For anyone with a sweet tooth, no trip to Sapporo is complete without a visit to the Shiroi Koibito Park. You get one of their famous cookies included with your admission ticket. And after watching them roll off the conveyor belt upstairs, you can indulge in the most decadent of desserts at their restaurant. If you have the time (as I did) it is well worth going back (as I did) to treat yourself.
The only thing better than tiramisu or cupcakes on their own is a confection that succeeds at combining both. It was larger than the average cupcake so I felt like I got good value for what I was paying. This is an Instagram worthy dessert that will be guaranteed to get you all the likes from your friends back home following your trip.
Hokkaido is famed for its confections because of the quality of the dairy used to make them. The tiramisu cupcake lived up to the hype of Hokkaido`s reputation, and made me eager to try more. The closer I got to the bottom of it, the more I savoured each last spoonful. The alternating layers of tiramisu and chocolate were just the right texture and compliment each other well.
I don’t care much for milk. But I love chocolate milk, and when I saw it on the menu at the restaurant I had to have it. I was surprised when it came, and found that it was served in no ordinary cup. There is a hot chocolate cup room at the Shiroi Koibito Park, where you can see the most ornate cups, that people used for the purpose of drinking hot chocolate. The cup I was served in looked like porcelain, and had twin handles with a gold design. Simple yet elegant. A reminder of a time when chocolate was a true luxury, enjoyed only by people who could afford it. Chocolate milk now is common, something enjoyed by children and adults alike regardless of social class. But the way it is served at the Shiroi Koibito Park adds a special touch, it’s a surprise that brings a smile to your lips you and makes having chocolate feel like a true luxury again.
The chocolate milk was also served with a small glass bottle of orange liquor. I added a few drops of it to the cup after my first sips, and tasted a subtle change. It was a smooth, rich drink with a very pleasing aroma.
Not one but two of the famed Shiroi Koibito cookies come set in the side of this parfait. These cookies are delicious on their own, but eaten together with ice cream become even better. The parfait I had was a mix of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, made from Hokkaido milk. It was smoother and creamier than I found ice cream to usually be and I enjoyed every spoonful. The berries were a nice touch, I like raspberries and felt like the colour and taste of them added to the appearance and enjoyment of the parfait. Post a picture of yourself with this decadent dessert and become the envy of all your foodie friends!
I hope you can visit the Shiroi Koibito Park and go to the restaurant and enjoy one or more (or all) of these desserts. Having a dessert there will make your visit to the park and trip to Sapporo feel that much more complete.
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