Spring’s Sakura Sweets – the Aroma, Color, and Taste of Japan’s Cherry Blossoms!

Spring’s Sakura Sweets – the Aroma, Color, and Taste of Japan’s Cherry Blossoms!

Update: 22 March 2017

It doesn’t take much longer until Japan’s most beautiful season begins – sakura, or cherry blossom season, which travels from South to North and makes cherry trees all over Japan bloom in beautiful white, pink, and light pink. The best way to enjoy Japan’s unique cherry blossom experience is, of course, with the proper food and drink to go with it – let’s take a look at this year’s sakura sweets!

Starbucks Sakura Series: Frappuccino Fabulousness!

Starbucks Sakura Series: Frappuccino Fabulousness!

The Sakura drinks are a Japan exclusive Starbucks drink that is served until March 14th, 2017 in all Starbucks cafés nationwide. The full name of this wonderful spring delicacy is Sakura Blossom Cream Latte, the right one on the photo, and is a non-coffee beverage with delicately sweet maple whipped cream and the gentle, subtle taste of cherry blossom mixed in the drink. The beverage on the left-the Sakura Blossom Cream Frappuccino with Crispy Swirl won’t only surprise you with the characteristic cherry blossom fragrance and taste, but also with the little crispy bits, enhanced by subtle maple. Don’t miss out on this amazing sweet spring drink!

Starbucks Coffee
・ Sakura Blossom Cream Latte
Short: 437 yen, Tall: 470 yen, Grande: 510 yen, Venti: 550 yen
・ Sakura Blossom Cream Frappuccino
Tall: 570 yen, Grande: 610 yen, Venti: 650 yen
※ Short size is available on request.
※ All prices are without tax.
■ Time of Sale: February 15 (Wed) to March 14 (Tue) 2017
■ Sold at: Starbucks stores around Japan (excluding certain stores); until sold out

Peach and Cherry Blossom Nectar – a Succulent Taste of Spring

Peach and Cherry Blossom Nectar – a Succulent Taste of Spring

Nectar by Fujiya is a long-established beverage brand with a history of over 50 years, dating back to 1964. Loved by generations of Japanese people, the rich and mellow taste of the raw fruits come together in a wonderful harmony.
White peach puree is carefully blended with domestically produced cherry blossom extract, creating a wonderful spring sakura taste that is enhanced by the fruity, sweet aroma of peach. Certainly the fruitiest way to celebrate sakura season!

Fujiya Nectar Peach and Sakura (320 ml slim PET)
■ Suggested Retail Price: 162 yen (tax included)
■ Time of Sale: January 30 (Mon) – March 2017
■ Sold at: all over Japan

White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink by Lindt

White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink by Lindt

The Swiss premium chocolate maker Lindt has created its very own sakura spring delicacy: the White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink! It’s a seasonal tradition that can be enjoyed every year at the directly managed Lindt Chocolat Café. The sweet and sour aroma of the cherry matches the characteristic sakura taste just perfectly, enhanced by creamy strawberry whipped cream that sits on top of the icy white chocolate drink. This wonderful spring dessert is topped with sakura sauce – try the syrup made by simmering cherry blossoms at the Ginza Lindt café!

Lindt Chocolat Café, White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink
■ Price: 1,388 yen (tax included) per eat-in glass at the Ginza café
At locations other than Ginza, this drink is served as take-out for 772 yen (tax included)
※Eat-in is possible at the Jiyugaoka store.
■ Time of Sale: February 16 (Thu) – April 17 (Mon) 2017
※Available until sold out.

Sakura Delice – a Dessert as Beautiful as it is Delicious

Sakura Delice – a Dessert as Beautiful as it is Delicious

The next sakura spring sweet is going to become one of your favorites: Delice is the Swiss chocolatier Lindt’s unique take on the classic French macaron. Spring of 2017 brings these tiny delicacies in a cherry blossom variety as Sakura Delice. Even the color of this delice is reminiscent of cherry blossoms, with a light pink color and a unique sakura pattern in bright pink on its top. Inside is a sweet and sour cherry confit that is sure to melt in your mouth from the very first bite. This little delice makes for a wonderfully luxurious spring treat!

Lindt Chocolat Café, Delice Sakura
■ Price: 302 yen (tax included) per delice
■ Time of Sale: February 16 (Thu) – April 17 (Mon) 2017
■ Sold at: Lindt Chocolat Cafem excluding outlet stores

Sakura Saku Latte – the Playful Cherry Blossom Candy

Sakura Saku Latte – the Playful Cherry Blossom Candy

The Sakura Saku Latte comes in the adorable form of a little cherry blossom and offers four different kind of flavor experiences: strawberry latte, banana latte, matcha latte, and of course caffè latte. Every package of this tasty treat comes with a nice and uplifting message, such as “Believe in yourself!” or “You can do it!” This provides just the right upbeat atmosphere for a proper spring fever, doesn’t it?

Kanro, Sakura Saku Latte
■ Price: open price
■ Time of Sale: January 1 (Thu) – March 2017
■ all over Japan

Sakura Mochi Chocolate – Tradition and Modernity for Cherry Blossom Deliciousness

Sakura Mochi Chocolate – Tradition and Modernity for Cherry Blossom Deliciousness

Tirol Choco creates a lot of amazing sweet delicacies, most of them bite-sized. Every year, the sweets maker releases around 20 to 30 new creations each year, and our spring favorite is, without a doubt, Sakura Mochi. Mochi are Japanese rice cakes, and this unique take on the traditional treat is just right to celebrate spring. Made with the powder of salted sakura leaf, it is an incredibly tasty fusion of cherry blossom chocolate and red bean paste chocolate. It looks just like the real mochi!

Tirol Choco, Sakura Mochi
■ Suggested Retail Price: 108 yen (tax included) for 7 pieces
■ Time of Sale: from January 16 (Mon) 2017
■ Sold at: all over Japan

The Sakura Fragrance Cheese Soufflé Cake

The Sakura Fragrance Cheese Soufflé Cake

Lawson convenience stores always offer a great lineup of sweets and desserts, especially so during Japan’s sakura spring when the shelves are stocked with various cherry blossom themed sweets. Among our favorites is the cheese soufflé cake with a delicate cherry blossom aroma, made with mellow whipped cream and the gentle flavor of salted cherry blossoms. The whole color scheme of the cake also evokes the image of a cherry tree in full bloom and a gentle spring breeze – enjoy!

Lawson, Sakura Fragrance Cheese Soufflé Cake
■ Price: 230 yen (tax included)
■ Time of Sale: for 2 to 3 weeks from February 21 (Tue) 2017
■ Sold at: Lawson stores all over Japan, Natural Lawson excluded

Domyoji Sakura Mochi

Domyoji Sakura Mochi

The original sakura mochi, a pink cherry blossom rice cake born in the Edo period, celebrates its 300th anniversary this year! To commemorate this event, Lawson releases its own sakura mochi of the Domyoji-style, wrapped in a beautiful package with the original logo mark printed on it. It is filled with a creamy, deep red azuki bean paste with red beans from Hokkaido, giving the classic treat a very refined taste.

Lawson, Sakuramochi (strained bean paste)
■ Price: 230 yen (tax included)
■ Time of Sale: for 2 to 3 weeks from February 21 (Tue) 2017
■ Sold at: Lawson stores all over Japan, Natural Lawson excluded

Japanese-Style Parfait with a Delicate Sakura Taste

Japanese-Style Parfait with a Delicate Sakura Taste

Seven-Eleven will not miss out on the beautiful cherry blossom spring season, and thus look forward to convenience store aisles being filled with pink, sakura-themed delicacies! The Japanese-style parfait with matcha-flavored whipped cream and sakura mousse is just the right treat for settling down under a cherry tree in full bloom to enjoy spring. Little white rice cakes, a cherry, cherry-flavored red bean paste, and salted cherry leaves make for a wonderful combination of seasonal Japanese flavors.

Seven-Eleven, Japanese Sakura Parfait
■ Price: 298 yen (tax included)
■ Time of Sale: from February 28 (Wed) 2017
■ Sold at: Seven-Eleven stores all over Japan

Sakura Wamlet – a Sweets Fusion of East and West

Sakura Wamlet – a Sweets Fusion of East and West

Meet the sakura wamlet – “wa” means Japan and “-mlet” is borrowed from omelet, making a reference that this unique spring sweets creation takes inspiration from both east and west. The spring version of the wamlet will tickle your tongue with sakura-flavored whipped cream on top of a flavorful strained red bean paste, wrapped in a soft pancake. The pale pink color of the treat fits perfectly in the season!

Seven-Eleven, Sakura Wamlet
■ Price: 160 yen (tax included)
■ Time of Sale: from February 21 (Tue)
■ Sold at: Kanto area, Koshinetsu area, Shizuoka area, Chugoku area, Kyushu area

A Sweet Sakura Lunch Sandwich

A Sweet Sakura Lunch Sandwich

Yamazaki is a bedrock brand in convenience stores and supermarkets, and one of their most popular products is the Lunchpack. As spring and the cherry blossoms are right around the corner, a special sakura version of this classic snack will hit the shelves, ready to be taken on picnics under the cherry trees! Look forward to a mellow, flavorful sakura cream and whipped cream inside the soft bread that captures the unique aroma of the cherry blossom just wonderfully. This snack is limited to the Kanto area, so if you’re in or around Tokyo, make sure to try!

Yamazaki, Lunchpack Sakura Cream & Whipped Cream
■ Suggested Retail Price: 130 yen (tax included)
■ Time of Sale: February 1 (Wed) to March 31 (Fri)
■ Sold at: Kanto area

Sakura Anpan, the Real Bread of Spring

Sakura Anpan, the Real Bread of Spring

Brought to us by the famous anpan (red bean paste bread) maker Kimuraya, this seasonal treat is something really special. While anpan can be found at every gourmet section of department stores in Ginza and all around Tokyo, the classic pastry versions found at convenience stores and supermarkets are just as delicious. The Sakura Anpan is one of those, individually wrapped in a beautifully designed package, the soft bread is filled with sakura-flavored red bean paste that is sure to leave you wanting for more. The unique taste is enhanced with both salted cherry leaf and a cherry blossom jam to balance out the saltiness. Can you distinguish all the aromas?

Kimuraya, Sakura Anpan
■ Suggested Retail Price: 120 yen (tax excluded)
■ Time of Sale: February 1 (Wed) – March 31 (Fri) 2017
■ Sold at: Supermarkets, general shops, and others in the metropolitan area

Japanese Sakura Steamed Cake

Japanese Sakura Steamed Cake

Another beloved creation by Kimuraya is the jumbo steamed cake. This wonderfully soft and flavorful pastry does, of course, also have a seasonal spring sakura version to offer, to be enjoyed at Kimuraya’s head store in Ginza. Enhanced with cherry blossom extract and paste, the taste of Japan’s sakura spring can be tasted in one delicious cake!

Kimuraya, Jumbo Steamed Cake Sakura
■ Suggested Retail Price: 120 yen (tax excluded)
■ Time of Sale: February 1 (Wed) – March 31 (Fri) 2017
■ Sold at: Supermarkets, general shops, and others in the metropolitan area

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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