14 Sakura Food & Items: From Major Topics of 2016 to the Classics
There are a lot of sakura-related items in Japan and every year several new items hit stores. How many do you recognize from this list?
Major Topics of 2016
1. Starbucks: Sakura Blossom & Strawberry Latte
2. PEPSI SAKURA
3. Muji: Sakura Marshmallows
4. Potato Chips: Sakura Butter
5. NIKE Cherry Blossom Collection
6. Sakura Beer
Sakura-flavored beer. It’s actually made using real sakura petals.
7. Baskin Robbins: Sakura-flavored Ice Cream
8. Sakura Taiyaki
This is a famous snkack for hanami (flower viewing) at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival in Nagano Prefecture. These pink-colored taiyaki (fish-shaped pancake filled with sweet red bean paste) are popular with the locals but they’ve been slowly spreading across the country this year.
Items from the Past & Staples
9. Sakura Somen Noodles
Delicious somen noodles faintly sakura-scented from the sakura leaves kneaded in the noodles.
10. McDonald’s: McFizz Sakura Cherry
This McDonald’s sakura treat is an annual custom. The carbonated water and ice cream go well with the sakura flavoring.
11. Sakura Onigiri
Even onigiri have sakura in Japan. The sakura petals and leaves are pickled, then used as garnish.
12. Sakura Chirashi-zushi
And they’re in sushi! There’s one type of sushi called “chirashi-zushi” (sushi rice in a box sprinkled with a variety of toppings) but when you have sakura-pink toppings and make the vinegared rice from sakura vinegar, you get the perfect sakura chirashi-zushi. It feels like spring has stopped by.
13. Haagen Dazs: Sakura-flavored
From everyone’s beloved Haagen Dazs. This flavor’s available only in Japan.
14. Sakura Mochi
This is a type of Japanese sweet where mochi is wrapped with sakura leaf. The flavor and aroma is transferred from the leaf to the mochi. You can really taste the sakura flavor with this traditional Japanese springtime food.
Which do you wanna try?