Kaori’s Easy Valentine’s Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Hot Chocolate Sticks
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Today, I’ll be showing you a simple recipe for Valentine’s Day made with ingredients bought entirely from the 100 yen store Seria. I call it the “Rilakkuma Hot Chocolate Stick.”
Square mould from Seria (makes six sticks)
1 bag of milk chocolates
1 bag of white chocolates
1 bag of dark chocolates
Toppings of your choice (I used caramel chocolate chips and walnuts)
Melt all the chocolates separately over a bain-marie.
Create layers with each chocolate type. Pick your first choice and pour into the mould and wait for it to set lightly before adding the next chocolate. For this recipe, I went ahead and added the chocolate a little before layers had finished setting to create a marbling effect.
✩I also added some strawberry chocolate I had left over from my Rilakkuma chocolates.
Once all your chocolate is in the mould, stick in some lollipops and add toppings of your choice making sure they don’t overflow. This will ensure they set together with the chocolate.
Allow to set overnight and your chocolate stick is ready.
I made Rilakkuma chocolates from scratch and added those to the sticks to finish.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Bandai Candy Releases Second Round of Family-Sized Demon Slayer Tarts
Bandai Candy has begun selling the second round of Demon Slayer-themed tarts! This time, the family-sized treats will feature the taste of two varieties of cheesecake, and will be available at select AEON, AEON Style, MaxValu, and Daiei locations throughout Japan.
Each tart features characters from the popular Demon Slayer anime series with smiles on their faces. With a two-layered structure, customers can enjoy the flavor of baked cheesecake and gelatin cheesecake. Characters included are Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Giyu, Inosuke, Kyojuro, Shinobu, and Kanao.
Demon Slayer Big Tart Round Two ~Two Types of Cheesecake~
Price: ¥537 each (Tax Included)
Where to Buy:
AEON / AEON Style (Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu)
MaxValu (Kanto, Hokuriku, West Japan)
Daiei’s Chilled Dessert Corner
※Products only available in limited quantities.
※Only available at participating stores.
Alice in Wonderland’ Inspired Afternoon Tea Served at Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral for Seven Days Only
For seven days only from January to April 2022, the Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral wedding hall will open its doors to those wanting their fill of Alice in Wonderland-inspired sweets! ‘Alice’s Tea Party’ will be an afternoon tea experience you’ll never forget, and reservations are required.
The limited-time-only afternoon tea will feature a variety of adorable sweets that look like they popped out of a picture book, from Berry and Pistachio Bunny Ears Mousse to the Queen’s Chandelier Butter Sandwich Cookies decorated like playing cards. Each sweet makes use of seasonal ingredients like strawberries, perfect with chocolate dips, petite tarts, and macaroons.
Sweets Palette Afternoon Tea ‘Alice’s Tea Party’
January 19, 2022
February 2, February 9
March 2, March 9, March 16
April 6 *Reservations Required
First Seating 12:15-13:45（Open at 12:00)
Second Seating 14:45-16:15（Open at 14:30)
Price: ¥4,500 per person (Tax and Service Charge Included)
Address: Aoyama St. Grace Cathedral Guest House (3-9-14 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station Exit A1 on Ginza Line / Chiyoda Line / Hanzomon Line
Peter Pan and Wendy-Inspired Sweets Buffet Comes to Nagoya
The Strings Hotel Yagoto NAGOYA in Aichi Prefecture is holding the ‘Strawberry Neverland – Tinkerbell in Love Sweets Buffet’ at it’s sweets restaurant SCALA Terrace from January 15 until March 31, 2022. These limited-time desserts will use seasonal strawberries and pistachios.
Inspired by Peter Pan, the space will feature cute and refreshing sweets that will make guests think of the adorable fairy Tinkerbell. The ‘Tinkerbell in Love – Raspberry Lime Mousse’ is covered in the character’s fairy dust, and is highly recommended by the restaurants chef patissier. A total of 16 desserts will be available, with some featuring edible flowers and other fantasy-inspired decorations. Those wanting something a little heavier can enjoy slow-cooked Indian Curry and Farfalle Cream Pasta. The space will also feature plenty of photo spots, so be sure to take some pictures with the person you love!
Strawberry Neverland – Tinkerbell in Love Sweets Buffet
Running: January 15, 2022 – March 31, 2022
Location: Maison de FLEUR 3F
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka to Hold Little Red Riding Hood-Inspired Strawberry Fair
The Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka will hold a ‘Strawberry Fair’ at four of its restaurants starting on January 1, 2022!
Little Red Riding Hood (Mascarpone and Berry Mousse)
Forest Friend (Cream Puff), Friendly Bear Macaroons
Forest Tree Stump (Nuts & Pistachio Cake)
Menu featuring Strawberry Items
Cafe & Gourmet Shop ‘Cafe Bell’
Running: January 15 – February 28, 2022
Strawberry Brioche Sandwich / Strawberry Pudding / Strawberry Pistachio / Strawberry Tart / Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Cannelé de Bordeaux / Strawberry & Almond Chocolate Danish / Strawberry and Cream Cheese Flute
Chinese Restaurant ‘Shisen’
Running: January 6 – February 28, 2022
Strawberry Apricot Tofu / Strawberry Pudding
Running: January 1 – February 28, 2022
Strawberry Grasshopper / Strawberry Milk for Adults / Strawberry Mojito
※Menu items subject to change depending on availability.
※Please inform the staff of any food allergies in advance.
Strawberry Fair ~Little Red Riding Hood & Friends in the Forest~
Running: January 15 – February 27, 2022 *Only on Weekends/Holidays
Hours: 15:00-17:00 (Last Order at 16:30) *Tables Reserved for 90 minutes
Price: ¥5,000 (Adults) / ¥2,500 (Children) / ¥1,000 (Children under 4)
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka 21F Buffet Restaurant ‘Top of Miyako’
Hours: 7:00-10:00 (Last Order at 9:30) / 11:30-15:00 (Last Order at 14:30) / 17:00-21:00 *17:30-21:00 on January 2 (Last Order at 20:30)
*Open for dinner only on weekends and holidays. Also open on Fridays in December.
*Lunch hours during the sweets buffet are 11:30:-14:00.
Cafe & Gourmet Shop ‘Cafe Bell’
Hours: 8:00-19:00 (Take-out) / 8:00-18:00 (Eat-in)
Chinese Restaurant ‘Shisen’
Hours: 11:30-14:30 / 17:00-21:00 (Last Order at 20:30)
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka 2F ‘Bar eu’
Hours: 17:00-22:00 (Last Food Order at 21:00)
Tokyo Gift Palette at Tokyo Station Selling Seasonal Strawberry Sweets
Tokyo Gift Palette, located near the Yaesu North Gate at Tokyo Station, offers a wide selection of unique souvenirs. From December 26, 2021 until January 11, 2022, the location will be holding the Exciting New Year’s Fair, with the Strawberry Sweets Fair coming soon after from January 5 until January 25, 2022.
Konigs-Krone Luxury ‘Strawberry Parfait’
Patisserie Ginza Sembikiya ‘Strawberry Omelet’
Strawberry Shop by FRANCAIS ‘Strawberry Parfait’
*Only available at Tokyo Gift Palette
Tokyo Kaikan ‘Reward Parfait ~Strawberry & Chestnut~
Strawberry Shop by FRANCAIS ‘Fresh Strawberry Milk Cake’
Oosumi Tamaya ‘Strawberry Daifuku’
Oosumi Tamaya ‘Chinese New Year Daifuku’
Tokyo Kaikan ‘Chocolate & Orange Tart’
Paq & Mog Terrace ‘Calbee and Tokyo Banana Bonito & Kelp Umami Dashi Potato Chips
The New Year’s Fair will feature cute cakes and sweets inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, along with traditional Japanese goods. The Strawberry Sweets Fair will see a number of popular goodies on sale, including desserts that won top prizes in the ‘Favorite Fruit Survey’ conducted by Tokyo Gift Palette on Instagram in June 2021.
Exciting New Year’s Fair
Running: December 26, 2021 – January 11, 2022
Strawberry Sweets Fair
Running: January 5 – January 25, 2022
Ginza Cozy Corner Launches Limited Edition New Year’s Chinese Zodiac Tiger Cake
31.December.2021 | FOOD
From December 31, 2021, until January 3, 2022, Ginza Cozy Corner locations nationwide will be selling a limited edition New Year’s cake featuring the Tiger from the Chinese Zodiac!
Chinese Zodiac Tiger Cake
Fortune Cookies (10 pieces)
New Year Madeleines (6 pieces)
New Year’s Grab Bag (24 pieces / 40 pieces)
Ginza Cozy Corner began selling a variety of New Year’s-themed sweets starting in 2011. Traditionally, families in Japan enjoy a luxurious boxed meal called osechi on New Year’s Day, and the company wanted to provide something to satisfy people’s sweet tooth afterward! This year is the Year of the Tiger, making this chocolate and banana cake the perfect way to welcome 2022. Shops will also be selling other sweets like fortune cookies and mini Madeleine cakes, so there’s something to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Chinese Zodiac Tiger Cake
Available: December 31, 2021 – January 3, 2022
Where to Buy: Cozy Corner Locations Nationwide
Official Site: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Village Vanguard Online Store Opens Rilakkuma Pop-Up Shop with Massive Plushies
If you visit Japan, you’ll likely find yourself in a Village Vanguard shop eventually. The popular chain sells just about everything under the sun for low prices, from apparel and toys to books and DVDs. Until January 6, 2022, visitors to Village Vanguard Online can peruse a special Rilakkuma pop-up shop named ‘My Imaginary Rilakkuma.’ Most importantly, a super long Rilakkuma stuffed animal will only be available from this shop!
Big Long Huggable Plush (Rilakkuma/Kiiroitori)
Plushie Keychain (5 varieties)
Acrylic Stand (2 varieties)
Rilakkuma is known for always being lazy, but can you imagine if he decided to actually work hard for a day? You might fall in love with him a little more. The acrylic stands read “You look beautiful today,” and “Let’s make today a wonderful day.” Will you be snagging any of these items?
Rilakkuma Pop-Up Shop on Village Vanguard Online
Open until January 6, 2022
Village Vanguard Online: http://vvstore.jp/?utm_source=press
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto to Hold Strawberry Fair in 2022
15.December.2021 | FOOD
From January 4 until April 30, 2022, Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto will hold a special Strawberry Fair at its cozy lounge.
Those who love strawberries enough to want to drown in them won’t want to miss this limited-time event featuring four unique desserts and an afternoon tea set.
Strawberry Parfait ‘Drowning Strawberries’
Guests can enjoy pouring warm homemade confiture made from Kyoto strawberries from Uesugi Farm in Yawata City over thin chocolate hidden beneath strawberry ice cream. This is recommended by the patisserie.
‘Strawberry Shortcake ~Buried in the Glass~’
This limited-edition version of the hotel’s strawberry shortcake is filled with white meringue and soft sponge, with cherry brandy flavoring making it light and easy to eat.
‘Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set’
Strawberry Stack Option
The popular ‘Afternoon Tea Set’ is served in a bamboo box made by Kochousai Kosuga, a bamboo craft manufacturer in Kyoto. This special strawberry version features nine sweet and nine savory items, including strawberry shortcakes and cream puffs. For a limited time until March, guests can add a pile of strawberries to the third tier. Using the special scoop spoon, you’ll feel as though you’re harvesting strawberries of your own! Be sure to take pictures.
Overflowing Strawberry Gift Box
Although it looks like a present, this dessert is meant to be enjoyed on-site! Overflowing with strawberry mousse, strawberry jelly, and pistachio brulee, raspberry sorbet, and streusel are hidden beneath the white chocolate box. Now that’s luxury!
Strawberry Fair ~Drown, Overflow, Indulge~
Location: Lounge (1F at All Day Dining Kaza)
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Order: Dessert 18:00 / Other 20:30)
Running: January 4 – April 30, 2022
*The Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set, Strawberry Layer Cake, and Strawberry Shortcake are only available until March 31, 2022.
Official Site: https://www.rihga.co.jp
Egg specialty store TAMAGOYA to launch Strawberry Fair for a limited time in Shizuoka
Shizuoka-based egg specialty store TAMAGOYA is currently running a BERRY BERRY Strawberry Fair for a limited time.
TAMAGO Pudding Parfait
ICHIGP Pudding Parfait
Gigantic ICHIGO Shortcake Parfait
The cafe offers pancakes and parfaits made with strawberries from Shizuoka Prefecture. The menu includes the “TAMAGO Pudding Parfait” that looks like a fried egg with fluffy pancakes and pudding as a specialty of egg stores, and the seasonal “ICHIGO Pudding Parfait”. The “ICHIGO’s Giant Shortcake Parfait,” which weighs over 5 kg, is available by reservation only.
Enjoy the harmony of eggs and strawberries to your heart’s content.
Address: 1-322, Yasuhisa, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka, 〒411-0815
Opening Hours: 9:00～17:00/cafe branch 9:30～17:00（L.O15:30）
Official Site: http://izu-tamagoya.com/
McCafe by Barista to Offer Cookies & Cream Frappe for Winter Season
05.December.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan locations with McCafe by Barista installations will begin selling the Cookies & Cream Frappe for a limited time starting December 8, 2021. The McCafe by Barista corner employs full-time baristas serving ‘authentic cafe coffee.’
McCafe by Barista invites guests to enjoy high-quality frappuccinos and smoothies and these locations are offering three unique Frappes this winter. Following the Strawberry Creme Brulee Frappe and normal Creme Brulee Frappe released in late November, the Cookies & Cream Frappe will release soon, filled with rich vanilla sweetness!
Cookies & Cream Frappe Medium: ¥470 / Large: ¥540 (Tax Included)
The drink is a rich blend of creamy vanilla made from Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans, blended with crunchy Oreo cookie bits and topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. What’s not to love?
Cookies & Cream Frappe
Release Date: December 8, 2021
Where to Buy: McDonald’s Japan Locations with McCafe by Barista
Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/winter-frappe/
New Year’s Mini-Cakes Available for Preorder from Ginza Cozy Corner
03.December.2021 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner, a popular cake store in Tokyo, has started accepting preorders for its beautiful selection of New Years’ mini-cake sets, called Sweets Osechi. In Japan, osechi refers to traditional foods eaten on New Years Day, which come in a special box, not unlike a bento box. Of course, they aren’t usually packed with sweets, but these look absolutely scrumptious.
In 2011, Ginza Cozy Corner started the ‘First Sweets’ tradition to invite people to welcome the new year by enjoying some sweets after finishing the traditional osechi dishes. This is when the idea of Sweets Osechi was born, sure to put a smile on your face going into 2022!
9-piece Sweets Osechi: ¥2,400 (Tax Included)
12-piece Sweets Osechi: ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
This year’s selection includes tarts featuring the Chinese zodiac sign of the Tiger and the first sunrise of 2022. Each set will come in a special box in a bright red design perfectly exemplifying the holiday spirit!
Preorders Now Open
*Preorders will close as soon as items sell out.
*Preorders can only be made in-store. Online preorders will not be accepted.
Official Site: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Tokyo Daijingu Shrine in Iidabashi Offering Rilakkuma Themed Ema Plaques
The popular character Rilakkuma was recently appointed as the tourism ambassador for Chiyoda City in Tokyo. To commemorate this lofty position, Tokyo Daijingu Shrine will begin offering Ema decorated with Rilakkuma starting December 1, 2021. Ema are small wooden plaques found at shrines, and visitors can write their wishes or prayers on them before hanging them up for the Gods to receive them.
Tokyo Daijingu was built in the early Meiji period so that residents of Tokyo could worship the many deities enshrined at the Grand Shrine of Ise from afar. Originally built in Hibiya, the shrine was moved to Iidabashi in 1928 after the Kanto Earthquake.
Rilakkuma became the tourism ambassador for Chiyoda in August and aims to convey the many charms of the area to as many people as possible. These Ema feature an original Rilakkuma design along with the crest of Tokyo Daijingu.
Tokyo Daijingu Shrine Rilakkuma Ema
Available: December 1 *Only available while Rilakkuma is Tourism Ambassador.
Official Site: http://www.tokyodaijingu.or.jp/