Lindt’s 6 New Chocolate Cafe Mochas Will Warm You Up This Fall

26.October.2019 | FOOD

Premium chocolate brand Lindt is releasing six new mocha beverages on November 1 at Lindt Chocolat Cafe branches across Japan (excluding Lumine Tachikawa). The line-up includes white, milk and dark varieties of their new “Lindt Iced Chocolate Drink Mocha” and “Lindt Hot Chocolate Drink Mocha.”

From these two new drinks customers will pick between their favourite kind of chocolate―white, milk or dark―after which their coffee chocolate beverage will be prepared with love and care with a fresh shot of aromatic espresso. The coffee beans used for these mocha delights were carefully chosen by the cafe chain to ensure they enjoy a harmonious combination with the espresso, resulting in a velvety sweetness from the chocolate and rich, full-bodied fragrance from the coffee.

Choose between hot or iced depending on how you feel that day. The iced mochas have a refreshing aftertaste while the hot mocha leaves smooth lingering sweetness in your mouth while also relaxing and warming you up.

Each drink is topped with a light and fluffy mousse and is drizzled in a rich mocha sauce before chocolate nibs and crunchy hazelnuts are thrown on top for texture. Whichever you order, it will be like a dessert in a cup: filling and satisfying. If you’re near a Lindt Chocolat Cafe while in Japan from November 1, be sure to pop in.

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  • This Week’s Dessert: Savouring Autumntime Matcha Sweets at ATELIER de GODIVA in Ikebukuro

    16.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.

    I’ve been working relatively hard as of late. I had some spare time before a business meeting, so I took advantage of the occasion to treat myself to some desserts. My destination: ATELIER de GODIVA located inside Seibu Ikebukuro.

    GODIVA has numerous stores throughout Tokyo, but Ikebukuro’s concept store branch has an eat-in space that’s perfect for that tea or coffee break.

     

    ATELIER de GODIVA boasts that same level of quality when it comes to their desserts, some of which are exclusive to this branch. There are only three branches: this one in Seibu Ikebukuro (Tokyo), another in Daimaru Kyoto (Kyoto), and the last in Hakata Hankyu (Fukuoka). The cake I am showing you today is a special dessert sold only in these three branches (and is takeout only at Hakata Hankyu).

     

    The first delight I ordered was the Mousse Matcha Cherry.

    Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)

    Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last

    The shiny cake is served on a round white plate with a dollop of matcha ice cream. The pink berry sauce is drizzled around the plate to make the plating even cuter.

    Time to tuck in. This extravagant cake is supported by a fluffy matcha mousse topped with a crunchy chocolate sable. On top of that still are juicy cherries, adding a hint of freshness to the cake. The matcha glaze on the mousse has just the right amount of bitterness, which when coupled with the subtly sweet matcha mousse makes for a heavenly balance of flavours. Lined around the base of the mousse are sweet and sour dried raspberries which elevated the matcha-ness of the matcha mousse.

    The matcha ice cream which it comes with when you order to eat in is rich and creamy.

    I was full up after my dessert, but since I’d taken the time to come here I wanted to order a drink too… so I got a takeout Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami from a shop adjoining ATELIER de GODIVA.

    Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami – ¥602 (*Takeout only at the GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro branch)

    This new drink is part of GODIVA’s chocolate and tea pairing series. The chefs at GODIVA have carefully selected the best varieties of tea to combine with chocolate. This one is an iced drink made with white chocolate and matcha.

    It’s a mix of GODIVA’s popular smooth and sweet white chocolate and rich Uji matcha. It’s crowned with a sprinkling of bitter Uji matcha powder. All of the flavours are highlighted in this sweet drink. The crunchy white chocolate pieces you sip up as you drink are delicious. It’s the kind of drink where you’re sure to find something new each time you take a drink.

     

    My 30-minute tea break is my little self-indulgence for the day. Spare minutes in my daily schedule affords me the chance to go and enjoy some delicious desserts. You should treat yourself to some special autumntime sweets too.

     

    Today’s Presents

    Matcha Adzuki ATELIER Tablet – ¥800

    It’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. The present I bought today was a tablet chocolate handmade in the shop. The matcha white chocolate has almonds in it as well as Japanese-style chocolate mixed with adzuki. It has a strong matcha flavour and isn’t overly-sweet. You can also request for a ribbon to be tied around it for gift-giving. It’s a chocolate that’s sure to bring anyone joy.

     

    Writer:Sayuri Mizuno(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Ginza’s Gorgeous Ice Cream Shop coisof Releases Halloween Parfait

    18.October.2019 | FOOD

    Ginza’s luxury ice cream shop has released a new parfait flavour for the Halloween and autumn season.

    They have called it the “Akiiro Murasaki coi Parfait” (Autumn Colour Purple coi Parfait). Coloured like the vivid sumire plant―a species of violet―this mouth-watering parfait contains a jam made in-house with whole natsuhaze, a wild type of blueberry that has been used in Japan since ancient times. It’s topped with a dollop of rich and milky ice cream, a puree made from in-season purple sweet potatoes, and assorted nuts for added crunch.

    Natsuhaze blueberries contain a lot of polyphenols, giving them an elegant sour flavour which goes unbelievably well with the taste of the milky ice cream and sweet potato. The parfait is served with a liqueur made from sumire extract.

    For the Halloween period between October 16 to 31, the parfait can also be topped with various spooky decorations at no extra cost, like chocolate ghosts, spiders and cobwebs.

     

    If you’re celebrating Halloween in Japan this year, or want to treat your date to a Halloween treat, then take them to Tokyo’s high-class shopping district Ginza for a luxurious parfait.

  • Starbucks Japan Unveils Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®

    17.October.2019 | FOOD

    Starbucks Coffee Japan has announced a new beverage called the Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® which will be released at Starbucks branches (*1) across Japan from 17:22 (*2)―the time of sunset when night begins―on October 18, 2019. The coffee chain is also releasing its new “Halloween Masquerade” filter on Instagram (*3).

     

    *1. Select branches not participating.
    *2. Roll out time may differ at select branches.
    *3. Instagram is a service owned by Facebook, Inc. The above-mentioned filter is not backed or managed by Instagram in any way nor is it affiliated with the service.

    The Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® is themed on an evening masquerade party. It will go on sale when the sun sets at 17:22 on October 18. As the name suggests, the drink itself is black and mysterious like the night, blending together black cocoa powder with white chocolate brownie.

     

    The jet black beverage also has a red hue to it which comes from a sweet and sour red berry sauce made from raspberries, cranberries and strawberries. It’s topped with a squirt of fluffy whipped cream, sprinkled with black cocoa powder, and drizzled with more of that red berry sauce to create that Halloween aesthetic. The black cocoa adds a delicious bitterness to the sweetness of the brownie and the sweet and sour mixed berries, creating a mouth-watering flavour combination.

     

    The Halloween Masquerade filter was developed by Starbucks for people’s Instagram stories this Halloween. There are four masks to choose from which can be changed by just tapping on the screen. There are other cool Halloween effects on the filter to find too. Something might even pop out of your mouth if you open wide…

    Starbucks Japan will also sell the above-pictured Halloween cup stands when the drinks go on sale. Limited in stock, the stands come in black and white, titled Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® or the Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® respectively. You can buy them separately or as a set.

     

    Experience a spooky masquerade party at Starbucks this Halloween.

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  • Tokyo’s New Vegan Dessert Shop the vegan marshmallooow Opens in Ginza

    05.April.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Ginza Mitsukoshi is welcoming a limited-time vegan dessert shop by the name of ‘the vegan marshmallooow’ which is open from April 1 to June 30. This shop is known amongst the vegan community in Japan for its vegan cakes, and due to that positive response, is now opening its first long-term promotional pop-up shop in collaboration with Mitsukoshi Isetan Group.

     

    Online orders opened at Mitsukoshi Isetan on March 27 with a delicious line-up that includes their signature vegan chocolate cake.

     

    A look at just some of the mouth-watering line-up

    Chocolate Cake

    Their number one most popular order: a gorgeously gluten-free mirror cake made with rich chocolate.

     

    <NEW> Whole Fruit Cake

    For those who like something a little more fruity and refreshing, this juicy cake is topped with assorted fruits like setoka orange, peach, kiwi, blueberry, strawberry, and more. The gluten-free sponge and soy cream give it a light texture that’s also rich.

     

    <NEW> Special Chocolate Cake Slice

    An exquisite three-layered version of the shop’s iconic chocolate make made with plant-based ingredients. Its triple tier is formed harmoniously of sponge, chocolate mousse, and cream. A single serving for a single sweet tooth.

     

    Strawberry Shortcake

    Two moist layers of gluten-free strawberry sponge with a soy milk base. Smooth, creamy, light, and delicious.

     

     

    Mont Blanc

    This mont blanc is specially made with Japanese chestnuts. The addition of soy cream elevates the nutty flavour throughout. A crunchy tart and fluffy sponge also makes for a textural sensation.

     

    the vegan marshmallooow’s vegan cake now available online at Mitsukoshi Isetan

    Vegan Chocolate Cake Set (3 Pieces)

  • Cherry Blossom Chocolate and Soda Releases From MAISON CACAO

    27.March.2021 | FOOD

    Japanese aromatic raw chocolate brand MAISON CACAO is launching a new Kamakura-based brand called Shiki to Maison (“Four Seasons & Maison”) which will feature chocolates that capture the events and culture found throughout the four seasons in Japan.

     

    The first entries to the series are cherry blossom chocolates which are available from March 26 to April 4, as well as cherry blossom drink which can be enjoyed on March 27 and 28.

     

    Aroma Raw Chocolate SAKURA ¥2,200 / Cacao Vinegar Soda SAKURA ¥550 (Before Tax)

     

    Aroma Raw Chocolate SAKURA

    Indulge in a box of these luxury cherry blossom chocolates which are made with 100% cacao powder which have a refreshing white chocolate aftertaste. The chocolates are made with cherry blossom as well as a fresh cream laced with salt-pickled cherry blossom. They also include a paste made from liquid drawn from cherry blossom petals. It’s a taste of Japanese spring with every bite.

     

    Cacao Vinegar Soda SAKURA

    This springtime beverage includes a cacao vinegar made from cacao pulp and is coupled with fragrant cherry blossom. This one is available at the Komachi and Cacao Hanare branches as well as at CHOCOLATE BANK.

  • Häagen-Dazs Releases Matcha Chocolate Cookie and Almond Caramel Cookie Ice Cream

    26.March.2021 | FOOD

    Häagen-Dazs Japan released two new ice cream flavours as part of its Decorations mini cup series on March 23: the Matcha Chocolate Cookie and Almond Caramel Cookie.

     

    The visually-striking Häagen-Dazs Decorations series is a smooth, rich-flavoured ice cream with delicious toppings to compliment the ice cream.

     

    For the third entry to Decorations, Häagen-Dazs welcomes back the Almond Caramel Cookie from 2019 and adds the all-new matcha and chocolate combo Matcha Chocolate Cookie.

    Matcha Chocolate Cookie / Almond Caramel Cookie – ¥295 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Even more delicious after stirring

    The best way to enjoy Decorations is to first spoon the ice cream as it is to taste the flavours. After that, you’ll want to stir it all together to all the flavours and textures fuse, creating a delightful contrast between the soft ice cream and crunchy toppings.

     

    Almond Caramel Cookie

    Almond Caramel Cookie takes inspiration from the Florentine biscuit which is a sweet pastry topped with nuts and fruits. The cup contains delicious caramel butterscotch ice cream laced with caramel sauce, all of which is topped off with crumbly sliced almonds and crunchy butter cookie pieces.

     

    Matcha Chocolate Cookie

    The Matcha Chocolate Cookie is exactly what it says on the cup: a fragrant matcha ice cream infused with chocolate sauce and topped with sweet chocolate and matcha cookies.

  • The Ultimate Chocolate and Confectionery Indulgence is Here With LIFE IS PÂTISSIER’s White Day Gifts

    06.March.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese chocolate and baked goods bakery LIFE IS PÂTISSIER is now selling a collection of luxurious treats for White Day, the sequel to Valentine’s Day in Japan, via their online store until March 14.

     

     LIFE IS PÂTISSIER is a takeout chocolate bakery that specialises in chocolate and baked confections. Some of their signature items include their pound cake and chocolate bonbons. They also serve sable biscuits, madeleines, and much more. They are based in Jiyugaoka, a neighbourhood in Meguro, Tokyo, where they enjoy plenty of customers both local and tourists. Due to the pandemic, they are currently operating entirely online.

     

    LIFE IS PÂTISSIER White Day Gifts 2021

    Leaf Caramel | ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    Crunchy chocolate caramel bites drizzled in even more sweet, melty caramel.

    Macarons | ¥2,300 (Before Tax)

    A rainbow-coloured collection of raspberry, pistachio, caramel, lemon, and chocolate macarons.

     

    Madeleines (Contains 6) | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)

    Refreshing madeleines made with a mix of Japanese and Italian lemons. Refrigerating them gives the outer icing a delicious crunchy texture.

    Strawberry Milk Crunch | ¥900

    Smashed cookies and caramel combined with strawberry chocolate and milk chocolate.

    Special Box | ¥4,500 (Before Tax)

    A very special collection of raspberry chocolate treats coated in dark chocolate.

    Flower Swag | ¥3,200

    A fragrant flower swag composed of an assortment of fresh flowers. Perfect for decorating walls and doors and overtime become dried flowers.

     

    White Day Cards

    LIFE IS PÂTISSIER is also offering White Day cards which people can couple with their gifts.

  • Meiji Chocolate Announces the Results of its 2020 National Confectionery Elections

    06.March.2021 | FOOD

    In 2018 and 2019, Japanese snack and confectionery brand Meiji held its own National Elections for its long-selling chocolate brands Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato. In 2019, Jun Matsumoto and Akihiro Miwa represented each of these chocolate snacks respectively by helming the Kinoko Party and Takenoko Party. People across Japan would listen to each side’s case and vote for which party, and therefore which chocolate, they liked the most.

     

    The 2020 elections however took a different approach, instead spreading a message of love across Japan rather than a heated debate on which snack is better. The votes opened on September 15 last year and ran for four months where data was collected for each of Japan’s 47 prefectures to see where each snack was more popular in each part of the country.

     

    The 2018 and 2019 elections saw an accumulative total of 26,518,982 votes submitted. People passionately made their cases for which snack they liked the most. For 2020, Meiji wanted to bring people together and cheer them up by holding a survey that was catered most towards understanding people’s love for their snacks.

     

    Chiba hails as the place in Japan where Kinoko and Takenoko are most popular

    46 of Japan’s prefectures saw more love poured for Takenoko in 2020. The remaining prefecture, Fukuoka, saw more love given to Kinoko.

    The 2020 elections saw participation by 300,161 more people than previous years.

     

    Illustrations drawn of Team Kinoko and Team Takenoko supporters

    The survey ranked each prefecture by popularity, and special illustrations were drawn for four prefectures each where Kinoko and Takenoko were the most popular.

     

    Survey Database

    Meiji published the data breakdown which can be downloaded for free.

    It contains a wealth of information related to what people voted for.

     

    Have you tried either of these popular snacks? If you travel to Japan, be sure to pick them up at any convenience store near you.

  • Aromatic Kamakura Raw Chocolate Brand to Open New Branch in Nagoya

    27.February.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    MAISON CACAO, the company behind the aromatic raw chocolate brand of the same name, will open a store on floor B1F of JR Nagoya Takashimaya on March 3, 2021. It will be the brand’s first permanent shop in Japan’s Tokai region.

     

    The company held a special Valentine’s event from late January to Valentine’s Day where MAISON CACAO made the second most sales. They also enjoyed other sold out products, and showcased some exclusive indulgences like the gold leaf-adorned “Aroma Raw Chocolate ARMOUR” and “Aroma Raw Chocolate STRAWBERRY” as well as the all-new “Cacao Butterland.”

     

    The Nagoya Line-Up

    Aroma Raw Chocolate AMOUR | ¥6,000 (Before Tax)

    Exclusive to this new Nagoya branch of MAISON CACAO, these “AMOUR” chocolates are all handmade using techniques that have been passed down through the company. The dark chocolates are wrapped in luxurious gold leaf and have a fruity, sweet, and bitter combination. One box contains a generous serving of 16.

    Cacao Butterland | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    MAISON CACAO uses cacao beans from Columbia to bake its menu. These gooey treats are made with cacao butter and chocolate caramel with a double layering of dark and white chocolate. A rich and filling serving of six comes in a box.

     

    Aroma Raw Chocolate STRAWBERRY | ¥2,200 (Before Tax)

    Also a Nagoya-exclusive, these strawberry variants are made with intensely sweet JApanese amaou strawberries white combine with the fragrance cacao butter and white chocolate for a refreshing taste. You get 16 in a single box.

     

    But Wait, There’s More…

    Raw Chocolate Butter Cake | ¥3,500

    A cake made with velvety chocolate butter cream packed with roasted nuts, raisins, and caramel chips.

    Rich Raw Chocolate Tart STRAWBERRY | ¥2,000

    Yet another exclusive to Nagoya, these crunchy tarts are lathered in amaou strawberry chocolate and filled with runny and fruity amaou strawberry cream. A box comes with three included.

     

    Other Popular Goodies Available While Supplies Last

    Aroma Raw Chocolate MAISON (Grape) | ¥2,400 (Before Tax)

    Babka | ¥2100

    Raw Gateau Chocolate | ¥2500 (Before Tax) 

  • Art and Chocolate Melt Together in Chocola Meets Crowdfunder

    23.February.2021 | FOOD

    A new chocolate brand by the name of Chocola Meets has been cooked up in Japan that prioritises bean to bar chocolate made from fairtrade cocoa beans. The brand’s USP however lies in its collaboration with artists who pen work for the chocolate’s packaging.

    16 art pieces created by 4 artists for the craft chocolate packaging

     

    Chocola Meets will begin selling its tasty chocolate collection from mid-March, but for those who can’t wait, the brand launched a crowdfunding campaign on February 15 via CAMPFIRE which offers pre-sales.

     

    Chocola Meets prides itself on its collaborative business model which provides support to participating artists by giving them a cut of sales. This includes the money made for the crowfunder as well as the proceeds made from chocolate sales.

    Sasabe (Chocola Meets, Operations Officer) | Comment

     

    “The concept for Chocola Meets is, ‘Meet My Like: Experience What it Feels Like to Find Your Likes.’ This is something we value and is the reason why Chocola Meets exists. The reason behind our collaborative business model of Art x Craft Chocolate, something which hasn’t been done before, is to continuously offer that very concept – one which holds irreplaceable value. And in order to do that, we needed something that allows the artists to continue living comfortably. So we’re giving proceeds from the chocolate to the artists which gives them an incentive to create.”

    The CAMPFIRE crowdfunder offers pre-sales of the chocolates at a discounted price. There are other benefits too, like framed art by the artists, coupons, and more.

     

    Chocola Meets successfully met their Crowdfunding goal, having raised ¥430,700 of the pledged ¥300,000 (as of February 16, 2021).

  • Fruit and Sake Infused Chocolates by Lotte to Release in Japan

    22.February.2021 | FOOD

    Japanese confectionery company Lotte is releasing two new chocolates on March 23 that are infused with sweet and tangy fruits and sake: the “Torotto Strawberry Liqueur Chocolate” and “Torotto Citrus Liqueur Chocolate.”

     

    The Line-Up

    Torotto Strawberry Liqueur Chocolate | ¥200 (Before Tax)

    This melt-in-the-mouth milk chocolate delight is laced with a sweet strawberry liqueur filling that’s sure to please the taste buds of all who love combination of chocolate and alcohol.

    Torotto Citrus Liqueur Chocolate | ¥200 (Before Tax)

    This one is also wrapped in velvety milk chocolate but its filling is replaced with a citrus fruit liqueur, lending a fresh, flavourful finish.

     

    These chocolates are the perfect combination of sweet and sour fruits and Japanese sake for the coming spring season.

  • Harajuku Whips Up Oita Prefecture’s Jazz Youkan Sweet Adzuki Bean Block

    10.February.2021 | FOOD

    The Jazz Youkan is a cute confection made from sweet adzuki red bean paste and made to look like a little piano. It’s made in Japan’s Oita Prefecture, but Tokyo residents can now enjoy this sweet treat at HARAJU Cross JAPAN MASTERY COLLECTION_est which is located on Floor B1F of WITH HARAJUKU, a shopping complex in front of Harajuku Station. It is being sold until February 14 in three flavours: Chocolat, Matcha Chocolat, and Classic.

     

    The Jazz Youkan

    The Jazz Youkan is a confectionery made by Jazz to Youkan Yufuin CREEKS, a shop in Yufu, Oita. It’s part of their concert series of sweets and pairs well with a cup of coffee or glass of wine.

     

    Line-Up (Prices Include Tax)

    Chocolat | ¥2,646

    The seasonal winter Chocolat is made with sweet white bean paste, couverture chocolate, dried cherries, fig, and raisins. All the chocolates in this series are individually handmade by the shop’s chocolatiers, and this time, the classic Chocolat variant has been made even more delicious. It’s smooth, moist, and rich without being too sweet. Best enjoyed with coffee or wine.

    Matcha Chocolat | ¥2,646

    If you love matcha then this is the treat for you. It’s different from the normal Chocolat version of this sweet as it’s made without dried fruits. Instead, it contains large-grained adzuki beans for an irresistible texture.

    Classic | ¥2,160

    The Classic version is made with brown sugar from Okinawa and adzuki beans and contains dried figs soaked in wine. Another perfect pairing with coffee or wine, and the piano face shows the work of true Japanese artistry.

     

    ©冬季限定 ジャズ羊羹 chocolat

  • Pokémon, My Melody, Moomin and More Valentine’s Day Chocolates Arrive at Daimaru Tokyo

    31.January.2021 | FOOD

    The Hoppe Town area of Daimaru Tokyo is currently celebrating Valentine’s Day up to February 14 with the release of a selection of gift chocolates by six brands in collaboration with popular characters.

    Pokémon Chocolate Set (Large Box) | ¥1,404 (Tax Included)

    My Melody x Goncharoff Chocolates (Contains 21) | ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    Moomin x Merry Chocolate’s Hattifatteners Chocolates (Contains 11) | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)

    Dick Bruna by Morozoff: Picture Book Chocolates (Contains 15) – ¥864 (Tax Included) / Miffy Pouch Chocolates (Contains 8) – ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    Chatrois Kitten Tiny Plain Chocolates | ¥783 (Tax Included)

    Katanukiya Angel Panda | ¥684 (Tax Included)

    Which of these cute and tasty-looking treats has caught your eye the most?

     

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    ©1976,2021 SANRIO CO,LTD.APPROVAL NO.L613374
    ©Moomin Characters™

  • Tokyo’s Fancy New Pink Afternoon Tea at THE GRAND GINZA is Topped With Chocolate and Strawberries

    30.January.2021 | FOOD

    THE GRAND GINZA in Tokyo is getting ready for Valentine’s Day and White Day with the revealing of its new afternoon tea menu which will be served from February 1 to March 31.

    The “Pink Afternoon Tea” is a combination of succulent strawberries and fruity ruby chocolate, which is the fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, dark, and white. It includes a ruby hot chocolate for staying warm during these cold winter months, strawberry macarons, strawberries to dip in ruby chocolate, strawberry quiche curry, and other unique items for a mix of sweet and savoury. There’s also a strawberry mille-fuille made with a recipe by Ginza’s famous French restaurant Maxim’s de Paris.

    There are also 18 drinks to choose from including 13 types of teas from TWG. It’s a must-visit for Valentine’s Day.

  • Sankt Gallen Brewery to Release 800 Limited-Edition Chocolate Beer Bottle Sets

    30.January.2021 | FOOD

    Sankt Gallen Brewery has announced the release of a new drinking set which includes its chocolate-flavoured beer “Imperial Chocolate Stout” and a special glass for drinking it out of. The brewery, which is located in Atsugi, Kanagawa, will launch it as a limited-edition release on February 1, 2021 with just 800 sets available.

    Imperial Chocolate Stout ¥600 | Le Lectier Chocolate Stout 2021 Edition Flavour ¥500 | Orange Chocolate Stout ¥500 | Sweet Vanilla Stout Valentine Label ¥460 (All Prices Pre-Tax)

    Chocolate Glass

    Chocolate Glass Set

    The Imperial Chocolate Stout isn’t made with cacao or the chocolate used in sweets. It’s in fact made with “chocolate malt,” a raw beer ingredient roasted at a high temperature which draws out its chocolaty flavour. Although the beer uses almost 30% more of this raw ingredient than regular beer, only about half the amount is brewed from a single distilling compared to regular beer, which gives the beverage a distinct jet black colouring. The bubbles on top make it almost like a chocolate shake.

     

    Other drinks in this series include the Le Lectier Chocolate Stout which arrives this year in a limited-edition 2021 flavour. It’s made with the Le Lectier, a rare type of pear that is difficult to grow. The Orange Chocolate Stout is made with thinly sliced bitter orange peel, the kind that’s used in marmalade, of which half is boiled to intensify its citrusy notes. It’s inspired by the classic French confection that coats orange peel in chocolate. Finally, the Sweet Vanilla Stout comes in a Valentine’s Day label for 2021. This beer, which is richly black like an espresso, is laced with vanilla, bringing with it a sweet fragrance and vanilla chocolate aftertaste.

     

    These chocolate beers themselves go perfectly with some actual chocolate, and so Sankt Gallen Brewery teamed up with the Japanese patissier Tadashi Yanagi to create a glass made of chocolate to drink the beer from.

     

    Which of these beverages has your mouth watering the most?

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