Love At First Sip: Starbucks Japan To Release Valentine’s 2020 Drink Series ‘CHOCOLATE with’
13.January.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan has developed a new Valentine’s drink series called ‘CHOCOLATE with’ to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020. Some drinks in this romantic series include the Chocolate with Almond Praline Frappuccino® and the White Chocolate with Latte®. The series will be launched on January 17, 2020 in most Starbucks cafés across Japan.
The ‘CHOCOLATE with’ series aims to spark a sense of anticipation for the next delicious flavour to fill the gap and hopes to tempt more people to surrender to the delicious flavour of chocolate. This fun series aims to be loved by all genders and all ages across Japan.
Left: CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
Middle: CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
Right: White CHOCOLATE with Latte: Short ¥450, Tall ¥490, Grande ¥530, Venti® ¥570
The CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino® is a chocolate-flavoured drink with refreshing yellow streaks of passion fruit sauce, chocolate chips and shaved chocolate for the topping. This Frappuccino® enjoys both a fruity flavour as well as comforting chocolate. *Contains less than 5% passion fruit juice.
The CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino® is made by mixing chocolate sauce with caramel and coffee for a creamy and deep base flavour. Crunchy and fragrant candied almonds and chocolate sauce top the drink, providing a very chocolatey experience perfect for any chocoholic.
The elegant and sweet White CHOCOLATE with Latte contains creamy and smooth couverture chocolate white flakes, espresso and warm milk, combined for a strong and relaxing flavour.
Right: CHOCOLATE Mousse with Latte (Hot): Short ¥390 Tall ¥430 Grande ¥470 Venti® ¥510
Left: CHOCOLATE Mousse with Drip Coffee (Hot): Short ¥340 Tall ¥380 Grande ¥420
These ‘CHOCOLATE Mousse with’ drinks are perfect for drip coffee and Starbucks latte fans. These Valentine’s season-limited drinks are customisable so you can enjoy the delicious flavour of chocolate mousse in the form of a new Valentine’s drink. The smooth chocolate mousse is light and melts in your mouth. By adding the drip coffee, the flavours merge together for a brand new and exciting flavour experience.
CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino®Tall ¥590 *(Only available in Tall)
On January 31, the CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino® with its delicious aroma, chocolatey flavour and fun textures will make its debut. The tea is made from a blend of several different kinds of tea. Milk and milk tea powder is added to enhance the flavour and then blended with white mocha syrup and chocolate chips. This is the perfect chance to enjoy chocolate and milk tea in one drink.
This year, Starbucks will also be selling Valentine’s merchandise. This year’s theme colours are pink and navy. A range of cute yet fancy designs decorate Starbucks’ classic flasks and mugs and is bound to deliver a heart-warming experience with every sip. There are also pink Starbucks cards decorated with hearts and love letter-themed message card sets in the series. If you’re looking for a causal-style gift for someone special, how about something from the Starbucks Valentines series rather than traditional chocolates?
Come try a drink from the CHOCOLATE with series for a new and exciting chocolate drink experience.
Starbucks Japan CHOCOLATE with Drink Series
CHOCOLATE with Passion Fruit Frappuccino®
CHOCOLATE with Almond Praline Frappuccino®
White CHOCOLATE with Latte
CHOCOLATE Mousse with Latte
CHOCOLATE Mousse with Drip Coffee
Selling: January 17 – February 14, 2020
CHOCOLATE with Milk Tea Frappuccino®
Selling: January 31 – March 31, 2020
*Available while stocks last
Available At: Most Starbucks cafés across Japan
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp
GODIVA’s Irresistible Chocolixir Sakura Drink Available This Spring
23.February.2020 | FOOD
GODIVA Japan Inc. is releasing a new chocolate drink as part of their Chocolixir series. The new drink flavour “Chocolixir Sakura” will be sold from February 16 to April 9, 2020 at GODIVA shops only.
Chocolixir Sakura: ¥630 (Before Tax)
Cherry blossom jelly and pink chocolate curls rest on top of a white cloud of whipped cream to create the appearance of cherry blossom petals. The drink creates the image of beautiful sakura petals as they reflect off the water’s surface, creating the warm image of the rays of the spring sun. The sweet aroma and creamy melt-in-the-mouth white chocolate is divine. This chilled drink also contains small pieces of smashed white chocolate, creating a fun texture in your mouth.
It looks just as wonderful as it tastes. One sip will fill your heart with the refreshing vibes of spring. GODIVA’s velvety smooth chocolate drinks are always to die for. You just have to try it.
Selling: February 16, 2020 – April 9, 2020
*In limited supply, available while stocks last.
Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp
Starbucks Japan Reveals Cherry Frappuccino®ーThe Second Drink of Starbucks Sakura Season
20.February.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan has announced that the second drink in its Sakura Season series of springtime cherry blossom drinks will be released on February 26, 2020. Named the “Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino®” (Cherry Blossom Cherry Frappuccino®), this tasty-looking drink is exclusive to Japan.
Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino®—Savour the sweet and tangy fresh cherry pieces
Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino® – Tall ¥590 (Before Tax) / Available: February 26, 2020 – March 12, 2020
The new drink contains fresh and sweet cherry pieces. It uses a cherry blossom flavoured base together with strawberry milk, which adds a subtle flavour, and a sauce made from fresh cherries. Cherries in Japan also go by the name outou (桜桃), which has the Japanese kanji for sakura (cherry blossom) in it. This is because its roots come from the same family of roses.
The drink has a unique sweet and sour punch to it, and one sip is enough to make you feel like spring is here. Topped with pink, white, or blue Japanese sugar candies known as konpeitō, this drink truly offers a toast to a kawaii Japanese spring.
Customise your drink for free with “Sakura Toppings”
Free Sakura Toppings / Available: February 26, 2020 – March 12, 2020
For Sakura Season at Starbucks, customers can customise all drinks with two different colours of mochi pieces and dried raspberries shaped like cherry blossom petals. The coffee company highly recommend topping cappuccinos, white mochas, and matcha cream frappuccinos® with them. Make your drink your own!
Starbucks is also releasing a new range of merchandise, such as mugs and tumblers, with theme “Spring Misty-Rain,” on February 26. These gorgeous designs are inspired by the light rainfall in spring which falls onto the cherry blossoms and grass and makes them glisten with the light. A new cherry blossom Starbucks Card will also be available to pick up for a limited time.
Sakura Season at Starbucks is always a popular time in Japan, so if you’re planning a trip here for spring and are in need of a coffee top-up, then you’re in for a real treat.
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp
Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo to Release Cherry Blossom Spring Drinks and Merchandise
15.February.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo boasts the most incredible location, sitting by the side of Nakameguro, one of Tokyo’s most famous spots for seeing the cherry blossoms in spring.
This year, the coffee roastery’s “Sakura Season” is set to begin on February 15, when its cherry blossom-inspired merchandise collection is released, along with a line-up of pink beverages and food.
The official Starbucks sakura merchandise ranges from tumblers and mugs to a key ring, handkerchief, and more, for a total of 10 items.
Strawberry Chia Oolong – ¥900
Poppun Sakura Jasmine Tea – ¥950
Floating Blossom – ¥900
Six beautiful beverages from last year’s Sakura Season at Starbucks are also making a return from the Teavana™️ brand, made with delicate and soft cherries, hibiscus, and tea leaves as refreshing as green grass.
Clockwise From Left: Gianchetti & Sakura – ¥880 / Mini Panettone Sakura – ¥680 / Cornetti Sakura – ¥380 / Maritozzo Sakura – ¥540
Italian bakery Princi®︎ is also heading to Japan for the first time to serve up Italian food culture to people at Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo. Enjoy the floral taste of cherry blossoms done in a Princi®︎ way.
Heading to Tokyo for Hanami and the cherry blossoms? Then make a stop at Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo for this year’s Sakura Season.
Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo Sakura Season
Release Date: February 15, 2020
Location: Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo
*The Princi®︎ products will also be served at the Starbucks Reserve®︎ Store at Ginza Maronie-dori
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/press_release/pr2020-3360.php
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.
Running: February 12, 2020 – Early March 2020 (subject to change)
Available: McDonald’s in Japan (Select branches not participating)
Serving: All Day
Price: ¥290 (Tax Included)
*KITKAT and キットカット are registered trademarks of Nestlé Group.
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan Unveils Cherry Blossom Milk Latte, Frappuccino & More For Sakura Season
12.February.2020 | FOOD
Every year, Starbucks Coffee Japan serves up its seasonal “Sakura Season” drinks menu, a limited-time offering of special cherry blossom flavoured drinks for the spring. This year’s Sakura Season at Starbucks begins on February 15, and they’ve revealed the first of several upcoming batches of drinks and merchandise.
Sakura Milk Pudding Frappuccino® & Sakura Milk Latte ー Japan Only
The first two drinks of the Sakura Season menu are a gorgeous light pink, reminiscent of cherry blossoms. They’re available at Starbucks in Japan only.
The Sakura Milk Pudding Frappuccino® is made like a Japanese pudding, scented with fresh cherry blossom leaf extract. The milk base is mixed with a cherry blossom and strawberry sauce, and it’s all topped off with cream and decorations made to look like flower petals. The pink gradation in the cup also calls to mind the beautiful dance of falling cherry blossom leaves.
The Sakura Milk Latte is a subtly sweet, no-coffee beverage made with a combination of cherry blossom and strawberry suace as well as warm milk. It’s still cold out right now, so this is the perfect treat to warm you up for the coming spring.
Sakura Milk Pudding Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 (Before Tax) *Tall size only
Sakura Milk Latte: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Before Tax)
Running: February 15, 2020 – February 25, 2020
*The Sakura Milk Latte will be served until March 12, 2020
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan (while supplies last)
Reusable Cherry Blossom Cups ー Japan Only
Starbucks introduced its reusable cups to help reduce plastic waste, and now you can get them in these stylish new cherry blossom designs. If you’re still using disposable plastic cups, then make that important step today and get your own reusable cup.
SAKURA 2020 Reusable Cup (473ml) & Bag Set – ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
SAKURA 2020 Reusable Cup (473ml) – ¥350 (Before Tax)
SAKURA 2020 Reusable Cup (473ml) & Bag Set: February 15, 2020
SAKURA 2020 Reusable Cup (473ml): February 19, 2020
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan (while supplies last)
SAKURA Season Merchandise ー Batch ①
The theme of the first batch of Sakura Season 2020 merchandise is “Spring Breeze.” The design captures the image of cherry blossom petals falling from the gentle spring breeze, the warm days, and hope. The line-up includes not only tumblers and mugs, but a picnic mat with a cherry blossom print, and more. Enjoy your coffee with one of the reusable cups or tumblers and feel good about doing your part to reduce plastic this spring.
Release Date: February 15, 2020
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan (while supplies last)
Starbucks’s cherry blossom filter makes flowers blossom in your photos!
Experience the cherry blossoms early before they bloom with the Starbucks Sakura 2020 (Japanese: #スターバックスさくら2020) filter. You don’t even have to download an app to use it.
To get access to the filter, simply scan the QR code in a Starbucks branch, tap the button, and take your springtime photo!
The filter lets you choose between the three most common cherry blossom trees in Japan: the Yoshino cherry, yae-zakura, and shidare-zakura.
Starbucks Sakura 2020 Filter (#スターバックスさくら2020)
Running: February 15, 2020 – March 12, 2020
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
9 Must Try Desserts and Sweets in Hokkaido & at New Chitose Airport – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPONWe at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON know our readers love desserts and sweets as much as we do, and that’s why we make sure to never go too long without writing about the latest must-try treats in Japan, like our recent article on matcha desserts in Sapporo.We return to you once more with the 9 must-try delectable delights at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, and at various locations across Hokkaido. If you’re heading to Japan’s northernmost prefecture, and are using this airport, or are travelling throughout Hokkaido, then you can’t miss out on these irresistible picks.Today, we are joined by Kei, a Japanese Instagrammer who posts enticing pictures of the delicious desserts and drinks he has tried at cafes around Hokkaido. He has kindly provided us with his incredible pictures along with a descriptions, which we have translated into English. Enjoy!
GINRYU・BonBon BERRY | New Chitose Airport
GINRYU・BonBon BERRY is a revamp of the original shop, GINRYU. Located on the second floor of New Chitose Airport Terminal, the new shop has teamed up with BonBonBERRY, another store right next to Atami Station in Shizuoka Prefecture.
The shop specialises in Tokachi Ginryu strawberries, a variety of strawberry produced in the town of Otofuke. They have a distinct appearance and taste, with their beautiful white inside, low acidity, and high sugar content.Omocchiizu Strawberry Skewer – ¥432This skewered dessert is made up of strawberries, cheese-filled sticky rice cake, and strawberry baumkuchen. This is the ultimate strawberry indulgence!Strawberry Bavarois – ¥740Bon Bon Soft – ¥500The Strawberry Bavarois and soft serve ice cream look super cute too. The high sugar content of the Ginryu strawberry makes them perfect for any kind of dessert.The shop is stocked full of other great sweet treats too, so be sure to check out their strawberry range.▼GINRYU・BonBon BERRYAddress: New Chitose Airport Terminal – Floor 2FOpening Hours: 8:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-29-4480Official Website: https://www.ginryu-bonbonberry.com/
Chocolatier Masale | New Chitose Airport
Chocolatier Masale is a standout name in Hokkaido. This leading chocolate company have multiple branches – in addition to the Sapporo shops, they have sites in both the lobby and gate lounge of New Chitose Airport.Mousse Glacee White Chocolate & Hokkaido Milk – ¥410Exclusive to the departure lobby branch of Chocolatier Malase, this chocolatey dessert is an ensemble of ice cream made from mousse-packed Hokkaido milk and covered in chocolate. It’s finished with cracked freeze-dried strawberries which give a fruity kick to the smooth taste of the ice cream and delightful chocolate.▼Chocolatier Masale – New Chitose Airport Departure Lobby (ショコラティエマサール 新千歳空港出発ロビー店)
Address: New Chitose Airport Terminal – Floor 2FOpening Hours: 8:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-29-4115Official Website: https://www.masale.jp/
siretoco sky sweets | New Chitose Airportsiretoco doughnuts were created in the town of Nakashibetsu in Hokkaido. The New Chitose Airport Terminal branch is immensely popular for its cute mini animal doughnuts which are steamed instead of being dropped into hot oil, making them a healthier doughnut option.Happy New Year Lucky Rat – ¥420 / Rich★Cream Cheese – ¥390The doughnut on the left celebrates 2020 and the Year of the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac. It’s white chocolate and strawberry chocolate flavoured. It’s also not too sweet and has a soft and fluffy texture. The cheese doughnut has a very cheesy flavour indeed. All the animal faces are also made by hand, so each and every one is unique. Both are really cute looking.▼siretoco sky sweets (シレトコ スカイ スイーツ)Address: New Chitose Airport Terminal – Floor 2FOpening Hours: 8:00-20:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-46-2109Official Website: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/yoitoko-style/
Cafe Owl | Lake ShikotsuHandmade Baked Purin – ¥500Cafe Owl is situated in Shikotsuko Onsen, a popular tourist spot about a 55-minute transit bus ride from New Chitose Airport. It has a warm atmosphere to it with its log house-like appearance. Their food menu has just two things on it: pizza and purin (Japanese custard pudding). I ordered a purin and cup of coffee as a set.The photo doesn’t show how big the purin actually is – it’s like a cake slice. It has a refreshing taste and isn’t overly-sweet so can be chowed down easily.▼Cafe Owl (カフェアウル)Address: Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 9:00-17:00Closed: WednesdaysEnquiries: 0123-25-2590Tabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0107/A010701/1023567/
Pennennolde | Lake ShikotsuAtsuma Honeysuckle Rare Cheese & Cocoa – ¥380 / Walnut Chocolate Ganache – ¥380This cafe is also located in Shikotsuko Onsen. Their main meal is muffins, which are served warm inside their very relaxed space. The honeysuckle cheese muffin is thick and sticky, and doesn’t have an unpleasant smell from the cheese. It’s simply delicious. The chocolate ganache too is melted which only adds to the nice texture of the walnuts.The muffins can be ordered for takeout too, so you can take them with you to enjoy the local sights.▼Pennennolde (ペンネンノルデ)Address: Bangaichi, Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 10:00-17:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-25-4115Official Website: http://r.goope.jp/pennennolde/
Kita no Umaimonten Hekisui | Lake ShikotsuRaspberry Chocolate Soft Cream – ¥500This cafe is close to Lake Shikotsu. They sell soft serve ice cream from the famous Iwase Farm located in the city of Sunagawa. This flavour is made with rich chocolate ice cream and is topped with freeze-dried raspberries, creating a great balance between the two.This small place has its own eat-in area too, so you can kick back and relax while you enjoy the taste of some Hokkaido soft serve ice cream.▼Kita no Umaimonten Hekisui (北のうまいもん店碧水)Address: Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose, HokkaidoOpening Hours: Not knownClosed Days: Not knownEnquiries: 0123-25-4115Official Website: Not known
Doremo LeTAO | ChitoseChocolate Noisette Berry – ¥1,540Doremo LeTAO is just a 15-minute walk from Chitose Station. Their “Chocolate Noisette Berry” is packed fully of rich chocolate, nuts, and berries.Berry Mascarpone – ¥1,650The “Berry Mascarpone” comes with four pancakes drizzled in berry sauce, mascarpone, custard, strawberries, and vanilla ice cream. The pancakes have soft meringue inside them, but are still light to eat, so you can rest assured you won’t have a heavy stomach afterwards.▼Doremo LeTAO (ドレモルタオ)Address: 6-1-1 Asahinochi, Chitose, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 11:00-18:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 050-5570-2975Official Website: https://www.letao.jp/shop/doremo.php
Mirtillo | Osatsu
Mirtillo is a gelato shop on the outskirts of Osatsu in Chitose. It’s a tricky place to reach without a car, but it still stands as an incredibly popular gelato store. They have 16 flavours of gelato including several limited-time options.Waffle Parfait – ¥1,000I tried their “Waffle Parfait,” which lets you pick from two gelato of your choice along with toppings. The combination of the crunchy waffles with the gelato is delicious. Added together with the blueberry sauce and fruits, you get a variety of tastes and textures.The blueberries are actually all grown on site.▼Mirtillo (ミルティーロ)Address: 2 Osatsu, Chitose, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 11:00-18:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-23-5323Official Website: http://mirtillo.tank.jp/
Donut Chaya Honwaka | EniwaHonwaka Cocoa – ¥140 / Autumn Chestnut – ¥220Honwaka is a doughnut shop about 1.5km from Eniwa Station. I got to try some of their seasonal autumn flavours: the fluffy and flavourful “Honwaka Cocoa,” and the chestnut and chestnut cream-loaded “Autumn Chestnut.” The chestnut cream is just the right amount of sweetness and has a really delightful chestnut flavour.The store offers limited-time seasonal flavours with each passing season, so be sure to check out my Instagram to see more.▼Donut Chaya Honwaka (ドーナツ茶屋 ほんわか)Address: 7-18-4 Koganeminami, Eniwa, HokkaidoOpening Hours: 11:00-17:00No Fixed HolidaysEnquiries: 0123-25-5346Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donutschaya.honwaka/Did you enjoy these dessert picks? We hope you get to try some of them, and if you want even more dessert recommendations from Hokkaido, be sure to follow Kei on Instagram.
Photos & Original Text: Kei / 敬 (@607keih)
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
*Information written in this article is correct at the time of publishing. For more details on each shop, please visit their official websites and social media pages.
*Food names are translated from Japanese into English where appropriate.
Starbucks Japan Reveals Spring Blend Releasing On Valentine’s Day 2020
05.February.2020 | FOOD
Nestlé has revealed that it is releasing a new seasonal coffee, the Starbucks® Spring Blend, on February 14 aka Valentine’s Day.
Springtime and the cherry blossom season at is a popular time of the year every year at Starbucks in Japan. To beckon the cool breeze of the spring, the coffee chain is releasing three types of coffee at supermarkets and stores in Japan: the “Regular Coffee (Powder),” “Regular Coffee (Beans),” and “Starbucks Origami®︎ Personal Drip®︎ Coffee.” The coffee is blend of beans from Latin America and East Africa, enjoying a balanced richness, and a flavour akin to milk chocolate and sweet orange, which can now be enjoyed at home or in the office.
Starbucks is also releasing a set of four bags of a Spring Blend of the Starbucks Origami®︎ Personal Drip®︎ Coffee, as well as a reusable cup. Pre-orders are now also open to get the “Starbucks® Spring Cheer Gift,” a set that comes with the coffee, the cup, and a cup holder, which is perfect as a gift to yourself or your coffee-loving friends, familyーor even your special someone this Valentine’s Day.
Starbucks®︎ Spring Blend
Release Date: February 14, 2020
・Starbucks®︎ Spring Blend 140g (Powder) – ¥665
・Starbucks®︎ Spring Blend 210g (Beans) – ¥998
・Starbucks Origami®︎ Personal Drip®︎ Coffee Starbucks®︎ Spring Blend (4 Bags) – ¥475
・Starbucks Origami®︎ Personal Drip®︎ Coffee Starbucks®︎ Spring Blend w/ Reusable Cup – ¥598
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://shop.nestle.jp/front/contents/sbx/season/spring/
Valentine’s Day 2020 Gift Recommendations: Chocolates and Treats at Tokyo Station
If you’re in Tokyo in the run up to Valentine’s Day, and are in in need of some ideas to bestow your loved one, then you’ll want to head to Tokyo Station City where they are never short of great ideas when the season of love rolls around.
From little gifts under ¥500 to more indulgent delights over ¥1,000, Tokyo Station has it all. We’ve picked out some recommendations ranging from chocolates to sweets and other great ideas for those without a sweet tooth.
【Under ¥500】Little gifts to hand out
Heart de Katsu Burger – ¥237 @ Tonkatsu Maisen (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
For a limited time only, Tonkatsu Maisen’s popular katsu burgers are being served in the shape of a heart up right now until Valentine’s Day. If you’re with your loved one in Tokyo until then, then how about enjoying one of these together?
Heart Senbei (3 Included) @ Fujimido (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Senbei are Japanese rick crackers, and these heart-shaped ones come as a set in black pepper, tuna mayo, and ume katsu (plum pulp and bonito flakes) flavours. Perfect for those who don’t like sweet things, and great with a cup of Japanese sake.
Shizuko Chocolate (1 Included) – ¥378 @ Naruto Kintoki Honpo Kurio (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Kurio’s potato sweet bean jelly is made from the store’s sweet potato bean paste which is set and thus has the original flavour maintained. It’s mixed with dark chocolate for that luxury feel as well as sweet potato skin.
Coffee Bean Chocolates (50g) – ¥432 @ Marche du Chocolat (GRANSTA)
For those with more of an adult flavour palate, these coffee beans are coated in milk chocolate. A must-have for all coffee lovers out there!
[¥500-¥1,000] Show your love with prices too good to overlook
Jelly in Puree Chocolatey in Sachinoka Strawberry & Dark Chocolate (24g) – ¥500 @ Hitotsubu Kanro (GRANSTA) *Available until March 14, 2020
Part of Hitotsubu Kanro’s popular “Jelly in Puree Chocolatey” series, this limited edition flavour is made with sachinoka strawberries. Pick from four different designs.
Orangette (1 Box) – ¥680 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Those who love a mix of chocolate and fruit will want a box of these orangettes, which exquisitely combine the bitterness of orange peel with chocolate. Exclusive to GRANSTA.
Hazelnuts & Puffs (1 Box) – ¥680 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA) *Available until February 14, 2020
Two types of chocolate, hazelnut and puff, fill up a box of these treats, each with their own crunchy textures. Also exclusive to GRANSTA.
USHIO CHOCOLATL (1 Included) – ¥810-¥864 @ SHARED TOKYO (GRANSTA)
These chocolates are made simply from cocoa beans and salt. The packaging is super stylish too making them a great gift. They are limited in stock, so if you like the look of them, you’d best get in there quick.
[Over ¥1,000] High quality and luxurious indulgence
Cher Milieu – ¥1,404 @ le billet (Ecute Tokyo)
Made with rich Belgian sweet chocolate, sharp and bitter dark chocolate, and orange-flavoured sake, these raw chocolates are a welcome melt-in-the-mouth experience for Valentine’s Day.
Raw Chocolate (9 Included) – ¥1,500 @ Quatre (Ecute Keiyo Street)
Each and every one of these raw chocolates is handmade with the chef’s specially-selected chocolate and lots of fresh cream from Hokkaido. Every bite is a trip to chocolate paradise.
Dassai Matcha Truffles (4 Included) – ¥1,620 @ Waraku Beniya (Ecute Tokyo)
Waraku Beniya’s Dassai Matcha Truffles are made with high quality Uji matcha from Kyoto, an original blend of white chocolate, and a special brand of Japanese sake.
Tokyo Station is the place to go this Valentine’s Day, and there’s plenty more to see in addition to what’s on this list. Now is the time to give back to your loved one with a Valentine’s treat.
*All listed prices include tax
Tokyo Station City Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/
Starbucks To Release ‘Sakura White Chocolate Cheesecake with Milk Pudding’ Chilled Drink
29.January.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks’ Chilled Cup Series will release a new spring drink from February 11, 2020 called ‘Starbucks Sakura White Chocolate Cheesecake with Milk Pudding’ for a limited time.
The Starbucks Sakura White Chocolate Cheesecake with Milk Pudding is blooming with the scent of cherry blossoms and the flavour of rich white chocolate cheesecake and creamy milk. The fun texture of the milk pudding makes for the perfect luxurious spring treat.
The drink is packed into a dome-headed cup reminiscent of Starbucks’ classic and popular frappuccino®. The light pink colour of the scattered cherry blossom petals creates the warm and welcoming feeling of spring.
Perk up with a refreshing cup full of the flavours of spring.
Starbucks Sakura White Chocolate Cheesecake with Milk Pudding
Selling From: February 11, 2020
Available At: Most convenience stores in Japan.
More Information: http://www.starbucks.co.jp/rtd/
Valentine’s Day 2020 in Japan: Must-Buy Chocolate & Sweet Gifts
Christmas is over, and Easter is still on the horizon, but if you love chocolate as much as we do, never fearーas our sweet tooth cravings will soon be satisfied with the season of love.
In Japan, shop’s and restaurant’s are already carving their Cupid arrows to fire at customers for Valentine’s Day to tempt them into one of their many tantalising treats. If you’re in Japan this year, we’ve whipped up a list just for you of five must-buy gifts for Valentine’s Day 2020.
Almond Chocolate Truffle | Garrett Valentine’s Tin | Valentine’s Mix
Garrett Popcorn is an American brand of popcorn that boasts a myriad of gourmet handcrafted popcorn flavours. You may not know that it’s also a household name in Japan, where they also make the popcorn fresh every day for snack-hungry customers. For Valentine’s, they serving up an exclusive series full of love which consists of the “Almond Chocolate Truffle,” “Garrett Valentine’s Tin,” and “Valentine’s Mix.”
Almond Chocolate Truffle in Garrett Valentine’s Tin – From ¥1,130
First up, the Almond Chocolate Truffle. If you’re not already drooling at that name, let the description begin: this popcorn takes Garrett’s crushed almond CaramelCrisp™️, coats it in chocolate, and sprinkles it generously with a dust storm of cocoa powder. The fragrant scent and texture of the almonds adds an incredible touch to the combination of the sweet, velvety milk chocolate and the slightly-bitter bite of the cocoa powder. Get in the Valentine’s mood even more by purchasing one of the Garrett Valentine’s Tin – the perfect accompaniment to your movie night in with your loved one.
Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & Strawberry) – ¥1,200
Valentine’s Mix (Chocolate Cocoa & White Chocolate Bark) – ¥1,200
Last year, Garrett Popcorn release a cute heart-shaped tin big enough to fit in the palm of your hands. 2020 will see the return of the tin, this time with two different designs: one with kissing lips and the other with hearts.
Inside the first tin is a mix of sweet chocolate cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ and sour freeze-dried strawberries. The other tin, which has a more sophisticated chocolate brown and salmon pink design, contains the same cocoa flavoured CaramelCrisp™️ but combines it with “white chocolate bark” – a white chocolate made with almonds and dried cranberries.
▶︎Garrett Popcorn Valentine’s Day Products
Running: January 10, 2020 – February 14, 2020 (Mix available from January 17, 2020) *While supplies last
・Almond Chocolate Truffle: Small ¥620/Medium ¥1,100/Large ¥1,720/Jumbo ¥3,450/Quart Tin ¥1,750/1 Gallon ¥4,400/2 Gallons ¥8,400
・Garrett Valentine’s Tin/Quart Tin: From ¥1,130
・Valentine’s Mix: ¥1,200
Available: Garrett Popcorn Shops®︎ branches in Japan
Official Website: http://jpgarrettpopcorn.com/
Ruby 2020 Assortment
KitKat Chocolatory is releasing a new assortment of KitKat treats for the Valentine’s season in Japan made with ruby chocolateーthe fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, white, and darkーwhich was developed by Belgian-Swiss chocolate makers Barry Callebaut.
KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment – ¥1,200
Ruby chocolate gets its striking pink colour from the original bean and has a distinct fruity sourness to it. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day giftーor even just as a treat to yourself!
▶︎KitKat Chocolatory Ruby 2020 Assortment
Running: from January 15, 2020
Available: KitKat Chocolatory store/Online
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
GODIVA, one of the main players in the Japanese chocolate game, has developed the “Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Collection”ーan assortment of individually unique chocolates. The “chronicle” refers to the many places the chocolates have encountered since being created, both in the past and present.
Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart (Contains 6) – ¥3,240
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment (Contains 15) – ¥6,264
The “Original Maya” considers the civilisation and mysteries of Mesoamerica. The “Cocoa Honey Delight” uses honey to sweeten the chocolate like they did in the latter half of the Middle Ages when there was no sugar. The “Modern Love”burns into your mind the image of its vivid red heart lovingly made with sweet and sour strawberries, ganache, and milk chocolate.
▶︎GODIVA Valentine’s Collection 2020
Running: from January 10, 2020 (Limited Time)
Chocolate Chronicle Sweetheart: 6 Set ¥3,240/12 Set ¥5,400
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Assortment: 4 Set ¥1,296/6 Set ¥2,160/10 Set ¥3,240/16 Set ¥5,400
Chocolate Chronicle Sweet Kare Assortment: 6 Set ¥1,080
Chocolate Chronicle Chic Collection: 4 Set ¥1,836/6 Set ¥2,700/9 Set ¥3,888/12 Set ¥5,076/15 Set ¥6,264/20 Set ¥8,208
Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Koi Suru Chocolate
Valentine’s Collection 2020
The base of these treats is chocolate by Shiroi Koibito. The collection was first released in January 2018 and is very reminiscent of Hokkaido chocolate. There are lots of chocolates in the collection made with cute pink ruby chocolate too.
Mille-feuille (Contains 3) – ¥520
These mille-feuille are layered with milk and white chocolate and coated in things like couverture chocolate and ruby chocolate.
The Heart (Contains 7) – ¥1,080
Each of these hearts has its own distinct sauce: the ruby chocolate has blackcurrant, the milk chocolate has caramel, and the white chocolate has yuzu.
▶︎Koi Suru Chocolate Valentine’s Collection 2020
Release Date: January 17, 2020
Available: ISHIYA store/Online
Mille-feuille: 3 Set ¥540/6 Set ¥1,080/12 Set ¥2,160
The Heart: 7 Set ¥1,080/14 Set ¥2,160
Official Website: http://www.ishiya.co.jp/koi_choco/
Valentine’s Dessert Plate
Morozoff specialises in western-style sweets, and at Cafe Morozoff, they’re serving up a Valentine’s-only dessert.
Valentine’s Dessert Plate – ¥1,200
The beautiful dessert plate is an assortment of cute heart-shaped treats. The rich chocolate mousse has an orange scent, and the fluffy chocolate sponge combines sweet and sour strawberries with smooth whipped cream which elevate the flavour of the chocolate.
▶︎Morozoff Valentine’s Dessert Plate
Running: January 15, 2020 – February 14, 2020
Available: select Cafe Morozoff branches in Japan
Price: ¥1,200 (comes with tea or coffee)
Official Website: http://www.morozoff.co.jp/
Did you enjoy this list? There’s plenty of Valentine’s Day delights to be enjoyed while in Japan. Which on this list has you drooling the most?
Make Your Own Rilakkuma Valentine’s Day Treats With Kai’s Recipe Kits
22.January.2020 | FOOD
Cupid is readying his arrows for Valentine’s Day 2020 which is right around the corner. It’s the time of the year to show your special someone that you love them with some tasty chocolatey treats.
If you’re wanting to make a grand gesture this year by making your own gifts, but are struggling for ideas or are intimidated by the task, the Kai Corporation in Japan has you covered with its collection of Rilakkuma goods. Now you can make some Instagram-worthy gifts with little effort. Let’s take a look.
Make lots of Rilakkuma chocolates with this simple tool
Rilakkuma Silicone Chocolate Maker – ¥850 (Before Tax) – Buy Here
Five different patterns of Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Korilakkuma make up this silicone tray, allowing you to make lots of bite-sized chocolates at once. This is perfect for sharing between you and your loved one or amongst friends. It can be used for making gummy treats and ice for drinks too, meaning it’s useful for the entire year.
Make cute cookies by simply pressing your dough
Korilakkuma Cutter Set – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here
Anyone can make cute Korilakkuma cookies easily with this cutter set which you simply press the dough with. It comes with two different poses so you can make an assortment of them. If you know someone who’s not a fan of chocolate, then this is a perfect alternative.
Decorate your sweets and desserts with this mini chocolate tray
Mini Chocolate Tray – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here
This chocolate tray makes makes chocolate bears which can hold things like nuts and candy. They can be used in a lot of creative different ways. The tray was made in collaboration with Cookpad.
Super simple recipes that take out the work
Here are some super simple recipes that remove the labour out of making and decorating sweet treats. Learn how to make Instagrammable delights with these items and techniques.
Korilakkuma Cookie Marshmallow Sandwich – Item Used: Korilakkuma Cutter Set
All you need to do is warm some marshmallows in a microwave and stick them between two cookies for a gooey and crunchy treat. At some toppings like freeze-dried strawberries for colour and to make them even cuter.
Gateaux Chocolate Cupcakes – Item Used: Rilakkuma Face Cupcake Paper Wraps (5 Included)
Make your Valentine’s cupcakes even more adorable with these paper wraps with Rilakkuma’s kawaii face on them.
Tiny Bear Chocolates: Item Used – Mini Chocolate Tray
There are many creative ways you can utilise these tiny bear chocolates. Make them hold small candy, nuts, and other delicious bites, or just simply top them on another dessert.
Take the stress out of making something for Valentine’s Day this year with this range of items from Kai.
KAI Online Store: https://www.kai-group.com/store/
Delicious Valentine’s Desserts and Drinks All Over Japan For You and Your Sweetheart
As Valentine’s fever slowly sets in across Japan, for many of us, thoughts turn to what we could give to our lovers. For the rest of us, how about a bit of self-love with a romantic dessert for one? Whether it’s for just yourself or that special someone, if you’re in Japan, you got to try one of these Valentine’s-limited desserts.
Eggs ‘n Things
Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)
Eggs ‘n Things Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes will be love at first bite. Hazelnut gianduia chocolate pancakes are topped with a luxurious mountain of fruity strawberries and drizzled with chocolate sauce for an overall mellow flavour. The pancakes come with a generous tower of whipped cream – a sweet treat perfect for you and your sweetie.
▼Eggs ‘n Things
Fondant Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes
Price: ¥1,580 (After Tax)
Selling: January 16 – February 27, 2020
Available At: Most Eggs ‘n Things restaurants across Japan
Not Available At:
・EGGS’N THINGS Lalaport Nagoya minato AQULS
・EGGS’N THINGS Coffee OPA Takasaki
・EGGS’N THINGS Coffee Kashiwa Takashimaya Station Mall
Official Website: https://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/
nana’s green tea
Choco Orange Latte/Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait
nana’s green tea is serving up a gorgeous Valentine’s latte and parfait topped with orange zest and gold leaf. The Choco Orange Latte is full of chocolatey goodness. The orange zest contributes a tangy kick to the sweet yet bitter chocolate latte. The Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait is topped with Valentine’s limited hōjicha chocolate brownie and hōjicha ice cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with gold leaf. nana’s green tea is the perfect place to enjoy a sip of luxury with your lovebird.
▼nana’s green tea
Choco Orange Latte/Hōjicha Chocolate Brownie Parfait
Selling: January 6 – February 14, 2020
Available At: All nana’s green tea restaurants
Please check the official website for pricing.
Official Website: http://www.nanasgreentea.com/
Choco Pudding French Toast: ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Sarabeth’s Choco Pudding French Toast is made with their special challah bread. The bread is toasted and topped with their popular Chocolate Pudding dessert. The beauty of this Valentine’s-limited dessert is captivating. Enjoy a moment of pure bliss with this luxury treat.
Choco Pudding French Toast
Price: ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Selling: January 14 – February 14, 2020
Available At: Sarabeth’s LUMINE Shinjuku, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka
Segafredo Zanetti Espresso
Chocolat Peach Melba: ¥560 (After Tax)
White chocolate is poured over a peach melba sauce made from peaches and raspberries. The barrister then seals the drink under a thick lid of their unique, smooth foam. The sweetness of the chocolate enjoys a fruity accent and the rich flavour of the milk will warm your body and your heart.
▼Segafredo Zanetti Espresso
Chocolat Peach Melba
Price: ¥560 (After Tax)
Selling: January 7 – February 14, 2020
Available At: All Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Cafés in Japan
Give yourself and/or your loved ones a wonderful treat this Valentine’s Day.