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Häagen-Dazs is a globally renowned ice cream brand, but did you know that there are exclusive limited edition flavors in Japan that are made with Japanese ingredients? Here are 5 flavors of ice cream that you have to try when you come to Japan.

1. Hojicha Latte

Hojicha latte is a very typical flavor in Japan. Hojicha is made using the most painstakingly curated first pickings of tea leaves roasted at a high temperature. The first tea leaves, which are not as bitter or tart and contain a very rich flavor, are picked right at the beginning of the season every year. These leaves are roasted at the optimum temperature for the perfect amount of time, giving rise to a rich aroma and a crisp taste, a particularly unique feature of this ice cream. Häagen-Dazs' Hojicha Latte combines two types of ice cream in a marble pattern resulting in a delicate flavor palette that goes down easy and leaves the taster with a warm and relaxed feeling. You can also clearly taste the rich intensity of the milk. It's a flavor beloved by people of all ages.

* [Limited Edition Product] Available in convenience stores and supermarkets throughout Japan. 294 JPY (incl. tax)

2. Banana & Mascarpone

Banana & Mascarpone is a limited edition flavor that is only sold in Japan. It consists of a mellow sorbet made with only the ripest of bananas that is mixed with rich, full-bodied mascarpone cheese to create a luxurious ice cream. Once you take a bite, you'll be hit with the light texture of the sorbet combined with the richness of the mascarpone, with the subsequent hidden flavor of lemon juice leaving you with a refreshing aftertaste. The decadent flavors with the addition of an invigorating and cleansing taste make for the perfect treat in the hot summer.

* [Limited Edition Product] Available in convenience stores and supermarkets throughout Japan. 319 JPY (incl. tax)

2. Banana & Mascarpone

3. Matcha Cheesecake

Matcha is a flavor synonymous with Japan that has come to be known around the world. It is a type of green tea made using high quality tea leaves that were grown under a cover and then steamed and ground with a pestle and mortar. The Matcha Cheesecake flavor brings together a luxuriously sweet matcha with creamy cheese to create an ice cream that fuses both Western and Japanese flavors. Two types of cookies - cheese and matcha - are scattered across the surface of the ice cream so a pleasant surprise is waiting for you the second you open the lid.
The Japanese Häagen-Dazs series of ice creams that come with these kinds of toppings are known as "Häagen-Dazs Decorations." They are replete with a motif of a crown and are recognizable by their golden lids.

* [Limited Edition Product] Available in convenience stores and supermarkets throughout Japan. 324 JPY (incl. tax)

4. Caramel Butter Cookie

This limited edition product was developed for the Japanese market to replicate the taste of a caramel sundae. There are three strands to this ice cream: a butter scotch base ice cream made by mixing ingredients like butter and brown sugar, heating them up, and subsequently caramelizing them; a rich caramel sauce with heavy cream; and graham crackers, all expertly woven together. The perfect amount of salt brings out all of the flavors, with the bite of the fragrant cookies accentuating the overall texture. This truly unique taste is so delicious, you'll be done before you even know it!

* [Limited Edition Product] Available in convenience stores and supermarkets throughout Japan. 319 JPY (incl. tax)

4. Caramel Butter Cookie

5. Green Tea Creme Brulee

This extremely popular crispy ice cream sandwich series features coated ice cream held between two wafers. The Green Tea Creme Brulee, one of the products in this series, consists of green tea custard ice cream made with plenty of eggs. A nicely bitter caramel sauce is added to it, and it is then topped off with a caramel powder infused coating and packed into crunchy green tea flavored wafers. It is sure to send matcha lovers into a frenzy. Another great bonus is that you can eat it as is without a spoon!

* [Limited Edition Product] Available in convenience stores and supermarkets throughout Japan. 294 JPY (incl. tax)

5. Green Tea Creme Brulee

If you're looking to refresh your tired body with a little slice of luxurious Japanese flavors during the hot summers in Japan, make sure to search for these flavors at a convenience store or supermarket. All of the ice creams introduced above are limited edition flavors, so be sure to purchase them when you manage to find them!

*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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