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Beat the Heat With Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream

Food & Drink Sweets

The Japanese market is absolutely spoiled when it comes to limited-edition flavors by world-renowned companies, and this summer looks to be no different. Thanks to Häagen-Dazs, two new flavors will be added to store shelves: Salty Vanilla and Caramel and Japonais Black Syrup Kinako Red Bean.

While salted caramel chocolates and sweets have become hugely popular recently, Häagen-Dazs is taking things in a different direction by adding salted caramel ribbons in vanilla ice cream instead, which is a first for the company.

The “Black Syrup Kinako Adzuki” ice cream features the flavors of bittersweet brown sugar syrup, toasted soybean flour, and adzuki red beans.

The beautifully glossy sauce is made with kinako (toasted soybean flour) and has a thick, jelly-like texture. Underneath the sweet and nutty glaze lies a thick layer of creamy vanilla ice cream. Further down, beneath the top two layers, is a base filled with jewel-like whole adzuki red beans, which bring an earthy taste and chewy texture to the dish.

The Salty Vanilla and Caramel ice cream retails for ¥272 (US$2.60) and is currently available at convenience stores and supermarkets around the country, while the Japonais Black Syrup Kinako Red Bean dessert is sold exclusively at 7-Eleven convenience stores for ¥360 (US$3.50).

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