Häagen-Dazs ice cream sandwich milkshakes now available at pop-up cafe in Tokyo【Taste Test】

Häagen-Dazs fans will want to check out this limited-time-only cafe before it’s gone at the end of the month!

Häagen-Dazs has proven their commitment to providing us with quality ice cream by constantly releasing premium, fancy, limited-edition flavors like gold-dusted Matcha Opera ice cream. Their delicious flavors are sold as cups, ice cream bars, and, my personal favorite, Crispy Sandwiches.

In this summer heat, though, eating an ice cream sandwich is going to be a messy experience. Luckily, right now we can get the same delicious flavors in a Crispy Sandwich-flavored milkshake at the newly opened Häagen-Dazs Crispy Sandwich Beach Cafe, which is now open in montoak, a cafe and lounge in Omotesando, Tokyo!

They’re offering three delightful flavors: Caramel Classic, Hojicha Wa no Ka, and Triple Berry Rare Cheese, and they cost 700 to 800 yen each (US$6.29-$7.19). Each shake is blended with real Crispy Sandwiches, and topped with half of a Crispy Sandwich, some whipped cream, and other flavor specific-toppings, which means you’re going to get more than enough Häagen-Dazs from one of these babies.

We tried out the Hojicha Wa no Ka, flavored with roasted green tea, first. It’s made with black sugar and topped with whipped cream, red beans, and a Hojicha Wa no Ka Crispy Sandwich, which gives it distinctly Japanese nuances. With each sip through the thick straw, the earthy aroma of roasted green tea fills your mouth, but just when you think that’s the end of it, a refreshing sweetness bursts forth for a lip-smackingly tasty flavor.

If you mix in a little bit of the whipped cream and read beans as you go, it tastes just like a Japanese sweet served with green tea. Plus, the pieces of the wafers that have melted into the shake give an extra nice touch to an already complex flavor. You won’t be able to stop drinking this one!

The Caramel Classic, with its crunchy topping of caramel nuts, is a very satisfying drink. It’s not too sweet, and has a hint of bitterness to it, which gives it a very mature flavor. It seems like something a rich lady would be drinking as she walks her perfectly coiffed toy poodle around Omotesando.

The Triple Berry Rare Cheese is a very summery milkshake. The berries provide a nice sweet and sour aroma to the shake, while the pink color gives it a very bright appearance. With strawberries mixed in along with a bit of jam, this shake has an undeniable fruitiness that berry fans will love.

These shakes are big. You’ll want to bring a hearty appetite with you when you stop by this stall, so we don’t recommend that you come on a full stomach.

If you want a little bit more than a milkshake, though, they also have Crispy Sandwich Shake Parfaits, but they’re limited to just 100 per day, so if you want to try one, you should get there early. They are priced at 1,296 yen each ($11.65).

Though this pop-up stand will only be open until July 29, you can still enjoy at least one of the flavors after it closes. The Hojicha Wa no Ka Crispy Sandwich is now available in supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide, so if you really just can’t live without more of that roasted green tea flavor, you’re in luck.

Cafe Information
Häagen-Dazs Crispy Sand Beach Cafe / ハーゲンダッツ クリスピーサンド ビーチカフェ
Address: montoak, Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingu-Mae 6-1-9
Take-out hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last order 7 p.m.)
Eat-in hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. (last order 9:30 p.m.)
montoak’s hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Mon-Thur, Sun); 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. (Fri-Sat, the day before a holiday)
Website (Japanese only)

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Häagen-Dazs Japan gives us another Crispy Sandwich flavor to swoon over: roasted green tea

Sweets lovers will have another mouth-watering creation from Häagen-Dazs Japan to tempt them this summer, this time in a Japanese roasted green tea flavor

Hojicha (roasted green tea) appears to be quite the hot ingredient in Japan at the moment, finding its way into a variety of foods and beverages from limited edition Starbucks Frappuccinos to even flavored beer.

And now Häagen-Dazs Japan has just added a new item to the ever-growing list of Hojicha-inspired treats with their “Hojicha Wa no Ka (Japanese Confection) — Arranged with Brown Sugar” Crispy Sandwich. As far as we can tell from the released information, the ice cream looks as good as the name sounds.

The product is hojicha ice cream with a brown sugar sauce filling, covered with a hard brown sugar and hojicha shell, all sandwiched between two sheets of crispy hojicha-flavored wafers. Drooling yet, everyone?

They even have a picture of the ice cream’s cross-section with detailed explanations on their dedicated webpage. The diagram explains how (1) the top outer layer is a hojicha-flavored wafer, (2) the second layer is a hard brown sugar and hojicha shell, (3) the third layer is refreshing hojicha-flavored ice cream, and (4) at the very center is a rich brown sugar sauce.

Apparently they wanted to create an ice cream product as delicately flavorful as a Japanese confection, and from what they’ve described, it sure looks like they’ve succeeded. The highly aromatic roasted tea and smoothly sweet brown sugar are bound to be a delightful combination and also a brilliant way to use Japanese ingredients in a western dessert.

The Hojicha Wa no Ka Crispy Sandwich will be available at supermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores from July 10 at a price of 294 yen (US$2.66), so keep an eye out for it if you’re looking for a cool, refreshing treat in Japan this summer!

Source: Häagen-Dazs Japan news releaseHäagen-Dazs Hojicha Wa no Ka special webpage
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Love fireworks and ice cream? Häagen-Dazs lets you enjoy both at this Hanabi Bar in Tokyo

Launch gorgeous digital fireworks into the night sky for each ice cream you finish. And try out the new summer flavor while you’re at it.

Japan has just entered its sweltering summer months, the perfect time to dig into some icy cold Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Summer over here is also a period filled with magnificent displays of fireworks, and few things in life can compare to watching beautiful pyrotechnics while enjoying an icy treat.

A time-limited Häagen-Dazs Hanabi Bar opened its doors to the public recently in the Tokyo City View Observation Deck, drawing people in downtown Roppongi Hills into its cozy interior, where customers can drink in the stunning panoramic view of Tokyo.

When night falls, videos of fireworks are projection mapped onto the bar’s large glass panels, simulating brilliant pyrotechnic explosions over the city. The light performances run four times every hour starting from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with each session spanning five minutes.

▼ Entry to the observatory costs 1,800 yen (US$16.40).

When the fireworks display is on, customers who finish their ice creams can insert their leftover ice cream sticks into a special box, causing a digital pyrotechnic to launch and flare up in the night sky.

▼ Visitors can purchase an exclusive brand new flavor
of Häagen-Dazs ice cream here: the Peach and Berry Juicy Bar.

Wrapped in an outer casing of mixed berry puree and a layer of soft white peach pulp, the creamy core’s mellowness and rich scent lifts the tasty dessert to luxurious levels. Bursting with refreshing fruitiness, this is one summer treat you’ll not want to miss.

As an added bonus, the first 50 customers each day dressed in pink to match the color of the new ice cream bar will receive a voucher allowing a one-time free entry into the observatory.

As the limited event only lasts until 3 June, those hoping to join in the fun will have to hurry before it’s all over. While lucky customers get to sample the new Peach and Berry Juicy Bar before everyone else, the fruity dessert will go on sale all over Japan starting on 5 June.

Häagen-Dazs fans might miss spring’s triple cherry blossom mochi ice cream, but with the snazzy Peach and Berry Juicy Bar, there’s a lot more to look forward to in summer.

Event information
Häagen-Dazs Hanabi Bar
Address: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Floor 52
東京都港区六本木6-10-1 六本木ヒルズ森タワー52階
Open: 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Fireworks display 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.)
Last entry: 10 p.m.

Source: Häagen-Dazs Hanabi Bar via PR Times
Images: PR Times

Häagen-Dazs opens limited time traditional Japanese-style-sweets dessert cafe【Pics】

We went down to check it out and tickle our tastebuds!

Häagen-Dazs is big in Japan, regularly delivering Japanese-style flavours in its ice cream range such as Orange Sweet Potato, Japanese Citrus, and Condensed Milk and Brown Sugar.

And now Häagen-Dazs has taken it a step further. The Häagen-Daza Sabo (teahouse) has opened for a limited time in Tokyu Plaza Ginza Sukiyabashi Sado from April 18 to May 6. They offer traditional Japanese sweet ingredients like anko beans, yuba soymilk skin, and shiratama sticky rice dumplings.

We’ve been looking forward to this for a while, so we absolutely had to check it out!

From eight menu choices,we ordered the Häagen-Dazs dorayaki (red-bean-stuffed pancake), the ichigo (strawberry) “soup”, and the mascarpone parfait with green tea, as well as a pot of actual tea.

First things first, the tea! We ordered the “cocoa kinako (roasted soybean flour) hoji” tea. It’s a type of hojicha (roasted tea) that has the scent of cocoa.

The dorayaki stuffed-pancake was served with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, strawberries, sweet red bean paste, and ume plum/strawberry sauce.

Branded with the company logo for that Instagram appeal, of course!

We loved the airy and stylish interior of the cafe.

Next up, the parfait. The mascarpone parfait with green tea contains matcha, mascarpone cream, black beans, sticky rice dumplings, and crumbled karinto, which is a type of fried black-sugar snack.

Check out that sophisticated sprinkling of gold leaf on top, too!

The ichigo soup consists of strawberry puree with amazake, a kind of sweet rice porridge-like drink, strawberry ice cream, and strawberry slices.

The cafe should definitely appeal to those with sophisticated-yet-sweet-loving palates, and the range certainly does an excellent job of presenting traditional Japanese dessert elements in a fresh, modern way.

And considering Häagen-Dazs claimed two out of five positions in our top five ice creams in Japan, we have a feeling they’ll be coming up with new ways to tantalize for years to come!

Häagen-Dazs Sabo / ハーゲンダッツ茶房
Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Ginza 5-2-1, Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 6th floor (part of Sukibayashi Sabo)
東京都中央区銀座5-2-1 東急プラザ銀座6階 「数寄屋橋茶房」内
Open April 18-May 6
Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Monday-Saturday), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sunday, holidays)

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Häagen-Dazs’ upcoming traditional Japanese sweets cafe in Tokyo has our mouths watering already

Delicious-looking desserts make use of sake, mochi, and more.

To really succeed in Japan, foreign makers of snacks and sweets need to adapt to local tastes, and that’s something that Häagen-Dazs has done with aplomb. The American ice cream brand regularly blesses Japan with amazing flavors and desserts exclusive to the country, such as Mochi Sakura, sesame walnut, and Matcha Green Tea Crumble (a.k.a. ice cream Jesus).

Now Häagen-Dazs is taking things one step further with its first-ever dedicated Japanese sweets cafe, a collaboration with the existing Sukibayashi Sabo cafe, in the high-class Ginza district of downtown Tokyo.

The kanji characters, 茶房, seen underneath the Häagen-Dazs logo, aren’t how you write the brand’s name in Japanese. Rather, they’re the kanji for sabo, meaning teahouse, since the soon-to-open Häagen-Dazs Sabo will be serving classic Japanese desserts infused with Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

A total of eight deserts, making use of six different ice cream flavors, will be offered, starting with shiratama zenzai, mochi dumplings served in sweet beans, accompanied by a scoop of green tea ice cream, a crisp black sesame galette wafer, and mascarpone mousse.

The cafe’s dorayaki places sweet beans, vanilla ice cream, and brown sugar whipped cream between two small pancake-like cakes, and gets further flavor from a plum strawberry sauce.

The final menu item revealed so far, the ichigo (strawberry) soup, uses sake lees and non-alcoholic sweet amazake mixed with strawberry puree as a broth for strawberry slices and strawberry ice cream, in an all-out effort to satisfy strawberry lovers and force people to use the word “strawberry” as many times as possible in describing it.

While the desserts can be ordered a la carte, you can also request yours as a set with a cup of specially selected green tea provided by Tokyo tea merchant Ocharaka.

Häagen-Dazs Sabo will be opening on April 18, but will only be in operation until May 6, with the limited time giving you a fourth reason (after the three above) to eat dessert.

Cafe information
Häagen-Dazs Sabo / ハーゲンダッツ茶房
Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Ginza 5-2-1, Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 6th floor (part of Sukibayashi Sabo)
東京都中央区銀座5-2-1 東急プラザ銀座6階 「数寄屋橋茶房」内
Open April 18-May 6
Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Monday-Saturday), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sunday, holidays)
Website (Sukibayashi Sabo)

Sources: Entabe, PR Times
Images: PR Times

5 of the best ice creams to try in Japan right now【Taste Test】

Whether you like traditional Japanese flavours or Western-inspired combinations, these frozen desserts will satisfy all your sweet cravings.

In Japan, it’s never too cold to enjoy the sweet taste of ice cream. While it might sound crazy in theory, eating ice cream during the coldest months of the year here is said to replicate the enjoyable temperature extremes of a snow-covered onsen hot spring, as people can rug up under a kotatsu heated table while refreshing themselves with their favourite frozen dessert.

It’s an interesting marketing ploy, and one we fell for immediately as we browsed the frozen section at supermarkets and convenience stores, looking for the best treats to spoil ourselves with while enjoying the heated warmth indoors.

Though the selections on offer were good, the ones we liked best came from 7-Eleven, as their range of seasonal delights stood out above the rest for their rich creaminess, fantastic flavour combinations, and surprising textures, making them some of the best ice creams on the market in Japan right now. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the top five in more detail below.

1. Macaron Ice Sandwich (248 yen, US$2.23)

These ice-cream-filled macarons went on sale on 5 December in four flavours: chocolate, framboise, caramel and pistachio.

We tried the pistachio variety, which had a light flavour in both the ice cream and the macarons.

What stood out with this particular treat was its remarkable texture. Biting into this was like biting into a cloud, with just a hint of crunch from the surface of the sweet, which contrasted well with the light and chewy texture of the macaron.

The thick serving of rich ice cream in the centre melted on the tongue perfectly, combining with the lightness of the macaron to create a creamy yet refreshing sweet. Containing just 159 calories, this palm-sized treat is one you don’t have to feel guilty about devouring!

2. Häagen-Dazs Creamy Cone (350 yen)

This ice cream made news around Japan when it was released on 5 December for being the first frozen cone dessert to be created by the world-famous company.

Häagen-Dazs is well known for their rich and creamy ice creams, which usually come in small tubs, so ripping into their new Creamy Cone is a real treat for fans of the hugely popular brand.

The caramel chocolate-covered top on this one extends throughout the sweet on the inside surface of the cone, so you can enjoy the sweet and crunchy flavour all the way down to the last mouthful.

This one comes in only one flavour: Caramel and Macadamia, which turns out to be a pretty spectacular combination when combined with rich vanilla ice cream.

With its macadamia pieces and bits of caramel, every mouthful of this ice cream is a heavenly treat for the taste buds.

3. Häagen-Dazs Spécialité Matcha Opera (449 yen)

This ice cream first caught our eye back in September last year. Available at convenience stores around the country from 21 November last year, this frozen dessert comes with a relatively high price tag, but for lovers of luxury, it’s worth it.

As you open it up, it’s obvious that no expense has been spared in creating a high-quality dessert here, as the first thing you see is a rich chocolate glaze sprinkled with a dusting of gold powder.

Underneath its glossy exterior are layers of matcha green tea ice cream, almond cookie wafer, and blonde chocolate, which is a mix of black, white, and milk chocolate.

This frozen take on the multi-layered French gâteau opéra, or opera cake, is absolutely divine. It’s creamy, sweet, and bitter at the same time, and while it contains some bold rich ingredients, the generous serving of matcha in each mouthful gives it an elegant, refreshing flavour.

4. Rich Ganache Chocolate Uji Matcha (238 yen)

Just looking at the package here is enough to make your mouth water! Sweets that combine chocolate and matcha are a popular choice in Japan, and this is one of the most decadent varieties around.

Lotte is well known for their popular range of Yukimi Daifuku ice creams, which wrap mochi (pounded sticky rice) around bite-sized servings of ice cream in small two-pack servings. This matcha-and-chocolate combination looks just like their Yukimi Daifuku range, only without the brand name and with a more luxurious look, which extends to the sweets inside and the gold-coloured pick used to eat them.

Released on 12 December, this high-quality dessert comes with a dark chocolate mochi coating and a generous dusting of cocoa powder.

Inside is a thick and creamy matcha-flavoured ice cream, encased around a bittersweet syrupy matcha centre. The double chocolate coating and the double serve of matcha pack a deliciously intense hit of flavour designed for “adult palates.”

5. Kikyouya Shingen Mochi Waffle Cone (246 yen)

Shingen mochi is a Japanese dessert made from gyuhi, a soft type of mochi rice cake, which is sprinkled with plenty of kinako roasted soybean powder and a brown-sugar syrup topping. Yamanashi-based Kikyouya, founded in 1889, is one of the country’s most respected producers of shingen mochi, and the new Shingen Mochi Waffle Cone was created with the centuries-old company overseeing the production process.

▼ Released on 25 December, the waffle cone
contains “Kikyouya Shingen Mochi Flavour.”

All the same ingredients used in traditional shingen mochi can be found in this new frozen dessert, which looks absolutely beautiful with its swirls of kinako sauce and kinako-flavoured soft serve ice cream.

As you make your way through this ice cream, you’ll find swirls of gyuhi mochi rice contained within its layers. This surprising addition gives you a number of delightfully chewy moments in between the intense creaminess of the dessert, recreating the true flavours of shingen mochi in a sweet and crunchy sugar cone.

▼ This is a must-try dessert for lovers of
ice cream and traditional Japanese sweets!

After making our way through some of the country’s most unique and flavoursome frozen desserts, we’re now absolutely sold on the eating-ice-cream-in-winter trend. And you can rest assured that this was not a sponsored post in any way, so all these recommendations come purely from field-testing out of our own pocket.

Which means now we’ll have to follow Mr. Sato’s advice on how to lose those extra pounds with the 30-Minute Exercise Knockdown and a spot of pole-dancing!

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Häagen-Dazs’ triple cherry blossom mochi ice cream promises Japan an early taste of spring

Because just two sakura-flavored ingredients still wouldn’t be quite enough.

The cherry blossoms won’t be blooming in Japan until April, but the annual appearance of new sakura desserts happens much sooner. Part of the festivities for Hinamatsuri (also known as Girls’ Day) is eating the traditional Japanese confectionary called sakura mochi, and since Hinamatsuri falls on March 3, the latter half of February always sees a slew of sakura sweets going on sale as well.

This year, Häagen-Dazs is getting in on the action with a new flavor in its mochi ice cream series. On February 27, the brand’s new Mochi Sakura An flavor (pictured above) goes on sale, with a triple helping of cherry blossom deliciousness.

The first nod to Japan’s famous flowers is the sakura ice cream. Sitting above that is a layer of soft, stretchy mochi rice cake, which is in turn topped with sweet, salty sakura an sweet bean paste. Finally, sakura sauce is drizzled over the whole thing, giving you three ways to enjoy this uniquely Japanese flavor.

Going on sale at the same time is Häagen-Dazs’ Mochi Walnut Azuki flavor. This time the ice cream itself has the taste of azuki, sweet red beans, and the mochi topping is covered with the sugar syrup called kuromitsu and chunks of walnut.

Both flavors are priced at 324 yen (US$2.90), and if they’re anything like Häagen-Dazs’ sesame mochi ice cream we tried last year, should be just as enjoyable to look at and play with as they are to eat.

Source: Häagen-Dazs via IT Media
Images: Häagen-Dazs