From snacks and treats to daily essentials, Japan’s convenience store culture never fails to stun international visitors! A perfect pick-me-up after a long day of sightseeing, konbini (convenience store) sweets boast astounding quality at a very reasonable price!
This article will explore the best sweets available at convenience store powerhouse 7-Eleven. Carefully curated by a Japanese writer, these items can be enjoyed at any 7-Eleven Japan-wide as of November 2020! Taste the latest Japanese trends and see what all the fuss is about with these 5 must-try 7-Eleven treats!
1. Matcha Parfait – The Ultimate Matcha Experience!
The first treat on our list is the ‘matcha parfait,’ which is made from genuine Uji matcha and designed to satisfy even the most critical of tea fans! Starting from a base of green tea jelly, matcha mousse, anko beans, mochi, and matcha-flavored whip-cream are layered to form a heavenly joy savored to the last spoonful!
The highlight is the combo of rich and astringent Uji matcha paired with sweet anko, creating a surprisingly complex flavor for a convenience store treat. The quality is so high, you’d be hard pressed to find a better version at a specialist sweets store! If you’re addicted to the deep bitter character of matcha, definitely add this to your Japan ‘must-eat’ list!
Price: 278 yen (+ tax)
2. Zenzai with Mochi – A Perfect Introduction to Japanese Confectionery!
Next on the list is zenzai, a traditional Japanese soup-like sweet made from adzuki beans and mochi. 7-Eleven’s rendition is cooked to perfection and furnished with puffy shirotama and warabi mochi and whipped cream! The adzuki beans are sourced from Hokkaido, giving it an authentic Japanese taste!
The four slippery shirotama mochi add volume, while the warabi mochi, which are thoroughly sprinkled with roasted soybean flour, add a satisfying squishy bite! Paired with the mellow sweetness of the beans, this delicacy is a gentle introduction for first-timers to the world of traditional Japanese confectionery!
Price: 260 yen (+ tax)
3. Mochitto Dora – An ‘East Meets West’ Fusion Delight!
7-Eleven’s interpretation of the Japanese dorayaki combines a puffy pancake sandwich with a helping of bouncy pudding, resulting in a scrumptious Japanese-Western fusion dessert. In Japan, dorayaki is the favorite food of lovable anime character Doraemon, making them a hit with kids! They have also become popular worldwide, with many travelers bringing the recipe back to their home countries! While a regular dorayaki is filled with sweet anko paste, this rendition boasts a center of luscious pudding and whip cream.
A moist and springy bite reminiscent of a puffy piece of mochi, the soft and rich pudding packs a punch balanced by the exquisite sweetness of the whip cream. With a bitter touch from the pudding’s caramel sauce, this marriage of flavor makes it a treat to remember!
Price: 178 yen (+ tax)
4. Basque Cheesecake – 7-Eleven’s Ultimate Cheesecake!
Originally hailing from the Basque region of Spain, Basque cheesecakes are known for their intense flavor and darkened outer layer. These dainty delights were all the rage in Japan in 2018, prompting 7-Eleven to develop their own version to ride the wave of popularity.
Baked at carefully regulated temperatures, the outside is crisp and dark while the inside is fluffy and light. The resulting flavor is creamy and rich with a surprisingly smooth finish. To get something like this, you’d usually have to make the trip to a specialist cake store - but not with 7-Eleven in town!
Price: 238 yen (+ tax)
5. Steamed Cheesecake Sandwich – An Easy to Eat Pick-Me-Up!
Last but not least, 7-Eleven’s Steamed Cheesecake Sandwich! A bouncy little number packed with cheese in a handy size, it’s perfect for those on the go! Using fresh Hokkaido cheddar, gouda, and cream cheese, it’s ideal for cheese-lovers craving something a little sweet!
The cake itself is soft, moist, and delicate. Mixing with the cream, it will instantly melt in your mouth and fill your nostrils with heavenly cheesy aromas. If you don’t have the time for a sit-down meal, but feel like a little pick-me-up, this is your best bet!
Price: 128 yen (+ tax)
One of the best things about Japanese convenience stores is the constant innovation and quality! 7-Eleven in particular is always at the forefront of delivering seasonal desserts and unique gourmet creations from across the world! Convenience store sweets offer travelers and locals alike time to take a breather and recharge the batteries, all for a great price!
- All prices are tax exclusive.
- Price, make, and availability may change depending upon the region.
- Some products may be sold out or unavailable.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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