“Character dessert” recipe! “KITTY Chan’s 3-layered milk pudding

24.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.

 

“Hinamatsuri” is a festival in Japan which is held on the 3rd of March to wish for the health and happiness of a girl child and each house displays a set of Hina Dolls on the 3rd March.

 

In this article, I will introduce to you how to make “KITTY Chan’s 3-layered milk pudding and a tofu shiratama (white ball) that does not get hard.

 

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1:Ingredients

Milk – 400cc

Sugar – 6 table spoons

Gelatin – 10g (this amount is needed to make a firm pudding)

Shiratam powder – 1 bag

Silken tofu – one piece

Matcha – moderate amount

Color powder (red) – moderate amount

 

Decorations:

Fresh cream

Strawberries

Additional ingredients to your liking

 

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2:

①Add sugar to the milk and heat it until the sugar melts.

②Soak gelatin in water (1 table spoon).

③Add ① to ② and heat it.

④Separate ③ into 3 bowls.

⑤Add color to two of ④. Make one green by adding matcha and make the other pink by adding pick coloring.

 

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3:Now, let’s make the layers. You need to firm-up the layers one at a time. The order of the layers should be – 1. Mattcha 2. Plain 3. Pink. First pour in the mattcha layer and firm-up this layer by leaving it in the frig for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Next, pour in the plain-colored layer and put this in the frig. In the same way pour in the pink layer.

☆Be careful not to pour the next layer on top of the previous layer too early. If you do, the layers will mix together and a well-defined 3-layer pudding will not be possible.

 

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4:Let’s make the shiratamas while firming process of the milk pudding is proceeding. Put a piece of silken layer inside a bag of shiratama powder. (water is not necessary)

 

☆The shiratams you will make will not get hard since water is not used.

 

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5:

①Color some of the shiratamas red using color powder.

②Cutout the white shiratamas using KITTY Chan’s cutout.

③Decorate the ribbon using the red shiratama powder

④ Put the shiratamas on top of a cooking sheet and boil them.

 

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6:Draw a face using a chocolate pen after the surfaces of the shiratamas are dried.

 

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7:Top the milk pudding with fresh cream and sprinkle mattcha powder on top of it. Decorate with strawberries and KITTY Chan’s shiratama and any other toppings that you like.

☆This time, I used the cutout of cherry blossom dough.

 

簡単にできる“キャラスイーツ”レシピを紹介! “キティーちゃんの3層ミルクプリン”

 

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

 

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     “Hinamatsuri” is a festival in Japan which is held on the 3rd of March to wish for the health and happiness of a girl child and each house displays a set of Hina Dolls on the 3rd March.

     

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    1:Ingredients

    Rice – 200g

    Yakiniku no Tare (Japanese BBQ sauce)

    Seaweed

    Sliced ham

    Cheddar cheese

    Sliced cheese

    Satsumaage (deep-fried ball of fish paste)

    Kinusaya (snow peas)

    Seaweed cutout

     

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    2: Separate the rice in half and add “yakiniku no tare” (1 tablespoon) to one of the halves and mix. Shape the rice like an egg and place it on top of some plastic wrap until it gets cold.

    ☆You can use “mentsuyu” (noodle soup) instead of “yakiniku no tare.”

     

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    3: Cut out the satsuma age as shown in the photo to make the ears of Rilakkuma by cutting it out.

    Take off the thin part of the satsuma age and cutout the white part to make the parts of Korilakkuma. Use the leftover satsuma age to make the round-shaped hands.

     

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    4: Make the other parts. Use the kinusaya to make the hat and rod and use sliced ham to make the crown and fan. Use cheder cheese and sliced ham to make the inside of the ears.

     

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    5:Wrap the seaweed on the rice ball as shown in the photo. Use sliced ham for Korilakkuma’s rice ball. This time, I also used frill lettuce as shown in the photo.

     

    Arrange the shape of the bottom line of the ham/lettuce to make it look like a kimono.

     

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    6: Fix the hat, rod, crown and fan with fried pasta. Finished!

    How to make fried pasta:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/38676

     

     

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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,

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    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♡

     

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    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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    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

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    Wooden spoon (Available at Seria)

     

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    3: Pour the melted chocolate into the silicon cups.

     

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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.

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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♡

     

     

     

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    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

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    Chocolate mousse’s ingredients

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    Fresh cream (animal derived) 200g

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    Blueberries

    Granola

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    Decoration fresh cream

    Lollipop candy’s stick

     

    Parfait glass

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    2:First make the chocolate moouse.

    ※Shred the chocolate

    I used diced chocolate, but you can use other kinds of chocolate such as bar chocolate. Make sure to shred it well so that it will melt smoothly,

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    ➂ Beat the fresh cream (100g)

    ※Add ➀ and ➁ and mix them together well.

    ➄Now, add ➂ to  ➃ and mix them together well.

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    3:Let’s make the lollipops.

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    ➁Put the ingredients inside the KITTY-chan mold.

    ➂Place the sticks on top of the KITTY-chan forms and make them hard by putting them inside a refrigerator.

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    4:Draw KITTY-chan’s face using the chocolate pen.

    ※Draw the face after the coating chocolate becomes hard.

     

     

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    5:Decorate the parfait.

    Put the chocolate roll cake cut into small pieces on the bottom of the glass and layer all the ingredients -the chocolate mousse, strawberries, blueberries and granola.

     

    Whatever you prefer but, I don’t put the fresh cream inside the glass since the taste of chocolate mousse is thick.

     

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    After making the layers, place the fresh cream, strawberries and KITTY-chan’s lollipop on top of the parfait. Voila, your KITTY-chan parfait is complete!

     

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    Here is a chocolate parfait that you can make with ready-made products in a short amount of time.

    Of course, the parfait tastes terrific even if you do not put a lollipop on top of it.

     

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    1: Ingredients

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    ・15cm diameter round bowls

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    ・ 150g unsalted butter

    ・ 4 egg yolks

    ・ 50g salt

    ・ 25g wheat flour

    ・ 25g Van Houten cocoa powder

    ・ 4 egg whites

    ・ 30g granulated sugar

     

     

    2: Mix the egg yolks and sugar well.

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    3: Melt the coverture chocolate and unsalted butter in a bowl over hot water. Add this to the egg yolks and sugar and mix.

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    4: ① Whisk the egg whites and granulated sugar until soft peaks form and add a small amount of this to the mixture made in step 3.

    ② Sieve the wheat flour and cocoa powder into the mixture.

     ③ Add the remaining egg whites into the mix and stir well.

    ④ Spread the mixture into a baking tin. (As the mixture will rise then sink whilst being cooked, it is ok to fill the tin up to 9/10 of the way.

     

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    5: Put the cake mix into the oven at 170℃ for 10 minutes and then turn it down to 160℃ for 20 – 25 minutes. After rising, a dip will form in the centre of the cake.

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    6: Make the decoration cookies for the top of the cake. (See Kaori’s Hello Kitty Halloween Cookies recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/65290 )

    You will need 50g of icing sugar and 9g of egg white to make the icing for the cookies. Add the egg whites bit by bit to the icing sugar whilst mixing well. After mixing, you can start decorating the cookies. (Today I’ve put the icing on using my finger).

    Once the icing has hardened, melt a chocolate pen (or any kind of chocolate) and use a toothpick to draw Hello Kitty’s nose and eyes in the centre of each cookie. Fill the hole in the centre of your chocolate gateau 8/10 of the way with fresh cream and then add the cookies and some strawberries to the top to decorate.

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    ※ A few important points*

    1. The cake will still be delicious after 3 days.

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

     

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

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    Please check out my character-themed bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

     

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    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.

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    1: Ingredients

    SPAM

    Rice

    Seaweed

    Sliced cheese

    Chikuwa (fish sausage)

    Cucumber

    Meet ball (ready-made meet ball is used in this recipe)

    Mayonnaise

    Cutter

    Seaweed punch

    ☆all ingredients noted above → moderate amount

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    2:Slice the SPAM. 6 slices will be used in this recipe.

    Cut out the SPAM to make it look like it has ears and grill it.

    ☆Place the slices on top of a kitchen paper to extract the oil.

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    3:Wash the SPAM can and place some plastic wrap inside the can so it fits tight. Fill the can with rice.

    Leave the rice until it gets cold.

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    4:Insert a cut cucumber into the chikuwa and cut off the white parts of both sides  as shown in the photo.

    Cut the tip of the chikuwa as shown in the photo above.

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    5:Place the cut seaweed on top of circular-shaped cheese and then place it on top of the chikuwa to make a small Totoro.

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    Place seaweed and cheese as shown in the photo above to make Totoro.

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    6:Put mayonnaise and then the SPAM on top of the rice and wrap the whole ingredients with seaweed.

    Place cut seaweed and cheese on top of the ingredients to make Totoro.

    It is recommended that you cut the leftover cucumbers into the shape of leaves and place them on top of Totoro.

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    Finished♡

    I am sure that even for those of you who are not familiar of making “chara ben,” you will be able to make this recipe easily!

     

    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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    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,

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    I’d heard before that the mango cream cheese tea was like a “dessert that you can drink,” and I can confirm that it’s true. It’s topped with fresh cream and pearls so it’s just as satisfying as a mango parfait.

     

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    The shop interior is really cute too!

     

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    ▼Watashi to Cafe

    Address: 2-20 Minamisakuramachi, Kariya, Aichi Prefecture

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    Closed: Tuesdays

    Official Website: https://watashitocafe.gorp.jp/

     

     

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    Purple Sweet Potato Tartelette

    Concealed inside a crispy coating laced with purple sweet potato powder is a rich custard ice cream seeping in a subtly sweet purple sweet potato sauce. A tried and tested treat for autumntime, these crispy ice cream sandwiches not only taste like the sweet purple root vegetable, but they also take on their vibrant colour too.

    Through much trial and error, Häagen-Dazs have been able to create the perfect harmony of flavours between the sweet potato and ice cream. The custard ice cream brings the richness of the egg and lifts the notes of the sweet potato to even greater heavenly heights.

    Rich Pumpkin Mini Cup Ice Cream

    The new pumpkin ice cream is drizzled in a pumpkin sauce packed full of plump pumpkin perfection. And by cooking fresh pumpkin, the flavour is condensed and made even richer, filling your mouth with the gentle sweetness of pumpkin.

    Both the ice cream and the sauce are made with Ebisu pumpkins from Hokkaido. And like the tartelettes, these mini ice cream cups retain that bright original flavour of the squash plant.

     

    Taste the flavours of all with these two new delicious desserts from Häagen-Dazs.

  • 7 Best Peach Desserts to Enjoy This Season in Hokkaido – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    20.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hokkaido is a popular tourist destination for Japanese people as well as foreigners. During the winter, it is the perfect place to go skiing and during the summer, you will not suffer under sweltering heat like the rest of Japan. Hokkaido not only flourishes with wonderful tourist locations and delicious gourmet seafood, but also beautiful and stylish cafés.

     

    In this feature, we are joined by Instagrammer Kei whose page is centred around cafes in Sapporo, Hokkaido. They have provided us with photos of desserts made with peaches which can be enjoyed right now before summertime ends.

     

    Initial Sapporo in Susukino

    Parfait Pêche – ¥1,700

    Sapporo cafe Initial was ahead of the parfait game before the boom in Japan. Right now they are selling two new parfaits: one made with melon and the other with peach. They are being served until the end of August.

    The parfait is topped with sweet sliced peaches underneath which sits refreshing milk flavoured soft serve ice cream for a heavenly combination. The yogurt mousse elevates the sweetness of the peaches and goes well with the sprinkle of black pepper. There’s even Parmesan cheese which tastes gorgeous with everything. No matter where you stick your spoon in this parfait your taste buds will be treated with delight.

     

    ▼Initial

    Address: DRESS 2F, 5-Chome-36 Minami 3 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 17:00-Midnight / [Weekends & Public Holidays] 14:00-Midnight (Last Orders 23:30)
    No Fixed Holidays
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Susukino Station and Ōdōri Station
    Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/INITIAL.sapporo/

     

    Gohanya Cafe Miyabi in Kita 24 Jo


    Whole Peach & Royal Milk Tea – ¥1,380

    The seasonal parfait at Gohanya Cafe Miyabi right now is the Whole Peach & Royal Milk Tea. It’s served with an entire plump peach on top which is best enjoyed by cutting and eating bit by bit until it drops into the glass. The peaches they use are refreshing and really delicious♡

    Tea is the main component of this parfait and that too was super refreshing. It also includes a framboise sorbet which add satisfying sour notes, and the cookies and other hidden treats add a multitude of tasty textures.

     

    ▼Gohanya Cafe Miyabi

    Address: E-COUR24 1F, 3-Chome-1-1 Kita 24 Jonishi, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Cafe Time 15:00-17:30 / Dinner 17:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
    Closed: Thursdays
    Access: 150 meters from Kita-Nijūyo-Jō Station
    Official Website: https://miyabi-sapporo.shopinfo.jp/

     

    TSURU CAFE in Miyanomori


    Flavour Soft Peach – ¥830

    TSURU CAFE is a stylish and popular little cafe that is selling its new Flavour Soft Peach for a limited time. The syrup is this parfait is in fact made from red shiso leaf. Inside you will find a tower of peach compote, soft serve ice cream, meringue, and the syrup.

     

    The milky ice cream is a a magical mix together with the peach compote. The crunchy meringue is simply melt-in-your-mouth too♡

     

    The syrup has that distinct red shiso fragrance but it tastes sweet and so makes an amazing flavour. The shiso will no longer be served once sales of this dessert finish, so you’ll want to get in there ASAP!

     

    ▼TSURU CAFE

    Address: 5-Chome-2-8 Miyanomori 2 Jo, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-20:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-19:00
    Closed: Wednesdays
    Access: 500 meters from Nishi-Nijūhatchōme Station
    Official Blog: http://tsurucafe.jugem.jp/

     

    KAJITSU_CLUB in Tanukikoji Shopping Street


    Peach & Hokkaido Soft Cream – ¥600

    KAJITSU_CLUB is located in the Beats Eats are on the basement floor of PARCO. You can order the ice cream of this peachy parfait as vanilla, yogurt or mixed. I went with mixed.

     

    The fresh peaches are so good! The soft serve ice cream is nice and sweet and there’s also a sour yogurt flavour. The flavours might be simple but the quality is high.

     

    ▼KAJITSU_CLUB

    Address: PARCO B2F, 3-Chome-3 Minami 1 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Access: Directly connected to the Ōdōri Station subway
    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kajitsu_club/

     

    SHIRAYUKI in Tanukikoji Shopping Street


    Momomo – ¥600

    Available this August only, SHIRAYUKI’s new bottled drink is made of half frozen peach smoothie and half jelly and Hokkaido milk. This combination is match made in heaven! They come with a bag if you want to order for takeout too.

     

    SHIRAYUKI

    Address: Sapporo Aiseikan Bldg., 5-Chome Minami 1 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 12:30-19:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Ōdōri Station
    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shirayuki.hokkaido/

     

    Pâtisserie LEEMO in Shinkotonicho

    Whole Peach Parfait – ¥1,350 (*Only 20 available per day)

    Pâtisserie LEEMO is known for its cute cakes and baked sweets, but right now they are selling this Whole Peach Parfait until the end of August.

    You only need to feast your eyes on this dessert to know how refreshing the flavour is going to be. It even contains a jelly made from rosé wine, but the alcohol taste isn’t strong so can be enjoyed by anyone.

     

    Depending on the stock of the bakery’s peaches sales of this dessert may end earlier. You can also make a reservation for one which I recommend, so don’t miss out!

     

    ▼Pâtisserie LEEMO

    Address: 6-Chome-2-21 Shinkotoni 2 Jo, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Parfait served at 12:00-18:00)
    No Fixed Holidays
    Access: Approximately 1km from Shinkawa Station
    Official Website: http://patisserieleemo.jp/

     

    Cake and bake HACHI CAFE in Hachiken


    Whole Peach – ¥720

    This luxurious-looking dessert is a whole peach filled with framboise jelly and custard making for an irresistible sour and sweet combination. The tart underneath is incredible too! Due to limited stock and the time it takes for the peaches to ripen there are days when the dessert isn’t serve. You can check the cafe’s official Instagram to find out if it’s on the menu that day or not.

     

    ▼Cake and bake HACHI CAFE

    Address: Hachiken 3 Johigashi, Nishi Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
    Opening Hours: 11:00-17:00
    Closed: Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Access: 550m from Hachiken Station
    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hachicafe8/

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Make sure to wolf down all of the tempting peach desserts you can in Japan before summer ends.

     

    Kei’s Instagram page is a wealth of recommendations for meals and desserts in Hokkaido, so be sure to check out their page if you’re planning to travel there.

     

    Photo & Text: Kei (@607keih)

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Cute Halloween Sweets Spook Their Way Into Tokyo’s The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

    18.August.2019 | FOOD

    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.

    Frankenstein – ¥1,760 / Phantom – ¥1,760 / Cyclops – ¥1,760

    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.

    Witch Hat – ¥715

    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.

    Cross – ¥715

    The orange and black Cross is a mousse cake made from pumpkin puree beneath which lies a cinnamon flavoured crème brûlée and coffee flavoured ganache. The bitter coffee elevates the exquisite sweetness of the pumpkin for a delicious combination.

    Evil Eye – ¥715

    Enter at your own risk with the grotesque-looking (but delicious tasting) Evil Eye mousse cake. It’s made with fragrant biscuit and caramel as well as blonde chocolate from France and inside is a smooth pear jelly.

    There are lots of other Halloween treats besides these coming to the hotel too, so if you’re in Tokyo this October then be sure to stop by for a Happy Halloween.

     

    *All listed prices include tax

  • Sanrio has announced that it will release six hats with moving ears inspired by six of its characters at Sanrio stores, its online store, and shops stocking Sanrio goods in Japan on August 21.

     

    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.

    The hats are fluffy, comfortable to wear, and of course make you look kawaii as you walk along with the ears bouncing up and down. The hats are also one size fits all and so can be worn by both kids and grown-ups!

     

    ©️1976, 1989, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD.

  • Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Merchandise Releasing at Sanrio Stores

    16.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    As part of the ongoing Gundam vs. Hello Kitty project, Sanrio is releasing a new collection of chess design merchandise and other merchandise themed on both franchises at Sanrio stores across Japan, as well as its online store and in selection shops stocking Sanrio merchandise on August 17 (and August 21 for the online store).

     

    Let’s take a look at just some of the items up for grabs.

    Gundam vs. Hello Kitty T-Shirts (M/L) – ¥3,456 Each (Tax Included)

    Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Face Towels – ¥1,944 Each (Tax Included)

    Gundam Mug – ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    Hello Kitty Mug – ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    For the 7th round of the project, fans of Hello Kitty and Gundam are encouraged to take a photo of any of the chess design items they have purchased and post it on Twitter.

    If you are team Hello Kitty then you must post with the hashtag #キティチェックメイト (“Kitty Checkmate”) and if you are team Gundam then post with #ガンダムチェックメイト (“Gundam Checkmate”). This hashtag campaign will begin on August 17 and end on September 16. The character with the most number of posts will be crowned as the winner of Round 7. Additionally, one random participant from both teams will be selected to win a complete set of the chess design merchandise which includes the t-shirts and both mugs.

     

    Pick your team, get the goods and get voting!

     

    ©Sotsu・Sunrise ©’76, ’19 SANRIO

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

    14.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX on Awaji Island had its grand opening on August 12.

     

    Related Article: Stunning Hello Kitty Theatre Restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX to Open On Awaji Island

     

    New photos have emerged giving us a peek inside the restaurant and at the menu.

    The restaurant itself is situated in the farmlands of Awaji Island. Hiding on top of the building is an adorable hidden face of Hello Kitty which can’t be seen from the ground.

    At the back of the restaurant is a giant screen spanning 6 meters wide and 16 meters tall. The stage in front will give rise to a whole new kind of Hello Kitty entertainment with song, dance and performances.

    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!

    The interior is both cute and high class, offering the ultimate Hello Kitty restaurant. With its doors now open to the public, fans of Hello Kitty are set to flock to Awaji Island.

     

    Ⓒ1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. 

  • 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♡

     

    If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.

    You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!

    There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.

    No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡

    The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!

     

    For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.

    The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.

    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.

    Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.

     

    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.

     

    Ⓒ1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD.

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

  • 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.

    There are many sports events happening right now, and the Sanrio cast are here to help you cheer on your favourite teams: Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pocchaco, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, and Kuromi.

    The megaphones are a must-have, featuring cute plush toy attachments of the characters which can be used at events like a vuvuzela.


    Keep your things safe with one of six “Mascot Holder” bags with each character donning different sportswear: table tennis for Hello Kitty, Tennis for My Melody, Rugby for Pompompurin, baseball for Cinnamoroll, soccer for Kuromi, and basketball for Pochacco.

    And for good luck, grab one of the lucky charms which have a gold medal and message inside them. Attach them to your phone or keep them in  your pocket!

     

    ©’13, ‘19 SANRIO S/D・G

  • 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.

    6.

    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!

     

    ©️Disney

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    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♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

     

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