Starbucks Japan Reveals Gingerbread Latte For the 2020 Holiday Season
29.October.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan is set to launch the Starbucks holiday season on November 1 with a selection of special drinks and products. The theme this year is “a Special Holiday with Starbucks Classics.”
With less than two months to go before Christmas, the coffee chain is set to release a variety of seasonal beverages including the Starbucks® Christmas Blend, Gingerbread Latte, and Macadamia Toffee Latte. It will also release the first range of holiday season merchandise on November 6.
Hot and cosy drinks for the holiday season
Macadamia Toffee Latte: Short ¥440 | Tall ¥480 | Grande ¥520 | Venti ® ¥560
Gingerbread Latte: Short ¥420 | Tall ¥460 | Grande ¥500 | Venti ® ¥540
Winter White Chocolate: Short ¥400 | Tall ¥440 | Grande ¥480 | Venti ® ¥520
The spicy Gingerbread Latte is a must-have on the menu during the holiday season at Starbucks, one that latte lovers look forward to every year. And this year, coffee consumers in Japan have two new drinks to look forward to: the Macadamia Toffee Latte which is a crunchy combination of macadamia nuts and sweet toffee, and the snowy powdered sugar-topped Winter White Chocolate.
Starbucks® Christmas Blend and Cranberry Bliss Bar Pairing
From Left: Starbucks® Christmas Blend Espresso Roast | Starbucks® Christmas Blend | Starbucks® Christmas Blonde Roast – ¥1,520 Each (Before Tax)
A cup of Starbucks’s Christmas Blend fills you with that cosy nostalgic feeling of the season. This year’s recipe at Starbucks Japan is inspired by the one first sold in 1984 which has a rich, deep blend. It’s a coffee combination of dark roast Sumatran, Papua New Guinean, Columbian, and Guatemalan coffee beans. There’s also some aged Sumatra coffee in there to elevate the flavour.
Each cup is a complex mix that brings to mind herbs and spices, and hidden within all that a subtle sweetness.
Cranberry Bliss Bar | ¥270 (Before Tax)
Starbucks Japan is bringing back its signature Cranberry Bliss Bar dessert for the holiday season and pairing it with the Christmas Blend. The cake has orange in it which brings a tangy but fresh kick that matches heavenly with the spicy notes.
The First Merchandise Batch
The first batch of holiday season merchandise to drop at Starbucks Japan incorporates Christmas motifs like ribbons, candy canes, and reds and white colouring. The line-up includes a stainless steel bottle with a gingham checked pattern and gold dots to a stainless TOGO cup with a classic design reminiscent of a candy cane, notebooks, and more.
The holiday season is shaping up to be another cosy welcoming again this year at Starbucks Japan.
Starbucks Japan Holiday Season 2020
Running: November 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Merchandise Batch 1: November 6, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Royal Park Hotel Begins Serving Limited-Time Desserts For Golden Week
01.May.2021 | FOOD
For this year’s Golden Week, Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo is serving up a limited-time selection of two desserts on its first floor cafe and bakery IKI: the Koinobori Roll Cake and Animal Sweets & Pastries, both of which are available now until May 5. It’s also selling two different mont blancs for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Carp streamer-inspired roll cake and animal pastries
Koinobori Roll Cake – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Animal Sweets & Pastries: Sheep Cheesecake, Bear Tiramisu, Rabbit Mousse – ¥540 Each / Piglet Pastry, Dog Pastry, Chick Pastry – ¥324 (Tax Included)
This line-up of takeout desserts and pastries are made at the hotel’s own cafe and bakery IKI, all of which have been made to celebrate Children’s Day which falls on May 5 every year. This includes a moist chocolate and strawberry carp streamer roll cake which is popular at IKI every year. There’s also a cute selection of animal delights including the light and fluffy Sheep Cheesecake, mascarpone cream and coffee Bear Tiramisu, and a sweet and tangy Rabbit Mousse made from assorted berry mousse and jelly, as well as three pastries made to look like a chick, dog, and piglet.
Serving: April 29, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Happy Father’s Day & Happy Mother’s Day Specials
Mother’s Day Mont Blanc / Father’s Day Mont Blanc – ¥1,944 Each (Tax Included)
The Mother’s Day Mont Blanc is a wonderfully light combination of strawberry jelly, fresh strawberries, white chocolate mousse, and strawberry cream. The Father’s Day version is made with a fresh mascarpone cream, a mont blanc base that’s made from chestnut and blackcurrant jam, chocolate cream, and caramelised nuts.
Mother’s Day Mont Blanc: May 7, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Father’s Day Mont Blanc: June 18, 2021 – June 20, 2021
Monthly Breads: May & June
Each mother, IKI releases limited-time breads or pastries. For May, customers can enjoy the rich Edamame & Bacon Parmesan France and the bitter Chocolate Cream Cornet. In June, there’s an Orange Cream Cornet made with sliced orange peel, and the Tomato Rustic which is crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, combining tomato and cheese. There’s also Shokupan made with matcha and large-grained adzuki beans.
Edamame & Bacon Parmesan France / Chocolate Cream Cornet (Dark Chocolate) – ¥302 Each (Tax Included)
Orange Cream Cornet – ¥302 / Tomato Rustic – ¥302 / Shokupan (Matcha & Adzuki Bean) – ¥648 (Tax Included)
May Monthly Bread: May 6, 2021 – May 31, 2021
June Monthly Bread: June 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Royal Park Hotel Golden Week Desserts
Start Date: April 29, 2021
Address: royal Park Hotel, 2-1-1 Nihonbashikakigarachō, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.rph.co.jp/event/GWevent2021.html
Non-Alcoholic Cocktails Made With Vinegar Get Served at Tokyo’s Royal Park Hotel
Royal Park Hotel is collaborating with the Japanese condiment brand Mizkan, which is known for its vinegars, mustards, salad dressings and more, to serve non-alcoholic cocktails made with vinegar. The Non Alco-Vinegar Cocktail Fair will be held from May 1 to June 30.
Royal Park Hotel x Mizkan
Tropical Princess/FLORAL BEAUTY Vinegar Cashew/Frozen Fruity Su/Blueberry Black Vinegar Soy Milk Shake/Vinegar Fruit Yogurt/Ponzu & Tomato Ginger
The non-alcoholic vinegar cocktails were created for both drinkers and non-drinkers of alcohol as a way to enjoy the food scene more. The alcoholic drinks used in cocktails gives them a kick, and so does vinegar when used in food. These beverages combine vinegar with a range of fruits, teas, carbonated water, and other ingredients.
The line-up was conceived by the Vinegar Club who have also posted recipes for various cocktails on their website – links below.
Shiseido Parlour Releases Creamy BOUQUET DE FRAISES Biscuit Cake
The Ginza branch of Shiseido Parlour in Tokyo released its new BOUQUET DE FRAISES biscuit cake on Friday. The dessert is inspired by Shieido Parlour’s strawberry parfait and is made to be held in one hand. It comes with three kinds of creams, and each is a crunchy and customisable delight decorated like a bouquet.
BOUQUET DE FRAISES | ¥540 (Tax Included)
The buttery cone is a cat tongue biscuit and is filled with cream shanty, cream patissiere, and strawberry jam. The bouquets are also topped with fresh strawberries.
BOUQUET DE FRAISES (Box of 10) | ¥5,724 (Tax Included) | Reservation-only
BOUQUET DE FRAISES
資生堂パーラー Official site：https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/?rt_pr=pl369
New Doraemon and Korosuke Dessert Gets Served at the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
The Kawasaki-based Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, which is dedicated to the Japanese manga writing duo who created Doraemon, is now serving up its new Doraemon Korosuke Chiffon Sandwich which was added to the menu on Wednesday.
Doraemon Korosuke Chiffon Sandwich | ¥1,280 (Tax Included)
The new arrival sees Doraemon and Korosuke turned into chiffon sandwiches with the beloved blue robot cat made from chocolate and filled with banana cream and his friend filled with mango cream.
Check out some of the other items available on the menu at the museum too.
Doraemon Arrabbiata | ¥1,230 (Tax Included)
French Toast de Anki Bread | ¥980 (Tax Included)
Fork into the Doraemon Arrabbiata with tomato sauce and a Doraemon face made from egg sheets, or a French toast inspired by Doraemon’s Copying Tost, one of his many Secret Gadgets.
Doraemon Korosuke Chiffon Sandwich
Released: April 21, 2021
Where: Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
Address: 2-8-1 Nagao, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 214-0023, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Official Website: http://fujiko-museum.com/english/
McDonald’s Japan Releases Peach Smoothie and Frappe Made From Three Kinds of Peaches
28.April.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is releasing two new beverages at McCafé by Barista® on April 28 each made with three varieties of peach: the Gorotto Peach Smoothie and Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe.
Gorotto Peach Smoothie: Regular ¥440 / Large ¥480
Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe: Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530
McDonald’s Japan’s original Peach Smoothie and Peach Frappe beverages first appeared in 2015 and have been slurped up by customers every year since. This year, they return even juicier and more delicious than ever before by being made with three kinds of peach juice: yellow peach, white peach, and for the first time, nectarine.
The Gorotto Peach Smoothie cup is topped with a sauce made from fresh white peach pieces that give an exquisite sweet kick to the richly sweet yellow peach. The nectarine adds a sweet and sour layer to the mix for the ultimate peach combination. The Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe has all of this plus a topping of fluffy whipped cream. And for an extra ¥60, customers can double the amount of sauce they can have on either of these drinks.
While these limited-time drinks are on offer, customers can pick up a stamp card. For every peach frappe or smoothie ordered, they’ll get a stamp. Collect all four and get yourself a free regular-sized mango smoothie, green smoothie, chocolate frappe, or espresso frappe. The card is valid from April 28, 2021 to September 30, 2021.
Gorotto Peach Smoothie / Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe
Release Date: April 28, 2021
Where: McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Detective Conan Turns Into Confections at Japanese Convenience Stores
In promotion of the latest entry to the Detective Conan anime film series, Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet, which was released on March 18, Bandai released two traditional Japanese wagashi sweets from its Tabemas confection series at 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan on April 23.
Tabemas Detective Conan 2021
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
The sweets feature titular character Conan Edogawa and FBI agent Shuichi Akai from the new film, recreating their looks in adorable detail and making the custard and chocolate flavoured respectively. The colours of the confections are naturally-derived from the ingredients used, meaning no artificial colourings are used.
Tabemas Detective Conan 2021
Released: April 23, 2021
Price: ¥278 Each (Tax Included)
Available: The chilled desserts corners of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Mini Pixar Cakes by Ginza Cozy Corner Includes Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and More
Japan’s confectionery shop Ginza Cozy Corner are releasing a new collection of petite Pixar cakes at all branches on April 23.
The cakes comes in time for celebrating Children’s Day in Japan, as well as making a perfect snack for Golden Week and for kids and parents to enjoy together. Pixar fans have nine to enjoy in the collection such as the Little Green Men from Toy Story, Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, Sully from Monster’s Inc., the Pixar Ball, and more.
Pixar Collection (9 Included) | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
Flavours include the strawberry mousse Lightning McQueen, the Jack Jack raspberry jelly and mango cream, the Buzz Lightyear blueberry jam and cheese mousse, and more.
Pixar Cake Assortment (6 Included) | ¥540 (Tax Included)
The packaging also features cute artwork of everyone’s favourite Pixar characters. Choose between the whole nine cake box collection or this assortment of six white chocolate and strawberry cookies.
Pixar Sweets Box (10 Included) | ¥918 (Tax Included)
There’s also a 10-piece box of six cookies and four madeleines.
Running: April 23, 2021 – June 10, 2021
Where: Ginza Cozy Corner
Pre-Orders: Opened April 19, 2021
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/
Alice in Wonderland Themed Afternoon Tea Buffet ‘Lost in Europe’ Heads to Nagoya
This spring, Hilton Nagoya is set to serve up a special afternoon tea set and buffet plan at its first floor all-dining restaurant IN PLACE 3-3. The theme of the afternoon tea line-up, which will be served either as a set-only plan or the set plus a buffet, is ‘Lost in Europe.’ Fans of Lewis Carroll’s beloved novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can look forward to jumping in the rabbit hole as they indulge in a colourful and delicious line-up that sends them straight to wonderland.
The plans will run for three months during which three different menu line-ups will be served, each with a European feel to them as Alice finds her curiosity tending away from Japanese cuisine to the delectable assortments of overseas.
Spain will serve as the first menu. Travelling to Spain, Alice finds the country one overflowing with creativity in the arts, so says the story of this fun afternoon tea. Dishes will be plated with desserts fusing together Spain’s food culture with that of Wonderland, traditional Spanish desserts, sweet treats inspired by Spanish art, and more. Many of the irresistible items will also be made with almonds – Spain being the second largest producer of almonds in the world.
Inside the restaurant, diners will feel like they have travelled to a Spanish rendition of Wonderland with a mix of styles from both locations, such as Spanish sunflowers, mosaic tiles, stained glass windows, and more.
A little look at the menu (some of it)
1. Afternoon Tea Set Menu: ¥4,600 (Tax Included)
Cubism Cheshire Cat Arroz Con Leche
A coconut-flavoured Spanish rice pudding made with coconut lavender jelly. Its design, from the stripes to the grinning teeth, are references to the Cheshire Cat.
Blue Caterpillar Siesta Cake
A cake covered in striking blue chocolate, made with pistachio mousse, and filled with a mixed berry jelly.
Butterfly Windmills Mousse
An artistic delight made with smooth chestnut mousse and colourful butterfly wings attached.
Pistachio Crema Catalana in Berry Sauce
A traditional dessert of Catalonia, this crema catalana features a rich pistachio-flavoured custard cream and is served with a berry sauce.
Salted churros that are crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the inside, and a checked bocadillo filled with Spanish omelette.
Lost in Europe Afternoon Tea Set Summary
10 desserts, two savoury items, and a choice of a soft drink, coffee, or tea.
2. Afternoon Tea Set & Dessert Buffet: Adults ¥5,000 / Children ¥2,500
Mischievous Crazy Clock Cake
A warped, melted clock made with passion fruit cream and orange and mango mousse.
Mosaic Tile Sangria Jelly (Non-Alcoholic)
A refreshing beverage made with non-alcoholic white wine and grape, strawberry, and grapefruit jelly, all made to look like mosaic tiles.
Pick from nine different savoury items like paella, sopa de ajo garlic soup, patatas bravas, tapas, and more.
There are also a range of other desserts like a coffee jelly ice cream, a melon cake, and more, as well as fruity iced candies.
Afternoon Takeout Box
Customers can also get their afternoon tea set to go with a mix of desserts and savouries.
Lost in Europe
・Afternoon Tea Set
Running: May 13, 2021 – August 18, 2021
・Afternoon Tea Set & Dessert Buffet
Running: May 13, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Times: 15:00-17:00 (Thurs-Sun and holidays only)
Neko Neko Cheesecake Releases New Cat-Shaped Mikan Orange Flavoured Cake
15.April.2021 | FOOD
Neko Neko Cheesecake is set to open pre-sales for its new Nyan Cheese Mikan cheesecake at Pastel branches of Neko Neko Cheesecake on April 22 before rolling it out at all Neko Neko Cheesecake branches.
Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Kuu Pan from the same company which serves cat-shaped bread.
Nyan Cheese Mikan | Single Slice: ¥237 (Tax Included)
Nyan Cheese Mikan | Box of 4: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
The cheesecake is made with Brie de Meaux, aka the king of cheeses, and cooked at a high temperature to add a gorgeous browned surface. They contain rich juice from mandarin oranges to give them a refreshing kick perfect for the spring season. A perfect snack or post-dinner dessert.
Pompompurin Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Cute Pudding Confection at Lawson
15.April.2021 | FOOD
Bandai released a new chewy and delicious custard pudding-flavoured confection at Lawson convenience stores in Japan on Tuesday in celebration of Pompompurin’s 25th anniversary, the popular character by Sanrio.
Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour | ¥158 (Tax Included)
The cute confection is made to look like Pompompurin laying down. The chewy delight is filled with Japanese custard pudding-flavoured cream.
The packaging also features limited-edition artwork for Purin’s 25th year milestone where he is joined by his cute furry friends.
©2021 SANRIO CO.,LTD. 著作(株)サンリオ
Mochi Mochi Pompompurin Yaki Pudding Flavour
Japanese Product Name: もちもちポムポムプリン焼き プリン味
Released: April 13, 2021
Where: Lawson Japan (Select branches not participating, and not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100)
Japanese candy company UHA Mikakuto has collaborated with the video game TETRIS® to launch pre-sales on their new Tsumu Gummy TETRIS® which hit shelves on Monday (April 12) in Japan.
Tsumu Gummy TETRIS® | ¥370 (Before Tax)
The colourful gummies arrive in seven different forms, shaped and coloured like the blocks in TETRIS®, meaning you can stack them as well as eat them. They are an assortment of green grape, red grape, orange, and strawberry flavours, and one pack weighs in at 180g.
Tetris ® & © 1985~2021 Tetris Holding.
Tsumu Gummy TETRIS®
Pre-Sale: April 12, 2021
UHA Mikakuto Official Website: https://www.uha-mikakuto.co.jp/