More Kit-Kat flavors!

I have so many Kit-Kats to talk about! It's been a long time since my last Kit-Kat post, so now I have 9 flavors to discuss. I started out with 7, but as I was working on this a mango flavor came out. And then an ice cream one. Of course I couldn't resist buying... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday to my umeshu

Today, my homemade umeshu (check out my umeshu making journey here -> Making Umeshu and Ume Syrup) turned a year old! We finally cracked the jar open and it's delicious. I think if I were to make it again, I would put in less sugar, as it is EXTREMELY sweet. It's a liqueur, so that's fine,... Continue Reading →

JIMOTO Frappuccino: Starbucks drops 47 unique frappe flavors for each prefecture of Japan

Starbucks Japan is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, and dropped some very surprising and exciting news this week to help commemorate the event. Using local flavors, landmarks, and ideas from baristas across the country, Starbucks has designed a special commemorative Frappuccino for Every. Single. Prefecture. So that's 47 unique flavors of Frappuccino being released... Continue Reading →

Winter 2020-2021 Kit-Kats

This winter was unexpectedly busy for Kit-Kats, because they released their planned winter flavors and also had the "Destination Support" campaign flavors going on. The winter flavors were Sparkling Wine with Strawberry and Strawberry Milk. As usual, strawberry is a prevalent candy flavor in mid-winter. Shinshu Apple, Onsen Manju, and Strawberry Cheesecake were also released... Continue Reading →

Ume Syrup Update

The ume syrup is done! Technically, it was done a couple weeks ago but it was so sweet that I wanted to leave the plums in longer. Now it's perfect, with a bit of a sour kick! Last night, I pulled the plums out and strained the syrup into a jar. So far, I've tried... Continue Reading →

Making Umeshu and Ume Syrup

Mid to late June in the inaka is plum time. Not because the plums are all lovely and ripe and sweet, but because they're hard, green and bitter. The unripe plums are harvested to make homemade umeshu (plum liqueur). The local grocery store had a display as soon as you walked in of the liquor,... Continue Reading →

2020 Spring Kit-Kats

This spring has brought me a plentiful bounty of new Kit-Kat flavors. The flavors I'll be discussing today are: Seasonal Flavors: Yuzu Match and Ichigo Daifuku Sakura Flavors: Sakura Mochi and Sakura Japanese Sake Easter Flavor: Banana Some of these bags are the new paper bags that Nestle is rolling out. They have kind of... Continue Reading →

Silken Tofu Chocolate Ganache

Today is Valentine's Day, which in Japan means that a women should give something sweet to her preferred man to woo him. This year, unlike all the others I've had before, I happen to have a husband. So obviously he has been successfully wooed. Nevertheless, I decided I wanted to do something a little more... Continue Reading →

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