THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE Features in Promotion For Morinaga Ice Cream
J-pop dance and vocal group THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE return once again this year to feature as the promoters for the popular Ice Box dessert by Morinaga.
Fans of the band can download the official Ice Box AR app on their smart devices which when used on any Ice Box products has the four members appear on the label and dance to the tune of a song by THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE as part of the collaboration.
“The theme of our collaboration this year is ‘Having a wall is the best thing,’ the band said in a statement. “When we’re living our lives and chasing our dreams and goals, a wall is sure to appear before us. We as a band had to climb over that wall to become artists. We formed RAMPAGE and used all our strength to get over the top of a wall we were hitting into. We felt a sense of growth after doing so. We’re all still in the midst of achieving our dreams, but we want to give everyone else a bit of power so that they too can overcome that wall in the same way!!”
Ice Box x THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE
Collaboration Page: https://www.morinaga.co.jp/ice/icebox/rampage2021/
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/
Kanjani Eight Appear in Morinaga Ice Cream’s New Commercial
Japanese confectionery company Morinaga released two new commercials on Saturday (March 20) for their popular Monaka Jumbo ice cream. The commercials feature Japanese boy band Kanjani Eight.
The first commercial, entitled Choco Mimi, sees the band members dressed in cute rabbit ears to promote the chocolate and vanilla flavours of Monaka Jumbo. It also features the band’s new song Sweet&Bitter which even features the lyric “vanilla.” The second commercial, entitled Ice Case, has the band members spoilt for choice on which flavour to go for, but ends up with them saying, “Why not both?”
Vanilla Monaka Jumbo “Choco Mimi”
Choco Monaka Jumbo & Vanilla Monaka Jumbo “Ice Case”
Choco Monaka Jumbo & Vanilla Monaka Jumbo TV Commercial
Initial Broadcast: March 20, 2021
Official Website: https://www.morinaga.co.jp/ice/jumbo/
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY x Mr. Osomatsu Collaborate On Themed Ice Creams in Japan
Japananese ice cream chain ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY is collaborating with the TV anime series Mr. Osomatsu at seven of its branches from February 10 to March 14. It will include a selection of ice creams, hot drinks, and merchandise based on the characters from the popular comedy series.
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY x Mr. Osomatsu Collab Visual
Ice Cream Menu
Novelty Coasters (7 Designs)
Campaign for 5 people to win prize
Coupon to receive novelties earlier
So what exactly is ‘roll ice cream’? Just as the name suggests, liquid ice cream is poured onto a freezing cold plate which is then rolled with a spatula to create cylindrical shapes. As expected, roll ice cream continues to make its way onto Instagram for its cute visual impact and unique design. Roll ice cream began in Thailand before becoming a boom over in New York. It’s now popular worldwide having spread across Europe and the rest of Asia too. The first branch opened in Harajuku, Tokyo, back in 2017.
Fans of Mr. Osomatsu can look forward to a special selection of berry, vanilla, chocolate mint, and other tasty ice cream scoops based on the Matsuno siblings. Each cup also comes with a toothpick featuring an illustration of the character. There are also three hot takeout beverages perfect for the cold inwter season.
Customers can get their hands on a novelty coaster at participating branches for every item they order from the Mr. Osomatsu menu. There are seven designs which includes a secret, unknown design.
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY is also hosting a campaign on their official Twitter and Instagram accounts for 5 lucky fans to win a free poster. Details below.
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY x Mr. Osomatsu Collab Cafe
Running: February 10, 2012 – March 14, 2021
Participating Branches: ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY (Harajuku/Omotesando/Marui Family Mizunokuchi/Osaka/Dotonbori/AEON Mall Tokushima/Nagasaki/Huis Ten Bosch, Hiroshima, Hatchobori/Kumamoto/Shimotori)
Collab Details: https://edith-online.com/lp/osomatsusan-rollice
Twitter & Instagram Campaign
Running: February 10, 2012 – March 14, 2021
How to Participate: Follow ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY on Instagram or Twitter and post with hashtag #おそ松ロールアイス
Twitter Account: @ROLLICErCREAM_F
Instagram Account: @rollicecreamfactory
*Winners will be contacted directly on Twitter/Instagram
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Official Website: https://rollicecreamfactory.com/
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.
&EARL GREY @ Chocolate Mode 2021
Running: February 3, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Location: Isetan Urawa
Event Details: https://www.isetan.mistore.jp/urawa/event_calendar/chocolat.html
Official Website: http://www.and-earlgrey.jp/
THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE Tease Upcoming Album ‘REBOOT’ With New Visual
19.January.2021 | MUSIC
THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE have shared a new visual for their upcoming third album REBOOT which is set for release on February 24, 2021.
The J-pop vocal and dance group’s record covers have always follow east coast 90’s hip-hop visuals, right up until their last album THE RIOT, but they have changed things up for REBOOT, instead opting for more classical elements while still keeping an air of the streets on it.
The album’s lead track is SILVER RAIN which explores themes of hope. The group have also confirmed that they have wrapped up the filming of a music video. In December last year, THE RAMPAGE released a music video for MY PRAYER which came as the group’s first ever where they don’t dance. We look forward to seeing what their first video of 2021 will be like.
The album also includes the new songs SHOW YOU THE WAY and BOND OF TRUST, the latter of which is the final song of the record.
Release Date: February 24, 2021
Special Edition (3 Dics+2 DVDs): ¥8,980 (Before Tax) [ RZCD-77305~7/B~C]
Special Edition (3 Dics+2 Blu-rays): ¥8,980 (Before Tax) [ RZCD-77308~10/B~C]
Regular Edition (CD+DVD): ¥4,980 (Before Tax) [RZCD-77311/B]
Regular Edition (CD+Blu-ray): ¥4,980 (Before Tax) [RZCD-77312/B]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥2,980 (Before Tax) [RZCD-77313/B]
Nana’s Green Tea x Häagen-Dazs Release Chocolate Matcha Glass Dessert
12.January.2021 | FOOD
Nana’s Green Tea is serving up a brand-new dessert in collaboration with Häagen-Dazs for Valentine’s Day at 77 branches in Japan. The dessert was released on January 6 and will be available up to February 14.
Matcha Chocolate Glass with Häagen-Dazs | ¥880 (Before Tax)
The dessert is a tempting sight to behold – not only is it delicious but visually appealing to the eye too, and layered with various textures so that every bite is a surprise.
The dessert is made with Häagen-Dazs’ “Sweet Chocolate” ice cream coupled with Nana’s Green Tea’s own original matcha ice cream, soft and crunchy meringue sticks, crumbled cookies, white chocolate whipped cream, and matcha chiffon cake. Sat at the bottom waiting to be discovered is a sweet strawberry sauce for a tangy kick.
Nana’s Green Tea – Matcha Chocolate Glass With Häagen-Dazs
Serving: January 6, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Price: ¥880 (Before Tax)
Available: 77 Nana’s Green Tea branches in Japan (Excluding DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Tokyo Dome, and Iias Okinawa Toyosaki)
Official Website: http://www.nanasgreentea.com/
Häagen-Dazs Reveals Chestnut Filling and Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup Mochi Ice Creams
09.September.2020 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan is bringing back its Hana Mochi series of mini cup ice creams this year in two flavours: Chestnut Paste and Ginsen Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup, both of which will be released across Japan on September 29, 2020 for a limited time.
The Hana Mochi series takes Häagen-Dazs’s smooth and rich ice creams and adds soft, chewy mochi to it. The Ginsen Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup was released last year and proved hugely popular, while the Chestnut Paste is a new mouth watering contender this time around.
The Ginsen Soy Flour Brown Sugar Syrup ice cream is made using dark roasted soy flour and is mixed with brown sugar syrup before being topped with mochi and a blend of yellow and black soybeans.
The new Chestnut Paste is a super sweet chestnut infusion and has an authentic Japanese wagashi confection taste to it. The ice cream is also laced with a chestnut sauce as well as salt to bring out the sweetness of the chestnut even more.
Both are the perfect flavours for autumn-time this year.
Häagen-Dazs – Hana Mochi Series
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Price: ¥295 (Before Tax)
Available: Supermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores in Japan
Houjicha Tea Brûlée Ice Cream Released by Baskin-Robbins Japan
03.September.2020 | FOOD
Baskin-Robbins has created an exclusive flavour for Japan, the “Houjicha Brûlée,” which was released on September 1 and will be served for a limited time only.
The ice cream is laced with rich and fragrant houjicha green tea and irresistibly mixed with caramel-infused brûlée. It’s a fusion of Japanese and Western flavours here for the autumn season and is the first time Baskin-Robbins Japan has sold it.
The ice cream recreates that same burnt look that crème brûlée has. You get the full-bodied aroma of the houjicha tea balanced by the sweetness of the custard and caramel.
This is the choice of ice cream for autumn this year, so if you’re in Japan to see the beautiful autumnal colours, don’t miss out.
Price: Single Regular Size – ¥390
*Price may differ between stores
Available: September 1, 2020 until stock runs out
Baskin-Robbins Japan Official Website: https://www.31ice.co.jp/
Häagen-Dazs Releases Honey Sweet Potato Ice Cream in Japan
02.September.2020 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan released its new “Honey Sweet Potato” flavour of mini cup ice cream on September 1, 2020. The ice cream is a combination of two types of potatoes with high sugar content.
Roasted sweet potato is a popular food eaten in Japan during the autumn season. By roasting them slowly, you allow the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes to come through, giving them that distinct autumn-time flavour. And it’s these potatoes that are used to make Häagen-Dazs’s new ice cream.
Sweet and rich honey-loaded ice cream
Sweet potatoes are naturally very sweet and have a syrupy texture to them, something which has been recreated to make this ice cream. As you spoon the ice cream, the melty honey sauce laced throughout the ice cream trickles.
Preserving the natural sweetness of the sweet potato
Roasting the sweet potatoes actually draws out their natural sweetness. Combined with Häagen-Dazs’s full-bodied milk, they have created a rich and subtly sweet ice cream.
Create your own Häagen-Dazs autumn recipe
Häagen-Dazs has also created a video using their vanilla flavour to showcase how to make your own ice cream dessert using pumpkin and cinnamon.
Häagen-Dazs Honey Sweet Potato Mini Cup (Limited Edition)
Released: September 1, 2020
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/mitsu_imo/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty Strawberry Ice Cream
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’s recipe will show you how to make a simple ice cream made with frozen strawberries and a blender.
500g frozen strawberries (either store bought or self-frozen)
120ml condensed milk
Sliced white chocolate to make Hello Kitty
Defrost around 3/10 of the frozen strawberries until they are more soft than frozen, allowing them to be blended more easily.
Throw the defrosted strawberries into a blender along with the condensed milk and blend.
Place the blended mix into a ziplock bag and place into the freezer. After about an hour, massage the mix while it’s still inside the bag. Repeat this whole process 2-3 times. Doing this will make the ice cream tastier.
Once fully set, place into a serving cup of your choice, use sliced white chocolate to make your chocolate Hello Kitty, and serve!
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!
Baskin-Robbins Launches Snoopy Collaboration Centred On the Peanuts Characters
09.May.2020 | FOOD
Baskin-Robbins launched its collaboration with Snoopy on Thursday which is set to run until June 2, 2020. The collaboration includes a flavour inspired by Snoopy’s favourite chocolate chip, a Snoopy Sundae, and much more. What better way to start the summer early than with the adorable Snoopy?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Fun: Single Regular Size ¥390 (Tax Included) / Serving: From April 25, 2020 while supplies last
Chocolate chip is Snoopy’s favourite, and this ice cream flavour represents that. It’s a mix of butter and caramel flavoured vanilla ice cream laced with fat chocolate chips. If you don’t eat it quickly and Snoopy sees you, he must just steal it from you!
Snoopy Double Cup: Small Double ¥490 (Tax Included), Regular Double ¥710 (Tax Included) / Serving: May 7, 2020 – June 2, 2020
The double cups lets you pick two ice cream flavours of your choice. The cups feature cute designs of the Peanuts characters – there are three in total.
Snoopy Sundae: ¥500 (Tax Included) / Serving: May 7, 2020 – June 2, 2020
The Snoopy Sundae lets you pick a small ice cream serving of your choice, and that’s then topped with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkling of chocolate chips, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, chocolate chip cookies, a chocolate red heart, and a chocolate Snoopy and Belle. Make sure you don’t forget to snap an Instagram picture of this before tucking in.
Snoopy Shake: ¥620 (Tax Included) / Serving: May 7, 2020 – June 2, 2020
Have an ice cream flavour of your choice blended with milk into a shake. Have it topped with whipped cream, choc chips, and a Snoopy cookie. Your shake even comes with an original Joe Cool cup sleeve.
Variety Pack of 6 Flavours With Snoopy Cooler Pouch: Small ¥1,750 (Tax Included), Regular ¥2,330 (Tax Included) / Serving: May 7, 2020 – June 2, 2020
The takeout variety pack lets you pick six flavours, and it’s boxed in a beautiful Snoopy dog house box. The pack also comes with a cute limited edition cooler pouch. This pack is sure to get you and your friends smiling.
Stay cool this spring with Snoopy.
©2020 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
*Please note that prices vary from store to store
Tokyo’s New Sake Ice Cream Shop Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Ship Ice Cream Around Japan
SAKEICE is an ice cream shop that offers a new kind of ice cream experience, combining Japanese sake and alcohol together with the frozen treat. The shop opened in Akusaka, Tokyo in March this year.
However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the store has had to close temporarily. SAKEICE wants to cheer people up during these turbulent times with their ice cream, and has therefore announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign so they can set up a website where people can order ice cream in Japan and have it delivered to them.
I tried out their ice cream
Otokoyama / Nihonshu Ice
SAKEICE’s ice cream is laced with lots of Japanese alcohol. I tried the Otokoyama and the Nihonshu Ice, the latter of which is an original ice cream flavour exclusive to SAKEICE. They both contains around 4% alcohol. I were curious exactly how they would taste.
I started with the Nihonshu Ice. The moment the ice cream hits your tongue, your taste buds are met with its smooth texture, and your nose is filled with the full bodied flavour of nihonshu. The velvety texture on your tongue as it melts is to die for. The Otokoyama has a refreshing kick to it when compared to the Nihonshu Ice. It’s creamy, but the aftertaste is refreshing, so we recommend it for people who aren’t a fan of sweet treats. Both are sure to leave you feeling satisfied, and maybe a little flushed afterwards.
These ice creams contain alcohol, so keep that in mind when coming here with minors, kids, pregnant women, or if you’re driving.
They have non-alcoholic flavours too!
Matcha / Cherry Blossom
Of course, they have non-alcoholic options too. I tried out the matcha and cherry blossom flavours.
The matcha one has an irresistible bitterness layered inside the sweetness. You get that real rich matcha taste too. The cherry blossom ice cream is a cute light pink colour and has a subtle sweetness to it. If you don’t like alcohol then you’ll definitely want to try one of delights.