The masters of matcha ice cream treats mix traditional anmitsu toppings with one of modern Japan’s favorite desserts.
Every time we think Häagen-Dazs has come up with the most tempting green tea treat possible, they find a way to outdo themselves. We’re still licking our lips in anticipation of the soon-to-go-on-sale special-flavor 35th anniversary Green Deep Tea ice cream, but there’s yet another amazing-looking green tea dessert on offer right now.
Pictured above, it’s called the Rich Green Tea Honey Toast, a toasted loaf of bread infused with sweet honey topped with Häagen-Dazs green tea ice cream. Even more matcha goodness comes from the matcha syrup and green tea powder-dusted whipped cream, and the inclusion of smooth anko sweet bean paste, a shiratama mochi dumpling, and candied cherry and apricot mirrors the traditional Japanese dessert called anmitsu.
Placing all of those toppings above the warm toast lets them melt and sink into the bread as you eat, giving you a Japanese symphony of delicious flavors to sink your teeth into. It’s also a filling dessert, priced at 1,280 yen (US$11.75) and big enough for at least two people to share.
In a similarity to Häagen-Dazs’ multi-course matcha meal pop-up restaurant we visited earlier this month, the Rich Green Tea Honey Toast is an eating-out option, as is being offered at select branches of karaoke chain Pasela, which is as famous for its honey toast desserts as its song selections and sound systems. We’ve previously sampled the company’s commitment to tasty food at Akihabara’s Final Fantasy restaurant it runs, and we have no doubt the Häagen-Dazs Rich Green Tea Honey Toast will be equally amazing, and a compelling reason to visit Pasela between now and July 31, even if you don’t intend to sing a single note.