What are puffles (パッフル)? Puffles are “puffy waffles” rolled up with various ingredients into a crepe-like form. These puffles originated in Hong Kong (egg waffles) but have now spread to New York and have become extremely popular. Their unique texture that isn’t quite of a crepe or a waffle is causing many people to fall in love with this new dessert.
The only place in Japan that you can purchase these puffles is at Nicolas HOUSE which has become popular on social media because of their adorable bunny shaped desserts. The owner of this shop is a pastry chef and he has selectively chosen the ingredients put into these puffles making them crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Nicolas HOUSE in Harajuku (原宿) currently sells 4 different flavors of puffles (their menu is subject to change):
- Vanilla Melon (バニラメロン)
This vanilla flavor is made up of a plain puffle base topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and fresh melon slices. If you can’t decide which flavor to get, the vanilla puffle is a classic that you can’t possibly go wrong with.
- Chocolate Banana (チョコバナナ)
The chocolate flavor has cocoa powder mixed into the base’s plain dough and is topped with chocolate ice cream, banana slices, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. This puffle is perfect for all you chocolate lovers out there.
- Yuzu Basil (柚子バジル)
The yuzu, a type of citrus, flavor has a plain flavored base and is topped with citrus sherbet, fresh basil, and a basil syrup specially made by Nicola. This fresh flavor is perfect for the summer season.
- Earl Grey Lavender (アールグレイラベンダー)
This unique flavor has a plain flavored base topped with earl grey ice cream and a lavender sauce specially made by Nicola. The combination of earl grey and the floral scent of lavender mixes perfectly.
If you are in the Harajuku area, why not try these puffles? They make perfect snacks to eat on-the-go and you can only get them here in Japan. This delicious combination of ice cream and puffy crepes is sure to brighten up and cool down your day.