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
Akiyoshido Cave in Yamaguchi to be Illuminated for Christmas & Valentine Theater Event
26.December.2022 | SPOT
The Mine City Tourism Association has announced a Christmas & Valentine’s Day event at Akiyoshido Cave, one of the largest limestone caves in Japan. The event will see the natural wonder illuminated by a number of colorful lights. The Christmas event will run from December 21 to 25, 2022, while the Valentine’s Day event will run from February 10 to 14, 2023.
Akiyoshido Cave is one of Yamaguchi Prefecture’s most popular tourist attractions. The interior will be decorated with colorful lights and unique soundscapes, creating a once-in-a-lifetime setting for visitors. These illuminations and sounds were directed by world-renowned lighting designer Motoko Ishii, known for her work on Tokyo Tower and the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge.
Christmas & Valentine Theater ~ Akiyoshido Cave ‘Fantasy of Light and Echoes’
Christmas Theater: December 21 – December 25, 2022
Valentine Theater: February 10 – February 14, 2023
Times: (1) 10:00-11:00 (2) 12:00-13:00 (3) 14:00-15:00
3 events per day
Akiyoshido Cave, Shuhocho Akiyoshi, Mine, Yamaguchi
Godiva Japan Launches Animal Crossing: New Horizons Valentine’s Day Collection
06.December.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD
Godiva Japan has announced an exclusive collaboration with Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Valentine’s Day 2023! Products in the collection will be available in limited quantities and for a limited time starting January 6, 2023 at Godiva stores nationwide, Godiva Online, the Godiva cafe, and convenience stores nationwide.
Fans of chocolate and this beloved Nintendo Switch title can find unique assortments of tasty treats decorated with images of different characters and logos from the Nintendo Switch game. Certain bundles also come with an original pouch, and some assortments are only available at certain locations or at convenience stores nationwide. A total of six items will be available.
These products will also be sold in an original collaboration-only box depicting Godiva’s 2023 Valentine’s Day collection theme, a merry-go-round, and characters from the game.
~Godiva meets Animal Crossing~
Chocolate with Game Logo
Timmy and Tommy
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (6 pieces)
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (6 pieces) with Original Pouch
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (9 pieces)
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (9 pieces) (Events Only)
Timmy & Tommy
Chocolate with Game Logo
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (4 Pieces) *Convenience Store Exclusive
Godiva meets Animal Crossing G Chocolate Assortment & Tin (7 pieces)
Godiva meets Animal Crossing
Release Date: January 6, 2023
Where to Buy: Godiva stores nationwide, Godiva Online Shop, Godiva Cafe, Convenience Stores nationwide
*Limited quantities available
Official Site: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Touken Ranbu ONLINE Inspires Original Chocolate Candies
12.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD
Orders are now open for some tasty chocolates inspired by the many handsome characters from Touken Ranbu ONLINE! These sweets come in decorative tins, and while they can be ordered now from Premium Bandai, they will also be available in supermarkets and other shops starting December 26, 2022.
Chocolate Tins / Touken Ranbu ONLINE
These tins feature many popular characters, and customers can choose from Yamanbagiri Chogi, Nankaitarou Chouson & Hizen Tadahiro, Suishinshi Masahide & Minamoto Kiyomaro, Kokindenjunotachi & Jizou Yukihira, or Ichimonji Norimune. These gorgeous tins contain three types of chocolate: rolled chocolate, fan-shaped chocolate printed with the swordsman’s crest and motif, and cherry-blossomed-shaped strawberry chocolate.
Assorted Chocolate Tin / Touken Ranbu ONLINE
These assorted chocolate tins are available in four designs. The first depicts Mikazuki Munechika, Kogitsunemaru, Ishikirimaru, Iwatooshi, and Imanotsurugi. The second features Kashuu Kiyomitsu and Yamatonokami Yasusada, while the third depicts Taikogane Sadamune, Shokudaikiri Mitsutada, Ookurikara, and Kuninaga Tsurumaru. The fourth shows Higekiri and Hizamaru. The chocolates in each tin are inspired by these characters, and these would make perfect gifts for fans of the mobile and online game.
Variety Chocolate Tin / Touken Ranbu ONLINE
Those who can’t choose a favorite character will want to snag one of these assorted tins, filled with familiar faces from the series. Grabbing all three will net you all 101 swordsmen!
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Chocolate Tins / Touken Ranbu ONLINE
Price: ¥972 each (Tax Included, Shipping and Handling Not Included)
5 varieties total
Cafe ‘Junkissa Bread & Espresso’ to Start Chocolate Fair
Specialty cafe chain ‘Bread, Espresso &’ will begin selling special items as a part of its chocolate fair at the Harajuku location, ‘Junkissa Bread, Espresso &’ starting June 1!
Many of the existing items on the shop’s menu will be available in chocolate versions. The Chocolate Mint French Toast is chilled and perfect for summer, drizzled with chocolate cream and mint sauce. Additional mint can be added to your heart’s content!
The mint cocoa (pictured top right) features blended mint cream on top with cocoa on the bottom. The two halves blend effortlessly as the top warms and the bottom cools.
Come enjoy these chocolate treats during the warm summer months!
Bread, Espresso &
Address: 6-25-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 8:00-18:00 (Last order at 7:30)
Open Every Day
Tea-focused Starbucks Scheduled to Open at AMU Plaza Hakata City
Starbucks will open the first Starbucks Tea & Cafe location in Kyushu at AMU Plaza Hakata on April 27, 2022. This spin-off shop specializes in colorful, aromatic tea-based beverages, and has locations in Tokyo, Toyama, and Osaka.
Starbucks Coffee AMU Plaza Hakata, the first Starbucks Tea & Cafe to open in the Kyushu area, is a new store on the second floor of Amu Plaza Hakata directly connected to JR Hakata Station.
Yuzu & Citrus Lavender Sage Tea / Japanese Chai Tea Latte / Strawberry & Passion Tea Frappucino®
Starbucks Tea & Cafe will offer a lineup of 13 types of tea-based beverages, including tea lattes and tea frappuccinos made with seasonal ingredients. The Japanese Chai Tea Latte is new this season and includes hojicha with spices like yuzu peel, ginger, Japanese pepper, and cinnamon.
Come enjoy this cozy space and enjoy a warm cup of tea at this unique Starbucks where tea is the main attraction!
Starbucks Coffee AMU Plaza Hakata 2F
Address: JR Hakata City 2F (1-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka)
Opening April 27, 2022
Official Site: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Meiji Milk Chocolate Celebrates 95th Anniversary with Laforet Harajuku Collaboration Project
From March 12 until April 3, chocolate lovers will want to visit Laforet Harajuku! 30 different stores are celebrating the 95th anniversary of Meiji Milk Chocolate with over 80 new pieces of collaborative apparel, toys, and snacks.
Collaboration Items at a Glance
Laforet Staff in Unique Collaboration Outfits
Wind and Sea Pop-up Shop
Laforet Harajuku continues to be a place to discover local fashion and culture. Meiji spearheaded this collaboration after realizing the potential to create new and exciting pieces for fashionable chocolate lovers to enjoy! A wide range of products from clothing to chocolate block-shaped home goods are available now, along with Meiji White Chocolate and Meiji Black Chocolate items!
A Wind and Sea pop-up shop will open for the first time at Laforet Harajuku during the event and will also be selling chocolate-themed items. Fashion model and YouTuber Noah Sato will also be featured in event ads as a Meiji Chocolate ambassador! Those purchasing collaboration items will receive a special Meiji Chocolate bar in unique packaging while supplies last.
Meiji Milk Chocolate Collection in Laforet
Running: March 12 – April 3, 2022
Godiva Cafe Launches Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Sweets
12.February.2022 | FOOD
As part of the ‘Chocolate Me’ event, Godiva Cafe is now offering a variety of Valentine’s Day items until March 15, 2022. The first 300 customers to spend ¥2,000 yen or more (including tax) during the event period will receive an original mini tote bag as a gift!
Godiva White Chocolate Strawberry Maritozzo
Godiva Chocolate Strawberry (White/Dark)
Whole Fruit Cacao Hot Chocolat (Valentine’s Version)
Godiva Cafe Limited Edition Valentine’s Item
Alto Luna / Antonieta Maragogype Coffee Beans (Original Bottle Designs)
In addition to last year’s popular chocolate strawberries, this year’s chocolate fondant chocolate will only be available for Valentine’s Day. The whole fruit cacao hot chocolate, currently available as a seasonal beverage, will feature a special heart topping, and two types of bottled coffee beans will be on sale!
Which item would you want to share with your sweetheart?
Godiva Cafe ‘Chocolate Me’
Running until March 15, 2022
Official Site: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Shaun the Sheep Cafe Unveils New Valentine’s Day Menu, Cooking Workshop
10.February.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD
The British claymation series Shaun the Sheep is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2022. With Valentine’s Day almost here, the Shaun the Sheep Cafe in Tokyo will be offering a selection of limited-time Valentine’s treats perfect for enjoying with your sweetheart.
Baby Shaun’s Chocolate Cake & Drink Set
Penne with Cream Sauce & French Toast
Shaun’s Crazy Waffle & Banana Milk
How to Make a Shaun the Sheep Brownie Bar
How to Make a Large Shaun Cocoa Roll Cake
Located in Kichijoji PARCO, the Shaun the Sheep Cafe with Sunday Brunch is a permanent location initially opened to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series.
The cafe offers plates inspired by Shaun’s world travels and seasonal offerings. Each month, the cafe hosts a sweets workshop to teach fans how to create Shaun-inspired goodies! These events are a blast with family and friends, and the February workshop will be teaching how to make Valentine’s cookies.
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Shaun the Sheep Cafe Limited Time Valentine’s Day Menu
Available until February 28, 2022
Address: Kichijoji PARCO 4F
Official Site: https://shaunshop.jp/
Date: February 12, 2022
Gelato Pique Cafe Now Serving Valentine’s Day Chocolate Sweets
09.February.2022 | FOOD
From January 19 until February 15, gelato pique cafe is selling four chocolate-based treats for Valentine’s Day! The theme of this new menu is ‘Melt,’ and guests are asked to enjoy the richness of melting chocolate during this sweet season.
Fondant Chocolat Crepe (Dine-in: ¥980 / Take-out: ¥970)
This crepe is topped with chocolate fondant that melts into a warm chocolate sauce inside. The chocolate whipped cream is combined with Royal Bourbon gelato, accented with blackberry and black currant sauce, and a bit of crunchiness from the cookie bits.
Chocolate Crepe (Dine-in: ¥980 / Take-out: ¥970)
This mouth-watering crepe includes plenty of whipped cream and a luxurious fresh chocolate sauce topping. Inside, dark chocolate gelato is mixed with cocoa-flavored chocolate whipped cream.
Hot Chocolate Chai (Dine-in: ¥640 / Take-out: ¥630)
This hot chocolate is a variation of the popular chai beverage. White chocolate is combined with Assam tea leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves for that perfect chai flavor. The sweetness of the hot chocolate is enhanced by the rich spices, giving it a more mature flavor!
Hot Dark Chocolate (Dine-in: ¥640 / Take-out: ¥630)
Extra dark chocolate is only enhanced with a roasted flavor creating a less sweet hot chocolate beverage. Available toppings are less sweet whipped cream, milk chocolate, and chocolate sauce.
gelato pique cafe
Official Site: https://pique-cafe.com/
Mister Donut Releases Valentine’s Day Donuts in Collaboration with Belgian Patisserie Wittamer
09.February.2022 | FOOD
Mister Donut has unveiled three new donuts as part of the ‘misdo meets Wittamer Heart Donut Collection!’ These will be available nationwide for a limited time only and were developed alongside the royal Belgian patisserie brand Wittamer.
These heart-shaped treats are a new take on Wittamer’s popular Coeur Lait donuts including crunchy pralines. The Rouge Heart donut is made with dough that will remind guests of a Belgian waffle. The Noir Heart contains macadamia nuts and almonds, and the Blanche Heart is accented with blueberry jam.
Which do you think looks the tastiest?
misdo meets WITTAMER – Heart Donut Collection
Official Site: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Online Shop ‘Cake with’ Begins Selling Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Cakes
07.February.2022 | FOOD
Online cake site ‘Cake with’ is now accepting orders for two limited edition Valentine’s Day cakes until February 14, 2022. Which of these gorgeous sweets will best convey your love to that special someone?
Cake with “Valentine Heart Red”
Cake with “Valentine Heart Black”
Cake with Valentine’s Day
Available to Order until February 14, 2022
JACK IN THE DONUTS to Release Limited-Edition Valentine’s Day Sweets
07.February.2022 | FOOD
JACK IN THE DONUTS has released a collection of cute sweets as Valentine’s Day exclusives, including special European donuts and a very creative Teddy Bear donut.
European Donut Series
Be sure to grab one of these sweet teddy bear donuts to give to the person you love. This collection features a variety of chocolate flavors and is sure to fill both your heart and your stomach!
JACK IN THE DONUTS