“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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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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    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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    5: Done!

     

     

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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♡

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    1: Ingredients

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

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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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    2:First make the chocolate moouse.

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

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    5:Decorate the parfait.

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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.

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    ・15cm diameter round bowls

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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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    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*

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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. ♡

    I enjoy adding just a few small touches to a recipe to make cute bentos and character-themed dishes that put smiles on my family’s faces.

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

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    This year, Dean & DeLuca are serving up the “Strawberry & Fruit Tomato” smoothie which is made with freshly-picked whole strawberries and tomatoes. Tomatoes are generally seen as a summer vegetable, but the most delicious time to enjoy tomatoes grown in Japan is the spring season just like strawberries. The strawberries and tomatoes take on plenty of sugar content during the winter season which brings a rich sweetness best enjoyed right now.

     

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

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

     

    Serving: From March 1, 2021 while supplies last

    Participating Market Branches: Roppongi/Shinagawa/Yurakucho/Shinjuku/Ebisu/Hiroo/Yaesu/atré Kawasaki/CIAL Tsurumi/Yokohama/Nagoya/Osaka/AMU Plaza Hakata

    Participating Cafe Branches: All

     

    Spring-exclusive Strawberry Apple Pie

    Japanese apple pie chain GRANNY SMITH APPLE PIE & COFFEE is also providing a seasonal strawberry and apple pie filled with in-house custard.

     

    GRANNY SMITH APPLE PIE & COFFEE’s Strawberry Apple | ¥648

     

    Serving: March 2, 2021 – April 30, 2021

    Participating Cafe Branches: All (Except Yurakucho LUMINE STREET)

     

    Enjoy spring with a spring-coloured tumbler

    Dean & DeLuca’s popular tumblers return in seasonal colours and fitted with an airtight screw cap. They’re available in “Tokyo Pink” and “Charcoal Grey” colours.

     

    Tumblers: ¥3,080 Each

     

    Released: From March 1, 2021

    Participating Cafe Branches: All

    *Cafe-exclusive, not available for purchase online

  • Hello Kitty Movie to be Directed by Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda

    04.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Sanrio and Warner Bros. Japan have announced the release of the first-ever Hollywood adaptation Hello Kitty movie which will be directed by animation veterans Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda. New Line Cinema and Flynn Picture Company are on board for the film which will be a hybrid fusion of live-action and animation. The film’s title and release date have yet to be announced but it has been confirmed that it will be released worldwide.

    Ⓒ 2021 SANRIO CO.,LTD.

    Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda are top-class artists and directors who bring their incredible history in and experience working with animation to the project. This marks their first collaboration, both of them beating many other directors to the job.

     

    Jennifer Coyle

    Coyle’s early days are rooted in series such as King of the Hill where she was a storyboard artist. She worked as a producer for the HBO Max animated series Harley Quinn and has also directed episodes in the hit animated series Bob’s Burgers, lent her penned her art for The Spectacular Spider-Man, and more.

    Jennifer Coyle Photo by Andrew Marlin

     

    Jennifer Coyle | Comment

    “This is not only a rare chance to bring a beloved character to life, but also to spread the message of love, friendship and inclusivity that Hello Kitty stands for. The world so needs her brand of joy and happiness.”

     

    Leo Matsuda

    Matsuda is a Brazilian director whose career began at Walt Disney Animation. He has worked on films such as Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Ralph Breaks the Internet and most recently Abominable for DreamWorks Animation. 

    Leo Matsuda Photo by Peter Lefevre Photography

     

    Leo Matsuda | Comment

    “Growing up in Brazil with a Japanese family, I was surrounded by the whimsy of Hello Kitty and it served as a reminder that it’s okay to be different. Along with Jen, FlynnPictureCo. and New Line, I am delighted by this incredible opportunity to work with one of the most universally beloved characters and expand their relatable Sanrio stories even further.”

  • New Anko Red Bean Paste Desserts Brand Ankoto Launches in Japan

    04.March.2021 | FOOD

    Japanese company JO, which operates seven restaurants serving Japanese-style food in Japan, launched its new anko red bean paste dessert brand Ankoto on February 28. The brand’s first product to be released is the “Anko Cheesecake.” All products will be released via their online store.

    The launch of Ankoto

    Ankoto launched after seeing many people in Japan calling for their desire to eat the same kinds of high quality anko sweet red bean paste desserts that they can in restaurants at home. The brand aims to bring many different sweet treats to its menu in collaboration with various other brands and satisfy customers’ sweet-toothed needs.

     

    Ankoto also hopes to create all-new desserts using anko, an ingredient loved by the Japanese for years.

     

    High-quality anko used in all desserts

    The bean paste is made by hand every day over a period of two hours by Ankoto’s bakers. They use specially-selected beans grown in Tokachi, Hokkaido. No bad stuff is put in Ankoto’s desserts, the naturally sweetness comes from the sugar beet used in the cooking process.

     

    The First Release: Anko Cheesecake

    Ankoto’s first dessert to be released is the Anko Cheesecake, a popular mix of sweet red bean paste and cheese. This dessert was perfected after much trial and error over the course of half a year where over 100 iterations were tested. It’s made using creamy, full-bodied Brie de Meaux, a cheese that’s been called the king of cheeses. This cheesecake is gluten-free, using absolutely no wheat, and has a fresh sweetness brought about by the sugar beet. It’s an addictive amalgamation of sweet and salty and contains no nasty additives.

  • My Hero Academia Celebrates Japan’s White Day With Cakes and Macarons

    03.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese cake company Priroll is celebrating White Day in Japan, the ‘sequel’ to Valentine’s Day, in collaboration with the popular TV anime series My Hero Academia with a collection of cakes and macarons.

     

    There are seven sweet cakes to pick from which are baked with fruits such as peach and strawberry and finished with whipped cream or chocolate cream. There are also seven macaron sets which include chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, and orange flavours. These tasty treats are available from Priroll’s official website while supplies last.

    White Day Cakes – ¥4,500 (Before Tax) / White Day Macarons 6 Set – ¥2,200 (Before Tax)

    White Day day takes place in Japan annually on March 14, one month after Valentine’s Day, when people give reciprocal gifts to those who gifted them on Valentine’s Day. What better way to show your appreciation for your fellow anime-lover than with some sweet My Hero Academia love?

     

    ©堀越耕平/集英社・僕のヒーローアカデミア製作委員会

  • Sanrio has finally announced news about the 36th annual Sanrio Character Ranking. This year’s award event, the 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking, will open initial votes on April 9 to May 24 when fans can vote for their favourite character from Sanrio’s roster. As with previous years, the 2021 run will also welcome the “Collaboration Category” of the awards which will feature 27 character entries from those who have collaborated with other companies and businesses over the past year.

     

    Ichigo Shimbun is a monthly magazine published by Sanrio. It not only includes information about the latest character merchandise, but is also the place where the Sanrio Character Ranking first began in 1986. From Sanrio’s long list of over 450 characters, just 80 are entered into the awards each year. Cinnamoroll took first place for the 3rd year in a row at the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking which we covered in detail, including the initial first round up of winners and second round up.

     

    Normally, the results are announced in-person at a big event. This year’s announcement gathering was originally scheduled for June 8, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now be hosted online instead, and fans will also be able to vote using the new Sanrio members service Sanrio+.

     

    This year’s 80 entrants are now being rolled out over on the official Sanrio Character Awards Twitter page.

     

    This Year’s Award Theme: “The Witness of a New World – Your Support Will Change the Future”

     

    Every Sanrio Character Awards has a theme, and this year’s is, “The Witness of a New World – Your Support Will Change the Future.” The “new world” refers to the future of Sanrio—which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year—that fans will bear witness to. The key visuals for the 2021 Sanrio Character Awards have the characters holding a magnifying glass with which they are peeking into that new world.

     

    New Entrants Announce Everyday On the Official Twitter Page

    The Sanrio Character Rankings’ official Twitter page will post the key visuals and personal messages from all 80 entrants on its official Twitter page between February 26 to March 31. Leading this year’s awards ceremony are the popular characters Kuromi, Badtz-Maru, and Hangyodon. Voting opened on February 25.

     

    How to Cast Your Vote

    Votes for the 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking can be cast online, at Sanrio shops, and for the first time, on the new Sanrio members service Sanrio+. Votes for the Collaboration Category however can only be placed online. Last year’s vote was open to all fans worldwide. It is unconfirmed whether this year will be the same, but stay tuned as we follow the event.

     

    1. Online Votes (Smartphone Only) *Cannot be cast on computers or tablets
    2. Sanrio Shops
    3. Sanrio Online Shop
    4. Ichigo Shimbun (May 2021 Issue, on sale April 10 / June 2021 Issue, on sale May 10).

    *Ichigo Shimbun voting open from April 10

    1. Sanrio+ Members Smile Vote (Sanrio Shops/Online Votes)
    2. Sanrio+ Members Ticket Vote (Online Votes) *More info TBA
    3. Other Voting Methods (TBA)

     

    Vote With Sanrio+

    Sanrio+ allows members to exchange 100 Smiles (the currency on the Sanrio Shop) for two voting chips. Members can exchange a maximum of 1,000 smiles for 20 chips in one go. The chips are spent at the voting box on the Sanrio Shop. One chip counts for a total of three votes.

     

    Additionally, when members first log in to Sanrio+ on the voting website, they can used 50 Smiles to cast one vote. Members can vote with a maximum of 500 smiles in one day. One Smile vote counts for a total of two votes.

     

    Stay tuned for the latest news and updates on the 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking.

  • Sanrio Releases Tea Gift Set in Collaboration With World Tea Brand LUPICIA

    01.March.2021 | FASHION / FOOD

    World tea brand LUPICIA launched its 7th collaboration with Sanrio on Thursday (February 25) featuring a range of tea gift sets. Every year, LUPICIA releases a wide variety of rea-related gift sets for White Day, the spring season, Mother’s Day, and more.

    Four Fruit Fruity Tea With Lidded Mug

    Hello Kitty LUPICIA Mug & Flavoured Tea | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

    My Melody LUPICIA Mug & Flavoured Tea | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

     

    Cinnamoroll LUPICIA Mug & Flavoured Tea | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

    Kuromi LUPICIA Mug & Flavoured Tea | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

    This year adds the dearly beloved Kuromi to the new collaboration which features a variety of fresh and fruity teas together with a mug that comes with a lid to keep your tea hot.

     

    Will you be having tea with Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, or Kuromi?

     

    (c)’21 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ

  • Aromatic Kamakura Raw Chocolate Brand to Open New Branch in Nagoya

    27.February.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    MAISON CACAO, the company behind the aromatic raw chocolate brand of the same name, will open a store on floor B1F of JR Nagoya Takashimaya on March 3, 2021. It will be the brand’s first permanent shop in Japan’s Tokai region.

     

    The company held a special Valentine’s event from late January to Valentine’s Day where MAISON CACAO made the second most sales. They also enjoyed other sold out products, and showcased some exclusive indulgences like the gold leaf-adorned “Aroma Raw Chocolate ARMOUR” and “Aroma Raw Chocolate STRAWBERRY” as well as the all-new “Cacao Butterland.”

     

    The Nagoya Line-Up

    Aroma Raw Chocolate AMOUR | ¥6,000 (Before Tax)

    Exclusive to this new Nagoya branch of MAISON CACAO, these “AMOUR” chocolates are all handmade using techniques that have been passed down through the company. The dark chocolates are wrapped in luxurious gold leaf and have a fruity, sweet, and bitter combination. One box contains a generous serving of 16.

    Cacao Butterland | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    MAISON CACAO uses cacao beans from Columbia to bake its menu. These gooey treats are made with cacao butter and chocolate caramel with a double layering of dark and white chocolate. A rich and filling serving of six comes in a box.

     

    Aroma Raw Chocolate STRAWBERRY | ¥2,200 (Before Tax)

    Also a Nagoya-exclusive, these strawberry variants are made with intensely sweet JApanese amaou strawberries white combine with the fragrance cacao butter and white chocolate for a refreshing taste. You get 16 in a single box.

     

    But Wait, There’s More…

    Raw Chocolate Butter Cake | ¥3,500

    A cake made with velvety chocolate butter cream packed with roasted nuts, raisins, and caramel chips.

    Rich Raw Chocolate Tart STRAWBERRY | ¥2,000

    Yet another exclusive to Nagoya, these crunchy tarts are lathered in amaou strawberry chocolate and filled with runny and fruity amaou strawberry cream. A box comes with three included.

     

    Other Popular Goodies Available While Supplies Last

    Aroma Raw Chocolate MAISON (Grape) | ¥2,400 (Before Tax)

    Babka | ¥2100

    Raw Gateau Chocolate | ¥2500 (Before Tax) 

  • Uji Matcha Loaded Pancakes Get Served Up at Eggs ‘n Things Japan This Spring

    27.February.2021 | FOOD

    For the entire month of March this year, Eggs ‘n Things Japan is serving up “Uji Matcha Tiramisu Pancakes” and “Egg Scramble House Sandwich” at all branches.

     

    The Seasonal Menu


    Uji Matcha Tiramisu Pancakes | Eat In ¥1,480, Takeout ¥1,080

     These rich tiramisu pancakes are made with a dough laced in delicious Uji matcha and topped with succulent strawberries.

     

    *The takeout option doesn’t come with whipped cream

    Egg Scramble House Sandwich | Eat In & Takeout ¥1,380

     A classic BLT layered perfectly so every ingredient stands out for every bite.

     

    A Refreshing, Fruity Springtime Drink


    Tropical Fruit Mix | ¥650

     Customers can stay refreshed this spring with this tropical fruit mixed beverage of mango, pineapple, banana, and more.

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