Japan’s First Earl Grey Shop Makes Appearance at Chocolate Mode 2021 Event in Saitama

07.February.2021 | FOOD

&EARL GREY, the first shop in Japan to sell exclusively earl grey products, is appearing at the Chocolate Mode 2021 event at Isetan Urawa in Saitama which is taking place until February 14. Visitors can look forward to tucking into a sweet selection of delicious earl grey flavoured ice creams.

Double Chocolate Gelato & Macaron: Chocolate & Continental Earl Grey / Chocolate & Sunshine Earl Grey / Chocolate & Exotic Earl Grey – ¥605 Each (Tax Included)

Earl Grey Rich Milk Tea Gelato: Butterfly Pea & Earl Grey / Pistachio & Matcha / Mango Passion & Jasmine / Mixed Berries & Rooibos / Peche de Vigne & Honeybush Lavender – Single ¥495, Double ¥550, Triple ¥605 (Before Tax)

&EARL GREY has prepared a sweet line-up of rich ice creams made using high quality tea leaves from Japan, China, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and elsewhere. And for Valentine’s Day, some of the ice cream options have been topped with cute macarons.

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    White Day Cards

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    Illustrations drawn of Team Kinoko and Team Takenoko supporters

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    Creamy Italian maritozzi

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    Serving: From March 1, 2021 while supplies last

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    The juice is prepared fresh for every order, with whole fruits put into a mixer and then served.

    Left: Strawberry Juice ¥583 / Right: Strawberry & Fruit Tomato ¥605

     

    Serving: From March 1, 2021 while supplies last

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    Ebi Almond (Contains 6) | ¥648 (Tax Included)

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    Kutsurogi Yaki Chocolate (Contains 6) | ¥756 (Tax Included)

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    Seasonal Kutsurogi Yaki Chocolate Strawberry | ¥756 (Tax Included)

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    Ajiwau Aji Assortment (Contains 9) | ¥1,080

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