®︎ cookie pieces. This enhanced Café Mocha is sweet and enjoys the crunchy and bitter goodness of Oreo®︎ cookies.

     

     If you’re in Japan, pop into your nearest McDonald’s and try one for yourself!

  • McDonald’s Japan Releases Their First Ever Dessert Pies Aimed at Adults

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    McDonald’s Japan will release a creamy Belgian chocolate pie and creamy sweet fromage pie aimed at adults at McDonald’s restaurants across Japan from Japan 15 for a limited time.

    McDonald’s Japan’s pie series has proven to be very popular over the years. Other pie flavours in the series include the Hot Apple Pie from the regular menu, their limited-period Sankaku Choco Pie and Bacon Potato Pie. Now, McDonald’s is set to crown their first pie of the year to be “made for adults”. Both pies are packed with delicious and carefully made cream – the perfect petit treat.

    The Belgian chocolate cream pie is made from a crunchy pie shell that was kneaded with cocoa powder. The hollow shell is stuffed tightly with Belgian chocolate and is bursting with chocolatey goodness. There is a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. 

    The sweet cream fromage pie is made from a crunchy shell that was kneaded with parmesan cheese. The pie shell is then filled with cream cheese. In just one delightful bite, enjoy the flavour of parmesan and cream cheese as they blend together. The aftertaste of the parmesan perfectly balances out with the sweet and salty touch of the cream cheese. 

    For the first time, McDonald’s is even presenting these desserts in packaging that looks like it is aimed at adults. 

     

    The desserts look just as good as they taste so hurry down to your nearest McDonald’s for a delicious and crunchy adventure.

  • McDonald’s Japan to Release Premium Raspberry White Chocolate Frappe at McCafé by Barista Branches

    12.December.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan has revealed its new “Premium Raspberry White Chocolate Frappe” beverage which will go on sale at McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s from December 18 for a limited time.

    The drink is part of McCafé by Barista’s hugely popular “Premium Chocolate” beverage series, featuring a red and white contrast as part of the holiday season.

    A cup of this frappe contains a a specially made frappe sauce which is a mix of white chocolate sauce and milk. Added to that is a raspberry sauce. It’s topped with creamy whipped cream and thin and crunchy white chocolate shavings and finished with two chocolate sticks made from a mix of cocoa beans from West Africa including Ghana. The milky white chocolate frappe goes deliciously well with the sweet and sour raspberry. A fitting drink for the holiday season.

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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