As the weather gets warmer and signs of spring surround us, anticipation for the cherry blossom, or sakura, season begins! While holding outdoor viewing parties this year is difficult, cute and stylish sakura-themed drinks and sweets allow you to bring authentic cherry blossom charm into your home.
With famous brands including Starbucks releasing a limited springtime menu, sakura magic will brighten up your life and add luster to your home. Here are our top recommendations for sakura drinks and sweets in 2021!
The Starbucks Sakura Latte - Available at Home For the First Time!
After much demand, Nestlé Japan has released two versions of Starbucks’ brand-new ‘Sakura Strawberry Latte’ for home-use! Despite being an American company, Starbucks has gone to great lengths to pay tribute to Japanese culture, which is exemplified best during the ‘Starbucks Sakura Season.’ While every year sees the release of sakura-related drinks, this year is the first time a home-use packet version has been available.
The Sakura Strawberry Latte combines lavish sweetness with the same 100% arabica coffee Starbucks boasts in their stores. With a light, bubbly texture and delightful taste, it’s a coffee lover’s dream!
As seen in the picture above, the sakura season Starbucks Premium Mix range is easily brewed with just the addition of hot water. These handy sticks provide a quick Starbucks fix while on the job or at home!
For those with a coffee pod machine, sakura and strawberry Nescafé Dolce Gusto pods are also available. You can blend and mix the flavors as you like, allowing you to make your ideal coffee!
At the same time, Starbucks will be releasing the ‘Starbucks Seasonal Collection: Spring,’ which includes 4 packs of the ‘Starbucks Origami Personal Drip Coffee: Spring Blend,’ a ‘Starbucks Reusable Cup,’ along with the classy ‘Sakura Cloth,’ which can be used as a picnic rug or table cloth. This limited edition cloth can only be purchased in the set, so Starbucks fans, don’t wait around!
-Starbucks Premium Mix Sakura Strawberry Latte (4 pack): 398 yen (excluding tax)
-Starbucks Sakura Strawberry Latte Nescafé Dolce Gusto Pods (12 pods, 6 cups): 908 yen (excluding tax)
-Starbucks Seasonal Collection: Spring: 4,000 yen (excluding tax)
Large supermarkets across Japan, Nestlé online shop
*Starbucks Seasonal Collection: Spring is only available on the Nestlé online shop
*Unavailable at some stores. Not available at Starbucks outlets.
・On Sale From:
15 February 2021 (Monday)
Nenrinya’s Springtime ‘Land of Sakura Mount Baum’ Returns for 2021!
Nenrinya, Japan’s beloved baumkuchen cake brand, is once again spoiling us with their scrumptious spring-only ‘Land of Sakura Mount Baum.’ Twisting the recipe of their beloved classic ‘Mount Baum: Shikkari Me’ with a helping of sakura leaf-infused syrup, each layer is individually and painstakingly baked to perfection.
In addition to purchasing from stores, this springtime baumkuchen can be bought online, providing a fix without leaving the house! The decorative package, which naturally features an elegant sakura design, will brighten up your home and put a bit of color into the everyday.
You’re zoning-out peacefully in a park when a slight breeze rustles the surrounding sakura and sends their petals flying - everyone who has spent time in Japan during this magical period knows this beauty! The essence of this untainted serenity is perfectly captured by this dainty delight. If you know anyone graduating or entering school this year, or have another reason to congratulate someone, we’re sure they’d be overjoyed to receive a treat like this!
“The sakura flavor hits you the moment you put it in your mouth!” “Super delicious! A sure-fire winner!” With loads of glowing reviews on social media, this little slice of heaven has a dedicated fanbase growing every year. From the first bite, the delicate yet potent taste of sakura spreads throughout your palate, enveloping your senses in Japan’s most luxurious delicacy.
Land of Sakura Mount Baum 1 Piece: 756 yen (including tax)
Online shop ‘Paq & Mog,’ all Nenrinya stores
Online: 12 February 2021 (Friday) - 12 April 2021 (Monday)
In-store: 19 February 2021 (Friday) - around 15 April 2021 (Thursday)
Patisserie KIHACHI’s Springtime Mont Blanc and Swiss Rolls - The Ultimate Sakura Treat!
With cakes, sweets, swiss rolls, and a whole bunch more, Japan’s Patisserie KIHACHI specializes in a fantastic range of delectable delights. Branching out into the suburbs of Tokyo, along with major cities such as Osaka and Nagoya, their colorful creations have caught the eye of Japanese sweet-tooths in recent years.
Every year, Patisserie KIHACHI’s most sought-after spring sweets are the ‘Mont Blanc SAKURA’ and the ‘SAKURA Roll.’ Eager fans will be pleased to know they will be returning in 2021!
The Mont Blanc SAKURA takes their beloved Mont Blanc dessert and upgrades it with a dollop of flowery seasonal magic. Atop the mellow white-bean milk cream sits a mountain of light pink melt-in-your-mouth buttercream boasting the faint fragrance of sakura.
Further adding to the spring connection, the crunchy streusel base (a biscuit made from flour, butter, and sugar) has been infused with a helping of sakura leaves while a dainty sakura petal crowns the top, completing the masterpiece.
Decorated with even more sakura leaves and petals, the SAKURA Roll is arguably the master of spring desserts! Strawberry cream and cheese mousse are wrapped in a pink soufflé bursting with raspberry juice encompassed by cherry blossom aromas. The sweetness is subtly enhanced by smooth anko paste with a drop of brandy, culminating in a dynamic burst of springtime goodness. The sakura leaves and petals, which were pickled in salt water, add the final touch with a subtle yet highly pleasing fragrance.
-Mont Blanc SAKURA: 605 yen (including tax)
-SAKURA Roll Cut: 605 yen, SAKURA Roll (roughly) 14cm: 2,376 yen (including tax)
-Patisserie KIHACHI stores (some excluded)
*Products at some stores may differ. Availability is subject to change.
24 February 2021 (Wednesday) - 20 April 2021 (Tuesday)
No matter what sakura drink or sweet you have your eye on, each provides the opportunity to relish the essence of Japanese spring wherever you are! This year, bring the thrill of cherry blossom season home with Japan’s mouth-watering and ingenious sakura range!
*Due to the spread of COVID-19, changes to business hours, temporary closures, and alterations to service may occur. Inquire at each business for the latest information.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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