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
These Shaman King Chocolates Are Filled With Adzuki Bean Paste and Marshmallows
TIROL-CHOCO is collaborating with the Shaman King anime series this spring with a special bag of chocolates releasing in Japan on May 17.
Shaman King (Fukuro) | ¥130
The Shaman King manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei has over 38 million copies in circulation. This marks TIROL-CHOCO’s second collaboration with its anime adaptation.
Inside each bag are individually wrapped chocolates each with a different character on the packets. There are eight designs in total, but one bag contains just seven. The chocolates are stuffed with adzuki bean paste, adzuki bean chocolate, and marshmallows.
©武井宏之・講談社／SHAMAN KING Project.・テレビ東京
Shaman King (Fukuro)
Japanese Product Name: シャーマンキング〈袋〉
Release Date: May 17, 2021
TIROL-CHOCO Official Website: http://www.tirol-choco.com/
KitKat Japan Releases New Mini Maple Chocolate Bars For Earth Day
21.April.2021 | FOOD
In accordance with Earth Day, which is set for April 22, Nestlé released its limited-time KitKat Mini Maple on Monday to raise awareness of environmental issues and the future of the planet.
KitKat Mini Maple (3 Included)
KitKat Mini Maple (12 Included)
9 packaging designs with different messages related to the environment
‘KitKat Always For Earth Day’ online talk event to take place on April 30
In September 2019, Nestlé began packaging five of its major large-sized KitKat bags in paper bags rather than plastic, and since autumn 2020, most of their large sized bags are now made from paper. This has helped reduce 450 tonnes of plastic per year.
Now, Nestlé is releasing a new collection of packages for Earth Day featuring original designs by up-an-coming young artist SUGI. Each features messages from members of MIMO, a group managed by Japanese model Mila Aina, stating messages about helping to protect the environment and the future of planet earth.
KitKat Mini Maple
Release Date: April 19, 2021 (Limited Edition)
KitKat Japan Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/
Tokyo’s New Vegan Dessert Shop the vegan marshmallooow Opens in Ginza
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
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.
Two moist layers of gluten-free strawberry sponge with a soy milk base. Smooth, creamy, light, and delicious.
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)
the vegan marshmallooow
Running: April 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Where: Mitsukoshi Ginza Floor B2F
Address: 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
the vegan marshmallooow Official Instagram: https://instagram.com/theveganmarshmallooow
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.
Shiki to Maison Sakura Sweets
Japanese Product Name: 四季とメゾン 桜スイーツ
Serving: March 26, 2021 – April 4, 2021
MAISON CACAO Official Website: https://onlineshop.maisoncacao.com/
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.
Decorations: Almond Caramel Cookie & Matcha Chocolate Cookie
Released: March 23, 2021
Where: Japan (Supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, and elsewhere)
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/decorations_2021/
Starbucks Japan Reveals Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ For Spring 2021
16.March.2021 | FOOD
Dear readers, the time has finally come once again—the Spring season at Starbucks Japan officially begins on March 17, which means we can expect plenty of tasty-looking beverages to drool over. This begins with two coffee delights: the light and uplifting Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ and the subtly sweet Honey Oat Milk Latte, both of which will hit Starbucks branches across Japan this Wednesday.
Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ | ¥620 (Tall Size Only)
The Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino is exactly what it says on the cup. A bright, uplifting combination of naturally-sweet banana and the nutty flavour of almond milk. The drink is topped with Starbucks’ first-ever almond milk whipped cream and finished with a topping of banana chips fried in coconut oil for texture.
Honey Oat Milk Latte | Short ¥430, Tall ¥470, Grande ¥510, Ventii®︎ ¥550
The Oat Milk Latte made a delicious appearance at Starbucks Japan last year for a limited time where coffee-loving customers could customise their beverage. This year, it arrives in a new flavour: added to the shot of espresso and oat milk is an irresistible squeeze of honey flavoured-sauce which has a slight fruity flavour to it.
This is just the start of the Spring season at Starbucks in Japan, there are sure to be even more drinks to come so stay tuned.
Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ / Honey Oat Milk Latte
Running: March 17, 2021 – April 13, 2021
Where: Starbucks Japan (Select branches not participating)
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
The Ultimate Chocolate and Confectionery Indulgence is Here With LIFE IS PÂTISSIER’s White Day Gifts
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.
LIFE IS PÂTISSIER White Day Gifts
Release Date: March 14, 2021
LIFE IS PÂTISSIER Official Website: https://www.life-is-patissier.com/
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.
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.
Kinoko no Yama & Takenoko no Sato 2020 National Election Results
Aromatic Kamakura Raw Chocolate Brand to Open New Branch in Nagoya
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)
Grand Opening: March 3, 2021
Location: JR Nagoya Takashimaya Floor B1F
Address: 1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
MAISON CACAO Official Website: https://maisoncacao.com/
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).
Chocolate Meets Crowdfunding
Opened: February 15, 2021
Online Sales: Mid March 2021
Crowdfunding Page: https://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/371959
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.”
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.
Lotte – New Chocolates
Release Date: March 23, 2021
Lotte Official Website: https://www.lotte.co.jp/
Little Twin Stars Doughnuts at Floresta Celebrate White Day
20.February.2021 | Uncategorized
Floresta Nature Doughnuts, a doughnut cafe in Japan that hand-makes doughnuts using organic ingredients, is celebrating White Day this year by releasing two doughnuts based on the Little Twin Stars which will be served from March 1 to 14.
The Little Twin Stars, also known as Kiki & Lala, are two of the most popular characters by Sanrio, the company known for such iconic faces as Hello Kitty.
Kiki & Lala Doughnuts | ¥450 (Before Tax)
Kiki & Lala are twins who were born on the Star of Compassion. The doughnuts capture the cute duo atop fluffy pink clouds made from strawberry and white chocolate.
The doughnuts are made without any additives or colouring. The ring part of the doughnut is coated in a strawberry chocolate made from organic strawberry powder for a sweet and sour kick.
Celebrate White Day this year, the sequel to Valentine’s Day in Japan, with the Little Twin Stars.
©’21 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L615092
Little Twin Stars White Day Doughnuts
Serving: March 1, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Participating Branches: https://www.nature-doughnuts.jp/shop/
*Available while supplies last
*Served at room temperature or refrigerated depending on branch
Online Shop: https://floresta-ec.jp/
Online Orders: February 27, 2021 – March 9, 2021
*Available while supplies last
Floresta Official Website: http://www.nature-doughnuts.jp