We regret being so quick to judge the Kanjuku Beniharuka, but not so quick to eat it.
September is a bit of a weird time for sweets in Japan. On the one hand, foodies are eager to enjoy fall flavors and seasonal ingredients, but it’s also hot and humid most of the time.
The solution that many sweets fans settle on is sweet potato ice creamthat is why haagen-dazs releases a new variety every year. The most recent, which just arrived in convenience stores and supermarkets on Tuesday, is called Kanjuku Beniharukaand we made sure to set aside time in our schedules, and space in our stomachs, to try it out right away.
At 295 yen (US$2.10), it’s not exactly the cheapest ice cream option, but Häagen-Dazs has earned a reputation for splurging when it comes to its sweet potato flavors. . We still have fond memories of last year’s version, the Mitsuimo pie, with its golden icing on the cream.
▼ Last year’s Mitsuimo Tart flavor
If we’re being completely honest, however, we were disappointed when we opened the lid of the new Kanjuku Beniharuka from Häagen-Dazs.
Of course, our love for ice cream runs so deep that it can’t possibly be bad for us. The Kanjuku Beniharuka, however, is so simple and spartan in appearance that it was a bit difficult for us to get excited about the visuals.especially compared to memories of last year’s two-layered treat.
But hey, it’s not like we were not going to eat ice cream once she’s in front of us, so we grabbed a spoon…
…and immediately felt like fools for doubting that Häagen-Dazs would deliver on their potato promises. Of course, from above, the Kanjuku Beniharuka might look like a simple jar of cream, but that’s just because there are real pieces of sweet potatoes hidden inside!
As indicated in the name, these are beniharuka sweet potatoes, a Japanese variety prized for its sweetness and applicability to desserts. The kanjuku part of the name refers to picking produce at the optimal time, and our taster K. Masami confirms that the beniharuka chunks are delicious, with a perfectly chewy yet crumbly texture.
The flavor combined with the cream is also great, as it’s sweet enough to satisfy your dessert cravings, but not strong enough to drown out the beniharuka, as you can still taste plenty of sweet potato in every bite..
Even by the high standards we expect from Häagen-Dazs Japan, Kanjuku Beniharuka is exceptional, says Masami. “This is, without a doubt, one of the best sweet potato flavors they’ve ever released,” it springs, making it an ideal way to ride summer and autumn sweets, as well as a good companion to the new Japanese beniharuka.
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