Japanese people make traditional sweets with such great creativeness and attention to detail. Today, this creativity can be seen, not only in traditional Japanese confectionery but also through the Japanese versions of foreign treats. Much of the world already knows about the Japanese Kit-Kats, but perhaps only a few know about how Japan transformed Häagen Dazs.
Häagen Dazs is a popular ice cream brand that originated in New York City. Like many other Western brands it has been able to penetrate Japanese market, and has since been transformed by Japanese creativity.
Japanese Häagen Dazs flavors often feature homegrown tastes (e.g. red beans, green tea, and sweet potatoes) and Western pastries that are loved in Japan (e.g. Foret-Noire, Millefeuille, and blueberry cheesecake); below are twenty of such variants. This however, is NOT a complete list of all the flavors. Also note that most of these flavors are seasonal treats or are produced for a limited time – most of these flavors are probably already unavailable, but enjoy looking at them anyway:
-Kinako Soy Bean Powder With Brown Sugar Syrup
-Walnuts with Sweet Sauce (yes, soy sauce)
Youtube video featuring the Hana Mochi series: Youtube
Seeing how creative (and borderline crazy) the above flavors are, it’s exciting to think of how Japan would transform more Western brands into it’s own version. Now it’s time to grab some yen and rush to the nearest kombini, and indulge on your own Japanese Häagen Dazs. Enjoy!
For more information, visit the Häagen Dazs Japan website: Website