5 Delicious Convenience Store Sweets Coming Out This Spring – Western, Japanese, and More Kinds of Sweets Await!
When the harsh winter comes to an end and the days become warmer, Japan's convenience store chains all release their springtime confections. These new products, made with seasonal ingredients, are all outstanding items that help usher in the spring! This article takes a look at some confections by the convenience store chains 7-Eleven, Lawson, and FamilyMart, that both look and taste like spring.
- 1. A Marshmallow Texture! Rice Cake with Cherry Blossom Cream (7-Eleven)
- 2. Doraemon Doramocchi Whole Strawberry (Sweet Bean Paste & Whipped Cream) (Lawson)
- 3. Strawberry Crepe (FamilyMart)
- 4. Strawberry and Shiratama Anmitsu (FamilyMart)
- 5. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Financier (Lawson)
1. A Marshmallow Texture! Rice Cake with Cherry Blossom Cream (7-Eleven)
This adorable, marshmallow-soft pink mochi is filled with cherry blossom-flavored cream. In Japan, "cherry-blossom flavor" means the flavor of salt-pickled leaves from cherry trees. However, this cream is not salty, and the gentle, sweet aroma perfectly matches the image of cherry blossoms. It would be great to have while sitting under a blossoming cherry tree!
Price: 129 JPY (incl. tax)
2. Doraemon Doramocchi Whole Strawberry (Sweet Bean Paste & Whipped Cream) (Lawson)
Dorayaki is the favorite snack of Doraemon, the main character of the Doraemon animation series, hugely popular in Japan and abroad. Doraemon Doramocchi, from Lawson, is a dorayaki with Doraemon's face as the packaging. A typical dorayaki is a round sandwich of azuki bean paste in two small pancakes made with flour, sugar, and egg, but this one has a whole strawberry and fresh cream in it to evoke a sense of spring. The dense sweetness of the azuki beans, the tartness of the strawberry, and the smoothness of the fresh cream go perfectly together! The cute package is great to post on social media.
Price: 240 JPY (incl. tax)
3. Strawberry Crepe (FamilyMart)
The crepe's exterior looks cooked to perfection, and it's thin with a chewy texture. Whipped cream and two strawberries peek out of the crepe, and inside there are small pieces of strawberry, strawberry mousse, and fresh strawberry sauce. You can't tell from the appearance how truly packed with strawberry flavors it is! This is a satisfying item with plenty of milky whipped cream with just a hint of sweetness.
Price: 298 JPY (incl. tax)
4. Strawberry and Shiratama Anmitsu (FamilyMart)
Strawberry and Shiratama Anmitsu is recommended for those who want to try wagashi (traditional Japanese confections) while in Japan. Anmitsu is a wagashi of small square pieces of agar (a gelatinous substance made from seaweed such as red algae), an (azuki beans cooked with sugar), and a syrup made with sugar and water.
Strawberry and Shiratama Anmitsu, which is a modern take, has an anmitsu jelly made from agar and brown sugar syrup on the bottom and fresh cream, strawberry, satsuma mandarin oranges, and shiratama (balls of boiled rice flour) on top.
When cooled, the freshness of the fruits and agar and the smooth texture of the brown sugar jelly make it a perfect dessert.
Price: 298 JPY (incl. tax)
5. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Financier (Lawson)
The aroma of strawberry wafts out the moment you open the package of the Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Financier. The financier, which has chunky strawberry jam and strawberry puree blended in, has a pink color that represents the spring season. Half of it is coated in chocolate and topped with pieces of strawberry. It looks like a fancy confection, and buying it at convenience-store prices is a fantastic deal! The tanginess of the strawberry and the chocolate go perfectly together. This is an item you'll want to savor with a cup of tea.
Price: 145 JPY (incl. tax)
These were springtime sweets from convenience stores made with colorful seasonal ingredients such as strawberry and cherry blossom. Who would have thought that you can feel the seasons at Japan's convenience stores? If any of these confections piqued your interest, be sure to look in a Japanese convenience store's sweets section!
*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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