Instagram Sensation Unicorn Ice Cream Shop Now Selling Christmas Reindeer Ice Cream
28.November.2019 | FOOD
Looking for Instagram-worthy ice cream in Japan? You definitely need to check out Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Soon after opening in Tokyo’s traditional Asakusa on July 5, 2019, their soft serve unicorn ice cream instantly earned its fame on social media. From November 28 to December 24, the ice cream shop will be releasing a series of Christmas-limited ice creams that are sure to become a hit sensation.
This shop is famous for being the only ice cream shop in the world to make unicorn-shaped cones out of financier cake dough and filling them with a sweet spiral of soft serve ice cream for the unicorn’s horn. This Christmas, the shop is introducing Christmas-limited toppings, flowers and wreaths to the decorations menu, making customising your ice cream more fun than ever before.
* According to research conducted by Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Protected status has been received for America, Korea and Japan. Applications are still being processed in the EU, Singapore and Mongolia.
For the Reindeer Soft Serve Ice Cream (￥780), each and every single financier cone is baked carefully, but this time in the shape of a reindeer – and it’s chocolate flavoured. Filled with soft serve ice cream, this reindeer is too cute to eat.
The Christmas Tree (￥830) is a soft serve pistachio ice cream made using high-grade pistachos: the reigning queen when it comes to nut varieties. The ice cream is finished with one of Asakusa Tsuno Koi‘s original Christmas trees.
The Santa Claus Soft Serve (￥500) is made using Asakusa Tsuno Koi’s rich-flavoured vanilla ice cream. Young or old, the moment you set eyes on Santa Claus’ face, a smile will automatically appear on yours!
The Christmas-limited toppings include stars, candy, and gingerbread men (￥100 each). Can’t choose? There is set including all three which costs ￥250.
The shop interior is also looking more Christmassy. The interior is a fusion of Asakusa’s traditional heritage and the unicorn motif, which is popular in western countries. A colourful flowery background and Asakusa’s traditional folding fans and umbrellas perfectly finish the western-Japanese fusion scene, which is currently soaking in fame on Instagram.
Asakusa Tsuno Koi is serving up a totally unique kind of ice cream that has not been spotted anywhere else in the world. The Christmas-limited ice creams are definitely worth the hype.
* Prices Before Tax
Asakusa Tsuno Koi
Address: 1- chome-14-7 Asakusa Taito City
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 18:00
Website (Japanese Only): http://www.38cogp.com/tsunokoi/
Starbucks Japan’s Second Holiday Season Drinks Shine Like Christmas Lights
Follow on from Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino®, Starbucks Coffee Japan has announced its second release in its series of holiday season beverages: the Nutty White Chocolate Frappuccino® and the Nutty White Mocha will hit most branches across Japan from November 22.
These two delicious drinks are the perfect holiday season treats, both capturing the moment when Christmas lights and illuminations twinkle. The coffee chain is also releasing its second batch of merchandise too.
The Nutty White Chocolate Frappuccino® is a combination of milky white chocolate and nutty hazelnuts with a sprinkling of roasted walnuts and crunchy shortbread for tantalising texture. It’s finished with a squirt of whipped cream which has been topped with chocolates of three different colours and silver dragees to create that Christmas light sparkle. You’re sure to feel the Christmas spirit with this order.
If it’s a hot drink you desire for warming up during the chilly weather, then you won’t be able to resist the Nutty White Mocha, a rich cup of coffee made with white chocolate and hazelnut syrup and a strong shot of espresso. The instant you take a sip from your cup, your taste buds will be treated to the nuttiness of the hazelnuts, and the subsequent milkiness of the white chocolate and full-bodied flavour of the espresso. The whipped cream represents a Christmas tree while the sauce is the ribbons and the dragees are the lights. A true capturing of Christmastime.
*This product uses chocolate that with less than 0.5% cocoa.
“Brilliant Season” is the theme of Starbucks’ second batch of Christmas goods this holiday season. We see the return of the snow dome cup from last year as well as a snow dome tumbler, a cutlery set with teaspoons and forks, a journal, clear pouch, and moreーlots that can be used as gifts. There’s plenty to plunge you into that Christmas mood as you stroll through the winter-kissed town amongst the warm Christmas lights. There’s also a special stainless steel tumbler which changes colour depending on which angle the light touches it, as well as a sparkly holographic mug.
Warm yourself up this winter in Japan by stopping by your nearest Starbucks branch.
Nutty White Chocolate Frappuccino®
Price: Tall ¥590 (Before Tax) (*Tall size only)
Release Date: November 22, 2019 (*Available while supplies last)
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
Nutty White Mocha
Price: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (All Before Tax)
Running: November 22, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
2nd Merchandise Batch
Running: November 22, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan at the online store (some products available in-store only) while supplies last
*Prices etc. can be found on the official website
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
No Chocoholic Can Resist Lindt’s New Nutty Caramel Chocolate Drinks
21.November.2019 | FOOD
Since being founded in 1845, Lindt has carried its reputation as a Swiss brand of chocolate throughout the centuries, capturing the hearts of chocoholics in over 120 countries across the world. Lindt will be releasing a brand new chocolate drink on December 1, 2019 across Japan. The chocolate drink will be available in hot and cold and is made using an irresistible Gianduia chocolate hazelnut spread.
Both the hot and cold versions of the drink contain Lindt’s signature melt-in-the-mouth milk chocolate which is mixed with luxurious hazelnut praline paste. The praline paste is made from roasted hazelnuts fused into delicious caramel. Once the aroma of both roasted hazelnuts and caramel entices you to take a sip, the rich flavour will spread through your mouth and you won’t be able to stop.
The drinks are topped with a fluffy chocolate and whipped cream combination and chocolate flakes which add a wonderful texture. The finishing touches on the drink consist of a drizzle of hazelnut praline sauce and a sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts. The wavy water pattern that can be seen decorating the iced chocolate drink can be mixed into the drink and enjoyed. If you’re looking for a quick chocolatey refresh, the iced chocolate drink is perfect for you. For those of you who succumb to the winter chills, the hot chocolate drink will warm you up right away.
Once the fragrance of these drinks reaches your nose, no chocoholic will be able to resist.
Lindt Iced Chocolate Drink Gianduia
Lindt Hot Chocolate Drink Gianduia
Price: ¥699 (After Tax)
Release: December 1, 2019 (to sell throughout the year)
Purchasable from all Lindt Chocolate Cafés in Japan.
Lindt Japan Official Website: https://www.lindt.jp/
Starbucks Japan Releases Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino
12.November.2019 | FOOD
The holiday season has finally hit Starbucks in Japan, and for the first drink in their series of Christmas beverages, they are serving the new Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino which is made to look and taste like a strawberry cake. Customers can even customise their drinks with as much free strawberry sauce as they like.
Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino – Tall ¥590 w/ Free Strawberry Sauce (*Sauce not available with other drinks)
The drink is built on sponge cake flavoured base, on top of which sits ascending layers of bright-red strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and a sprinkling of freeze-dried strawberries, effectively creating a dessert that you can drink. One sip of this pink delight fills your mouth with the sweet and refreshing taste of fresh fruity strawberries.
We recommend customising yours with non-fat milk or soy milk. If you want to hold back on some of the sweetness, go for the non-fat milk option, and if you want something smoother, get the soy milk. Drizzle over additional strawberry sauce to your liking, and you’ve got yourself a festive treat for the season!
Merry Strawberry Cake Frappuccino
Released: November 9, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan while supplies last
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
McDonald’s Japan is teaming up with Nestlé next week to bring back last years’ customer-favourite McFluffy® KitKat® for a limited time starting on January 27.
McFlurry KitKat | ¥290
The delicious dessert combines McDonald’s tasty soft service ice cream with crushed KitKat and finishes it with a drizzle of special sauce made with couverture chocolate. Mix everything together for pure chocolatey heaven goodness.
McFlurry Oreo | ¥290
McDonald’s Japan also serves the McFlurry Oreo, a regular item on the menu, and right now is the only time you can enjoy comparing the tastes and textures between both the Oreo and KitKat McFlurries.
Which one has you drooling more?
Running: January 27, 2021 – Late March 2021
Available: McDonald’s Japan (Select branches not participating)
Serving Times: 10:30 until closure
Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
*KitKat is a registered trademark of Nestlé Group.
Luxury Japanese Gateau Chocolate Infused With Sake Made From Famous Yamada Nishiki Rice
24.January.2021 | FOOD
Japanese sweets and dessert brand KAKERI opened pre-orders for its new luxury chocolate “Nihonshu Gateau Chocolat” on Monday (January 18) which is made in collaboration with Inami Shuzo, a distillery based in Miki, Hyogo, a city known for a type of rice called Yamada Nishiki. Pre-order opened exclusively on Makuake.
Daigin Koshu – Bronze Award winner in the Sake category at IWC2020
The chocolate is infused with Daigin Koshu, a sake made by Inami Shuzo which won a Bronze award at the International Wine Challenge for Japanese Sake in 2020. The chocolate is also best paired with a cup of strong sake too. Online orders are shipped in freezer refrigeration and can be eaten frozen too, giving it an ice cake-like texture. If left to defrost in the fridge, the taste and fragrance of the infused sake increases, so sake-lovers can pick how they best want to enjoy their gateau treat.
What makes this chocolate so special is that it enjoys the combination of ingredients and a workforce all from the city of Miki where the distiller is located. The sake is made with a rice called Yamada Nishiki which is grown in Miki and is famous for being used to make sake. The consumption amount of this rice has decreased as a result of the pandemic and so the chocolate was developed to help spread word of the rice and ensure it doesn’t go to waste.
Nihonshu Gateau Chocolat
Pre-Orders: January 18, 2021
Makuake Online Store: https://www.makuake.com/project/nihonshu-gateau-chocolat
Valentine’s Dessert Sets Served Up at Harajuku’s Tea Latte Shop CHAVATY
22.January.2021 | FOOD
CHAVATY, a cafe in Harajuku that serves tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves, is getting ready for Valentine’s Day early with the release of some tasty new desserts which they began serving up on Thursday (January 14).
Valentine’s Set | ¥1,100 (Before Tax)
Valentine’s Scone Set (6 Included) | ¥2,480 (Tax Included)
Raspberry Chocolate | ¥970 (Tax Included)
The Valentine’s Set comes with a cute scone as well as fondant chocolate made with rich, high-grade chocolate from the French chocolate brand Cacao Barry. It also comes with a tea latte of your choice. There’s also a scone set which comes with two each of three different scones for a total of six including the Berry & Cocoa Pink Chocolate, Orange & Chocolate Chip Double Chocolate, and Dried Fruits & Nuts White Chocolate. CHAVATY has also made their own seasonal homemade spread: the Raspberry Chocolate.
CHAVATY Valentine’s Set
Running: January 14, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Address: Minami-Harajuku Bldg. 1F, 4-6-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://chavaty.shop-pro.jp/
Pokémon Tokyo Banana Adds Special Pikachu Box Set Online
Tokyo Banana World recently added its special Dengeki Box (Electric Box) of Pikachu Tokyo Banana confections to its official website which is available to order in Japan until January 30, 2021 at 17:00 (JST).
Tokyo Banana is Tokyo’s official souvenir sweets brand and it launched its new Pokémon Tokyo Banana series of confections in November last year with the first catch being Pikachu. It subsequently added Eevee to the collection in December. The Pikachu confections are also available to buy at Tokyo Station.
Pikachu Tokyo Banana – Dengeki Box | Box of 12 Packs (24 Confections) | ¥3,456 (Tax Included)
The limited-time addition of the Dengeki Box to Tokyo Banana’s official website means that anyone in Japan can get a taste of the electrifyingly delicious sweet fluffy custard-filled sponge cakes without having to travel to Tokyo.
Waiting inside the Dengeki Box are 12 packages each with two cakes in and each in one of six different Pikachu designs to greet hungry Trainers, all of which are positively kawaii. The box itself also features these adorable illustrations.
Left: Front of Box | Right: Back of Box
The box even has a handle attached to it so you can reuse it after to store all your bits and bobs.
©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Pokémon, ポケットモンスター, and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc..
Pikachu Tokyo Banana – Online Orders
Running: January 12, 2021 – January 30, 2021
*Available while supplies last
*Shipping not available to select islands in Japan
Tokyo Banana Group Official Online Shop
Luxurious Gin Infused White Chocolate by Dean & DeLuca Tempts With Tasty Allure
19.January.2021 | FOOD
Asakusa-based ‘aromatic raw chocolate’ brand MAISON CACAO created a new gin-flavoured white chocolate for Dean & DeLuca which was released in Japan on January 15, 2021.
The “Aroma Raw Chocolate (Gin)” keeps the original flavour of the white chocolate and infuses with a craft gin known as “COMMON” by Toranomon Joryusho.
Aroma Raw Chocolate GIN FOR DEAN & DELUCA | ¥2,592 (Tax Included)
One bite into a piece of this artisanal chocolate fills the mouth with a tang of subtly fruity chocolate. Then comes the refreshing taste of the gin which complements the sweetness and adds sophistication to the chocolate in an exquisite balance of flavours.
COMMON gin is fruity and clear
COMMON craft gin has a ‘botanical’ flavour. Its base is a shochu made on the islands of Hachijō-jima and Nii-jima. It also contains soft water taken from Okutama Sawai.
“It has a faint fruity taste that combines with the flavour of the cacao, and he used really delicious white chocolate,” explains Shingo Ishihara of MAISON CACAO who helped in the chocolate’s development. “I hope people indulge in its enjoyable melt-in-the-mouth texture.”
Aroma Raw Chocolate GIN FOR DEAN & DELUCA
Japanese Name: アロマ生チョコレート GIN FOR DEAN & DELUCA
Released: January 15, 2021
DEAN & DELUCA Official Website: https://www.deandeluca.co.jp/
Snoopy and Charlie Brown Turn Into Confections at Japanese Convenience Stores
18.January.2021 | FOOD
Bandai’s character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas is releasing two new traditional Japanese wagashi confections inspired by the Peanuts comic series. Snoopy and Charlie Brown will arrive at Lawson convenience stores across Japan on January 19, 2021.
Tabemas Snoopy | ¥264 Each (Before Tax)
The cute confections capture the little details of the iconic characters, from Snoopy’s doggo features and collar to Charlie Brown’s hair and shirt. The Snoopy confection is filled with chocolate bean paste—a nod to his favourite chocolate chip cookies—while Charlie Brown is filled with custard bean paste as a nod to his trademark shirt. The packaging features exclusive art drawn for the Peanuts comic’s 70th anniversary with Snoopy atop his dog house.
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Tabemasu Snoopy / Charlie Brown
Release Date: January 19, 2021
Available: At the chilled sweets section of Lawson convenience stores in Japan (Excluding Natural Lawson and Lawson Store 100)
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participatingProduct Page: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/snoopy03/
Delicious Valentine’s Day Desserts Served Up at Eggs ‘n Things
18.January.2021 | FOOD
Eggs ‘n Things is set to serve up a special limited-time Valentine’s menu in Japan from January 16 to February 28 including the Torokeru Fondant Chocolate Pancakes and Strawberry & Banana Chocolate French Toast.
Torokeru Fondant Chocolate Pancakes | Eat In ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Torokeru Fondant Chocolate Pancakes | Takeout ¥1,080 (Before Tax)
Strawberry & Banana Chocolate French Toast | Eat In ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Strawberry & Banana Chocolate French Toast | Takeout ¥980 (Before Tax)
Strawberry White Mocha | Hot or Iced ¥680 (Before Tax)
Hawaiian Cafe Mocha | Hot or Iced ¥580 (Before Tax)
This lovingly-prepared chocolate and fruit-loaded line-up is sure to get the butterflies stirring hungrily for this year Valentine’s.
Miffy Cookies Get Baked Up by Netherlands Confectionery Theo Blom at Dick Bruna TABLE
14.January.2021 | FOOD
The popular wine bar Dick Bruna TABLE, where customers can enjoy a glass of wine with a meal together with illustrations by Dick Bruna, the creator of Miffy, is now selling a batch of Miffy cookies created by the popular confectionery Theo Blom located in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Miffy Cookies & Chocolate | ¥4,000 (Before Tax)
Miffy Cookies | ¥4,000 (Before Tax)
Utrecht is the birthplace of Miffy author and creator Dick Bruna, and Theo Blom is a place that Bruna himself actually often visited. The confectionery is known for its tins which can be reused after the contents are eaten. The cute Miffy tins are definitely keepers.
Dick Bruna TABLE – Miffy Cookies & Chocolate
Released: Mid December 2020
Location: Dick Bruna TABLE
Address: 3-1-1 Sannomiyacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
[Weekdays] 11:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:00) / 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
[Saturdays] 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
[Sundays/Public Holidays] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://dickbrunatable.com/
McDonald’s Japan Adds Crème Brûlée and Belgian Chocolate Pies to the Menu
13.January.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is bringing back its popular Belgian Chocolate Pie from last year and is also introducing a new Crème Brûlée Pie, both of which will hit the menu at all McDonald’s branches from January 13 for a limited time.
Crème Brûlée Pie | ¥150 (Before Tax)
Belgian Chocolate Pie | ¥150 (Before Tax)
The hot pies are filled with deliciously sweet cream and are a perfect, cosy treat during the cold weather.
Crème Brûlée Pie / Belgian Chocolate Pie
Serving: January 13, 2021 – Mid February 2021
Available: McDonald’s Japan
Price: ¥150 Each (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Nana’s Green Tea x Häagen-Dazs Release Chocolate Matcha Glass Dessert
12.January.2021 | FOOD
Nana’s Green Tea is serving up a brand-new dessert in collaboration with Häagen-Dazs for Valentine’s Day at 77 branches in Japan. The dessert was released on January 6 and will be available up to February 14.
Matcha Chocolate Glass with Häagen-Dazs | ¥880 (Before Tax)
The dessert is a tempting sight to behold – not only is it delicious but visually appealing to the eye too, and layered with various textures so that every bite is a surprise.
The dessert is made with Häagen-Dazs’ “Sweet Chocolate” ice cream coupled with Nana’s Green Tea’s own original matcha ice cream, soft and crunchy meringue sticks, crumbled cookies, white chocolate whipped cream, and matcha chiffon cake. Sat at the bottom waiting to be discovered is a sweet strawberry sauce for a tangy kick.
Nana’s Green Tea – Matcha Chocolate Glass With Häagen-Dazs
Serving: January 6, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Price: ¥880 (Before Tax)
Available: 77 Nana’s Green Tea branches in Japan (Excluding DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Tokyo Dome, and Iias Okinawa Toyosaki)
Official Website: http://www.nanasgreentea.com/
Mister Donuts x Pierre Marcolini Luxury Doughnuts Hit Japan
12.January.2021 | FOOD
Mister Donuts has teamed up with Belgian chocolate brand Pierre Marcolini to release the “misdo meets PIERRE MARCOLINI Collection” of doughnuts which hit Japanese branches on Friday (January 8).
Fondant Chocolate Doughnut – Chocolate | ¥200 (Before Tax)
Fondant Chocolate Doughnut – Caramel | ¥200 (Before Tax)
Fondant Chocolate Doughnut – Raspberry | ¥200 (Before Tax)
Fondant Chocolate Doughnut – Hazelnut | ¥200 (Before Tax)
Danish Chocolate – Raspberry | ¥230 (Before Tax)
Danish Chocolate – Hazelnut | ¥230 (Before Tax)
The doughnuts are part of Mister Donuts “misdo meets” series which first began in 2017 to combine the highest quality ingredients and techniques to in order to bake up the best possible doughnuts. This time, it has joined sticky bakers fingers with the popular Begian chocolate brand Pierre Marcolini to create a new kind of fondant chocolate doughnut and danish. The line-up is made with high quality authentic chocolate and has a bitter kick to it – perfect for those who aren’t into sweeter treats. The heart-shaped danishes are also spot on for the Valentine’s season in Japan.
misdo meets PIERRE MARCOLINI Collection
Serving: January 8, 2021 – Mid March 2021
Available: Mister Donut Japan (Select branches not participating)
Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Gudetama Doughnuts at Floresta Celebrate the New Year
Floresta Nature Doughnuts, a doughnut cafe that hand-makes doughnuts using organic ingredients, is baking up two new Gudetama doughnuts with New Year’s messages on them. They will be served from January 9 to 24.
Florest Gudetama Collab Doughnuts | ¥450 (Before Tax)
The doughnuts capture the lazy and lethargic energy of Gudetama. The crowning Gudetama is made from Japanese pumpkin and is sat on a bed of sweet white chocolate. Both doughnuts are also available as a set coming with an extra of any of Floresta’s signature doughnuts.
Relax and take in the new year together with Gudetama.