4. Ramune Candy
Made in honor of the classic Japanese soft drink known as Ramune—a carbonated, lemon-lime beverage in an unusually shaped bottle with a marble stopper—this delicious novelty candy will definitely cool you down this summer. The marble stopper makes Ramune especially memorable. To open it, the marble must be pushed into the bottle, causing it to float around while drinking. Because of its refreshing lemon-lime flavor, Ramune soda and its similarly flavored candy are popular throughout the hot months in Japan.
5. Mochi Ice Cream
Today, the traditional Japanese rice treat known as mochi is beloved around the world, not just in Japan. Found in supermarkets and sushi restaurants all over the globe, mochi ice cream is a fun, frozen twist on classic mochi. Essentially just Japanese mochi surrounding ice cream filling, it can be made into a huge variety of unique flavors, colors, and shapes. Though mochi ice cream seems quintessentially Japanese, it was actually invented by the brilliant Japanese-American shop-owner Frances Hashimoto, who ran the popular Southern California confectionary Mikawaya, which specializes in producing Japanese pastries, desserts, and snacks.
6. Green Tea Ice Cream
Green tea ice cream is another Western adoptee rooted in Japanese cuisine, and we are ever-grateful that it’s so popular throughout the world. It’s usually made with green tea powder (matcha) and soft-serve ice cream, creating a creamy, dreamy flavor that will chill you to the bone with every lick. Whether you buy it at the store (Häagen-Dazs has its own version) or at a local creamery, you can count on this cold green stuff to keep you cool.
7. Mandarin Orange Kit Kat
We can’t talk about Japanese sweets without mentioning the country’s favorite chocolate-covered wafer! The popular Iyokan Mandarin Orange Kit Kat is one of our most preferred seasonal varieties, as it’s flavored with real Iyokan oranges from Ehime Prefecture. Offering a sweet, tart, and refreshing flavor, this is one seasonal Kit Kat flavor you won’t want to miss out on when it’s blistering hot outside.