KitKat Chocolatory to Release Beautiful New Packaging Illustrated by Misaki Tanaka
05.April.2020 | FOOD
Nestlé Japan is collaborating with popular Japanese illustrator Misaki Tanaka to release a new series of chocolate packaging on April 15 at KitKat Chocolatory. The concept behind the packaging is to have people choose the chocolate they want based on the words and pictures branded on the single chocolate boxes.
The KitKat Chocolatory is a direct-to-consumer chain, serving premium, handcrafted KitKats made with top quality ingredients and production methods under full direction by Takagi Yasumasa―the owner and chef of LE PATISSIER TAKAGI. Its luxurious line is endless, with products ranging from the elusive ruby chocolate, whose cocoa beans give the finish product its pink colour, to volcanic chocolate made from rare cocoa beans sourced from volcanic islands.
KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory – ¥300~¥400 (Before Tax)
There are 15 different package designs in total which will be sold for a limited time. None of the boxes have information of the flavour or name of the chocolates; instead you pick which you want based on how the packaging looks. They make for a great gift to yourself and others.
The words chosen on the packaging reflect the feelings one goes through in love or everyday life. Misaki Tanaka has provided the perfect illustrations to better picture those times.
KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory Full Box (15 Included) – ¥5,100 (Before Tax)
Those who want all of the flavours can purchase the assorted box of 15. The box lid features another original illustration by Miskai Tanaka. And if you roll up to KitKat Chocolatory Ginza between April 15 and May 17, they will have a special exhibition of the illustrations on show.
KitKat Mekakushi Chocolatory
Available: 7 branches of KitKat Chocolatory (3 in Tokyo/2 in Osaka/1 in Kawasai/1 in Hiroshima) & Nestlé Japan Website (*Only 15 sets will be sold online)
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/mekakushi/
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/
Harajuku Whips Up Oita Prefecture’s Jazz Youkan Sweet Adzuki Bean Block
10.February.2021 | FOOD
The Jazz Youkan is a cute confection made from sweet adzuki red bean paste and made to look like a little piano. It’s made in Japan’s Oita Prefecture, but Tokyo residents can now enjoy this sweet treat at HARAJU Cross JAPAN MASTERY COLLECTION_est which is located on Floor B1F of WITH HARAJUKU, a shopping complex in front of Harajuku Station. It is being sold until February 14 in three flavours: Chocolat, Matcha Chocolat, and Classic.
The Jazz Youkan
The Jazz Youkan is a confectionery made by Jazz to Youkan Yufuin CREEKS, a shop in Yufu, Oita. It’s part of their concert series of sweets and pairs well with a cup of coffee or glass of wine.
Line-Up (Prices Include Tax)
Chocolat | ¥2,646
The seasonal winter Chocolat is made with sweet white bean paste, couverture chocolate, dried cherries, fig, and raisins. All the chocolates in this series are individually handmade by the shop’s chocolatiers, and this time, the classic Chocolat variant has been made even more delicious. It’s smooth, moist, and rich without being too sweet. Best enjoyed with coffee or wine.
Matcha Chocolat | ¥2,646
If you love matcha then this is the treat for you. It’s different from the normal Chocolat version of this sweet as it’s made without dried fruits. Instead, it contains large-grained adzuki beans for an irresistible texture.
Classic | ¥2,160
The Classic version is made with brown sugar from Okinawa and adzuki beans and contains dried figs soaked in wine. Another perfect pairing with coffee or wine, and the piano face shows the work of true Japanese artistry.
©冬季限定 ジャズ羊羹 chocolat
Order Window: January 16, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Orders: TEL: 03- 6384-5815 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales Window: February 7, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Where: HARAJU Cross JAPAN MASTERY COLLECTION_est
Address: 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-18:00
Jazz to Youkan Yufuin CREEKS Official Website: http://www.jazz-youkan.com/
Pokémon, My Melody, Moomin and More Valentine’s Day Chocolates Arrive at Daimaru Tokyo
31.January.2021 | FOOD
The Hoppe Town area of Daimaru Tokyo is currently celebrating Valentine’s Day up to February 14 with the release of a selection of gift chocolates by six brands in collaboration with popular characters.
Pokémon Chocolate Set (Large Box) | ¥1,404 (Tax Included)
My Melody x Goncharoff Chocolates (Contains 21) | ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Moomin x Merry Chocolate’s Hattifatteners Chocolates (Contains 11) | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
Dick Bruna by Morozoff: Picture Book Chocolates (Contains 15) – ¥864 (Tax Included) / Miffy Pouch Chocolates (Contains 8) – ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Chatrois Kitten Tiny Plain Chocolates | ¥783 (Tax Included)
Katanukiya Angel Panda | ¥684 (Tax Included)
Which of these cute and tasty-looking treats has caught your eye the most?
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Daimaru Tokyo Valentine’s Sweets
Running: January 27, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Location: Hoppe Town on Floor 1F of Daimaru Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/
Tokyo’s Fancy New Pink Afternoon Tea at THE GRAND GINZA is Topped With Chocolate and Strawberries
30.January.2021 | FOOD
THE GRAND GINZA in Tokyo is getting ready for Valentine’s Day and White Day with the revealing of its new afternoon tea menu which will be served from February 1 to March 31.
The “Pink Afternoon Tea” is a combination of succulent strawberries and fruity ruby chocolate, which is the fourth type of chocolate alongside milk, dark, and white. It includes a ruby hot chocolate for staying warm during these cold winter months, strawberry macarons, strawberries to dip in ruby chocolate, strawberry quiche curry, and other unique items for a mix of sweet and savoury. There’s also a strawberry mille-fuille made with a recipe by Ginza’s famous French restaurant Maxim’s de Paris.
There are also 18 drinks to choose from including 13 types of teas from TWG. It’s a must-visit for Valentine’s Day.
Sankt Gallen Brewery to Release 800 Limited-Edition Chocolate Beer Bottle Sets
30.January.2021 | FOOD
Sankt Gallen Brewery has announced the release of a new drinking set which includes its chocolate-flavoured beer “Imperial Chocolate Stout” and a special glass for drinking it out of. The brewery, which is located in Atsugi, Kanagawa, will launch it as a limited-edition release on February 1, 2021 with just 800 sets available.
Imperial Chocolate Stout ¥600 | Le Lectier Chocolate Stout 2021 Edition Flavour ¥500 | Orange Chocolate Stout ¥500 | Sweet Vanilla Stout Valentine Label ¥460 (All Prices Pre-Tax)
Chocolate Glass Set
The Imperial Chocolate Stout isn’t made with cacao or the chocolate used in sweets. It’s in fact made with “chocolate malt,” a raw beer ingredient roasted at a high temperature which draws out its chocolaty flavour. Although the beer uses almost 30% more of this raw ingredient than regular beer, only about half the amount is brewed from a single distilling compared to regular beer, which gives the beverage a distinct jet black colouring. The bubbles on top make it almost like a chocolate shake.
Other drinks in this series include the Le Lectier Chocolate Stout which arrives this year in a limited-edition 2021 flavour. It’s made with the Le Lectier, a rare type of pear that is difficult to grow. The Orange Chocolate Stout is made with thinly sliced bitter orange peel, the kind that’s used in marmalade, of which half is boiled to intensify its citrusy notes. It’s inspired by the classic French confection that coats orange peel in chocolate. Finally, the Sweet Vanilla Stout comes in a Valentine’s Day label for 2021. This beer, which is richly black like an espresso, is laced with vanilla, bringing with it a sweet fragrance and vanilla chocolate aftertaste.
These chocolate beers themselves go perfectly with some actual chocolate, and so Sankt Gallen Brewery teamed up with the Japanese patissier Tadashi Yanagi to create a glass made of chocolate to drink the beer from.
Which of these beverages has your mouth watering the most?
Sankt Gallen Brewery Chocolate Beer & Chocolate Glass Set
Release Date: February 1, 2021
Product Info: https://www.sanktgallenbrewery.com/valentine/chocoglass/
Official Website: https://www.sanktgallenbrewery.com/
The Perfect Valentine’s Day Treats in Japan Can Be Found at Tokyo’s Hotel Metropolitan Edmont
28.January.2021 | FOOD
Hotel Metropolitan Edmont, a hotel situated in Chiyoda, Tokyo, will celebrate Valentine’s Day with an angelic line-up of sweet treats that will be sold from February 1 to 14.
Truffle au Chocolat – Box of 4: ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Box of 6: ¥1,800 (Before Tax) / Box of 10: ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
Indulge in a luscious assortment of four chocolates: the citrus-filled ‘Grand Marnier,’ the slightly bitter ‘Rum,’ the full-bodied and tangy ‘Raspberry,’ and the Uji-matcha packed ‘Matcha.’
Orangette (Contains 15) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
If you love chocolate combined with fruit, then the Orangette will be your poison, filled with fresh and bitter orange peel and coated in chocolate. It has a distinct refreshing fragrance to it which expands across the taste buds with every bite.
Raisin Chocolat | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Love rich, full-bodied flavour? These raisins are soaked in French Sauternes wine and covered in dark chocolate. Their fruity flavour makes them a perfect accompaniment to a glass of whisky or bourbon.
The Cakes & Pastries
Eme | ¥600
A perfect pick for Valentine’s Day: a heart-shaped mousse containing rich, velvety chocolate that’s jam-packed with fresh raspberry jelly.
Brioche Chocolat | ¥260
Enjoy taking a bite out of this brioche made from butter and egg that’s laced with custard cream and chocolate.
Edmont Valentine’s Collection 2021
Running: February 1, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Where Patisserie Edmont (Hotel Metropolitan Edmont East Wing Floor 1F)
Serving Times: Chocolates @ 8:00-19:00 / Cakes & Pastries @ 10:00-19:00
TEL: 03-3237-1111 (Patisserie Edmont)
Official Website: https://edmont.metropolitan.jp/restaurant/list/patisserie_edmont/patisserie/Valentine2021.html
Loving Valentine’s Day Chocolates Tempt at The Peninsula Boutique & Café in Tokyo
28.January.2021 | FOOD
Peninsula Merchandising Limited is set to capture hearts this Valentine’s Day with the announcement of a desiring new collection of chocolates which will be served at two branches of The Peninsula Boutique & Café in Shin-Marunouchi Building and Isetan Shinjuku from February 1.
Sweetheart | ¥3,400 (Before Tax)
Macarons (6 Included) | ¥2,860 (Before Tax)
Truffle Truffle | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Strawberry Bear Ruby Chocolate Bar | ¥1,750 (Before Tax)
Eponge | ¥560 (Before Tax)
Croquembouche | ¥720 (Before Tax)
Rose Rouge | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Love Lock Key Ring | ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
The romantic line-up features an assortment of lovingly-crafted confections, from ruby chocolate to colourful macarons, a rose-topped chocolate, and more—all available for the season of love. The boutique cafes will also sell a special heart-shaped key ring for lovers to express to their special someone that they complete them.
The Peninsula Boutique & Café – Valentine’s Collection
Running: February 1, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Locations: The Peninsula Boutique & Café Shinmaru / The Peninsula Boutique & Café Isetan Shinjuku
Shinmaru Branch: https://www.peninsula.com/ja/tokyo/hotel-fine-dining/the-peninsula-boutique-cafe-shinmaru
Isetan Shinjuku Branch: https://www.peninsula.com/ja/tokyo/hotel-fine-dining/the-peninsula-boutique-cafe-isetan
Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse Feature on Lotte’s Choco Pie Chocolate Treats
27.January.2021 | FOOD
Japanese confectionery company Lotte is joining white gloves with Mickey and Minnie Mouse to collaborate on their popular chocolatey Choco Pie treats. The tie-up will roll out in Japan from January 26.
Lotte Choco Pie Heartful W Strawberry
Lotte Choco Pie Heartful W Chocolate
Try and find the Mickey head on the packaging
Get your hands on one of 10 packaging designs
Line up these two to make it look like Mickey and Minnie kissing
Handmade Choco Pie Art
This marks Choco Pie’s first collaboration with Disney’s characters with Mickey and Minnie appearing in ten different designs. Each design has a hidden Mickey head to find (like in Kingdom Hearts III). Lotte is has also showcased some unique designs you can make for Valentine’s Day with the Choco Pies, so get creative!
Lotte Choco Pie Mickey & Minnie Design
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Official Website: https://www.lotte.co.jp/
Hello Kitty Valentine’s Day Chocolates by Bicerin Are Sure to Surprise Your Lover
25.January.2021 | FOOD
Café Al Bicerin released a special collection of chocolates in Japan for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday (January 20) in collaboration with Hello Kitty.
Café Al Bicerin is a cafe in Torio, Italy, that first opened back in 1763. It has a long history and is a place that was enjoyed by the likes of Friedrich Nietzsche and Ernest Hemingway.
Bicerin × Hello Kitty Love Assortment | ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Bicerin × Hello Kitty Love Assortment | ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Valentine’s Baci di Dama (Includes 5) | ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
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Bicerin x Hello Kitty Valentine’s Collection
Released: January 20, 2021
Available: Bicerin Japan (Ginza SIX, Takashimaya Shinjuku, Midland Square, Hankyu Umeda, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya)
Official Online Store: https://shop.bicerin.co.jp/
Official Website: http://www.bicerin.co.jp/
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