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/
Tokyu Hands to Hold Confection-Filled Valentine’s Day Project
23.January.2022 | FOOD
Starting January 8, Tokyu Hands stores in Tokyo are holding a special Valentine’s Day event called Chocolino Chocoliya featuring a variety of sweets! These aren’t just for giving to your sweetheart, but are perfect for friends and family too.
Products at a Glance
Tokyo Zoological Gardens Association / Ueno Zoo
Panda Set with Petit Gaufre & Chocolate Crunch: ¥1,188 (Tax Included) / Panda Baked Cookies: ¥997 (Tax Included)
Tote Bag: ¥1,760 (Tax Included) / Mug: ¥1,760 (Tax Included) / Star Chocolate: ¥486 (Tax Included)
Chocolate Assortment (5 pieces): ¥756 (Tax Included) / Chocolate Assortment (15 pieces): ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
Merry Chocolate Company
Merry Candy Chocolate Box: ¥378 each (Tax Included) / Assortment: ¥1,944 (Tax Included)
30-piece Handmade Kit Series: ¥1,620 each (Tax Included)
Make-at-Home Kit Series: ¥697 (Tax Included)
Silicon Mold Series: ¥935 (Tax Included)
This year’s project includes confections that can only be purchased at the Ueno Zoo, where twin baby pandas were recently born. Chocolates with retro-style packaging and those with motifs from popular anime series will also be available, so be sure to swing by and have a look!
Items on Sale Now
Official Site: https://hands.net/
Mister Donut Collaborates with Belgian Royal Chocolate Brand Wittamer
20.January.2022 | FOOD
Mister Donut locations nationwide are now selling products from the ‘misdo meets Wittamer’ collection, developed in collaboration with the Belgian royal patisserie brand Wittamer. These tasty treats will be available at participating shops until late February.
Since 2017, under the brand slogan “Good Things Come to Mister Donut,” the brand has collaborated with a number of companies from around the world to invigorate its already delicious selection of sweets. To start 2022, the beloved donut chain is teaming up with Wittamer to bring their ‘Chocolat Samba’ and ‘Praline Chocolat’ to customers throughout Japan.
The newly-developed chocolate donut batter is made by applying the same method to make cakes to donuts, creating a light mouthfeel very much like taking a bite of chocolate cake. By combining it with ganache cream and whip, the flavor becomes even richer. It might be difficult to take a bite of something so beautiful, but if you’re near a Mister Donut, you should give these a try before they’re gone!
misdo meets Wittamer Collaboration
Chocolat Samba: ¥200 (Without Tax)
The donut’s chocolate dough is covered with ganache cream and filled with ganache whip. Pay close attention to the glossy texture inspired by the Chocolat Samba cake.
Chocolat Hazlenut: ¥200 (Without Tax)
Covered in graham cracker hazelnut cream and filled with ganache whip, the cocoa powder on top takes the flavor to new heights.
Chocolat Caramel: ¥200 (Without Tax)
Caramel mocha cream and ganache blend together with caramel chocolate and nuts for a decadent and luxurious treat.
Chocolat Blueberry: ¥200 (Without Tax)
Chocolate dough and blueberry jam blend seamlessly with ganache cream. Topped with raspberry-flavored chocolate flakes, this is a showstopper.
misdo meets Wittamer Collaboration
Running: January 7 – Late February
Available at Participating Mister Donut Locations Nationwide
Official Site: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Chocolate Specialty Shop Minimal Offering Rare Strawberry and Chocolate Treats
17.January.2022 | FOOD
Japan-based chocolate specialty store Minimal is now offering a limited-edition set of gateau chocolates with fresh strawberries from Mei Strawberries in Kagawa Prefecture. These are available for preorder and are perfect for Valentine’s Day!
These sweets were a huge hit last year, selling out immediately. The rare variety of strawberries used is only found in 1 percent of Japanese strawberry farms, and these are blended with milk cream and specialty chocolate.
The strawberry jam found on the top of each chocolate piece is made from these rare Nyohou strawberries. Originally a small-grained variety, the Nyohou varietals send from Mei Strawberries in Kagawa Prefecture are larger with a beautiful dark-red color. Fragrant, juicy, and sweet, they also have a slight acidity that provide a more complex flavor.
To maximize the natural strawberry flavor, the chocolate is made from Madagascar cocoa beans with a more berry-like flavor. Only slightly roasted, the graininess is intact, leaving a more powerful and rich flavor. A milky sweet cream has also been added to the center to provide a better balance.
This is the second year that the company has worked with these strawberries from Mei, and after making a number of prototypes, Minimal has found the best possible way to express these unique flavors in harmony.
Fresh Gateau Chocolate & Strawberries featuring Mei Strawberries
Price: ¥3,510 (Tax Included)
Online Store/LINE Preorders: December 24, 2021~
Yoyogi Ueno Store: January 15, 2022
Sales Period: Until the End of February 2022
Official Site: http://mini-mal.tokyo
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/
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/