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Top 5 Classic Puddings to Buy at Japanese Convenience Stores

Calling all pudding lovers! Does the sight of Japan’s colorful pudding aisles make you freeze on the spot, unsure of what to choose, wishing you had the appetite for ten desserts? Today we’re introducing 5 of Japan’s top-rated convenience store puddings, from national treasures loved by kids and adults alike, to one-of-a-kind limited editions, and super popular puddings that fly off the shelves. Pudding lovers, go grab a pen and start taking notes!

1. The Gold Standard of the Pudding World: Kamadashi Pudding Sundae

Anyone who’s been to Japan’s FamilyMart recently is sure to have noticed the Kamadashi Pud-ding Sundae (窯出しプリンのパフェ). Gorgeous, bold and luxurious, you can’t help but pick it up off the shelf to take a closer look. This daring sundae is baked custard pudding, fresh milk, sponge cake, mousse, caramel jelly and silky pudding layers. Sure to satisfy all pudding lovers, it’s the unmatched decadence of the pudding layers that take center stage here with the sponge cake—usually in a starring role—as their supporting act.

The top layer of baked custard pudding is firm and springy, and the milk and sponge cake lay-ers aren’t too sweet, making them the perfect companion. At the dessert’s center is a layer of caramel jelly with a hint of coffee-like bitterness that tastes just right alongside the mousse. The pudding base layer is so tender it feels as though it could melt on the tongue, with a milky taste totally unlike that of the top layer. With every spoonful comes a new combination of fla-vors, meaning no bite is like the last. We’re not exaggerating when we call this the gold stand-ard of the pudding world, and at only ¥298, it’s a steal! Don’t forget to give it a try next time you’re at FamilyMart.

Product Information
Where to buy: FamilyMart
Product name: 窯出しプリンのパフェ (Kamadashi Pudding Sundae)
Price: 298 JPY (Tax Included)

1. The Gold Standard of the Pudding World: Kamadashi Pudding Sundae

2. Japan’s Collective Childhood Memory: Light and Low-Cal Morigana Milk Pudding

Anyone who travels to Japan regularly will surely be familiar with this cute sun logo. Morigana Milk Pudding (森永牛乳プリン) could very well be named Japan’s national snack. Many will re-member the sun logo on its lid from their childhood, and its classic great taste is not to be missed. With a name like “milk pudding,” of course milk is the star of the show! Unlike egg pudding, Morigana uses Japanese milk and fresh cream, making this a pudding that allows us to enjoy the great taste and beautiful texture of the milk itself.

The snow-white milk pudding is soft and springy, with a strong milk taste. You won’t be able to resist eating the whole thing in one sitting! Even people who don’t like drinking milk love to eat this milk pudding. What’s more, this pudding only contains 82kcal—so if you’re the kind of per-son that feels guilty about eating dessert, this pudding is the one for you! Alongside the classic milk flavor, Morigana occasionally release new flavors like coffee milk, banana, peach and more. If you see one of these limited-edition flavors when you’re traveling Japan, you simply must give it a try!

Product Information
Where to buy: Any large convenience store in Japan
Product name: 森永牛乳プリン (Morigana Milk Pudding)
Price: 132 JPY (Tax Included)

2. Japan’s Collective Childhood Memory: Light and Low-Cal Morigana Milk Pudding

3. Japan’s National Dessert: Morigana Yaki Pudding

Morigana Yaki Pudding (森永の焼きプリン) is a household name in Japan. With its friendly price, great flavor and generous size, it has won the hearts of countless elementary school stu-dents nationwide. This product is a great choice when you’re craving a big helping of pudding! With a beautiful baked caramel crust that’s sure to get everyone drooling, you won’t be able to resist digging in for a taste.

This pudding brings out the naturally sweet flavor of the eggs in the custard, and is delightfully springy. Both the top layer of baked caramel and the base layer of slightly bitter caramel sauce are great accompaniments. No wonder it has become Japan’s national dessert! No matter young or old, one look at this baked caramel pudding is all it takes to get hearts racing. You won’t be able to resist giving it a try!

Product Information
Where to buy: Any large convenience store in Japan
Product name: 森永の焼きプリン (Morigana Yaki Pudding)
Price: 143 JPY (Tax Included)

3. Japan’s National Dessert: Morigana Yaki Pudding

4. A Taste of Elegance: Lawson’s Classic Pudding

The Classic Pudding (クラシックプリン) comes from Japanese convenience store chain Lawson’s own Uchi Cafe brand, and oozes sophistication. Topping things off is a layer of fresh Hokkaido cream adorning the egg pudding at its center, all resting upon a layer of caramel sauce. This is a simple and classic—but nonetheless beautiful—combination that amplifies the great flavors naturally present in its ingredients.

The fresh cream topping is so beautiful you almost won’t want to eat it! This is a firmer pud-ding, with an egg flavor that’s distinct, but not overpowering. The light, fresh cream goes down a treat together with the pudding, and isn’t too sweet. The caramel base is aromatic and slightly sweet, without the usual hint of bitterness so that it doesn’t detract from the flavor of the pud-ding. If you’re looking to experience the delicate flavors of the pudding itself and don’t need the bells and whistles, this is the pudding for you.

Product Information
Where to buy: Lawson
Product name: クラシックプリン (Classic Pudding)
Price: 200 JPY (Tax Included)

4. A Taste of Elegance: Lawson’s Classic Pudding

5. Ropia’s Petite Double Caramel Pudding

The Petite Double Caramel Pudding (プチダブルキャラメルプリン) is a collaboration between Japan’s FamilyMart and the famous Ropia brand. This tasty combination of caramel and pud-ding is sure to satisfy those with a sweet tooth! The predecessor to this pudding, the Petite Car-amel Pudding (プチキャラメルプリン) was very popular amongst Japanese women, and after coming back better and stronger as the Petite Double Caramel Pudding it’s all the more irresist-ible!

The pudding is topped off with a fruit, toffee and soft caramel cream layer, giving way to a soft and moist pudding atop a slightly bitter caramel base. The pudding, combined with the two lay-ers of caramel, make for a perfect balance. Those who prefer their puddings on the softer side won’t want to miss this one!

Product Information
Where to buy: FamilyMart
Product name: プチダブルキャラメルプリン (Petite Double Caramel Pudding)
Price: 200 JPY (Tax Included)

5. Ropia’s Petite Double Caramel Pudding

The Surprising Business Secrets Behind the Pudding

Legend has it that the three-in-one packs of puddings you can spot all over Taiwan and Japan were first introduced by Morigana. After creating Japan’s first supermarket dessert, the Morigana Pudding, the company designed family packs in hopes the pudding would become more widespread. Since 38% of households in Japan at the time were families of four, with a mother, father and two children, a three pack of puddings was a perfect treat for the mother and two children to enjoy in the afternoon while the father was at work. Since then, the pudding has become a favorite of men and women, kids and adults alike, and a staple of Japanese life. Now you can even see packs of four on the shelves of Japan’s convenience stores, so dad can get in on the action too!

Has all this talk of pudding got you drooling? Next time you’re in a convenience store, remember to show your d POINT CARD at the checkout and collect those points! Make a habit of it, and you could swap those points for a pudding!

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