Hojicha (roasted green tea) appears to be quite the hot ingredient in Japan at the moment, finding its way into a variety of foods and beverages from limited edition Starbucks Frappuccinos to even flavored beer.
And now Häagen-Dazs Japan has just added a new item to the ever-growing list of Hojicha-inspired treats with their “Hojicha Wa no Ka (Japanese Confection) — Arranged with Brown Sugar” Crispy Sandwich. As far as we can tell from the released information, the ice cream looks as good as the name sounds.
The product is hojicha ice cream with a brown sugar sauce filling, covered with a hard brown sugar and hojicha shell, all sandwiched between two sheets of crispy hojicha-flavored wafers. Drooling yet, everyone?
They even have a picture of the ice cream’s cross-section with detailed explanations on their dedicated webpage. The diagram explains how (1) the top outer layer is a hojicha-flavored wafer, (2) the second layer is a hard brown sugar and hojicha shell, (3) the third layer is refreshing hojicha-flavored ice cream, and (4) at the very center is a rich brown sugar sauce.
Apparently they wanted to create an ice cream product as delicately flavorful as a Japanese confection, and from what they’ve described, it sure looks like they’ve succeeded. The highly aromatic roasted tea and smoothly sweet brown sugar are bound to be a delightful combination and also a brilliant way to use Japanese ingredients in a western dessert.
The Hojicha Wa no Ka Crispy Sandwich is now available at supermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores for 294 yen , so keep an eye out for it if you’re looking for a cool, refreshing treat in Japan this summer.
Source: Häagen-Dazs Japan news release, Häagen-Dazs Hojicha Wa no Ka special web page
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Source: Japan Today