With spring just around the corner, many shops have started releasing their seasonal specials. Check out our list of six sakura-flavoured treats worth flying to Japan for this spring!
Forget mainstream Starbucks. Welcome spring this year with Tully’s Coffee’s very own collection of Sakura flavoured sweets! Think Sakura Mille Crepe and Sakura Strawberry waffles; these light desserts are perfect after a long hanami (花見, cherry blossom viewing) session.
Wash down the desserts with Tully’s limited edition Sakura Matcha Latte and Sakura Tea Cappuccino! Reminisce on the beautiful cherry blossoms as you sip on these. Ahh~ a perfect way to end your relaxing afternoon.
In need of a souvenir? Check out their uniquely designed tumblers and mugs, available from 22 March!
<Address> 22 Tansumachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
This spring season, Patisserie Satsuki has released new varieties of macarons. The limited edition macarons come in two flavours — Red and White.
The red sakura macarons are scented with cherry blossom liqueur while the white macaron has a filling made of unrefined sake and white chocolate.
Dates available: 1 Mar’17(Wed)～23 Apr’17(Sun）
<Address> 4-1, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8578
Each Spring, Yamari Kashiho dishes out its limited edition Sakura Jelly. This seemingly simple jelly is in high demand and was even awarded the Gourmet Award 2015. The petals of the sakura flower are gently suspended in the jelly, such that it seems as though it is dancing, making it look almost too good to eat!
Dates available: March~April
<Address> 1213 Aratoko Shirataka Nishiokitama-gun Yamagata
Not to be confused with the Cherry Blossom Coca Cola , this seasonal special is manufactured by Kimura Drink Co. Ltd, a maker of the famed Ramune beverage. The bright pink drink has a light scent of sakura and is not overly sweet or fizzy. Sakura Cola can be enjoyed by all ages and is the perfect drink to take with you while you go cherry blossom viewing!
Dates available: From 23 Feb’17
Tsujiri’s Spring Menu
While we may have Tsujiri in Singapore, we have to admit that they do things way cooler in Japan. Tsujiri branches in Japan have released these exclusive limited editions sakura treats, which are so instagrammable the rest of us can only look on in envy. (T-T)
The Sakura Parfait (￥562) is Tsujiri’s best-seller. This signature item has soft-serve ice cream with cherry blossom flavoured sweet bean paste and meringue, it even comes with pieces of yatsuhashi (八つ橋, Japanese confectionary made of glutinous rice flour, sugar and cinnamon).
Another must-try is the Kyo-latte Sakura (Small ￥454 / Large ￥508), which is a sakura-flavoured matcha drink made with condensed milk, perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
Last but not least, the Kyo-latte Smoothie Sakura Pudding (Small ￥572 / Large ￥626) features Tsujiri’s matcha smoothie with cherry blossom flavoured meringue and milk pudding.
Dates available: 1 Mar’17 ~ 30 Apr’17
<Address> Nakanocho (4 Jodoriyamatoojinishiiru), Kyoto Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0075
Those who want to give traditional Japanese sweets a try, pop by Saryo Tsujiri to try their spring set, which comes with a parfait and matcha warabi-mochi with kinako powder sifted on top. For the parfait, expect a scoop of Genmaicha and Sakura ice cream, with cubes of matcha jelly sandwiched between them to combat the sweetness. The colourful treat is then topped off with chewy dango balls and matcha cream.
*Different branches also offer their own in-house specials so make sure to give those a try too!
Dates available: From 15 Mar’17
<Address> 573-3 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto