5 Delicious Original Convenience Store Ice Creams in Japan – From Chocolate Ganache to Ones with Fruit!
Japanese convenience stores show off their ingenuity by delivering some high-quality original ice cream flavors! Since convenience stores can be found all over town, it's no hassle at all to drop in and pick up a quick snack during your travels. This article will tell you all about original ice cream flavors you can find at the 7-Eleven, Lawson, and FamilyMart convenience store chains.
1. Strawberry & Ruby Chocolate Waffle Cone (7-Eleven)
Have you ever heard of "ruby chocolate"? After milk, dark, and white chocolate, it's been nearly 80 years since a new form of chocolate has been discovered, leading some to call ruby chocolate the fourth kind of chocolate. Despite its beautiful appearance, not a single artificial coloring agent is used in this chocolate. Instead, the color comes from processing the actual color of cocoa seeds! It's also well known for its fruity aroma.
You can find this ruby chocolate in 7-Eleven's Strawberry & Ruby Chocolate Waffle Cone. This decadent combination features strawberry ice cream mixed with the sweet and sour flavors of actual strawberries, the buttery scent of the crunchy waffle cone, and the sweetness of ruby chocolate! Big chunks of ruby chocolate sometimes appear while you're eating, so you can enjoy hunting for sweet, sweet treasure while feasting on this ice cream with the colors of spring.
235 JPY (incl. tax)
2. Seven Premium Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream (7-Eleven)
This 7-Eleven chocolate ganache ice cream isn't just sweet; it's accentuated by hints of bitter flavor as well. Diced chocolate ganache is used as a topping in this sweet treat that combines Belgian chocolate and Hokkaido cream for a rich, deep flavor! And as if that weren't enough, the bottom portion of the chocolate ice cream is filled with coffee extract for an extra hint of bitterness that really brings out the richness of the chocolate.
213 JPY (incl. tax)
3. Seven Premium Condensed Milk Shirokuma (7-Eleven)
Shirokuma (literally "polar bear") is a dessert consisting of thinly shaved ice topped with condensed milk, fruits, nuts, and other toppings. This cool treat is beloved by those in southern Kyushu, particularly Kagoshima, where temperatures soar.
7-Eleven's condensed milk shirokuma also features shaved ice topped with condensed milk, as well as colorful, fruity toppings such as orange, pineapple, strawberry, blueberry, and more. The condensed milk gives it a strong flavor and sweetness, but the fruity toppings are sure to offer a more balanced flavor.
300 JPY (incl. tax)
4. Uchi Cafe Rich Chocolate & Milk Waffle Cone (Lawson)
This chocolate ice cream features couverture chocolate made by actual French chocolatiers and will leave you with a mouthful of yummy chocolate flavor! The same cream used in Lawson's extremely popular premium roll cake sweet treat is also used to make this ice cream. Just like the premium roll cake with its signature Hokkaido cream and deep milky flavors, this ice cream also boasts a fresh milkiness. Enjoy how the alternating flavors of chocolate and milk ice cream harmonize in this luxurious ice cream cone, meaning you'll get the best of both worlds!
248 JPY (incl. tax)
5. Homerun Bar (FamilyMart)
Homerun Bars went on sale in 1960 and have long been a mainstay in the Japanese ice cream market. This sweet is a collaboration between FamilyMart and Homerun Bar. The addition of condensed milk means that this treat and its milky flavors are sure to softly melt in your mouth. Homerun Bars have always featured a signature lottery that allows customers to get another bar for free if they find a winning stick in their ice cream. If you're one of the lucky winners, be sure to show it to someone at the register where you bought your ice cream!
88 JPY (incl. tax)
So, how about treating yourself to a refreshingly cold ice cream as the weather gets warmer? Convenience stores have got all your ice cream needs covered, so be sure to drop by and try out our recommended flavors.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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