Kaori’s easy recipe – Learn how to make “Hello Kitty Chocolate Ganache Mini Tarts”

11.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

 

In this article, you’ll learn how to easily make “Hello Kitty Chocolate Ganache Mini Tarts.” You can still make it in time before Valentine’s Day arrives!

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1: Ingredients

50g Chocolate

50g White Whocolate

4 Large Servings of Fresh Cream

9 Mini Tart Pastries

Chocolate Pens

Decorative Fresh Cream

Strawberries

 

 

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2: Divide the milk chocolate and white chocolate into two separate large servings of fresh cream and melt over a pan of hot water. Pour the melted chocolate into the mini tart pastries.

 

 

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3: Leave the chocolate to cool and set. Afterwards, draw Hello Kitty’s face onto the white chocolate tarts with your chocolate pens.

 

 

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4: Slice the strawberries vertically and then cut into heart shapes. Top the milk chocolate tarts with fresh cream and decorate with your heart-shaped strawberries and some silver balls. (Don’t worry if you don’t have silver balls.)

 

 

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5: Done!

 

 

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And there you have it – your creation is complete in no time at all with ingredients you can buy from the shop. The flavour of the chocolate becomes a little soft when you put in ganache and can be enjoyed deliciously even after some time♡

 

There’s plenty more character-themed dishes on the way from Kaori! In the mean time, please check out her Instagram page where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes.

 

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Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27)

I live in Hokkaido and enjoy making dinner, sweet treats and character food using bread♡

I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy transforming food into characters and making cute meals♡

You can see more of my character food and bentos on my Instagram page → @kaopan27

 

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  • Kaori’s easy recipe – Learn how to make “ “KITTY’s Chocolate Spoon”

    04.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this article, I will introduce to you how to make KITTY-chan’s chocolate spoon which is suitable to be used as a gift for friends.

     

     

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    1: Ingredients

    Chocolate

    ※Each piece is 30g. This time, we will use 180g of chocolate since we are going to make six pieces.

    Chocolate pen

    Marshmallows

    Nuts (any type of nuts you want to eat)

    Dried fruits

    Silicon cup (available at Seria – 100 yen – 3 cups)

    Wooden spoon (Available at Seria)

     

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    2: Dissolve the chocolate by putting the bowl into hot water.

     

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    3: Pour the melted chocolate into the silicon cups.

     

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    4: Draw the face of KITTY-chan on the marshmallow. Draw the parts of the face in the following order / nose → eyes, whiskers → ribbon.

     

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    5: Insert the wooden spoon into the chocolate before the chocolate gets hard.

     

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    6: After inserting the wooden spoon, place your favorite nuts and dried fruits on the top.

    Put a little bit of chocolate underneath the marshmallow and place it on top of the surface of the chocolate.

     

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    7: After decorating the chocolate, put it in the refrigerator and wait for one night.

     

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    8: Remove the silicon cup after the chocolate gets hard. Finished!

     

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    The chocolate itself is very tasty but it is recommended that you put it into hot milk to make hot chocolate.

     

     

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    Since the chocolate is easy to be wrapped, you can give it to your kids’ frineds♡

     

     

     

    Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.

    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling,

    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced in my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • Kaori’s easy recipe – Learn how to make “Sanrio Character Temari Sushi” Character Sweets

    30.December.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, you will learn how to make “Sanrio Character Temaru Sushi”!

     

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    1: Ingredients

    Rice

    Nori (seaweed)

    Ikura (roe)

    Nama-fu (wheat starch)

    Tuna

    Snow peas

     

    ☆My Melody (face and ears)

    Salmon flakes

    Ham

     

    ☆Hello Kitty (chubby face)

    Scallops

     

    ☆Pochacco (ears) / Keroppi (eyes)

    Sliced cheese

     

    ☆Pompompurin (face, hat)

    Shredded omelette

    Shimeji mushrooms

     

    ☆Keroppi (eyes)

    Cucumber

     

    Shape cutters, nori hole punch

     

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    2: Prepare sumeshi (vinegared rice) and cook the mushroom, wheat starch and snow peas in shirodashi. Set aside to cool.

     

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    3: Slice the scallop, shape a round sphere of rice and place onto the slice (30g rice used in the photo). Wrap into a round shape with cling film.

     

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    4: Thinly slice the cucumber with a peeler and put on 30g rice like before. Wrap into a round shape with cling film.

     

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    5: Scallop→Hello Kitty & Pochacco

    Cucumber→Keroppi

    Shredded Omelette→Pompompurin

    Put rice onto the shredded omelette that’s on the cling film and wrap like in steps 3 and 4.

    (The shredded omelette in this recipe was bought from the market.)

    Salmon Flakes→My Melody

    (Wrap the rice after covering with salmon flakes)

     

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    6: For Pochacco’s ears, cut the nori into ear shapes and put onto sliced cheese and cut around it with a toothpick.

     

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    7: Pochacco→Fix the ears from step 6 with fried pasta.

    My Melody→Cut the ham into ear shapes and fix with fried pasta. Cut the sliced cheese into an oval and place onto the rice for the face.

    Pompompurin→Fix the sliced cheese ears and cooked with mushroom with fried pasta.

    Keroppi→Place on sliced cheese eyes and round ham slices for the cheeks.

    Hello Kitty→Place on a sliced cheese nose.

     

    Once you have made it this far, place each one onto a plate and place on eyes and noses with hole punched nori.

    (If you put the nori on too early it’ll become really flimsy.)

     

    Create some more temari sushi using the same 30g rice and decorate with roe, wheat starch and snow peas.

     

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    A perfect bento for New Year’s!

     

    Kaori will be making even more character rice dishes for you to try making!

    She has lots of character rice dishes over on her Instagram page, so please be sure to check it out.

     

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    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and enjoy making dinner, sweet treats and character food using bread♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy transforming food into characters and making cute meals♡

    You can see more of my character food and bentos on my Instagram page → @kaopan27

  • Kaori’s easy recipe – learn how to make a “Kitty’s strawberry daifuku”!

    30.July.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish. Today we’ll look at a recipe that uses a lot of fruit. Let us introduce to you, “Kitty’s strawberry daifuku”.

     

    ■1:Ingredients(to make 6 pieces)

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    ・Strawberries 6

    ・Rice flour for dumplings 120g

    ・Sugar(white sugar or granulated sugar)20〜25g

    (Use white colored sugar to make daifuku white)

    ・White bean paste 180g

    (Use white bean paste to make daifuku white)

    ・Water 150ml

    ・Chocolate pens (black・yellow)

    ・Kitty’s ribbon pic(can be bought at a 100 yen shop)

     

    2:Remove strawberries’ calyx. Wash strawberries and wipe with kitchen paper. Divide the bean paste into 30g each and roll it up. Place the bean paste on a sheet of cellophane wrap flatly. Then put on strawberries and roll it up.

    ※Cut the tip of strawberries so that it can’t come up from bean paste.

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    3:Mix sugar and rice flour for dumplings with water litter by little. Mix it until it becomes smooth.

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    4:When it becomes smooth like picture No.3, heat it for 2minutes and 10 seconds at 500w with a sheet of cellophane wrap. After that, mix it again and heat it for 1 more minutes.

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    5:After heating, mix it until it becomes smoothly like a picture above.

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    6:Place a dough on cornstarch. *Be careful to be burned

    Divide it into 7 pieces. (6 for daifuku and 1 for Kitt7S ears)

    Make each dough flat and wrap it up on bean paste. When dough stick together, make a round with your hands and put the cut sections down.

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    7:When you all roll up, make ears. Cut into triangle, make sure don’t put cornstarch on cut section)

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    8:Put the cut sections down and place it on the heads.

    (If the dough dry up, put a little water)

    When you fixing the ears, put a pic ribbon, and write a nose, eyes, and mustache with chocolate pens.

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    Finished♡

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  • Kaori’s easy recipe – learn how to make a cute Hello Kitty fruit sandwich!

    22.April.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small touch, turn everyday food into something cute with Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish. Today we’ll be looking at a recipe that uses strawberries to make a cute Hello Kitty sandwich!

     

     

    ■ Ingredients

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    ・Sliced bread

    ・Strawberries

    ・Fresh cream

    ・Sliced cheddar cheese

    ・Chocolate sheets

    ・Cutter

     

    ■How to make

    1: Cut two slices of bread into the shape of Hello Kitty’s face

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    2: Slice the strawberries

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    3: Spread fresh cream on one side of the Hello Kitty “face”

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    4: Layer the sliced strawberries on top of the slice of bread with the fresh cream, place another layer of bread on top to make a sandwich.

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    5: With a third slice of bread, make two hands for Hello Kitty.

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    6: Use the chocolate to make the eyes and whiskers, the cheddar cheese to make the nose, and the strawberries to make a ribbon for Hello Kitty. Use the face you cut out from the bread as a reference for size.

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    7: Attach the whiskers, eyes and nose to the bread using some fresh cream as glue.

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    8: The hands made in step 5 will now be made into a foundation. Please cut them as shown in the picture.

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    9: Pile the remaining slices of bread on top of each other to make a foundation layer. Place this behind the Hello Kitty head to raise it high.

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    10:Place the strawberry sandwich on top of the foundation layer. Put the hands in place and garnish with a strawberry – and you’re done!

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    11:This is how it looks from a side view…now let’s eat the remaining bread and fresh cream as a light snack! ♪

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  • Kaori’s easy recipe – learn how to make a “Kitty’s rice burger”!

    06.July.2017 | FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish. Today we’ll look at a recipe that uses a lot of fruit. Let us introduce to you, “Kitty’s rice burger”.

     

    1: Ingredients

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    ・rice 250g~260g

    ・Thinly sliced beef 60~70G (pork can also be used)

    ・wheat flour (this will be sprinkled over the beef), adequate amount

    ・sauce / soy sauce – 2tbsp, sweet cooking rice wine – 2tbsp, sake – 2tbsp, sugar – 1tbsp

    (Mix all the ingredients together)

    ・lettuce, adequate amount

    ・red Vienna sausage, 2.3 pieces

    ・laver, 1/4 piece

    ・cheddar cheese slice, 1/4 piece

    ・A Kitty-shaped mold

     

    2: Place the mold on a sheet of cellophane wrap and stuff rice into the mold to half way. Press the rice tightly so that the shaped rice does not crumble when the mold is removed. Make two of these.

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    3: Line up the thinly sliced beef and sprinkle it with wheat flour.

    (The beef and the sauce will attach to each other well by sprinkling it with wheat flour)

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    4: Put oil in the pan and fry the beef. Mix it with the sauce.

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    5: Put lettuce→beef mixed with the sauce→rice on top of the mold-shaped rice.

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    6: Remove the skin of the red Vienna sausage

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    7: Cut the red Vienna sausage to make a ribbon, cut out cheddar cheese to make a nose and cut out laver to make eyes and whiskers.

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    8: First, place the nose (cheddar cheese)on the face and then place the eyes and whiskers on the face.

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    Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27)

    Kaori lives in Hokkaido and enjoys making dinners, sweet treats and character food using bread ♡

    Kaori also loves to experiment with small tricks to crate easy character-themed sweets @kaopan27

     

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    For this year’s Halloween season, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo has announced that it will serve up its Halloween Sweets Selection again this year at the hotel’s pastry boutique ORIGAMI located on floor B2F. The confectionery chefs have spun some spooky fun into this collection of 10 cute treats.

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    The Phantom is a popular confection every year at the hotel, but this year he’s had two new freaky friends carved out for him: Frankenstein’s monster and a Cyclops. These white chocolate monsters are filled with chocolate-covered almonds, macadamia nuts and other hidden delights.

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    Dressed in a milk chocolate mousse is ganache and a rich and bitter crème brûlée made with bitter orange. It also contains a mandarin orange liqueur for deeper flavours. The mix of orange notes is refreshing on the palate.

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    The hats move by using an air pump that you pump with your fingers. Look adorable at events, on your Instagram story posts and pretty much anywhere by choosing from one of the six characters: Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Kuromi and Pochacco.

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  • Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Merchandise Releasing at Sanrio Stores

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  • Hello Kitty Theatre Restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX Opens its Kawaii Doors to the Public

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    The menu was conceived by Japanese chef Hal Yamashita and uses healthy, organic ingredients to make incredible dishes that both taste amazing and are fun to look at. As well as vegan dishes, there will be a dessert buffet which also uses healthier alternatives. Everything look delicious!

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  • STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review

    13.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡

     

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    It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.

     

    I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.

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    They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.

  • Stunning Hello Kitty Theatre Restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX to Open On Awaji Island

    12.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The new HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX theatre restaurant is set to bring excitement and thrills when it opens on Awaji Island on August 12.

    This theatre-restaurant combination will serve up a dining experience you will never forget with a selection of healthy cuisine including vegan cooking. For entertainment, you can look forward to browsing the incredible gallery which will make use of various media art forms including 3D holograms. There will also be a range of shows made up of song, dance and musical performance.

    The building itself is situated within farmlands and is crowned with the adorable hidden face of Hello Kitty which can’t be seen from the ground.

    The Hello Kitty Dream Gallery will use 3D holograms to bring Hello Kitty to life before your very eyes. The story will follow our feline heroine in which her dream to become a pianist comes true. The Hello Kitty Dream Entertainment Show will make use of giant LED screens and Hello Kitty will put on a cute performance of song, dance and music.

     

    The menu was conceived by Japanese chef Hal Yamashita and uses healthy, organic ingredients to make incredible dishes that both taste amazing and are fun to look at. As well as vegan dishes, there will be a dessert buffet which also uses healthier alternatives.

     

    And if you’re hoping to stock up on Hello Kitty merchandise then you’re in luck―the site’s Hello Kitty shop will stock exclusive items you can’t get anywhere else.

     

    Immerse yourself in all things Hello Kitty at HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, opening on August 12, 2019.

     

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  • Sanrio Unveil New Sporty Merchandise Collection Featuring Hello Kitty, My Melody & Others

    11.August.2019 | FASHION

    Sanrio has announced that it will release 24 pieces of merchandise on August 15 in support of the sports season from summer to autumn. The items feature the Sanrio characters donning their sports gear and include megaphones, charms, bags, and more.

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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Steamed Minnie Mouse Cocoa Cakes

    11.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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 will show you the perfect recipe for making chocolate Minnie Mouse cakes using the Mickey Mouse Tezukuri Okazu Maker kit which you can buy on Belle Maison.

     

    1. Ingredients

    About 3-4 prep bowls

    1 large egg

    40g sugar

    Oil or 10g melted unsalted butter

    15ml milk

    50g weak flour (sifted)

    10g cocoa

    5g baking powder

    2.

    ①Crack the egg into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and whisk well.

    ②Add a drizzle of oil or melted butter and milk and whisk again.

    ③Add the sifted flour and stir in gently with a rubber spatula.

    3.

    Oil the silicone cake moulds and spoon in your mix.

    4.

    Steam on a high heat for about 10 minutes.

     

    5.

    Now it’s time to make Minnie’s ribbon. I got this ribbon mould from Daiso. Place it onto some baking paper and outline the shape with a pen. Fill the outline with red-coloured chocolate and leave to set in the fridge. Once it has completely set, add the polkadots.

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    Once the cake has finished steaming, stick her onto a lollipop stick so it the cake be eaten like a lollipop, and fix the ribbon onto the top of Minnie’s head.

    And she’s finished! It looks cute when you put a Mickey and Minnie one together side by side. You can make a lot of cute recipes using the Okazu Maker, so get your hands on one and try making your own!

    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!

     

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    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

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  • Sold Out On Day One―Itohkyuemon’s Matcha Parfait Bars Release at Gion Shijo Store

    10.August.2019 | FOOD

    Kyoto-based Uji tea store Itohkyuemon released its new Matcha Parfait Bars at its new branch in Gion Shijo on August 7.

     

    The bars proved so popular that all 1,500 in stock sold out on the first day. The store is currently being piled with orders for future sales. There are five flavours to enjoy: the classic matcha parfait flavour as well as cherry blossom, tropical, mont blanc, and strawberry.

    Matcha Parfait Bar – Matcha

    The matcha flavoured bar retains the original rich flavour of the Uji matcha, which has been passed down since the Muromachi period, and combines it with a delicious assortment of parfait toppings including raw matcha chocolate, mini daifuku, coarse sweet red bean paste, and more.

     

    Matcha Parfait Bar – Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

    For another traditional Japanese twist there is the springtime sakura parfait bar which is made with cherry blossom pink rice flour dumplings and ice cream. It’s also topped with cherry blossom cream and salted cherry blossom petals for a cute finish.

     

    Matcha Parfait Bar – Tropical

    Tropical flavours like pineapple and mango blend together in this bar which is drizzled in a sweet, sour and refreshing tropical sauce. Topped with fresh tropical fruits, this is the ultimate summertime luxury.

     

    Matcha Parfait Bar – Mont Blanc

    This bar incorporates a sense of autumn with its mix of candied chestnut, astringent chestnut skin, and melt-in-the-mouth mont blanc cream.

     

    Matcha Parfait Bar – Strawberry

    Strawberry lovers will delight in the handmade strawberry sauce and strawberry meringue of this bar. The meringue elevates the sumptuous flavours of the parfait even more, including the fresh strawberry, raspberry and blueberry toppings which provide a sweet and sour kick.

     

    Which of these Matcha Parfait Bars do you want to try the most?

  • Ice Cream Lovers’ Paradise: Over 100 of Japan’s Best Ice Creams Unite at Ice Cream Fair in Hokkaido

    08.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    For six days only, The most mouthwatering ice cream flavours from all over Japan are heading to Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza AKAPLA for the regional ice cream fair Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019. The ice cream fair will start on August 15 and end on August 20, 2019. 

     

    The concept of Aipaku® is to make everyone’s childhood dream into a reality; a paradise park where visitors are surrounded by the most delicious ice cream flavours that are found countrywide.  The Japan Ice Mania Association carefully selected heart-melting ice cream flavours from all over Japan to sell at this event. The event has been running since 2015 and has so far welcomed approximately 2 million satisfied ice cream lovers, making it the largest ice cream event in Japan. Visitors can tuck in to their ice creams straight away or buy cooler bags and dry ice at the venue to take it back home as a souvenir.

     

    This time, Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019 is completely changing its lineup. Compared to when it was last run in 2017, this year will see many ice creams and ice cream brands that are new to Hokkaido making their debut. If you are an ice cream lover, this is a paradise world you just cannot miss out on. 

    Kikyou Shingen Soft/KIKYOUYA (¥500)

    Since being launched in 2015, this ice cream has become the star of the show at Aipaku. This ice cream is otherwise only available in Yamanashi prefecture. The beautiful scent of the soft serve ice cream’s kinako roasted soy bean will be the first thing to reach your nose. This ice cream is made with the original, rich-flavored brown sugar syrup of Yamanashi prefecture. 

    Manhattan Roll Ice Cream/ Manhattan Roll ¥850

    Roll Ice Cream is currently a big hit in Japan, so naturally it has infiltrated into this ice cream fair. This ice cream is not made using eggs like conventional ice creams. It is made with a unique combination ratio of milk, fresh cream and syrup. The result is a smooth ice cream which is rich but not overpoweringly sweet. 

    Double Ruby Fantasy/ MAISON GIVRÉE/¥600

    This is an Aipaku-limited ice cream. Its rise to fame occurred as a result of the World Championship of Pastry Ice Cream and Chocolate which took place in Milan in 2015. This Aipaku-limited soft serve ice cream was created by Team Japan’s captain and world champion pâtissier Hiroyuki Emori. It is covered in sugar-coated ruby chocolate and decorated luxuriously with almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. The pink colour is enough to melt your heart. 

     

    Aipaku Original Häagen-Dazs Sundae/ Aipaku Official ¥800

    This is an original sundae flavour that can only be obtained from Aipaku. The ice cream is made using Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream with a generous layer of luxurious whipped cream. This is drizzled with a rich caramel sauce. Crispy feuillantine, which is made by smashing baked crêpe batter, accents the flavour and adds texture. Chunky slices of banana and salty vanilla-roasted peanuts are placed on top. This is a special sundae that ice cream-lovers will not be able to resist. 

     

    These are just a few of the vast range of ice creams you could be trying. There are just so many that you will be frozen for choice. The venue is also easy to access from Sapporo station. This is a wonderful way to leave the house and enjoy a Japanese summer whilst staying refreshed. 

     

    *Prices after tax stated above

    * The ice creams at the event may differ to the images above.

  • Snoopy, Joe Cool & Charlie Brown Confections by Tabemas Are Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores

    08.August.2019 | FOOD

    Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has unveiled its new Snoopy, Joe Cool and Charlie Brown wagashi confections that will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan on August 20.

    The characters are made from a type of dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. Each of their charm points have been recreated, including Snoopy’s collar, Joe Cool’s shades and folded arm pose, and Charlie Brown’s instantly-recognisable outfit.

    Their cute designs make it hard to decide where to start eating from, with Snoopy’s beady eyes, Joe Cool’s composed manner, and Charlie Brown’s smiley face.

    Each character is filled with different flavoured bean pastes, maintaining that traditional wagashi touch. Snoopy is chocolate flavoured, Joe Cool is salted vanilla, and Charlie Brown is custard. The three of them line up perfectly for a cute Instagrammable photo. They are limited in stock so if you’re in Japan this summer be sure to stop by a Lawson store.

     

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  • Best Kyoto Souvenirs to Pick Up This Summer at Daimaru Kyoto

    08.August.2019 | FOOD

    Are you planning to shop for souvenirs in Kyoto this August? Daimaru Kyoto has the perfect lineup for the summer season, from cool and refreshing wagashi confections to sweets made with matcha grown in Kyoto and more―all packaged in gorgeous in packaging exclusive to the Kyoto branch of Daimaru. Here’s our top picks for summer 2019!

    Ryo no Seifuu (Contains 8) @ Sasaya Iori, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥2,160 (Tax Included) *Available until Mid-August

    Inspired by cool springs, this tasty Japanese-style confection comes in 4 different refreshing and fruity flavours.

    Kuzu Nagashi (Contains 3) @ Oimatsu, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥1,339 (Tax Included) *Available until Mid-August

    Indulge in two different flavours of arrowroot: one made with brown sugar from the island of Hateruma and another with sweet apricot juice. The brown sugar arrowroot is also mixed with honey and the apricot with apricot honey.

    Kakitsubata (Contains 6) @ Shogoin Yatsuhashi Sohoten, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥540 (Tax Included)

    Yatsuhashi is a classic Japanese confection and is a famous souvenir sweet in Kyoto. These uncooked yatsuhashi have a faint cinnamon aroma and are formed in a way similar to dango.

    Salted Lemon Pound Cake (1 Cake) @ Adachi Otoemon, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    Laced with tangy lemon skin, this refreshing pound cake is topped with rock salt which elevates the flavours to delicious new heights.

     

    Raw Uji Matcha Chocolate (Contains 8) @ ATELIER de GODIVA [Kyoto Branch Only], Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥2,916 (Tax Included) *Available until Mid-August

    Luxurious, rich and melt-in-your-moth raw chocolate made lavishly with bitter Uji matcha.

    Kyo Chafure (Contains 5) @ Kyoto Tsuruya, Floor B1F Wagashi Marketplace – ¥810 (Tax Included)

    These soft doughy sablés made with rich Uji matcha.

    Koto no Natsu @ Nomura Kyotsukidani, Floor B1F Tsukudani Marketplace – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

    If you’re looking for something a little more savoury then you’ll absolutely want to check out the popular chirimen sansho, dried whitebait seasoned with pepper. It comes packaged in beautiful summery Kyoto packaging.

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure to pick up as many tasty edible Kyoto souvenirs while exploring the ancient city.

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