1. Starbuck’s Sakura-themed Products
Starbucks is not the only place to get your sakura drink fix. Many other coffee shops such as Cafe de Crie will have their own take on the Sakura Latte. In addition, from February 16 to April 1, at the upscale Lindt Chocolat Cafe, with branches in Ginza, Omotesando, Shibuya, Jiyugaoka, Kichijoji, Tachikawa, and Kita-Senju, you can enjoy its White Chocolate Sakura iced drink (772 yen take-away, and 1,388 yen in a glass).
None of these drinks contain coffee, so if you want your caffeine fix, go for Doutor’s Premium Roast Coffee Sakura, which goes on sale from March 1st. Smelling of sakura trees and mixed with sakura powder, it is available as ground (100 grams for 680 yen) or drip coffee (5 bags for 480 yen).
As for tea, Starbucks added a tea-based sakura drink this year, i.e. Sakura Strawberry Pink Tea (464 to 594 yen). Coca-Cola’s Kocha Kaden, the bottled milk tea brand you see in convenience stores, usually releases a Seasonal Cherry and/or Cherry Blossom-flavored Milk Tea for around 140 yen.
As for soda, Coca-Cola released a special, limited-edition bottle with a Sakura Design (125 yen) in January. No, it is not sakura-flavored, but you have got to admit, the design is lovely and perfect for spring.
Meanwhile, Kimura Drink, the maker of the famous Japanese soda, Ramune, is bringing back their sakura cola and introducing another intriguing sakura-themed drink, i.e. Sakura Shrimp Cider.
As for beer, Sankt Gallen Brewery created a Beer made with cherry blossoms, prices start at 2,040 yen for 3 bottles.
McDonald’s usually adds sakura-related treats to its spring menu, but there has been no news thus far. It is highly likely that, as in previous years, they will have a Sakura or Cherry Float.
3. Sweet treats
As for macarons, Lindt‘s got that covered along with their drink, they serve Sakura Macarons for 302 yen a piece.
In addition, Parks with sakura festivals, more often than not, will have a stall where you can buy some soft-serve Sakura ice cream. Some parks such as Ueno, Inokashira, Yoyogi, and Hamarikyu, among others are even taking that one step further, with the introduction of a Sakura Ice Cream Puff (183 yen).
Popular snacks such as the biscuit stick Pocky and the soft cookie Country Ma’am also have limited-edition sakura-flavored variants this year.
And while sakura-matcha KitKats can be found at Japanese airports all year round, the KitKat Chocolatory, which offers gourmet KitKats, currently offers a limited-edition Sakura Strawberry KitKat set. For 1,080 yen, you can get 5 KitKats in a tubular package as well as a sakura-shaped charm made of cherry blossom wood.
As for convenience stores, FamilyMart introduces Sakura Roll Cake (190 yen), Lawson sells Sakura-Matcha Roll Cake (210 yen) and Sakura Jelly (150 yen).
Whereas, 7-Eleven offers Sakura Cream Puff (140 yen), it is fully filled with sakura cream, taste crispy and savoury and also offers Sakura Milky Melted Mochi (100 yen), the outer layer cover with lots of powder , it is soft , when you bite on it, it melted in your mouth, no need to bite. It tastes less sweet, milky and sakura flavor.
Speaking of Sakura Jellies, Akita-based confectionery Eitaro has been producing this sweet for over a decade now. You can find them in selected department stores in Tokyo, or you can save your time searching by ordering them online for 300 yen a piece, 900 yen for a box of 3, or 2,460 yen for a box of 9. Sun Fruits at Roppongi’s Tokyo Midtown also has a sakura jelly called the Sakura Bavarois (540 yen).
However, if you want something slightly healthier, you should try Danone Japan‘s Cherry Mix Yogurt. In the past, it released sakura-flavored yogurt in spring, but this year’s release uses Sato Nishiki cherries, a well-loved type of cherry in Japan.
4. Other food/snacks
Lastly, for something more traditional, at an Onigiri shop, you might see sakura onigiri with dried, pickled cherry blossoms as filling.
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